Hi Friends!

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. This pandemic is very scary. We are all so hopeful it will end soon, and we're sure all of you are as well.

It feels like so long ago since many of us were together for last year's 10th Lilypad Picnic. And oh what a picnic that was! We celebrated ten years of watching and following our bears, as well as all the friends that were united again.

Our committee has been working diligently for months, in our planning for Lilypad Picnic 2020.  We want only the best for every picnic we plan, every year.

In regards to this year's picnic, and because of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, it is with very heavy hearts that we must tell you all now that this year's “in-person” Lilypad Picnic is officially cancelled. We feel it’s the absolutely best and only choice to make for the safety and health of our guests.

We know many of you will be heartbroken to hear this news; We understand, as we’re all very heartbroken as well. While we realize that many travel restrictions and stay at home orders may be lifted prior to the scheduled picnic date, we are also aware that there are now serious financial concerns for many that were planning to come to Ely. This was not a decision that we came to lightly, but because of the proximity of our picnic guests and the inevitable likelihood of close contact, it would not be wise for us to continue with the picnic in Ely this year.

But, all is not lost! We are changing gears and making tentative plans to do an online picnic! We hope to have online auctions, and perhaps even live auctions as well; Time will tell! Another possibility we have had talks about is trying to plan some Zoom gatherings too, just so we can all visit and reconnect.

We are definitely planning on selling some fun shirts and possibly other products too, that will ship directly to you! We’re early in the planning but updates will be posted soon.

For more information, please visit our Facebook fan page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/394411520624410/

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