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Friday, April 3, 2020 – Update on COVID-19 and Festival 2020

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Hiawatha Music Co-op COVID-19 Update 


Hello again from the Hiawatha Music Co-op Board of Directors! Friday, April 3rd

As we promised in our March 30th Newsletter last week, we are staying in touch with all of you about the status of our 2020 Festival. We continue to watch the projected timelines on COVID-19, the number of incidences in our local area, and state and national levels. It’s heartbreaking to see numbers increase every day. As we are sure many of you know, the virus has made its way to the Upper Peninsula and Marquette County.  Everyone, please follow the social distancing protocol and stay safe! 

We could have never imagined that we would find ourselves in this place. It seems impossible to comprehend, that we are even in the place of considering not having our Festival this year.  Yet, we find ourselves pouring over the evidence, putting together financial forecasting reports, and praying for peace and clarity.

We want each of you to know that this decision is not something that we as Board members take lightly. We are considering the health and well-being of you and your family members, our community, and our family members, too. We have heard others share their intention to follow social distancing and the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, for many months to come. We are weighing that, along with everything stated above. 

It is a big decision, and we will continue to communicate with all of you as soon as we, as a Board, have decided the direction to move forward. We appreciate all your support, prayers, and good intentions, as we face making this hard decision.

No matter what, we know that “Happy Hiawatha” will carry all of our hearts through this time. 

Health and Peace be with all of you,

Julie Foster-Lindquist, President
Josh Thompson, Vice President
Jose Garcia, Treasurer
Jeff Krebs, Secretary 
Susan Bertram
Michael Reed
John Gillette
Lee Ossenheimer
Candice Blackstone-Larson
Melinda Britton 

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