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** OpenAir Classic “XV” Officially Postponed **
AKA: Driftless 2021
August 26-29, 2021

Headquarters: Middleton, Wisconsin
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

We are sad and disappointed to report that after long discussions, hours spent reviewing the “experts” best estimates of when things might get back to “near normal” – and what “near normal” might be - we have decided that it’s very unlikely we could plan and present a high quality OpenAir Tour this August. We couldn’t say with absolute certainty that the kind of activities, checkpoints, stops, dining events, socializing and group gatherings that combine to make OAC tours so much fun, is going to be allowed, or more importantly possible, without subjecting participants to the unacceptable risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Thus the 2020 tour is postponed.

If you had a room reservation in the OAC Block at the Marriott in Middleton you should have received a cancellation note from the Marriott Reservations System. The hotel graciously offered to cancel the entire block, to avoid requiring each of you to go through the cancellation process individually, with the possibility that someone might forget and incur late cancellation fees. Unfortunately, cancellations happened before we could inform you of the change. We are sorry for the rude surprise.

The OpenAir Classic Tour XV will be August 26-29, 2021 at Marriott Middleton
Please note: To maintain our Middleton base, we are one week later than our traditional third week.
It is our intention that the OAC 2021 Tour will be everything we anticipated for 2020 – and likely even more.
ROOM RESERVATIONS – We are working with Marriott to ensure that our OAC room block will be at least as big as we had for 2020 – and possibly even bigger. As expected, the advance reservations for 2020 were running very strong and by April 15 fewer than 25 of our 200 blocked rooms were still available. Please be patient. It may take some time for the Marriot to prepare to accept reservations for 2021. We will let you know as soon as the block is secured and available for 2021 reservations. As in previous years, we will arrange for a limited number of rooms to be available at the special OAC rate for the day before the tour (Aug. 25) and the day after the tour (Aug. 30th). Watch your email for the announcement.
THE TOURS – The great Driftless Region back road routes, small communities, and unique businesses will still be our agenda. You can bet that the warm welcome we have always enjoyed, will be all the sweeter next August.
YOUR OAC MEMBERSHIP - All current memberships will automatically be extended for a year. If your membership was due to expire in June 2020, it will now expire June 2021.
THE 2021 OPENAIR CONDITIONER – We hope that things improve so that we can plan an OpenAir winter meeting for January 29-31, 2021. Again – watch for an email announcement.
STAYING IN TOUCH - Like families across the county, we’re using technology to connect. We will be sending news and updates by email to announce OAC’s 2021 events. We’re also exploring ways that we can be “together, apart.” Remember that you can find us on Facebook and a new account on Instagram. Watch for a “virtual tour” where you can submit images of your summer outings or previous tours.

Thanks for your continued patience, support, and topless friendship. We eagerly await our next meeting!

Gary, Mae, Mike, Donna and the whole OpenAir Team


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