Dear Danebod Folk Meeting participants and supporters,
We hope this finds you and your families safe and well.
On behalf of the Folk Meeting Planning Committee, thank you for your past support of and engagement with the annual Danebod Folk Meeting in Tyler. Your presence each year enriches the Folk Meeting experience in so many ways.
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is seriously impacting our ability to safely gather in community this year, something we have certainly taken for granted in the past. The Planning Committee shares your concerns related to traveling and gathering at Danebod this year. In the interests of safety for all, the Planning Committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 in-person Danebod Folk Meeting and explore possibilities for some kind of “virtual” meeting for this year. We’ll share more about that in the weeks to come. We sincerely hope that circumstances in 2021 will be such that we can once again come together for learning and fellowship.
We also want to take this opportunity to invite you to support the Danebod Folk Meeting differently this year. The success of the Danebod Folk School experience has always been anchored in community support and generosity. Unfortunately, we will not be the only group to cancel an event at Danebod this summer. These cancellations are going to adversely affect Danebod’s ability to fulfill its mission and hamper its ability to serve when this current challenge ends.
Would you consider joining us in making a gift to the Folk School general operating fund or to the new Danebod Folk School Foundation? (The Foundation brochure is attached with more information.) While we realize that some of you may be financially impacted by COVID-19, perhaps others might be willing to consider a gift to help sustain the Folk School so that it will be ready for us to return next year.Although we’re deeply disappointed in the need to cancel this year’s in-person event, we will try to keep you updated in the coming months regarding our efforts at being able to offer some kind of virtual event. We hope many of you will reach out to each other to stay in touch during this year, and we look forward to seeing all of you for a doubly joyous reunion in 2021!
Sonja Hansen-Walker and Anita Thomsen Young
Co-Directors, Danebod Folk Meeting