Virtual Firefly is happening in Topia right now. You can connect at http://topia.io/firefly . Come visit our home away from reality, in virtual reality.
The 2021 Bug Burn will be happening live within the hour (it’s currently Friday, July 2, 10 pm)!
How to navigate Virtual Firefly: Follow the stone walkways to find interesting things! Fire pits are suggested hangout spots to meet new and old friends. Explore, congregate, have fun! Use your mouse or arrow keys to move around.
This event follows the Firefly Code of Conduct and 10 principles of Burning Man
Hope you all enjoy, and thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. ❤🔥❤
Come join us,
Firefly Communications Committee
As you know, in-person Firefly is canceled this year and sadly we will not
be gathering to burn a Bug next week. However, we’re happy to report that a
Firefly Metamorphosis progresses in Vermont!
Firefly awaits when our community will again rejoice and burn together; a
mammoth insect, too, is coming into being for wandering Fireflies. We are
building a monarch butterfly chrysalis in Bethel, one which
cannot--yet--burn, awaiting the certain hope of finding transformation in
its community’s return. When we all next gather and burn together at
Firefly, the butterfly will emerge to celebrate our congregation.
Soon, those who wish to make a pilgrimage to Firefly land in Vermont will
find a place to reflect and commune with the woods we love; starting after
July 4th weekend, the Chrysalis will await visitors there until the time is
ripe for a community burn. Details about how to visit are below.
The Chrysalis is a collaborative art project for Fireflies (and others) to
enjoy, located in The Field where Firefly has gathered since 2009, in the
form of a wood-and-fabric chrysalis structure with interior gathering
space. There is a FAQ below; other questions send to
How to Visit
To arrange a visit or overnight stay for your group, email the landowners
at laurelinvt(a)gmail.com or (if you’re friends on the internets) at
Please be respectful and don’t just show up without having previously
arranged for your visit.
Q: How can I go and visit the Chrysalis?
A: The Chrysalis is located on private land, please don’t just arrive
unannounced. Make your group’s arrangements directly with the landowner
for a day-trip or overnight camping--see How to Visit above. The land does
not have infinite capacity, and many weekends have events occurring, so
advance planning is recommended.
Q: Will there be a Firefly gathering of some kind at the Chrysalis in 2021?
A: The Chrysalis team intends to organize a trip this fall around September
which will include an exciting possibility to help inventory Firefly
storage and complete other work-weekend-style activities!
Q: What will I find at the Chrysalis site?
A: The woods are the same Vermont woods you remember! The Chrysalis is the
large green cocoon-shaped object in the Field. Inside, you’ll find a
platform for off-the-ground hangouts, some seating, solar lights for
Q: When will the Chrysalis Burn occur?
A: It’s not yet possible to have an effigy Burn because the community
can’t gather together, and the community is an essential part of a Burn.
When it is possible, we’ll figure out how a Chrysalis Burn will happen.
In addition to pandemic gathering safety, a Chrysalis Burn needs to have
enough volunteers to have a safe fire, and weather which isn’t too snowy
nor too dry to get a burn permit. With many planning challenges, it is
likely that the best time for a community Chrysalis Burn will be Firefly
Q: How can I contribute to the Chrysalis project?
A: Your participation is welcome! The Chrysalis belongs to you and the
rest of the Firefly community. You can contribute like you would with any
art project you’d find at a Burn. If you encounter a problem with the
Chrysalis, you can fix it! Or email chrysalis(a)fireflyartscollective.org
and let the artists know that there’s some maintenance to be done. If
you’d like to participate in ongoing maintenance, that’s also helpful, let
Q: Can I leave things in the Chrysalis?
A: Yes, you can contribute objects to the communal art! Please don't add
things to the Chrysalis which make it harder for others to interact with
it, make it less weatherproof, attract hungry raccoons, or, ya know, damage
Please note that people who aren't part of Firefly will visit the Chrysalis
too, and what you add may reflect on our whole community. The structure is
mostly-but-not-entirely weatherproof, and damp moldy unicorn plushies make
Q: Can I climb on top of the Chrysalis?
A: No: the Chrysalis is made of fabric, do not climb on it, the fabric is
intended to keep you dry inside, not hold your weight.
Q: Is the inside of the Chrysalis clothing-optional?
A: 10/10 mosquitoes surveyed approve of this method of participation.
Q: What do I do when leaving the Chrysalis site?
A: CLEAN UP ANY TRASH! And zip the door behind you.
Q: Can I host or facilitate a small event at the Chrysalis site?
A: Please make arrangements with the landowner--see How to Visit,
above--for all visitors to the site. Visitors can use the Chrysalis for
whatever non-commercial purposes they feel called to.
Q: I have another question not on this FAQ!
A: Email chrysalis(a)fireflyartscollective.org!