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*The survey closes August 2nd*.
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Hi! The Glowbe is a bulletin of time-sensitive or essential info about
Read on for important event updates; we’ll keep it short and sweet.
*1284 *Fireflies have tickets.
*10 *Fireflies are wait listed.
*6* days until the bug burns.
*1) WEATHER IS HAPPENING - Don’t Fuck Up*
*2) Print ALL the things – map, waiver, WWW guide*
*3) Sign up for volunteer shifts and *remember when they are**
*4) Respect the land, and DRIVE SLOWLY*
*5) PSA: Avoid dead things.*
*6) Procrastinators rejoice! And buy local.*
*1) ICYMI: It's HOT! *
That means we need everyone to take some precautions so you don’t succumb
to the heat.
First of all, use common sense. Try to avoid heavy work in the sun from
11-4; that is when it is the hottest and you are likely to sweat more than
you can drink. Maybe set up in the woods and unload in the morning and late
*If *you are working outside during the hottest time of day, you can take a
number of precautions to prevent heat exhaustion and other heat-related
illnesses. When temperatures climb, remember to:
- *Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.* Wearing excess clothing or
clothing that fits tightly won't allow your body to cool properly.
- *Protect against sunburn.* Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool
itself, so protect yourself outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply
sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're
swimming or sweating.
- *Drink plenty of fluids.* Staying hydrated will help your body sweat
and maintain a normal body temperature.
- *Take extra precautions with certain medications.* Be on the lookout
for heat-related problems if you take medications that can affect your
body's ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat. (for example heart
- *Never leave anyone in a parked car.* This is a common cause of
heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in
your car can rise 20 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 6.7 C) in 10 minutes.
It's not safe to leave a person in a parked car in warm or hot weather,
even if the windows are cracked or the car is in shade. When your car is
parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.
- *Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.* If you can't avoid
strenuous activity in hot weather, drink fluids and *rest frequently* in
a cool spot. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of
the day, such as early morning or evening.
- *Be cautious if you're at increased risk.* If you take medications or
have a condition that increases your risk of heat-related problems, such as
a history of previous heat illness, avoid the heat and act quickly if you
notice symptoms of overheating. If you participate in a strenuous sporting
event or activity in hot weather, be sure to rest when you need to and ask
for help if you do not feel well.
*2) Print these before you go! *
The 2018 Firefly Map is available for printing at
This year we're doing waivers at the Gate. Save time and effort, and earn
our undying gratitude by printing ahead of time! You can do that here:
Fireflies can BYO print, download, or sync up to the WWW calendar before
heading into the VT wilderness:
*3) Don’t forget to keep track of your volunteer shifts!*
Check your volunteer shifts before you go! Your shifts are listed right at
the top of https://volunteer.fireflyartscollective.org/
At the event, please check out the Gnome Tent at the top of the field hill
next to Kitchen for open volunteer spots!
If you still want to sign up for volunteer shifts:
Landowners have requested that we drive slowly. Once you leave the paved
road, you observe a 5 mile-per-hour speed limit until you leave the event.
Both landowners have animals that we do not want to spook, and the
landowners themselves will be home during the event. We have very good
relations with the landowners and hope to keep it that way.
At a time when other regional burns struggle to find a venue, Firefly has
been on the same site since 2009. One reason is that we as community
respect the landowners' property and take our trash with us. Anything that
was not on the property before we arrive must be taken away. This includes
food waste, cooking oil, bacon grease, and other biodegradable items.
Cigarette butts must never hit the ground. Remember to look in the trees
for random bungee cords, clothesline, or rope.
Goodwill can be hard to come by once it is lost. Firefly has very good
relations with the landowners and we wish to keep it that way.
Coordinating for Leave No Trace Late Crew? Rideshare information is
available in a Google Sheet for LNT volunteers:
*5) Be aware of your surroundings and beware natural hazards*
Look up before you put your tent down, no matter where you are camping. We
are still located in a beautiful natural forest which does contain natural
hazards like trees that are dead and standing. Look for the signs: is there
a tree trunk that is not standing straight up? Is there a large
long-since-dead tree trunk that has woodpecker holes all over it? These are
potential dangers! If there are any questionable hazards near your theme
camp or open camping areas, please do not hesitate to contact DPW for a
*6) Buy local*
Please consider supporting the local community before you arrive or after
you leave. Unlike many regional burns, we have been on the same site since
2009. One reason is that we have a positive impact on the town. So if you
think you may need something, buying it in Bethel, VT benefits the town and
Firefly. When buying, don’t forget to mention to people that you are from
the Firefly Festival.
No re-entry is allowed once you have arrived, so grab what you need before
you show up! A map of local businesses who know about and welcome Firefly
customers, as well as their hours of operation, can be found at
Got a critical announcement for the community? Communications team can
help you add it here, or in other Official Voice Of Firefly channels.
*Stay tuned year round:*
Announce list <https://lists.fireflyartscollective.org/listinfo/announce> —
(This email list) Must-read info for event ticketholders or those hoping to
be. Tix registration auto-subscribes you here (hi!), though you can drop
out any time (bye)
Blink list <https://lists.fireflyartscollective.org/listinfo/fireflyblink> —
Community discussion email list.
FB announcements page <https://www.facebook.com/firefly.arts.collective/> —
‘Like’ & Follow this page to get notifications from FAC via Facebook.
FB discussion group
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/firefly.arts.collective/> — Join this
group to participate in FB community discussions.
All ^these^ links and moar:
See you in the woods!