Please take a minute to read this short letter to participants and staff regarding
Rabbitstick 33 - 2021
As of February 1, Backtracks has decided to open registrations for
Rabbitsick 33 - September 12-18, 2021.
We have determined that conditions across the country, although still fluid, point to conditions that will allow us to convene Rabbitstick 33. On-line registration is now open with the anticipation for full services being available with some modified protocols if required. Our plan is to monitor changes and/or improvements as the weeks pass prior to our event. Cross your fingers that things will improve and we can gather on the banks of the Snake River again this fall.
Creating this event and making it work for an amazingly diverse group of supporters has always been a balancing act. The problem with impacts from the virus is no different. We have polarizing viewpoints from – “It’s setting the stage for a New World Order” to “If I leave my house I’ll die.” Of course, the majority of us are caught somewhere in between. The problem is that all of us are being negatively affected in some way or another, and we want you to know that we don’t take any of it lightly and we wish the best for everyone. We are well aware of how wildly the facts and numbers are interpreted, but it’s not our call to just ignore them.
That said, we are staying positive and looking forward to this fall. We will provide anyone who pre-registered last year a full carryover of your registration fees. We are 6+ months out, so we still have lots of time to see how things will progress. If we do need to modify any part of the event, we will immediately let you know about any decisions we make. Anyone who has to make airline plans, you may want to purchase an inexpensive trip cancellation policy just in case things "go south" at the last minute.
To our dedicated staff – Rabbitstick has always been an “Instructor’s event” – a homecoming - if you will, and we're looking forward to getting together with everyone we have missed this past year. Paula and I have stayed busy with all the free time and have spoken to many of you over the phone or seen others of you at events. We have carefully weighed all the options and we are aware that many people are still hurting financially and/or medically and that many of our older teachers still may not be able to attend. We don't not want to leave them out...I guess we’re part of that group as well. We have been polling people to get feedback about everyone's feelings, and many of you have offered your support for whatever we decide to do. Many of you have made the pilgrimage to Idaho for over 30 years and we hope that habit will continue after this brief interruption.
We encourage everyone to keep the spirit of Rabbitstick alive by continuing to share photos and comments on social media, and letting us know how you’re doing. We're looking forward to our annual roll-call at the start of our annual staff meeting. Stay in touch, and stay healthy. Tomorrow will hopefully be a “4 Rabbit” day (Callie upped the anti from Woniya's 2 original Rabbit Day}.
David and Paula and the Backtracks staff.