The first gathering of the Chequamegon Universalist Unitarian Fellowship will be on the water and shores of Long Lake outside of Washburn. As is our custom, we will share our stories of water from the summer as we come back together for our 2020-2021 service year. There are three ways to participate. One, bring a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard to Long Lake to float during the service. Two, bring a chair and participate from the shore. Three, view video and photos from Saturday and add your stories at our online service on Sunday, September 13. We ask that all who attend the On-the-Water Service wear a mask to help protect those who are vulnerable. There will be a microphone to amplify the service.
We will break from tradition and will not bring our own water as it could introduce new organisms into Long Lake. Instead, please bring your individual stories, and we will use water from the lake to add to the collective pitcher. Let us come back together in the best way we know how, with a little splash of fun, care for safety and wellness of all, and reverence for the waters of our home in the Northwoods.
Rain date is Saturday, September 19.
Directions to Long Lake: Go west on Wannabo Road (just south of the City of Washburn). Turn right onto Forest Road 435. The service will be at the boat landing on the northwest side of the lake.
Launching a boat: Please arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. to launch a boat. We will have a team assisting with unloading boats, in a socially distanced manner, at the boat landing. If you would prefer to do a self-launch, you can also park near the beach and launch from the fishing stairs. Once you are launched, we ask that you enjoy some socially distanced floating time while everyone arrives.
Participating from shore: There is room for about 20 distanced chairs on the shore. Arrive any time before 10 a.m. to locate a spot. Parking at the boat landing area will be closest. You can also park at the beach area and walk ¾ of a mile along the trails to the boat landing.
Fee: CUUF will cover the Daily Use Fee for the service. There is no fee for you to attend.
Safety: We will have designated safety boaters on the water. There will be hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and extra masks at the boat launch