Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:11 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA
Acoustic Stage: area for late afternoon concerts. Located in a natural bowl with a curved back stage. It was originally not miked, hence the name Acoustic Stage.
Amazon Acres: quiet camping area.
August Night Café: part of the Community Center complex. Has tables and chairs for hanging out, and a dance floor for dances, open mikes, etc.
Barter Market: A place for wimmin to barter anything and everything: stuff, services, info. Money is a no no. Held late Saturday afternoon at the Community Center. What we value is endless and womyn love to share!
BB: short for “bulletin board” (aka "the boards"), the discussion board at michfest.com, moderated by our very own LD (Lucille Design), aka BB.
Belly Bowl: the area for workers to hang out & eat. Tables and chairs are available so workers can relax and don't have to carry chairs around. Off limits to festies.
Bread & Roses: the chem-free camping area.
Brother Sun: camp for boys ages 5-10. Boys must be pre-registered, and their moms camp with them.
Brownie: vehicle that escorts the pumper trucks that suck the Porta-Janes, usually after Night Stage.
Bush Gardens: general camping area.
Butch Strut: “march” for butches - soft, stone, top, bottom, bois, daggers, daddies, papi’s, cowbois, boiscouts, sailors, knights, princes, kings. Uniforms, costumes, signs and musical instruments greatly encouraged.
CCE: Camper Come Early. These are festies allowed on the Land before the gate opens to assist an assigned crew. CCEs must apply and be approved, just like regular workers, and don’t get free or reduced tickets.
Community Center: place to hang out, play board games, find things you lost, or buy coffee or tea at night during the happenings at the August Night Café.
Craft Bazaar (aka "Crafts"): Fest's outdoor "mall" where one can go broke buying jewelry, clothing, music, and a tons of other goodies made by wimmin.
Crone Heights: general camping area.
Crosstown: tractor "bus" that runs between Triangle and the Acoustic Stage.
Crowd surfing: popular “most pit” activity. Someone falls backwards off the stage and the crowd passes them overhead and sets them onto the ground when they reach the edge of the crowd.
Cuntree Store: the general store on the Land. Sells everything from ice cream to folding chairs to bug spray.
DART: Disabled Access Resource Team. Provides services for those needing help & those providing it. Includes a centrally located tent camping area, an RV camping area, dinner & event seating, and shuttles to handle chairs & scooters (currently Demming, Dottie & Dusty; Doris has gone to that great Festival in the sky). The joint is always jumpin’ at the DART fire pit! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for DART services.
Day Stage: place to see concerts in the early afternoon. Conveniently located near the Craft Bazaar and the Community Center.
Deaf Way: place where Deaf/HOH womyn and ASL signers can meet, mingle, hang out, request interpreters, get information on accessible workshops, attend
Deaf/HOH related workshops, etc. Part of the Community Center complex. Deaf Way is well-lit at night so Deaf/HOH womyn can communicate with each other, so hearing womyn are asked to respect this and sit elsewhere if necessary.
Downtown: area where most activities take place.
Duttle: DART Shuttle.
Earplugs: kind of a must-have item. For lots of women, Fest is a chance to party 24-7, so be prepared...
Earthquake Volunteers: galz who take care of the vehicles on the Land. They make sure shuttles are running & taken care of, help out if you need a jump or have a flat tire, etc.
Festie Virgin: someone attending Fest for the first time. If you are new, expect to be cheered. A lot. Kinda embarrassing, but to those of us who have been coming for many years, it’s a big deal; you are our future! And besides, It only happens once, so embrace it.
Festie Wear: cool clothes with fest logos. Available at the Cuntree Store.
Film Festival: includes Movies Under the Stars (bring your own chair) and the short films shown in the Media Tent during the day.
Gaia Girls: Camp for girls ages 5 and up. Girls must be pre-registered. Don't miss the Gaia Girls parade on Saturday night!
Gal's Diner: the workers' kitchen, which is part of the Belly Bowl.
Jupiter Jumpoff: general camping area adjacent to Bread & Roses. Solo Collective is located here.
Lace: refers to tent ropes. Over the course of a month, the Lace crew moves two full barns of stuff from storage, sets it up, then tears it down and stores it again. These galz are the ultimate in stamina, muscles, and teamwork, and we love them to bits. Lace, perhaps more than any other crew, makes it happen!
LD: short for Lucille Design, aka BB, who moderates this board. We love you, LD!
Lois Lane Run: annual running race, held on Saturday morning.
Lois Lane: main road running through the Festival grounds.
LV: Lisa Vogel. The Head Honcho. Our Fearless Leader. The guilding light whose vision started this whole shebang when she was 19.
Main Kitchen: where all your fest meals are made & served. The Main Kitchen needs lots of workers, so if you sign up, show up!
Meet & Greet: place for BB wimmin to meet and mingle. Takes place Monday night at Community Center. Come put some faces to the names you know and love!
Midway: shuttle stop about half-way between the Main Gate and Triangle.
Mosh pit: area right in front of the stage where wimmin stand or dance during the more loud & rowdy performers. NOTE: there is no slamming or fighting, as in a traditional mosh pit.
Nightstage Traffic: "base" located across from the Womb where Night Stage foot and vehicle traffic is coordinated.
Nutloaf: a traditional fest dinner, beloved (or not so much) by many. Here's what Elvira Kurt has to say on the subject: "um, thanks, my sister, but no, I don't really want to know what tofu is made of, everyone knows it's made of recycled Birkenstock soles and packed in unicorn tears.... Also, one can never really 'define' nutloaf, nor should one try... at best it can be described but to delve too deeply is to undo the magic of it, no? I would have to say yes, and simply add that nutloaf is the 'woo' of Michfest meals."
Oasis: tent for emotional care. Recovery Support is part of Oasis, so 12-Step meetings happen here.
One World: where movies are shown, workshops are held, and community outreach stuff (flyers, pamphlets, etc.) is located. If weather is inclement, check there to see if a workshop was moved or canceled.
Orientation/Registration: where you go to learn some quick Fest basics, sign up for workshifts, and get your program book. You do this AFTER you park your car & BEFORE you shuttle your gear to your camping area. If you’re a festie virgin, make sure to watch the orientation film.
Over 40’s: tent in the Community Center where you can hang out, work on the quilt, leave your chair, etc. Not restricted to womyn over 40.
Over 50’s: centrally-located camping area and shuttles for women over 50 and their camping companions. No children camping here, please.
Parking: crew where to get to wear a cool orange vest and direct incoming cars where to unload their gear and park their vehicle. Make sure to shout “FESTIE
VIRGIN!” when newbies arrive.
Poetry Salon: hostessed by WOC. Poetry, rap and diluted elegance about good womyn gone bad and bad womyn becoming completely unmanageable. Tea attire or
Lesbo funque is encouraged.
PortaJanes: the portable toilets, aka "the Janes". Remember: frustrate the flies, and close the lids!
Pumper truck: trucks that suck the crap out of the Porta-Janes, literally. This may be the only time on the planet when men clean toilets for wimmin.
Pussy Palace: large tent that serves as the lounge in the Solo camping area. Come make friends, get coffee, hang out.
Recovery Support: part of Oasis. Home base for anyone in a 12-Step program.
Reefer truck: refrigerator trucks used at Kitchen areas.
Rural route: tractor "bus" that runs between Triangle and Parking.
RV: where recreational vehicles park. (Note: there are no hook-ups here.) RV is a festival unto itself!
Saints by Day: daytime concession stand near the Community Center. Named for, and originally staffed by, the women who ran Boston's lesbian bar The Saints until they lost their lease in the early 80's. (Caffeine addicts take note: this is where the coffee & donuts are!)
Saints by Night: night-time concession stand near the Night Stage and Kitchen. Named for, and originally staffed by, the women who ran Boston's lesbian bar The Saints until they lost their lease in the early 80's. (Caffeine addicts take note: this is where the coffee & donuts are!)
Sano: crew that collects and preps bottles, cans, glass, and cardboard for recycling; keeps sanitation supplies stocked at shower, porta-jane & dish/hand wash areas; and escorts pumper truck guys around the Land. Generally seem to be having way too much fun.
“See you next year!”: traditional parting saying when leaving the Land/airport.
Shifter: womyn doing her workshift.
Shuttle Base: traffic base near Parking and front gate.
Shuttle: Fest's public transportation. Has two designated routes, Crosstown and Rural, with designated stops.
Solo camping: area for festies (not necessarily single) who came by themselves but wish to camp with a group. Usually located up the path between Bread & Roses and Jupiter Jumpoff.
Speed Dating: fun-filled, no-pressure event for singles only, usually held early Tuesday morning. Bring a chair and meet some galz!
Spelling Bee: an official Scripps Spelling Bee now in its 7th or 8th year. The Bee gets spellers pretty excited! Put your name in at the Community Center; names are drawn by lottery. Even if your name isn't drawn, come and cheer on the perfect competition for non-athletes!
Sprouts: childcare for girls & boys age 4 or younger. Must be pre-registered.
Stage Security: good place to do an overnight workshift. You get to camp out on stage to keep mischief makers off the equipment.
Stuffle: staff shuttle
Teen Tent: space for teens to gather or just hang out.
The Land: the piece of property, sacred in the hearts of festies everywhere, where MichFest takes place every year. Thank you, Mother Nature!
The Line: line of cars on the road waiting for the Front Gate to open. Please remember this is a Public County Road with a 55 mph speed limit, and do all your schmoozing on the wooded side. Also, once the gate opens, be ready to move!
The Quilt: coordinated by Roar, our quilt goddess, and worked on by festies before and during the Festival. The quilt has a new theme every year and is raffled off at the Night Stage on Saturday night.
Treeline: one of the Traffic bases. Located at the end of the hill coming from the front gate, just before you go into the trees.
Triangle: a sort of Times Square on the Land, where shuttles turn around and the Message and Ride boards are located. NOTE: the Triangle firepit is where drummers often come after Night Stage. They're supposed to stop by 1 am, but if you are planning to sleep near here, I recommend high-powered earplugs and/or the sleep aid of your choice.
Tuesday Evening Ritual: now an official event (in the Program and everything!), this ritual honors the Land, the Mother, and ourselves as a womyn’s community. Earth-based, pagan in nature, open to all womyn regardless of beliefs or previous ritual experience. More info in “Tuesday Evening Ritual” thread on this board.
Twilight Zone: "loud and rowdy" camping area...theme parties every night, everyone 18 and up is welcome! The Zone is NOT a scary place - in fact, the fire pit is super welcoming and friendly. No children camping here, please.
Uniform Party: annual event hostessed by those lovely galz in the Zone, usually Tuesday night. Each year is a different theme.
Wanderers: Gaia Girls who are old enough to roam the Land in packs and park themselves on the end of the Crosstown tractor.
Watermelon Tree: large old tree near the kitchens where watermelons congregate for a little shade. Good place to arrange to meet someone.
"Welcome home!": traditional greeting to cars coming onto the Land through the Main Gate. Unless you’re new, then it’s “FESTIE VIRGIN!!!”
Womb Way: one of the trails through the woods.
Womb: first aid, self aid, & health care center.
Women of Color Tent: A welcome center staffed by womyn of color for womyn of color to hang out, socialize, network, plan workshops and share support. Also has a Patio that is open to all.
Workerville: quiet area reserved for wimmin on staff to camp and decompress. Off-limits to festies.
Workshift: everyone here for the week does 2 shifts to create and maintain the community. Most shifts are 4 hours, and are signed up for at Orientation when you arrive. Workshifts are a terrific way to make new friends!
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