Wisteria 2016 Season

This season marks 20 years for us. In the past two decades we’ve learned and grown and weathered hardships thanks to the incredible love and support of our community. This year, to commemorate this and to foster the growth of the festivals we all love, we’ve made some big changes.

We’ll kick off our 20th year with a special festival (yet to be named … suggestions welcome!) during Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30). Last year many of you were here for the Memorial Day work weekend and we all had a wonderful time; this year instead of working, we’ll celebrate. As with all our festivals, volunteer positions will be available.

Summer Solstice is back to a full week (June 19-26), with workshops and performances throughout. While we haven’t decided on our performance lineup yet we hope to include both old favorites and new acts from a variety of genres. For those of you who can’t get the time off work for a full week, we’ll have a special weekend price and a flurry of activities and music during the weekend.

Wormhole (between Solstice and Starwood) now covers the full two weeks this year (June 27-July 11). So if you want to come and enjoy some quiet camping time, this would be a good time.

As with last year, we’ll have our volunteer appreciation festival, Manifest, during Labor Day weekend (September 2-5). Anyone who has volunteered for us during a festival or during work weekends is eligible to come for free.

And of course we’ll end the year with our fall festival, Autumn Fires (October 6-9), with music, pumpkins, arts and crafts, and plenty of fire.

For festival tickets, follow the links above. You can also pay at the gate (gate prices are slightly higher, but you can pay only for the days you attend). Season passes this year cover all three festivals plus the days before each festival, as well as three open camping days. If you buy before January 1, 2016, you’ll get two additional open camping days!

Also planned for this year are improvements to the shower house (and plenty of hot water), improved high speed Internet service, and the return of something we know you all miss!

By Bill White

Bill White arrived at Wisteria in 2010 with Starwood XXX after 15 years as a festival participant. Nights at the drum and fire circle had given him a belief in the transformative magic of the festival experience and the sacred silly, and its power to forge authentic connections to self and others. At Wisteria, Bill fell in love with the land and community, and began an ever-deepening relationship with the organization and its projects, with the goal of bringing that magic to others and nurturing a space for people to grow, play, and revel in the gloriously weird. Bill brings to Wisteria a decade of entrepreneurial experience as co-founder of FrogNet, Inc. and other ventures, a doctorate in neuroscience, a professional background in software engineering and information technology, a passion for infrastructure, and a fondness for digging holes and setting things on fire. Bill currently does enterprise web applications development for a living (AngularJS, REST API, Perl/Moose, Postgres). At Wisteria, Bill currently serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors and is active on various engineering-related committees and projects and Wisteria Fire Tribe.

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