First, let me say that we hope this email finds you and your families both safe and well. This health crisis, the corresponding restrictions on all large gatherings, nationwide business closures, and resulting unemployment have crippled our economy and literally brought normal life to a standstill for many of us.
While we had hoped the current situation might change sooner rather than later, it is clear this will not happen. Therefore, it is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of Historicon 2020.
The obstacles and hurdles to run Historicon 2020 would have been Herculean to overcome, even if the current gathering restrictions were lifted at some point before the convention. More importantly, we feel that the health risks to our attendees, vendors, volunteers, and staff are too great to proceed.
Obviously, all vendors that have already paid for booth space will be refunded in full. We have also confirmed with the Marriott hotel that any facility cancellation fees will be waived and HMGS is relieved from any financial obligations.
While we wish things had turned out differently for Historicon 2020, we will now concentrate on Fall-In! 2020 scheduled for November. Hopefully, we will be in a better situation by then and will continue to monitor developments for that and future shows.
So, in closing, please take care of yourselves, try to get some painting done, and plan on some great conventions when we have gotten through this.