WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
FRASER’S RIDGE HOMECOMING 2021
July 22, 2021
Dear Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming Attendees, Participants & Friends,
Last July, I sadly announced the cancellation of the 2020 Homecoming due to COVID. Unfortunately, and most unexpectedly, we are still talking about COVID a year later. With the recent surge in cases, many of you may have questions about how I plan to address this situation as we move closer and closer to our “homecoming”.
As of July 30th, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 215 will expire and all COVID restrictions will be lifted, except for public schools. The Governor held a news conference yesterday, July 21, 2021, and stated he does not, at this time, expect to enter another Executive Order after July 30th; however, if cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, he has left the door open to issue another restrictive order. In the absence of any Executive Order after July 30th through October 17th, we will be business as usual and let the Cherry Bounce begin to flow!!
OK, ok! I hear you asking, “Beth, what if an Executive Order with COVID restrictions is in place on October 14-17?”. Well, my first response would be I pray with all my heart and soul that is not the case but that doesn’t really answer your question, does it? So, here is the simple answer:
If a COVID-restrictive Executive Order is in place during the dates of our Homecoming, I will have to ask that everyone attending the Homecoming comply with that order. This includes ANY ONE ATTENDING THE HOMECOMING in any capacity. It is the only way that we can have a successful Homecoming or a Homecoming at all.
As we know, the situation with COVID is ever changing and, as much as I wish I could be a time traveler (wink, wink), I cannot tell anyone what is going to happen in the future. The bottom line is that I am going to hope and pray for the best but be prepared for the worst and that means preparing you to be ready for any restrictions which may be in place.
So, what are some things you need to think about to be prepared just in case the worst happens? Here’s a list of some things to think about:
- You may be asked to wear a mask.
- You may be asked to show a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
- You may be asked to check your temperature each day.
- You may be asked to show proof of having had COVID (Doctor’s note, antibody test or positive COVID test).
- You may be asked for a disclosure of your vaccination status (not proof of vaccination).
- You may be asked to comply with alternative seating arrangements.
- If you’re not feeling well, you may be asked to abstain from attending workshops, activities, meals, etc.
Also, at the request of any of our cast members (Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek), any one or more of the following may potentially take place:
- Photo and autograph sessions may need to be eliminated;
- Photo and autograph sessions may need to be restricted to vaccinated attendees only;
- Photo and autograph sessions and any other appearance by the cast members may need to be “contactless” – meaning no physical contact with the cast member.
- Social distancing (6 feet or more) may need to be abided by and a mask may need to be worn whenever in a cast member’s presence.
- Any other restriction the cast member requests.
Please keep in mind that these are things that may happen and, hopefully, will not happen. Since the deadline for final payments and refunds is coming up on July 31st, I felt it was very important to get this information out in full disclosure and transparency of my intentions and plans going forward. Also, if another Executive Order is issued with COVID restrictions between now & Homecoming, I will let you know about it immediately.
My first priority as your host and your friend is to keep YOU safe and well. Even in the absence of any type of Executive Order, hand sanitizing stations will be placed around the venue where the meals, workshops, entertainment and activities take place. Disposable tableware, utensils and serveware will be used. Tabletop cleaning will take place between meals and workshops. In addition, we encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently. We ask that you be considerate of others’ space and if you need or want to wear a mask, please do so without fear of judgment. Besides, we, Sassenachs, are a non-judgmental bunch anyway!
I know this is a lot to digest and think about. If a question came to mind while you were reading this, please send me an email and I will try to answer it as best as I can. Also, please see the links below. **Since I need to know that everyone has read this information, I most kindly ask that you click the button below. On that page you will also find a COVID-19 Release & Waiver to read over and a form to submit. If you have read the letter and are in agreement with the terms of the Release & Waiver, please kindly complete and submit the form.** There is also a link below to email me with your questions and a link to request balance information or to pay your balance by July 31.
Thank you so much for your support as I’ve muddled my way through this pandemic (and this letter). I am so glad to call you not just friends, but family and am looking forward to reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones in just three months time! OK, I’m done! Bring me the Cherry Bounce!!
Forever your Outlander friend & daydreaming of Homecoming in NC,