Yes, the Spring 2020 Gathering is Canceled.
This isn’t likely the first message you’ve read of this kind. Global Pandemic-related cancellations are now expected, at least here in California. It’s a weird time for everyone because none of us have ever done this before.
The CMG Board met Sunday, March 15th, and so did the Planners of the Spring Gathering. As much as we all love putting on and attending our gatherings, it was unanimous that the responsible thing to do was to cancel the Memorial Day Weekend Gathering in May. It is with a lot of heavy hearts that we make it official by publishing this note.
The Summer Gathering is still on the schedule for Labor Day weekend in Napa, California, September 4 – 7. We will meet again a little further down the road to see if we can still responsibly have it—same deal for Fall, which is in the calendar for October 16 – 18 at Pathfinder Ranch near Idyllwild, California. (Yes, a bit earlier than we usually have it!)
The good news: On our board call, we started looking at what we could create, if only to take the edge off of some of our feelings of isolation. What you can look forward to is a series of online workshops and get-togethers for sharing and being together! We think it could work well because the first part of our online board call on Sunday was pretty dismal, but we found that opening up to each other about how it feels to cancel a gathering coupled with the creativity and levity of the group boosted all of our spirits! That is what we want to be about and, of course, we want to include you!
We are working to get a better idea of how our technology works and putting some things together for online connecting starting soon! Once these online events start happening:
We’d love to see you there!
If you have ideas for online workshops that you may like to host that include participation, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a really good time to connect just because you can. Some of you may have your rosters from past gatherings; check-in with your buddies and pals! Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp! If you haven’t been to a Gathering yet, there is the Facebook group, and if you feel the need to reach out to one of us specifically, we are reachable through our website.
Our highest commitment is that we all stay well. Many of us are now in a higher risk category for the coronavirus, so please do what you can to steer clear of catching it, at least until the health professionals are more set up to help us.
We look forward to connecting with you soon, online and in-person when possible in the very near future!
Real Big Hugs,
Everyone at the CMG
March 16, 2020
Canceled due to global pandemic:
Thank you to the men who planned this event
all the way up to having a cool theme and an
awesome tribute to some of our beloved members!
Maybe this can be picked up where you left off
for a future Gathering!
All CMG events are drug-free. This event is also alcohol-free.
All persons who identify as male over age 18 are welcome.