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Clifftop, Appalachian String Band Festival 2020

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May 23, 2020 - 1:55:16 PM
8105 posts since 3/19/2009

I see that the dates for "clifftop'' have been posted.. I see NOTHING about Covid considerations.. Maybe some of you have seen more . Let us know...

May 23, 2020 - 2:55:09 PM

RobBob

USA

2671 posts since 6/26/2007

I saw something that said they were going ahead with the festival as long as it looks like a reasonable thing to do. Many of the folks I have talked to said they were not going, but then we are older and would love to perhaps attend a few more in the limited years we have left. You could probably ask them at this link.

May 23, 2020 - 3:32:55 PM

8105 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by RobBob

I saw something that said they were going ahead with the festival as long as it looks like a reasonable thing to do. Many of the folks I have talked to said they were not going, but then we are older and would love to perhaps attend a few more in the limited years we have left. You could probably ask them at this link.


I suspect that I'll skip this year.. especially after what I've seen on the streets lately.. People are not doing social distancing. and unless CLifftop sets some spacing rules.. it could be a deathtrap for an older person like me.. 

May 23, 2020 - 4:48:56 PM
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RobBob

USA

2671 posts since 6/26/2007

My point as well. Sanitation is marginal at best and then this, well it may be too much.

May 23, 2020 - 5:19:29 PM
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4573 posts since 9/26/2008

My wife and I were saying the same thing. Until the country gets a handle on this, we are staying home.

May 23, 2020 - 8:02:29 PM
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10770 posts since 9/23/2009

I wouldn't go this year no matter what age...I have read so many stories about young healthy people having one heck of a time with this and even dying from it...I've also read about some 100 + year olds getting over it...yeah, more older people or sicker people might actually die from it, but younger and healthy people are dying from it too. Now with this new problem cropping up about kids' reactions...supposed to be rare, but they've all been home...so ... I think they should look into that a lot more before opening the schools back up. They oughta do Clifftop or anything else online for now, imho. I wouldn't go (not much of a change for me, since I never go anyway...lol...but just sayin'). Doesn't sound safe since nobody seems to know what to expect next from this thing, not to mention the statistics we have to go on today are anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks lagging behind...so...you don't know how many people in an area actually have it until possibly a month later...that's just not good.

May 24, 2020 - 2:51:42 AM
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193 posts since 4/5/2008

I have a booth at Clifftop. Each year they seem to post next year's event dates not long after the present year event is over, so I wouldn't read too much into the fact that the 2020 dates have been posted. Here's what I heard from the organizers on April 17th:

"Thank you for sending in your 2020 Instrument and Craft Contract and $100 deposit. At this time, with the CoVid-19 pandemic, we are holding onto all deposits and will not deposit them until we are given the "go-ahead" to have the festival.

We will be in touch with any information we have in regards to the festival as soon as we know anything. "

May 24, 2020 - 8:13:40 AM

63 posts since 4/7/2016

Just found that a large folk harp festival has cancelled the on site gathering .
The festival will be online.
I play a folk harp, barely. It is a bit calm for me most of the time.
The online presentations look good. '
I may sign up for some of the classes.
A fiddle festival might be wise to move online. ]
One advantage is that no one would have to be close to any smelly people.

May 26, 2020 - 11:33:15 AM
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193 posts since 4/5/2008

Update.....the Clifftop folks expect to make a decision early in June whether or not to hold the festival this year..... stay tuned....

Edited by - Mark Ralston on 05/26/2020 11:33:53

Jun 2, 2020 - 1:15:19 PM
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8105 posts since 3/19/2009

It is a sad day: This message was received by a friend:        "It is with sadness and regret that the Department of Arts, Culture and History has decided to suspend the Appalachian String Band Music Festival for 2020.

In these uncertain times, although we cannot predict what the status of the Covid-19 Virus will be in less than 60 days from now, the Department of Arts, Culture and History believe that this action is necessary and prudent to protect the health and safety of all participants, as well as the health and safety of the Fayette County community and those individuals attending festival activities.

To all who have supported us in the past, we thank you and we look forward to the 2021 Appalachian String Band Music Festival to an even better festival than before!

Once again, thanks to all and we will see you in 2021!!"

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 06/02/2020 13:16:00

Jun 3, 2020 - 8:11:07 AM

Viper

USA

226 posts since 1/6/2011

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

It is a sad day: This message was received by a friend:        "It is with sadness and regret that the Department of Arts, Culture and History has decided to suspend the Appalachian String Band Music Festival for 2020.

In these uncertain times, although we cannot predict what the status of the Covid-19 Virus will be in less than 60 days from now, the Department of Arts, Culture and History believe that this action is necessary and prudent to protect the health and safety of all participants, as well as the health and safety of the Fayette County community and those individuals attending festival activities.

To all who have supported us in the past, we thank you and we look forward to the 2021 Appalachian String Band Music Festival to an even better festival than before!

Once again, thanks to all and we will see you in 2021!!"


I've seen this reported elsewhere, but not on the actual Clifftop website or Facebook page. The main West Virginia Dept. of Arts, Culture and History says all events are canceled, so I guess that covers Clifftop. Just seems strange I haven't seen an OFFICIAL announcement. 

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