We aren’t surprised that the two major social outings for Marinette and Menominee citizens — and the hundreds of guests that pour into our cities for the events — have been canceled for this year. COVID-19, that nasty silent enemy that spewed a virus infection around the world, continues to hang around and do its evil thing.

There’s no time table for quieting COVID-19. Thanks to our bold and courageous health care workers spread across the country, the virus has been slowed, but worries persist about another wave striking again in the fall. God help us if the virus returns about the same time period the “regular” flu virus season begins. 

Marinette’s popular logging festival, with its base of operation at historic Stephenson Island, and Menominee’s long-standing Waterfront Festival on the city’s scenic water front, have been put on hold. No doubt citizens from the twin communities and the surrounding rural communities who have visited the events in the past, were looking forward to the spectacles after an agonizing several months of COVID-19. The festivals would have been an excellent cure for the painful winter and spring blahs offered by the virus.

Other anxiously awaited summer activities, from art shows, music concerts and sporting events, have been trampled on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We remind citizens disappointed with the decisions to wipe out their favorites for this year, that a voluminous amount of planning and preparation goes into these events. The planning doesn’t commence a few weeks before the show goes on. The planning in most cases starts when the previous season ended. Lining up schedules for activities and the booking of entertainers, parade participants, vendors, parade lineups and all of the other nuts and bolts of putting on a first-class show, takes time and money. Many of the previous contributors from the private, business and industrial sectors, suffered serious financial setbacks brought on by the COVID-19, aren’t in a position to write sizeable checks to finance these performances.

And then there’s the recruiting of volunteers to staff the grounds, the food and concession booths, and the various activities for children, teens and adults.

There still may be some scaled-down activities, but this will depend on the curse of COVID-19. We suggest our readers follow our EHCommunity Calendar postings in the EagleHerald. The calendar is a good way to find out what’s happening in our communities.

Hopefully, our communities will be able to return to normal for an exciting litany of events in 2021.