The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 9

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December 11, 2021

Who’s ready to get this party started?

HEY, FAM!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the holidays! Well, it’s one of the most wonderful times of the year, because our favorite occasions involve being together with you in the spirit of the burn community. Nevertheless, we’re feeling the holiday cheer and wanted to update you with some exciting info.

Okie dokie artichokie, here’s what you’ll find in this newsletter.

In this issue:

  1. November 20, 2021 Gathering: Recap
  2. PreHeat Tickets are Coming
  3. Awesome New Area at Camp La Llanada Available
  4. Remembering Kat Hefter-Kirkpatrick (Star Kitteh)

November 20, 2021 Gathering: Event Recap

Event: November 2021 Community Gathering at Dead Lizard Brewing
The gathering was a resounding success! A great time was had by all and it was lovely seeing everyone in person again. We had some enlightening conversations and shared many ideas. We want to thank our hosts, Storm and Rich, for letting us use the brewery. We look forward to doing more of these in the near future.  

Huge gratitude to Builder and Den Mother for this wonderful art piece!

PreHeat Tickets are Coming!

That’s right fam, PreHeat tickets will be going on sale 12/15/21! Members, Staff and AB19 Volunteers, keep an eye on your emails for access to your reserved ticket(s). All others, you can sign up for notification of General Sale via our new new ticket processor, Ticket Tailor : https://www.tickettailor.com/events/burntorangesinc/609977# 

You can also find all the event details via our Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/2XvcZ58yq  and don’t forget the website: https://floridaafterburn.com/

Awesome New Area at Camp La Llanada Available

We’re so excited to share this news with you: Camp La Llanada has a new bar on the lake, and the space is available for you to use at PreHeat 2022! Look how cool this is! 

Be sure to indicate your plans to use the bar when registering your theme camp (https://floridaafterburn.com/theme-camps/). Use will be granted to first registration.

Remembering Kat-Hefter-Kirkpatrick (Star Kitteh)

We are sad to report the passing of Kat Hefter-Kirkpatrick (Star Kitteh). Kat joined the Florida burn community in 2015, sharing her vivacious and indomitable spirit with all who interacted with her. Although she may not be very well known in the community at large, she was well loved by those with whom she made camp and shared good times. She will be sorely missed by so many.

If you are able to assist or share: https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-our-friend-as-she-battles-mrsa

Thanks for reading… and for making art, supporting art, and being a part of our community! Feel free to send me any updates.

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 8

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November 4, 2021

Some good stuff is on the horizon!

HEY, FAM!

It’s like we blinked and suddenly, it was November. That means it’s out with the humidity and in with the perfect weather all the snowbirds flock here for. We admit, we’re a touch blue because AfterBurn was supposed to be next weekend, but we’re taking solace in the good stuff on the horizon.

Okie dokie artichokie, here’s what you’ll find in this newsletter.

In this issue:

  1. November 20, 2021 Gathering: New Deets
  2. PreHeat Plug

November 20, 2021 Gathering: New Deets

Event: November 2021 Community Gathering
Location: Dead Lizard Brewing in Orlando, FL
Date: 11/20/21
Timeframe: 3:00 – 9:00 pm

Event: November 2021 Community Gathering
Location: Dead Lizard Brewing in Orlando, FL
Date: 11/20/21
Timeframe: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
https://floridaafterburn.com/

As we told you a few weeks back, a free, one day event is being planned at Dead Lizard Brewing in Orlando. This public, family friendly event promises to be a good time!.

Wondering where to stay the night? Here are some options:
Best Western Plus Universal Inn on Vineland Road
Best Western Plus Universal Inn on Major Blvd

Other Hotel options on Kirkman Road or Major Blvd are the closest to Universal Studios and the Brewery. All are within 5-10 minute drives for your convenience.

Get all of the details from the Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/1IMIMB8qo

PreHeat Plug

Calling all artists! 

As I yapped about in our last newsletter, PreHeat seems like it’s a long way off, but it will be here before you know it! So check with your friends and start planning now so we can have an epic event. Register your theme camp here: https://floridaafterburn.com/theme-camps/

Additionally, effigy and temple submissions are also being accepted. We may be small but we are mighty, and we burn just as brightly as the big dogs. Won’t you be the next person to light our fire? Submit your ideas here: https://floridaafterburn.com/burnable-art/

Oh yes, and art grant applications are live! That’s right, we have money and we want to give it to you to make art. What’s better than that? To apply, go to Burnt Oranges – Art Grants to submit your desire to participate: ttps://burntoranges.org/about-burnt-oranges/art-grants/

Thanks for reading… and for making art, supporting art, and being a part of our community! Feel free to send me any updates.

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 7

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October 17, 2021

Are you ready for a bit of bonding? So are we.

HEY, FAM!

Can you believe it’s already fall in Florida? You know what that means: nothing! Well, okay, it’s a little less humid and the sun is only 6 feet from our faces instead of 3 feet. But the cold fronts are coming and so is a little bit of fun and community, and we wanted to give you the skinny.

Okie dokie artichokie, here’s what you’ll find in this newsletter.

In this issue:

  1. Save The Date: November 20, 2021
  2. Calling All Artists
  3. PreHeat Highlights and Updates
  4. Volunteer Appreciation and Feedback Request

Save the Date: November 20, 2021

Event: November 2021 Community Gathering
Location: Dead Lizard Brewing in Orlando, FL
Date: 11/20/21
Timeframe: 3:00 – 9:00 pm

A free, one day event is being planned at Dead Lizard Brewing in Orlando for the community to gather and spend some long overdue time with each other, as well as have the opportunity to share our wonderful burner community with the public. This will be a public, family friendly event.

If you would like to share an activity, give out gifts, or have any other great burner ideas, there is registration for space that is free. However, depending on response, space may have to be limited to first registered, first served.

Get all of the details, the link to register your space, and get or share ideas from the Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/1IMIMB8qo

From the Art Committee

Calling all artists! 

As part of the Burnt Oranges mission, the November event at Dead Lizard Brewing is a great opportunity to share art with both your fellow burners and the public. Maybe you have something you plan on bringing to PreHeat like an effigy, temple, or other art and you could use some community involvement to bring it to life? Maybe you just want to bring your art for display, or you have art that you would like to donate to Burnt Oranges for fundraising?

Please register here to let us know about art you are bringing for community engagement, display, or donation. The registration link is on the Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1IMIMB8qo.

PreHeat Highlights and Updates

Great news, fam! Theme camp registration is still open. Yes, PreHeat seems like it’s a long way off, but it will be here before you know it! So check with your friends and start planning now so we can have an epic event. Register here: https://floridaafterburn.com/theme-camps/

Additionally, effigy and temple submissions are also being accepted. We may be small but we are mighty, and we burn just as brightly as the big dogs. Won’t you be the next person to light our fire? Submit your ideas here:  https://floridaafterburn.com/burnable-art/

Oh yes, and art grant applications are live! That’s right, we have money and we want to give it to you to make art. What’s better than that? To apply, go to Burnt Oranges – Art Grants to submit your desire to participate: ttps://burntoranges.org/about-burnt-oranges/art-grants/

Volunteer Appreciation and Feedback Request

We’re in the process of establishing a Volunteer Resources Team to improve recruitment, training, retention, and separation. Our first focus will be to improve sign-up for event volunteer shifts, create better job descriptions for event volunteer positions, provide onsite help with any questions and/or concerns, and host training events to learn new positions that may be of interest. More information will be forthcoming.
 
In the meantime, we also want to let you know that you are appreciated! The Event Planning Committee is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Lounge at PreHeat 2022 and they want to hear what would make you feel appreciated. The current plan is to host the lounge in the large dining room where there will be plenty of room to personally distance indoors, but due to COVID-19 the kitchen will be closed. Send us all of your burning desires. It could be iced lattes, a massage, a DJ, the possibilities are endless. To that end, don’t limit yourself, but also know not all suggestions may be feasible nor implemented. Please send your wishes, ideas, thoughts, etc. to
 
Your Volunteer Resources Team

Thanks for reading… and for making art, supporting art, and being a part of our community! Feel free to send me any updates.

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 6

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August 9, 2021

We’re finding joy even when things are sticky.

HEY, FAM!

We’re deep in the dog days of summer, and it seems like the world is super heavy right now. If you’re like us, it can be pretty tough to turn on the news, so make sure you’re taking good care of yourselves. 

We were feeling pretty excited about the state of the world for a while, but as we all know, the only constant is change. Here’s hoping for brighter tomorrows as we navigate a rather sticky today.

Okay, let’s get down to business. I have some important updates for the Burnt Oranges community.

In this issue:

  1. AfterBurn 2021 postponed to PreHeat 2022
  2. Remembering Austin Miles
  3. Remembering Richard Lemanski
  4. But there’s good news coming!

AfterBurn 2021 postponed to PreHeat 2022

As you may have learned, Burnt Oranges is offering a new membership system with burner Unfortunately, the Board of Directors made the collective (and we think smart) decision to cancel AfterBurn 2021. They don’t feel confident enough about holding AfterBurn safely and selling enough tickets in order to pay for the event. We will miss seeing your shining faces at Camp La Llanada this year.

Remembering Austin Miles

Many of you know Austin Miles and his wonderful family who have been part of our Burn community for seven years. Austin was recently hospitalized with complications of COVID-19 and sadly passed away August 4th. He will be missed immensely by his family and by all who knew him. There is a fundraiser organized by Julie Mills for him if you’d like to donate: 
https://www.gofundme.com/f/austin-miles-is-hospitalized-family-needs-support

Remembering Richard Lemanski

We were also saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Lemanski. Without his willingness to take a chance on hosting us, the Florida burn scene might not be what it is today. At Maddox Ranch, we found a place to call home and grow. Many of us first met each other there and will always have a love for it. For those of us who got to know Richard and Lynne, the generosity and true sense of phambly we received from them was a blessing. We will miss him always.

But There’s Good News Coming!

The new Art Committee would like feedback from past art grant recipients. Kindly fill out We’re turning our sights to PreHeat 2022! All of the Event Planning Committee’s efforts will transfer to PreHeat and we’re hoping that even more of you will volunteer to make this event happen. Keep your eyes on your inbox as I will update you next week with PreHeat deets!

Thanks for reading… and for making art, supporting art, and being a part of our community! Feel free to send me any updates.

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 5

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June 14, 2021

We’re meditating on what it means to be prepared.

HEY, FAM!

It’s that time of year again: hurricane season. Fortunately for us burners, preparing for storms every year is a breeze, as we have everything we need in our camping bins. Don’t forget to make sure your batteries are still good, though, and stock up on any sundries you’d like on-hand.

We’re feeling especially saucy now that we’re fully vaccinated! Thanks to that, we’re readier than ever for AfterBurn, as it’s safe for us to gather once again. Yeah, we’re feeling pretty emotional about that.

Okay, let’s get down to business. I have some important updates for the Burnt Oranges community.

In this issue:

  1. New Burnt Oranges membership plans
  2. Theme camp registration for AfterBurn 2021
  3. Camp La Llanada property use
  4. Art Committee Survey
  5. Remembering Fay Ocampo

Zoom Registration for April Gathering

As you may have learned, Burnt Oranges is offering a new membership system with burner benefits. These memberships will help Burnt Oranges do what it does best: help our community make great art! Click on the link below to learn about what each tier offers.
https://www.burntoranges.org/about-burnt-oranges/membership/

Theme camp registration for AfterBurn 2021 is open

As we get closer and closer to AfterBurn 2021, it’s time to prepare for gathering once again with our burner phambly. I for one am completely stoked to see people and share art, gifts, treats, and dranks. To that end, it’s time to submit your application for theme camps. Click the link below to get started!
https://floridaafterburn.com/theme-camps

Camp La Llanada Property Use

If you were lucky enough to attend AfterBurn in 2019, you probably noticed that Camp La Llanada has some pretty nice facilities. This year, we want to open up more of those spaces to you. Interested in utilizing an outdoor kitchen? Or anything else? Let us know, fam. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1WjmVNqD5melysYevW7mK9LL5Jqg4_CxWDlx90yXTwCWuOw/viewform

Art Committee Survey

The new Art Committee would like feedback from past art grant recipients. Kindly fill out the form here if that’s you. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd24N4oxq8UtSoGVAr3jWvOUY9Od_zi8Hf0yniv4JhF14VINQ/viewform

Remembering Fay Ocampo

Our community has lost another beautiful soul way to soon. Fay Ocampo was a fiery spirit in all aspects of life, and as a goblin and fox she was known to be a little mischievous, too! She was a well respected fire performer, and took great pride in fire safety. As for many of us, burns were home to her and she looked forward to growing as a ranger and one day a fire lead.  She is missed by so many and our love goes out to all whose lives she touched.

Thanks for reading…and for making art, supporting art, and taking the survey! Do you want to share a photo of the AfterBurn schwag in your home? Email it to me, and I might use it in the next edition of the Blurb of Bob!

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 4

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April 8, 2021

It’s April and I’m feeling optimistic!

HEY, FAM!

Can you believe 2020 is finally over? After pretty much everything was cancelled in the longest year ever, we’re looking especially forward to Pre-Heat 2021. Of course, we’re

Are you feeling as hopeful as I am? Spring is in the air, vaccines are going into eager arms, and it feels like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been over a year since COVID-19 turned everything upside-down, and we’re ready to discover what our new normal looks like. We’re still wearing our masks and social distancing, but we’re thinking about the future and all of the hugging we’re going to do when it’s safe — soon!

Meanwhile, the Event Planning Committee has been hard at work planning events, and they gave me all of the deets! Read on to get the latest updates.

In this issue:

  1. Zoom registration for Sunday, 4/18 virtual gathering
  2. Example effigy shim and burn guidelines for mini effigy
  3. Email Video and Questions
  4. Art Committee call for members
  5. Spark the Art update

Zoom Registration for April Gathering

The first virtual town hall for the community is being planned for January 2021. This will be

We hope you’re excited for the virtual gathering happening on April 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Here is the Zoom registration link for this exciting get together:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlcuuqqzgrE9eHsxHno64M2MLZ7E_fNEds

Registration will be limited to the first 100 people. Registered attendees will be allowed to join from one device. We encourage safe gathering and burning as possible, so one registration per household is the limit.

Example Effigy Shim and Burn Guidelines for Mini Effigy

Looking to get prepared for the virtual gathering I keep talking about? The above Zoom link as well as a sample shim and burn guidelines are posted on the website here:
https://www.burntoranges.org/events/virtual-gathering-preheat-and-townhall/

Email Your Burn Video and Town Hall Questions

Please email your Burn Video to the Event Planning Committee email:  before 9:00 am on Sunday 4/18.  If you are available to assist with editing the video submissions, please send your contact info to the Event Planning Committee email: .

We also want hear your questions, concerns or thoughts for the Town Hall portion of the evening. Please do email those as well to the Event Planning Committee email: .

Art Committee Call for Members

The Board is looking for 5 individuals to join our new Art Committee. While the hope is for a year-long commitment to include not only the awarding of grants for our regional events, but to also support grants and art displays within our communities, we understand the value of personal time. At minimum a commitment from June to November to bring amazing art and artists to AfterBurn 2021 is being asked. If you have a passion for art, we invite you to help with Burnt Oranges’ mission to cultivate interactive art by serving on the Burnt Oranges Art Committee.

If you would like to be considered for the Art Committee, please email the following to  before June 1 (we would like to have the committee’s first meeting in June to begin preparing for AfterBurn 2021):

Legal name:
Preferred name:
Contact information:
Please share any previous art, grant, volunteer or leadership experience:
Approximately how many Preheat/Afterburns have you attended?
Why do you want to join the Art Committee?
If you are not chosen for the Art  Committee, would you be interested in any other leadership roles?
Do you have any questions for us?

Spark the Art Updates coming soon!

Thank you to all of the wonderful Spark the Art contributions! Their creations will be revealed at the upcoming virtual gathering.

Thanks for reading… and for making art, supporting art, and being a part of our community! Feel free to send me any updates.

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 3

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January 21, 2021

HEY, FAM!

Can you believe 2020 is finally over? After pretty much everything was cancelled in the longest year ever, we’re looking especially forward to Pre-Heat 2021. Of course, we’re monitoring the COVID-19 situation just as much as you are to make sure it’s safe when we meet again. With a vaccine getting rolled out, though, we’re just a little bit hopeful.

Meanwhile, Burnt Oranges has been hard at work planning Pre-Heat 2021, and they gave me all of the newest intel! Read on to get the latest updates.

In this issue:

  1. Virtual Town Hall Social
  2. Event Planning Committee Survey
  3. New Art Committee
  4. COVID-19 Considerations
  5. In Memory of Johnny Fractals
  6. Spark the Art Updates coming soon!

Virtual Town Hall Social

The first virtual town hall for the community is being planned for January 2021. This will be a virtual social gathering and an opportunity for you to meet both your Board of Directors and Event Planning Committee members. Please answer question three in the below survey for which date works best for you. Also, please email your questions, concerns, thoughts, topics, or ideas to be a presenter to the Event Planning Committee email: 

Event Planning Committee Survey

Your Event Planning Committee would like your input on a couple of items to assist them in making decisions that best benefit your participation. Please take a couple of minutes to answer the three questions on the below survey related to Burning Art and Volunteer Appreciation. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQyQsmPJ6aaFyAJH8WsscYjPCmf6XzNzojLyZuV9s8bWTriQ/viewform

New Art Committee

The Board is looking for 5 individuals to join our new Art Committee. This is a year-long commitment that includes not only the awarding of grants for our regional events, but also supports grants and art displays within our communities. If you have a passion for art, we invite you to help with Burnt Oranges’ mission to cultivate interactive art by serving on the Burnt Oranges Art Committee.

If you would like to be considered for the Art Committee, please email the following to  before January 13 (we would like to have the committee’s first meeting in January):

Legal name:
Preferred name:
Contact information:
Please share any previous art, grant, volunteer or leadership experience:
Approximately how many Preheat/Afterburns have you attended?:
Why do you want to join the Art Committee?:
If you are not chosen for the Art  Committee, would you be interested in any other leadership roles?:
Do you have any questions for us?:

COVID-19 Considerations

One of the continuing initiatives of the board is open communication and building community. That’s why they told me they’ll only be moving forward with Pre-Heat 2021 if it is safe to do so. Rest assured, they’re staying up-to-date on all of the science, and will make an informed decision when the time calls for it.

As we all continue to do our best to follow all the guidelines from WHO and CDC, stay home, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and shelter in place. We hope that each of you are taking the absolute best care of yourselves and your families, and hope our entire community is as safe as possible in these times.

In Memory of Johnny Fractals

Our community has suffered another loss of a fellow burner, friend, brother, father, fiancee, and son. Johnny Menth, who many of us knew as Johnny Fractals, recently passed away unexpectedly.  Our love and support go out to all who are feeling this enormous loss, and we would like to share the GoFundMe setup to assist Johnny’s family.

Johnny lived brightly and boldly. He was a warrior with a brilliant mind and beautiful outlook on life. His spirit will live on through each of us. We want to ensure that his daughter Skylar has every opportunity to pursue her goals. 

Donations will cover cremation costs and the remaining will go towards Skylar’s immediate needs. 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/johnny-fractals-memorial-fund?fbclid=IwAR1enA_rMwWN_vhGPt46jLWPxChiyiMUI_D7aDryVxJX0LHxp-3f2c8CTvw

Spark the Art Updates coming soon!

Thank you to all of the wonderful Spark the Art contributions! We have received some super cool submissions, and I’ll share some of those with you in my next blurb. I promise!

Thanks for reading… and for making art, supporting art, and being a part of our community! Feel free to send me any updates.

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 2

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November 18, 2020

HEY, FAM!

It’s finally getting chilly outside, which usually reminds me of AfterBurn. But since that’s not happening this year for safety reasons, I prefer to think about Pre-Heat 2021. As you know, Camp La Llanada has had some upgrades, so Pre-Heat 2021 could be one of our best burns yet. We’re monitoring the COVID-19 situation just as much as you are to make sure it’s safe when we meet again, too.

Meanwhile, Burnt Oranges has a group of deeply dedicated volunteers who are not in a bubble, and they want t been hard at work planning Pre-Heat 2021, and they gave me all of the newest intel! Read on to get the latest updates.

In this issue:

  1. Who has the most Pre-Heat and AfterBurn memorabilia? Now we know!
  2. Remembering Asa Semp, who we tragically lost.
  3. COVID-19 Considerations
  4. Pre-Heat 2021 Event Planning Committee
  5. Spark the Art Updates coming soon!
  6. Are you ready? Here’s the theme for Pre-Heat 2021

Who has the most PreHeat and AfterBurn memorabilia? Now we know!

Remember how I said I decorated my whole house in AfterBurn and Pre-Heat swag? Well, for as much as I thought I had a lot of keepsakes from my favorite burns, my friend Reverend Jackassholio sure impressed me! Check out all of his loot!

Remembering Asa Semp, who we tragically lost

As many of you know, the Florida burn community lost one of our own on September 24, 2020. A valued member of Rangers, as well as DOGs and CATS teams, Asa was always there when needed. He was an incredible fire performer who always pushed the limit — and was a hell of nice guy, too. Asa touched many lives and will be missed by all. See you on the other side, friend. I’ll remember you as we burn in April of 2021, and you should too.

If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1 800 873 TIPS. Or you can submit a tip to crimestopperstb.com. You can remain anonymous and information leading to an arrest could lead to a reward. Tips can also be submitted to Tampa Police by calling 813 231 6130.

COVID-19 Considerations

One of the continuing initiatives of the board is open communication and building community. That’s why they told me they’ll only be moving forward with Pre-Heat 2021 if it is safe to do so. Rest assured, they’re staying up-to-date on all of the science, and will make an informed decision when the time calls for it.

As we all continue to do our best to follow all the guidelines from WHO and CDC, stay home, wash your hands, practice social distancing, shelter in place. We hope that each of you are taking the absolute best care of yourselves and your families and for our entire community to be as safe as possible in these times.

Pre-Heat 2021 Event Planning Committee

We’ve put together a survey to gauge community interest in an AfterBurn event. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this quick survey and let us know where you stand on As you probably heard, Pre-Heat 2021 has a pretty rad event committee. Additionally, they told me that KC Allen, Amber “Stardust” Haley, Tama Lutzker, Gabriel “Swami G” Rothblatt, and Whitney Smith had a great first meeting last week. Can you imagine a cooler crew?

Spark the Art Updates coming soon!

Thank you to all of the wonderful Spark the Art contributions! We have received some super cool submissions, and I’ll share some of those with you in my next blurb. If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that I have more time to make art!

We need your help to continue to spread the Spark about the available art grants.  Share far and wide among your family and friends, not just the Burner community.

Some of the grants funded include Acrylic Paint Pours, Paintings, Glass Marbles, Digital Art, Music, and Dance. (Photo: “The Golden Hour,” a Spark the Art project) 

Are you ready? Here’s the theme for Pre-Heat 2021 

The event committee has decided on the theme for Pre-Heat 2021! After considering several ideas, nothing feels more fitting than Reincarnation: Rise of the Phoenix.

Thanks for reading… and for making art, supporting art, and being a part of our community! Feel free to send me any updates.

How ’bout that?

Bob


Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

The Blurb of Bob, Volume 4, Number 1

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June 29, 2020

HEY, GUYS!


Who else has their home decorated in AfterBurn memorabilia besides me? From where I sit, I can see a button (“It was on fire when I got here”), a sign (“Bob wuz here”), and a  painted rock that says “The Sky Is Falling” (ain’t that timely!). My bathroom is full of handmade pendants (FYB, Java Mike!), and I’m wearing a t-shirt I silkscreened myself, down by the lake in 2019. Given the weird state of the world right now, I’m super-grateful to be surrounded by your creativity in my personal AfterBurn bubble.

Meanwhile, Burnt Oranges has a group of deeply dedicated volunteers who are not in a bubble, and they want to communicate with YOU! Read on for some questions and answers from the Board of Directors about the state of Art and AfterBurn here in Florida.

How ’bout that?
Bob


In this issue:

  • To Burn, or Not to Burn?
  • What do you think? Take the AfterBurn 2020 Survey
  • Spark the Art Update
  • To Burn, or Not to Burn?

    One of the continuing initiatives of the board is open communication and building community.

    Before any final decisions are made regarding a 2020 Afterburn Event, your thoughts are important on having an event safely not only for participants but the venue and neighboring town during the current COVID19 Pandemic. Please use the link in the next section to take the AfterBurn survey.

    One of the most important factors that we must understand as we make the assessment on moving ahead — or not — is the impact of the current situation on participants, specifically how this will affect your availability, finances and well-being.We have been in touch with Camp La Llanada, the venue we used for last year’s AfterBurn, to confirm that the first weekend in November is available for us.

    As we all continue to do our best to follow all the guidelines from WHO and CDC; stay home, wash your hands, practice social distancing, shelter in place. We hope that each of you is taking the absolute best care of yourselves and your families and for our entire community to be as safe as possible in these times.



    What do you think? Take the AfterBurn 2020 Survey

    EWe’ve put together a survey to gauge community interest in an AfterBurn event. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this quick survey and let us know where you stand on the event:
    https://forms.gle/X6wBo1qMtmtnvPyN7


    Spark the Art

    Spark the Art!

    Thank you to all of the wonderful donors to Spark the Art!! We have almost reached our initial goal of $1000 and have awarded $260 in grants.

    We need your help to continue to spread the Spark about the available art grants.  Share far and wide among your family and friends, not just the Burner community.

    Some of the grants funded include Acrylic Paint Pours, Paintings, Glass Marbles, Digital Art, Music, and Dance. (Photo: “The Golden Hour,” a Spark the Art project) 

    What would you like to create?

    Thanks for reading…and for making art, supporting art, and taking the survey! Do you want to share a photo of the AfterBurn schwag in your home? Email it to me, and I might use it in the next edition of the Blurb of Bob!

    How ’bout that?

    Bob


    Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

    You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.

    The Blurb of Bob, Volume 3, Number 10

    blurb of bob v3n10

    October 28, 2019

    HEY, GUYS!
    You know you want to stop your AfterBurn packing and read it right now. Who’s coming? What are they bringing? It’s all on the Official Map and Bucket List, which you can download from the floridaafterburn.com website.

    Are you planning to walk to AfterBurn? If so, we’d love hear that story. Otherwise, you’ll need a Vehicle Pass. You can buy one from the Brown Paper Tickets site through Tuesday (tomorrow!).

    Last week’s call for volunteers brought a bunch of great folks to the AfterBurn Signup Genius page. That means we’ll get to use the pool, and our parking lot is not going to look like bumper cars at the State Fair. As always, there will be additional volunteer signups on site. Come to the InfoBooth, located in the Indaba, to find out what you can do to help your community.How ’bout that?
    Bob


    In this issue:

    • How to survive the weekend
    • One more day to get ice pogs, vehicle passes, and tickets for friends
    • Coming early to set up? Review the Work Access Pass (WAP) rules before you come.
    • Important message from the folks at Camp La Llanada
    AfterBurn site map
    Official 2019 AfterBurn Event Map (click to enlarge)

    How to survive the weekend

    To survive AfterBurn, read the Survival Guide. It’s full of tips and tidbits about our new venue, Camp La Llanada, and it’s especially good for folks who are new to Burning in Central Florida.

    To not only survive, but thrive, download the Official Map and Bucket List. There will be some copies available at the event, but if you have a printer, we recommend you print it at home. You can come to the Indaba and color your copy any time during the weekend.


    One more day to get ice pogs, vehicle passes, and tickets for friends

    Until 8 pm Tuesday, October 29, you can still purchase the following on Brown Paper Tickets:

    • Tier 2 tickets ($125)
    • Vehicle passes ($10). You will need one to park — there is NO other parking available!
    • Ice pogs ($5). Ice is only available by presale at this event.

    Coming early to set up? Review the Work Access Pass (WAP) rules before you come.

    Early arrival is intended for work access only. “Thursday night parties” are not happening. “Trick or Treating” is not happening. 

    Anyone who is on-site before the Gate opens on Friday morning is expected to be actively working, setting up, or assisting others who are working or setting up. There are no exceptions.


    Important Message from Camp La Llanada

    The tiki hut at Camp La Llanada

    Dear AfterBurn Phambly: We’re excited to have you at our property! Many children and grownups use this camp throughout the year and enjoy its peaceful surroundings.

    Dear AfterBurn Phambly: We’re excited to have you at our property! Many children and grownups use this camp throughout the year and enjoy its peaceful surroundings.

    However, we are a small camp and we don’t have a full-time cleaning staff.

    We’ve asked the event organizers to share a message from us that we share with all of our campers at the start of every session: “Please treat public spaces with the utmost care. Please clean up after yourself and return the place to the same condition it was in when you arrived. It should be clean, tidy, and ready for our next visitors. If you make a mess, please find one of your event’s Earth Guardian Volunteers to ask for the proper supplies to clean it up. If you can do this, we’d be happy to have you back!”


    The effigy burns in 5 days, but Bob will still be here long after the embers cool. Submit your AfterBurn photos and stories to the Blurb of Bob! Blurbs must be fewer than 200 words long and relevant to the entire AfterBurn community. Send ’em to Bob’s email address below.

    ABOUT BOB
    Bob is a radical communicator who loves this community, believes in civic responsibility, and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related.

    You can email Bob at  with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list. You can reach the AfterBurn Event Organizing Committee at .