Mashpee Community Picnic July 1, 2019

Throngs of people fill the fields at Mashpee High School for last year's annual Community Picnic and fireworks. Due to the pandemic, selectmen have canceled this even and the towns' summer camp.  

The Town of Mashpee will not host a summer camp or hold its annual community picnic and fireworks display in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Town Manager Rodney C. Collins told selectmen on Monday, May 4.

The selectmen did not raise objections to the recommendations by Mr. Collins that the events and camp be canceled.

“At this particular time there are no plans to staff the summer camp,” Mr. Collins said.

“To say it in plainer English,” Selectmen Chairman Andrew R. Gottlieb replied, “you’re not staffing the camp so we’re not offering the camp program in the summer of 2020.”

“Mary [Bradbury] could let people know that under the circumstances we’re not able to offer the program and give them some notice so they can find alternatives,” said Mr. Gottlieb, referring to the director of the recreation department.

“Because of the timeline at this juncture we have no plans for the community picnic, which includes the fireworks at the high school unless the board directs otherwise,” Mr. Collins said.

Mr. Collins also said the town still plans to hire beach attendants and boat landing attendants. The town will also hire four department of public works seasonal laborers rather than the usual six, he said.

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