Everyone involved is heartbroken over the postponement of FossilFest 2020.
On Wednesday morning prior to FossilFest, a few of us had discussed the possibility that the Coronavirus might impact attendance. What a difference 48 hours can make. By Friday morning virtually every event in the Tampa area had been canceled. Even hours before FossilFest setup, we were quickly los- ing vendors and volunteers to cancelations. In the end, it didn’t come down to politics or profits, rather, manpower and liability.
I can tell you that TBFC did everything in our power to make the show go on. Many of us had put in a combined hundreds of hours of work preparing for the show and at least four of our weekend volunteers had actually flown in from out of state to work at the show. Some of the preparations for the show can be boxed up and put on hold. A lot of the work, though, is lost and will need to be started again from scratch.
TBFC is dedicated to holding FossilFest as soon as this summer. The official date will be announced in a short time, but I can tell you now that it will probably be in the later part of June. It will be a hot one.
My thanks to everyone who invested time in this venture, and to those who will raise their hands again to volunteer for this worthy event.
Three major goals at FossilFest are to earn funds to operate TBFC through the year, teach the public about Florida’s prehistory, and reach out to new members. Thanks to ads on Facebook and a televi- sion segment by Dr. Bob, we have had new membership applications coming in. Actually, we are probably in the best shape membership wise that we have been in for a long time. As far as funds go, we are prepared for this. I, your Vice President/Treasurer Bill Faucher, and the Board of Directors have done well with TBFC’s finances. I’ll quote a famous CEO, “We aren’t broke, but we don’t have no money”.
Watch Facebook and this publication for a FossilFest 2020 redux date.
April 4 Meeting Canceled
The April meeting has been canceled. This was an easy decision based on the virus and the fact that the University of South Florida canceled all on campus gatherings of ten or more people. I will let all of you know the future for TBFC meetings in this publication and on Facebook. For now, we are planning and hopeful to hold a May meeting.
Peace River Adventure
April 25 & 26 Canceled
When it rains it pours. It’s no surprise, I’m sure, that we have had to cancel the Peace River Adventure. The Adventure is not far enough into the future to believe that we won’t be under the same, or more severe, distancing restrictions than we are under now. I don’t want a repeat of what occurred at FossilFest where people were traveling from distant locations when the event was canceled. In addition to that, we’re already hearing that one of the campgrounds we deal with has started to limit amenities.
If you have already paid for the Adventure, we will settle up with you.
In closing, I want to again say thank you to everyone who helped out this past month. I want to thank TBFC’s VP and past presidents for their support regarding the hard decisions I had to make. I also give my sincerest apologies to those inconvenienced by these cancela- tions. I hope to see all of you at the May meeting.
Stay safe and healthy my paleo friends.