Two years ago, the infamous Freezer Brrrn '08 brought the hardest core hell-hounds out to the frozen tundra, enduring sub-zero temperatures and blazing hot fire alike.
Last year, a huge snowstorm followed by remarkable 65 degree temperatures found over 120 participants sloshing through six inch mud at the notorious Thaw Burn of '09 . . . a.k.a. the Mud Burn.
Synchronicity's 9th Annual Xmas Tree Burn will be held at the private home of a good friend on Saturday, February 20th. This is the same location we've used for the last couple of years, and it will be familiar to many on this list. It's in Southwest Michigan, just about an hour and a half from Chicago.
YOU MUST EITHER PAYPAL, OR RSVP TO GET THE LOCATION SPECIFICS.
The trees will be torched a little while after sun-down. This is a leave no trace, pack it in, pack it out event. Of course, we ask that you comply will all relevant laws, and respect our fabulous hostess's wishes in all cases. This event is based on your participation. Help us work on this event, or bring something to torch, to drink, or to share with the world.
THIS IS YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE - SKIM AT YOUR OWN RISK:
The expenses related to this event are considerable, including plenty of beer, porto-johns, truck rental for hauling LOADS of trees, transportation of said trees, and the van service to and from the Super 8. We won't be turning people away, but we are asking everyone to pitch-in $15, or whatever they can. If you think you'll be using the van service to and from the hotel, please consider donating $20.
If you haven't already, consider Paypalling the funds for all of your participants to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can just pay cash at the event.
FOOD & DRINK
Delicious beer will be provided. The rest is BYO.
Dinner plans are still emerging. Synchronicity members will be providing some food. There may be some sort of "food theme" this year. Please hit me up if you're interested in bringing something! We're hoping to avoid the usual catastrophic mess that into which our "pot lucks" in years past have inevitably devolved.
Bring an Xmas tree to torch! Bring something to drink! If you want to bring food, contact me!
SynchroniCity is officially BEGGING anyone and everyone to help us in loading our Chicago trees, unloading them when they arrive in Bridgman, and building our awesome effigy. This is labor-intensive process, and we need bodies. We're doing a load-out day on Friday 2/12/10. Beyond that, you can show up early enough on Saturday, 2/20/10 to help build our Xmas tree sculpture. We'll be there as soon as we can drag ourselves out there in the morning, probably before noon. Email me for details.
We will also need some help with the cleanup the next day!
After the last tree has been torched, we're encouraging everyone to join us at a local Super 8 motel in Sawyer, MI, and we'll provide a comprehensive local van service to and from it. We absolutely insist that you do not drink and drive, and the van service should help you in that. TIP THE DRIVER! The van service is for everyone, but we will not get a hotel room for you. Book your room, NOW!
For licensing and weather-related reasons, camping is not an option for this event.
Please dress warmly and be safe at the Xmas Tree Burn. Plan for the worst. Cover your head, wear long underwear, several layers of socks, and covering your neck are all absolute requirements. And GALOSHES. DON'T FORGET GALOSHES!
If you have questions, I first suggest that you read the survival guide again. If your question is still unanswered, you can email me at this address.
Can't wait to see you!