2019 was the 15th Myschievia, and the 14th held at Armadillo Acres in Hughes Springs. Our theme this year was We Are Made of Star Stuff, which lent itself beautifully to amazing art, costumes, performances, and of course our amazing Effigy and Temple, along with the burn night spectacular show.
TICKETS AND ATTENDANCE:
For 2019, we sold 855 tickets: 17 child and infant tickets, 521 General Admission tickets, 57 Art Tickets, and 290 Volunteer Incentive tickets. 803 tickets were used for a no-show rate of 6%, on par with the approximate 10% no show rate of years past.
The weather this year was temperate for Thursday but turned cold and rainy on Friday. Daytime highs were in the 50s-60s for most of the event, nighttime lows were colder, dropping to the 30s Friday night. This kept most of the insect issues low and the event itself was fairly quiet overnight. Some rain showers were scattered throughout the event, causing some low spots to accumulate water, and there was one reported incident of a stuck vehicle on Hidden Creek Trail.
We had one ambulance transport this year, due to a participant choking on food. They were stabilized on site and transported to the local hospital. The vast majority of medical assistance given was for minor lacerations or insect stings. There were a couple of minor injuries. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were the busiest days.
There were no reported sound complaints from neighboring properties this year. There were few reported sound complaints from within the event.
We had one report of a problematic interaction that led to an ejection this year. As always, if you experienced or witnessed an interaction that resulted in a violation of our Code of Conduct, you can always report that by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were no unplanned fire incidents. There was one report of an unattended fire in Degobah that was handled with warnings.
There was one reported incident of ticketed gatecrashers that arrived after posted gate hours. They were escorted off property until gate reopened and then allowed to attend. There was one other incident of an unticketed person driving down to gate to ask questions, and they left on their own.
Work weekends began August 28-29th and continued through all weekends in September. Work weekends were well attended, with an emphasis placed on clearing roads, increased space for shaded camp sites, and felling dangerous trees. New footpaths were cleared connecting Degobah to Hidden Creek Trail, and the safety areas to the top of Hidden Creek Trail.
We had 57 registered theme camps this year. We also had approximately 50 RVs on property this year, the most we have ever had. RV placement proved to be a bit of a challenge, with RV overflow going into Parking to accommodate everyone. This will need to be creatively addressed in future years, if the numbers continue on the same trends.
Load out for Site Ops equipment was handled Friday 10/4, and had enough volunteers to get quickly loaded and to the property. We could have been more successful with more volunteers for both load out and on site unloading. Clean up of Site Ops gear post event was finished by Monday 10/14 and all equipment was transported back to the warehouse. Unloading of gear post event was very poorly attended, as well as packing of gear post event, with only one other volunteer helping the Site Ops Lead at the warehouse.
The loan of a large generator for powering the safety tents was somewhat successful. It was not utilized as well as it could have been for some of the event, so future use will have to be reviewed.
There was a lot of ART this year! We had 36 total registered art projects. We gave out 25 art grants this year, funded by Art Ticket sales. The total spent on Art Grants was $7,854! We had a total of 42 art grants applied for, WAY up from 16 applications in 2018. We will have to increase the number of Art Tickets sold for next year!
The Effigy this year was the Sagan Station. It was a beautiful multi-level observation tower with a curved staircase. The META team this year built the entire structure on site in the week leading up to the event, a first for Myschievia, and quite the feat of planning and execution.
This year’s temple was an Observatory dome with elegant lines and in tradition of Myschievia’s past, was pulled to the Effigy burn scar Sunday morning to burn in a quiet, gorgeous burn on Sunday night.
The media team revamped our website this year and had a running blog, The Echo, that was quite successful at keeping up with Myschievia news and excitement. They published a whopping 34 blog entries this year! You can follow The Echo at ntxb.org. The survival guide was updated and published and featured artwork submitted by the community for our first ever sticker contest!
Volunteering took on a life of its own this year. We did not have to close down our safety departments during the event this year! We rolled out a new volunteer incentive program to reward people that complete 8 hours of shifts before or during the event by offering a code to purchase a ticket for the 2020 event during a presale window before general sales go live next year. It was quite successful! Overall, Myschievia had 825 Volunteer Shifts; 578 were covered (70%), 155 shifts were signed up for but did not show up to work (18.8%) and 92 shifts had no one sign up and no one covered them (11.15%). There were a total of 3,050 volunteer hours to cover the event. Of those shifts, 774 volunteer hours were considered Graveyard (midnight to 8 AM), and of the graveyard hours, 469 hours were covered and showed up (60.6%), 139 graveyard hours were signed up for but had no shows (18%), and 166 hours had no signup and no coverage (21.45%)
Parking was in the usual location known as the Bacon Strip and was able to accommodate all vehicles and some added RVs. Most cars were kept off of the event fields with the exception of decorated or disguised vehicles above the lower field. Keeping the lower field clear of vehicles was mostly successful this year.
Earth Guardians report should be forthcoming but overall, the lower field was in great shape post event. All that remained during clean up weekend was one event structure, and mostly flags and pyro debris, in addition to the burn scar clean up. The event was cleared by the landowner by Saturday afternoon, 10/19.
MEATS: See medical incidents above. Volunteering was good this year. Shift coverage was somewhat light, but only one no show for a shift and MEATS did not have to be shut down at any point during the event.
Sanctuary: 88% of all shifts were covered by 60 volunteers with 412 total hours total worked. 10% of shift hours were picked up on site. Sanctuary encountered 25 documented visitors, 5 of which involved MEATS and 2 involving Rangers. 40% of the visits occured on Sunday. 80% of visitors stayed less than 1 hour. All shifts were well staffed. Sanctuary did not close at any time during the event. We were overwhelmed with generous donations of art supplies and water. Overall, this burn was cold and quiet with a high volunteer turnout and low incident rate.
Rangers: Rangers had volunteers on all shifts, covering close to 90% of total shifts filled! In years past the Ranger department has averaged around 70-80% shift coverage. Ranger teams responded to one major medical incident (and did an AMAZING job securing a perimeter and assisting the outside emergency response teams to navigate the property), one consent violation report, and the unsanctioned shooting of fireworks.
Fire: Fire team had minimally adequate coverage for both Burn Events and could have used more qualified people for rotations. The cool weather assisted in preventing teams from overheating, but in the future, more volunteers will be needed and training will be provided to anyone interested. Fire team also responded to the medical incident and was able to do so quickly thanks to the availability of carts. Minor responses needed throughout the event for unattended fire pits or fire pits without visible extinguishers; reminders to store fuel cans AWAY from generators and exhaust, as well as away from tents due to ventilation risks.
Do you have the will to serve a community of burners?
Do you enjoy structure and attention to detail?
Do you excel at delegating?
Do you want one of those sweet, sweet volunteer incentive codes for tickets to Myschievia?
We currently have vacancies for the following positions:
- Art Liaison (working with Priyanka!)
- Media Liaison (working with Viv!)
- Safety Liaison (working with Chairman Meow!)
What does Batcave do?
As an organizational and advisory board, we are tasked with:
- Interacting with and representing the NTXB community to the organization
- Facilitating the ongoing re-creation and healthy, balanced growth of Myschievia.
- Selecting and supporting Volunteer Leads
- Advising NTXB LLC on all matters
- Providing a system of checks and balances
Sound like something you're into?
This last weekend volunteers worked fearlessly through the spider attacks to clear roads, flag roads, set up structures, precisely set flags for where theme camps will be located, and clear away some camp areas. The city team does bad ass work.
That being said. We are not a landscaping company. Bring your rake and pruny shears for your camp area. We may have missed some thorny vines and we definitely did not rake up all the leaves.
If you have trouble finding your camp, ask a zone guide first. They have general knowledge and will tell you how wrong you’re doing it. They can radio for a city planning lead if needed. Dagobah people, bring boards and stuff if you have a trailer or camper.
While it’s not as wet as last year, it’s always recommend to be prepared. Parking on something that won’t sink is just smart. My crossroads family! Every single time one of you shows up at gate, city will be alerted and we will guide you to your spot. I know most of you can read flags, but it’s such a tight year, that having a guide is best.
Please be kind and patient. We love you all and we’re all in this together. City has at least three volunteers who promised to yell at people for us if needed. Don’t make us use our secret weapons!
BatCave City Liaison
FINAL REMINDERS FROM VOLUNTEER HEADQUARTERS
We are in the home stretch everyone! It's almost time to go home! So here are a few housekeeping reminders for ya:
Something new and fun this year is that Volunteer Headquarters will have a phone provided by those assholes at FUT! If you are running late for your shift or if we need to hunt you down because you are late, we can call your camp or you can find a phone and call us! (Phone number TBD)
I will be on-site Wednesday so try to ask all questions before I get on the land.
LET'S FUCKING DO THIS!
2019 Volunteer Coordinator
The eagerly anticipated participants’ map is here! Find your theme camp, check out art placement, and marvel at that out-of-this-world design.
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Downloadable PDF (12.1MB)
Additional City Notes
Due to changes with JOTS, the porto potty company, Porto placement is still being finalized and placement at the event may differ from what is shown on the map. We will do our best to keep them as close as possible to original map placement.
The most notable is that Jakku Trail is now a solid route through Dagobah and should withstand heavier traffic in the event of rain.
There's now a new 'Shadow' path that connects Dagobah to the halfway point of Hidden Creek Trail. This shadow of a path was added as a shortcut for safety teams and is still a bit rough around the edges. It's shaded, suitable for foot traffic, and a nice little nature hike if you're so inclined.
In the past RV's camping without a theme camp were a rarity and we did not have a way to notate or list them separately. For this year’s map RVs or groups of RVs that are NOT part of a Theme Camp are listed in the Theme Camps section but with an "(RV)" next to their name on the map to notate them as personal recreational vehicles.
For comments and compliments, please contact ntxb-city-planning at googlegroups.com
2019 City Planning Lead
We are so excited for all the amazing ART to come this year, that we just can’t help but give you a sneak peak! A big thank you to all our creatives and participants. Below you will see a description of Art that will be at TTITW, with a letter located before the title. Please look to the participants MAP (released later today!) to align the title with that letter *star*so that you know where to go to experience these amazing works of art.
Enjoy a little window into what the artists have to offer this year…
Much love and respect,
2019 Art Lead
*A* House of Glory and Redemption- A venue to explore and expose your secrets, sins, and sighings. It is a confessional booth with open priest(ess) and penitent sides. Participants can find an ear to listen, some juicy stories, or perhaps a fantasy or new friend to enjoy. It includes a glorious door to the beyond.
*B* The Shrine of Bea Arthur- Lay your weary head at the shrine of Bea Arthur and pay homage to the Patron Saint of Snark. May she bless you with the wit and charm that only a Golden Girl can.
*C* An Appeal for Space Communism - The ""Appeal for Space Communism"" is an educational art piece and exhibit describing the overwhelming abundance of natural resources available in space and how utilizing these resources could completely transform life on earth into a high-tech post-capitalist utopia. It will consist of a hanging model asteroid diorama with a model extraction facility and survey drones, and a series of educational posters discussing what is present in space, how it could be accessed, and how it could affect life on Earth. It will be freely available throughout the weekend.
*D* Love Tunnel Cuddle Puddle - Crawl down the urethra to a cozy, friendly cuddle puddle. Make new friends as you brainstorm puns together and play with little spermies glowing under uv light in the testicles. Crocheted out of recycled plastic, all you dirty space commies will have a safe and stimulating place to rest in between adventures.
*E* Fire Spinning Fan - A sideways mounted spinning ceiling fan with steel blades and propane flames.
*F* Painting Star Stuff with Rockets - A place where people can launch pneumatic powered plastic bottle rockets about 20 feet up in the air filled with paint over DIY canvases. The participants are able to pick their paint color(s), build the canvas, and launch as many bottles as their painting requires.
*G* Glow Wall- Find your shadow with a glow wall that captures your silhouette with UV light.
*H* Transdimensional Portal Generator- 12 foot pyramid with approx. 3500 LEDs. The legs extend about 12 feet on the diagonal into a keystone with laser cut backlit panels, and topped with a 100W LED pinnacle. Travelers can position themselves underneath the keystone, though stray thoughts may inadvertently trigger the portal opening.
*I* The Aleatorium - The Aleatorium is the successor to the Tripatorium--an interactive synesthetic light and sound room featuring several instruments and devices, centered around an LED light controller and a light-reactive synthesizer. The Aleatorium, rather than being just an aleatoric sound generator, like the Tripatorium, is now a full-on aleatoric music generator with ""songs"" generated on the spot by the participants using an upgraded light-to-sound synthesizer, a sequencer/drum machine, and enhanced LED patterns triggered by an arcade button controller. The Aleatorium will also feature a newly designed geometric enclosure with a reflective interior and LED lit exterior, a la last year's Vibe Collider. The Aleatorium provides an interactive and art generative experience for its visitors/participants. The impetus for the Aleatorium is to provide the means for creating music in a fun and approachable interface for anybody to use and care with while immersed in a psychedelic, playful, exploratory environment.
*J* The Wall - A tag wall for participants to practice immediacy and radical self-expression, while fueling conversations about boundaries, safety, and radical inclusion.
*K* Go Punk Yourself - Hair color and styling booth for communication and expression. Here, you have the opportunity to display what YOU want to communicate about who you are… with a little assistance and guidance for spiking, gelling, and colorizing.
*L* It’s a UFT - Big U.F.O. with fire and blinky lights!
*M* Deep Thot- Deep Thot is a participatory installation which prints out randomized fortunes when her button is pressed. Her physical form is still a work in progress, but the intent is to simulate the experience of interacting with an ultra-high-tech alien supercomputer. She's a reskin of the Prognosticat installation from Myschievia 2018, with all new fortunes and an all new physical appearance.
*N* Make Your Own Galaxy - Acrylic pour station. Learn to pour and make your own galaxy.
Events will be scheduled throughout the burn to allow participants to create works of art to take home. Station will be part of capitalist space slum scaffolding on the effigy field.
If you're sad that communism lost and can't afford to go to the stars, come see the stars in paint.
*O* Paint the Sky - Come paint a tiny black canvas with your favorite space scene, constellation, or planet. Magnets on each canvas will allow you to attach them to a board to display throughout Myschievia. We will play Symphony of Science during painting sessions. Sagan and Tyson are quoted in their music. Display board can be viewed throughout the burn. On Sunday everyone can pick up their tiny canvas and take home as a fridge magnet.
*P* The Great and Mighty Oz - Magical Guardian fountains to the realm of Fairy Tales, come witness the power of the Great and Mighty OZ!
*Q* Flower Crown Station - Feel like a Hollywood star wearing a headpiece made of faux flowers. We will provide a mirror and 100 premade crowns as well as supplies for participants to create something of their very own.
*R* Butt Putt Disco Fantazy Space Outpost - Putt Putt golf hole involving LEDS and Jellyfish!
*S* TRAMPoline Swing - We are all stars here and our camp is a performance art camp that turns trash into art. This will be a boojie lounge space with pillows on top of a suspended silver sturdy iron stand that invites people to take a moment to lounge and swing around in a luxurious space created from a upcycled trampoline and scrap fabrics.
*T* Star of Enoch - The frabjous star is a 3D trippy mathematical puzzle that makes your wonder how the hell someone could even concept the idea. The sculpture will be lit with multi programmable LED spotlights that are linked to motion sensors for a one of A kind interactive experience. Motion sensors around the sculpture provide a ""light show"" when activated giving the surrounding spectators a unique experience on an already trippy looking piece of art. @cre8nate @Goodvibetribehouston
*U* The Mesmer - The Mesmer is a light dynamic mural portraying our relationship with the universe. See reality transition from overwhelmingly chaotic to beautifully fluid as naturally as day turns to night. @aerica.raven #aericaraven
*V* Bound By Nature - A shibari/rope bondage based project! Focusing on the restraint of nature and people.
*W* Heaven’s Gate - Heaven's gate is an entrance beyond human conventional concepts and is represented by a rhombicosidodecahedron with 4ft edges that provide holes that one can enter through. The outside is decorated to be psychedelic, unnatural, radiating UV paint, splashed by black flood lights. Emanating its own energy, attracting those who gaze upon it.
*X* Lit Sparkle Balls - Lit Sparkle Balls will help lost hippies so they can stay out of the woods and keep on the trails.
*Y* Message in a Bottle - Send a letter to the future! Write a letter, quote, or story. Draw a picture. Anything!! Seal it in an envelope and default world address it to yourself or someone else. Put the letter in the bottle.
At some point in the future, months from now, perhaps when you’ve forgotten all about it, the letter will find its way back to you via your default world mailbox
*Z* Friday’s Goodbye - Most of you know Praxx, the camp creator and owner of Badlands Coffee. Many of you also got to meet Friday Jones-Gray, his beloved Nova Scotia Duck Toller. In early August, Friday developed a rare medical complication from a standard vet procedure. Despite our best efforts on Thursday, Sept. 19th the heart wrenching decision to end her suffering was made. She passed surrounded by Praxx, Sparrow and Mer, her loving family.
In our efforts to save her, Praxx built a custom wooden chair to assist with her feedings which will now serve as her memorial. We will have it in the BLC serving tent and those that knew and loved her are welcome to come by, express your condolences, and write a message of farewell. In true burner fashion, the chair will be burned at Temple. She had a well lived, adventurous life. We will remember her as the sailing, kayaking, motorcycle-riding, ultra-laid-back canine she was.
Friendly reminder that Event Registration is open through Monday Sept 30th. If you haven't registered your events there's still a few days!
Register your event here.
Once registration closes, a list of events will be included on the website so you can check out what everyone is up to this year!
Estimated Map Release
We’re still ironing out some last minute updates to ensure participants get an accurate map of the event. Look for the Participant map to be released next week, most likely Tuesday, Oct 1st.
During this time (and more so once the map is released) we ask that you remember that this entire event is volunteer run. We’re doing this out of a love for the community in our free time. We’ve all put in a lot of time and effort into making this event happen, run smoothly and be enjoyable for all participants. With that in mind, please take a moment to reach out to a volunteer and tell them how much you appreciate what their doing.It really does make a world of difference. <3
RV Placement at Myschievia 2019
Congratulations you industrious burners, RV registration and attendance are at a record number this year! Last year at Meowchievia we had just under 10 RVs registered. This year despite having the same number of ticket sales we’ve placed over three times as many!
City has been working tirelessly to find placement for all RV’s that registered on time, as well as accommodation for stranglers. Both Crossroads and the area marked “Open RV Camping” on last year’s map have been filled to the brim.
We are currently working with Parking Leads to accommodate additional RV’s to be placed in parking. Once we’re able to get back on land at the final work weekend we’ll figure out the most suitable land in parking to place RV’s and look for any additional spaces we may have missed.
What’s the big deal with RVs?
The logistics of getting RVs into place at Myschievia are significantly more challenging than in the expansive dessert or the flat plains and prairies of many other Burns. The land is much more conducive to erecting a structure in place than driving a similarly sized vehicle into the same spot. This is because trees exist. A lot of trees. And you can’t drive through trees.
Myschevia takes place in the piney woods of East Texas, a rough terrain that is heavily timbered. While the City and Land teams have worked diligently with the Land Owner over the years to make the land more hospitable to hosting our event, it’s still not very friendly to RVs. While we’ve worked to map the land, we haven’t had the time to document all the trees. There’s so many of them and I swear more are growing by the day.
On top of that some pockets of terrain are made up of a sandy loam. When wet this soil can become mushy, and under heavy rain and traffic can turn into a quicksand like mud. RVs are significantly heavier than tents and this limits where they can be safely placed. Overall Crossroads has a denser soil, is less treed throughout, and minimizes an RV’s trek through problematic terrain to get in and out of the event.
Fortunately for our RV population, Hughes Springs has so far been scant on rain and currently the land is significantly drier and sturdier than it was last year. But as a community we are still holding out hope for rain so that we can burn ban stays lifted and we can burn that beautiful effigy!
So, if you have an RV, we highly recommend you bring traction boards to place under the wheels so that in the event of rain it will help to prevent the possibility of getting stuck on land.
More information to come soon!
City Planning Lead
Do you like going to Myschevia?
Did you sign up for a couple shifts and just realize you are 1-2 hours short on filling your 8 hour requirement to get a volunteer incentive ticket for next year?
Are you looking for an easy shift?
Can you pick shit up?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then buddy do I have news for you!
Earth Guardians has a couple open shifts to fill and many hands make short work! Help us keep our beloved Piney Playa MOOP-free by signing up and SHOWING up for a shift or two!
We currently have openings for:
Saturday From 8-10a
Sunday From 8-10a
Monday From 8a-2p
(12 shifts! Each only one hour long!)
Earth Guardian Lead
Have you found a match on the Ticket Fairy? Found out your step-sister's new girlfriend is having a baby shower that weekend? Need to transfer your tickets?
TRANSFER TICKETS BY OCTOBER 5TH!
Don't know how?
Here's what to do:
Why October 5th?
Gate needs to finalize the entry list for their volunteer materials. The time remaining will allow the Gate Lead, Safety Team and LLC to get all of their ducks in a row so nobody is left out. They've got a lot of logistics to plan so let's give them the time to do so!
2017-2019 Web Lead, Viv, is an Amazon potato who lives under a bridge, occasionally popping out to throw cabbages at edge lords.
2019 Information Manager, The WOHL, is known for his distracting attention to detail and a stunning laser-quipped third eye.