Fwd: [bostonburn] Gnomefatty Camp was a big success!
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--- Bob <dance4ever@...> wrote:
> Just a quick summary to let the non-attending
> supporters know how
> everything went at BM 2001.
> Despite some minor problems, the truck arrived on
> schedule (a bit
> early, in fact), and nothing significant was lost or
> damaged in
> transit. Even the big mirrored disco ball survived
> unscathed (although
> we never used it).
> We set up the dj rig in the back end of the truck as
> planned, and it
> worked & sounded great. The new genny did the job
> with no problems.
> The dome was assembled in a couple of hours by an
> enthousiastic team.
> Everything fit together fine, and the parachute
> covered the structure
> perfectly. We were able to remove 2 horizontal
> struts to create 2
> separate doorways without weakening the structure.
> The floor was
> covered with tarp and carpet remnants, and the furry
> red bedspread
> became the "stage". It looked great and served our
> needs well. A fine
> venue for our scheduled events, and a popular
> chill/hang/nap space day
> & night for members of our camp and numerous
> A 15-foot-high Seed of Life (outlined in xmas lites)
> was erected at our
> corner, which welcomed visitors and illuminated our
> dance floor. We
> set up a bar in the space between the truck and the
> dome, and Vic found
> his calling as our star bartender.
> Andrew was able to resolve his work crisis, and
> arrived (in an RV w/
> his friend John from Berkeley) in time to enjoy most
> of the week.
> Later, he prepared a wonderful feast.
> Tuesday's pop trash poetry reading was a huge
> success. The dome was
> packed, and everyone hammed it up hilariously.
> Wednesday's pajama
> party was not as popular - lots of fun
> story-telling, but the pajama
> dress-up theme never really caught on. Both events
> were followed by
> hours of lively dancing.
> We really lucked out weather-wise. Bearably hot
> during the day,
> pleasantly warm in the evening, never really cold at
> night. No
> precipitation at any time. Windy at times (with
> resulting dust
> storms), but never severe or prolonged.
> Total attendance was about the same as last year.
> The exponential
> growth of Burning Man has apparently stopped, at
> least for now, perhaps
> because of the downturn in the economy. Disturbing
> trends evident last
> year, such as littering, traffic jams, and bad vibes
> from weekend-only
> "tourists", were thankfully reduced this year.
> Creating a safe and
> sustainable environment has been a major goal of
> burners for many
> years, and it was very encouraging to see how well
> this is working.
> On the whole, we all had an amazing time, and
> everyone wants to do it
> again next year. Hopefully many of our friends who
> couldn't make it
> this year will be able to join us in 2002.
> Thanks to everyone for all their effort, time, and
> dedication which
> made Gnomefatty Camp 2001 such a huge success!
> - Bob
> PS - There's considerable interest in having a
> post-burn celebration/
> debriefing event in a week or two, so we can share
> our thoughts, relive
> our experiences, and start planning for next year.
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