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Ah, the sweet smell of May! Welcome everyone to this month’s riveting Barbie Death Village newsletter. To be very candid, this is one of my favorite days of the year. Every year on May 1 we like to celebrate our favorite pseudo-holiday, and I’m referring of course to Beltane. For many of you this is the greatest day of the year, and for the uninitiated, allow me to explain. Beltane is the Gaelic May Day Festival. The name originates from the Celtic god Bel “the bright one” and the Gaelic word teine which means “fire”. So Beltane translates to “bright fire” and what could be more Burning Man than that? And since so many of our fellow Barbiebarians are either Druids, wiccans, or Celtic neopagans, this comes as cultural relief indeed. Keep in mind Beltane is associated in Irish mythology with “…special bonfires and their flames, smoke, and ashes which are deemed to have protective powers.” So I have adopted Beltane which now of course makes me Druish. But I digress. As is our SOP, we like to begin these brilliant tomes with something Barbie Death Camp related. Here is collection of shots from ToysREvil that shines a nice light on our little slice of paradise on the playa. It’s sort of a historical perspective of our camp. Enjoy!
Let’s begin with our largest art vehicle, The Cloud Car. As anyone who has ever ridden in that stately beast can attest, the playa can cause havoc on all working parts. Two years ago we had a fund raiser, which was very successful, to completely refurbish both The Cloud Car and The Barbie Mobile. We are having another one this year, dedicated to the Cloud itself. We are going to put in an entirely new transmission and sound system. We project it will run around $3000 for all of the parts and labor. For those of you coming in, especially from overseas, who bemoan the fact that you are unable to artistically contribute to the Village, now’s your chance for redemption. A modest donation, say fifty or a hundred bucks, will go a long ways to making The Cloud Car whole again. Vulture Chow is adding a link in our Volunteer Spot for donations as well. You can PayPal your donations, just as you would your dues, and make sure you add a note saying it’s for The Cloud Car. Thank you in advance for your generous support.
Speaking of dues, this is the last month that camp members can get in at the discounted rates. Veterans to Barbie Death Camp are $100 and newbies are $150. Anyone coming in from overseas will be asked to pony up an additional $50. Come dues go up for everyone by fifty bucks so get your dues in today! You can PayPal or snail mail. If you use PayPal make sure you’re “sending to a friend” so we’re not charged 3%.
We had our semi-annual State of the Village meeting a week ago and have several things to announce. There will be a work party Wildman has graciously put his home up as a central meeting place and a place to crash for the duration. If you want to be in the work party, and need directions, contact Wildman. in Dayton/Silver Springs, NV to work on both of the art cars. We also discussed clean-up. Many of you have said, especially our newbies, that staying on into Monday evening to help clean up would not be a problem. We need to hold you to that. Last year we only had four people hang until Tuesday morning and we really could use a lot more help. Vulture Chow will be adding a link on the Volunteer Spot for that purpose. We are also streamlining the way we purchase and distribute ice. All ice must be pre-paid for as we’re going to do the ice runs at each morning. Sean, Shannon, and Rachel will be in charge. Every sub-camp that needs ice must have their own ice chest clearly marked in the main camp and once we get back from the ice run, the bags and blocks will be placed there. Then each individual camp needs to send someone to pick up their ice and return the empty cooler for the following day. In a nutshell this means that we no longer will be schlepping ice to you but you need to come to us.
Let’s talk tickets, shall we? We know a good number of you were unsuccessful so far in securing tickets. No worries, we have it covered because Barbie Death Village has its collective act together. If you need a ticket or vehicle pass, or have either available, please contact Sharen to get on the I-need-tickets list. You must have your dues paid in full to be even considered. We’ve had several people contact Sharen who haven’t ponied up and they are currently not on the list. The Village will guarantee you will be paid if you are selling a ticket or vehicle pass. Please do not put your extra tickets in S.T.E.P! Your fellow Barbiebarians always comes first. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to secure a ticket through S.T.E.P. or the OMG sale later this summer. But rest assured, everyone who needs a ticket and is current on their camp dues will manage, somehow, to secure a ticket to Burning Man. On a related note, we do have a $990 pre-sale ticket available. If you really want it, and to put your mind at ease, contact Suzy and the ticket is yours.
Stu has finalized the design for this year’s shirts. Here, take a look: https://ibb.co/ntwmgn https://ibb.co/nibrE7 Shirts are $22 and hats will run $17. We will have a link available for purchase shortly. This is the only actual “fund raiser” apart from dues/donations that Barbie Death Camp has, so please, order a shirt, m’kay?
We have a new piano for camp! It’s a black console which I got from a widow in Newcastle. Now all we need is a piano tuner. If you know of a piano tuner who will be on the playa have him or her contact me and I’ll see what kind of reciprocal benefit can be arranged.
It is getting to be that time when we start planning on the sub-camps within Barbie Death Village. Everyone will be assigned to a camp, and if you’re not, well, you’ll be dropped off into Loose Nutz. We welcome new sub-camps so if you’re thinking about creatively starting a new camp, please do so! Especially if it has a bar. Please let Julia know which sub-camp you are going to be part of. We need to know in order to divvy out space and to let all of those stoned brain-idled hippies know how to find you within the Village.
For those of you who want to get your “pirate” on, Danger has invited everyone to the Golden Coast Adventure Faire, www.adventurefaire.com.at the Roseville Fairgrounds. This is a “family friendly” event and will give you the opportunity to be a part of such amazing blend of Renaissance, Fantasy, SteamPunk, and Pirate themed activities. Check out their website at
As most of you know, I have retired from Wells Fargo Advisors. I have been using their computer for these newsletters but the one I have at home, while adequate, is not quite as professional or for that matter user-friendly. Adding links seems to be a very burdensome process; I suppose I could ask any 17 year-old how to do it, but I’m not going to. Be that as it may, from this point forward do not send any emails to my old work address. I’m just hoping next month’s newsletter looks half as good as this one.
I would like to introduce the newbies to Barbie Death Village. With Sarah coming in from Connecticut, say hello to Liz “The Unsparkle Pony”; with Willy is his main squeeze Annie; with Barbie Day Spa welcome Rick, Lisa, and Suzy; with The Pizza Cats say hello to Chris, Whitney, Ian, Felipe, and Karthik; from Georgia two lovely ladies, from Atlanta Jennifer and from Augusta Jessica; adding to the international flavor of our Village, by way of Italy originally we have from Dublin, Ireland Mike, from London, England Costanza, from Rome, Italy Marco, and Turin, Italy Lorenzo.
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