Lakes Letter – Mar 15th, 2020

LAKES LETTER || COVID-19 Public Statement | Food Safety at Lakes 2020 | Newbie Orientation | Lakes in Space Effigy Announcement | 2019 Financial Statements and AfterBurn Report

We expect Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, to make statements daily or weekly for the sake of managing the public health.  The dates and plans below reflect GLEA leadership’s discussion and intentions as of March 15th, 2020.  As news continues to develop in days weeks ahead, we will do our level best to send any communications that affect your plans ASAP.  –Team Info_bot

COVID-19 Public Statement

As you might imagine, Lakes of Fire leadership is paying close attention to what is happening in the world and in the Michigan area regarding the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. We want the community to know that we have been following the rapidly changing developments and take this issue seriously.

As of March 13, Governor Whitmer has issued a ban on gatherings over 250 people in Michigan until April 5. Surrounding states have issued similar bans as well, some for a longer duration.

At this point, we are still planning for Lakes of Fire 2020 to take place. We are working closely with Oceana County Health Department and local officials to stay up to date and will follow local public health guidelines about large gatherings, which may include cancellation.

We will have a much better picture of how COVID-19 has affected the US in a week or so. Should circumstances dictate that the event be canceled, we will communicate that to you as soon as possible and determine the best path forward. Our top concern is the well-being of our community.

We are also considering ways to make sure our event and community will be as safe as possible as we continue to plan for Lakes of Fire 2020. Precautions currently include adding a hand washing station to each Porto bank and having more hand sanitizer available. We encourage participants to consider steps that they can take as they plan their camps and projects in the coming months. We will let you know about any additional steps and changes as they occur.

Art grants are currently proceeding. If Lakes of Fire is canceled, we will not ask artists to refund money already given. The Art Grants team will be reaching out to grantees directly with more information and will be able to answer any additional questions they may have.

Thank you,

BrewBear, Jackpot, Jin, Megan, Rabit, Scottie & Skennedy

Board of Directors

Great Lakes Experimental Arts

Food Safety at Lakes 2020

Is your camp a food camp?  Do you plan on serving or handing out food?  This is the year to take our practices of safe handling and distribution of food to the next level.  Please email Liz of dcbbq at liz@lakesoffire.org . She is beginning a new group for food sharing camps to discuss safe food serving practices and help everyone plan for safety.  Be sure to include the name of your camp in your email.

Newbie Orientation

Like all our plans for 2020, please keep an eye on these events for changes or postponement, as changes can happen overnight.

As of this writing, Chicago Orientation is currently planned for Saturday April 25th starting at 3 PM, held in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood at Celtic Crown Public House, 4301 N Western Ave. Come get educated and acculturated!  Meet fellow newbies as well as seasoned veterans and discover more about Lakes of Fire and the 10 Principles of Burning Man.  If you are on Facebook, you can follow event details and changes here.

Detroit Orientation is currently planned for Wednesday, April 1st from 6 PM – 9 PM, location TBD.  If you are on Facebook, you can follow the event details and changes here.

Lakes in Space Effigy Announcement

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UFO SIGHTING – A large spherical object has been spotted plummeting from earth’s upper atmosphere. The point of origin, metro Detroit, was discovered while tracking its ion trail. Current trajectory puts the point of impact at a campground known as Lucky Lake.

There appears to be a rupture in the spacecraft’s warp core that has caused a tear in the fabric of spacetime. From our scanner we can see signs of life aboard the starship. A full grown tree is appearing through the gap in the fabric of reality. No one knows what will become of the intrepid Life Star craft as it makes its spectacular crash landing but you can bet on a fiery explosion before the end.

Would you like to know more?

2019 Financial Statement and AfterBurn Report

If you’re curious about how Lakes of Fire fared  in 2019, you can check out the official 2019 Financial Statement and AfterBurn Report on our website.

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It’s a bit of a scary time for our community. We want everyone who burns with us to thrive for many years to come. If that means canceling or postponing Lakes of Fire 2020, we will do it. For now, we’re all in the same boat, waiting to see how the days and weeks develop. Thank you for being with us through it all.