Announce for May


Important Information

This is the last scheduled Announce before Burning Flipside 2015: The Wizards of Odd! Remember, if you have things you’d like to contribute to the last Flame before the burn, please check out the Flipside Flame/Announce Submission form. You can find it under “Contact” on the home page of

Ticket Status

Ticket lead here!
Ticket holders should have received an email notification and/or a Survival Guide by now.
You can easily verify if your ticket info by logging into your account at to verify your ticket status.

There is an icon on the right-hand side of your ticket information that looks like a cloud with an arrow coming down from it — clicking this will download your PDF which you can print if you’d like to take to Will Call to pick up your ticket.

Get Involved

Final Work Weekend

The last scheduled work weekend will take place May 1-3 on the Pyropolis Playa grounds. The work will include poison ivy pulling, fire ant eradication and general grass trimming and other tidying efforts. If you have yard tools like rakes and especially weed trimmers, those would be helpful to bring. Please sign up on the wiki at or email Shugabear at so we know to expect you.

DaFT Requests

Howdy from your friends at DAFT 2015! Want to participate in creating the community effigy? We want your art… and Arduinos and Raspberries!

Part 1: We need your old Arduinos and Raspberries to animate the effigy! Yep, that’s right, animate. Bring’m to the warehouse or email if you got ‘m and need someone to pick up.

Part 2: ADD your ODD to the Wizard by creating 2 1/2′ x 2 1/2’ fabric patches to be attached to the Wizard’s hat. Camp logos, whatever, etc., due back to DAFT by May Day 10th! Drop it off at the wherehouse on any Church Nite or email We can’t wait to see your special, magic touch! YAY US!”

Burner Charm School 2015

Burning Flipside Edjumication presents: Burner Charm School 2015

We’re all hanging out at the Burning Flipside Wherehouse on Sunday, May 9th from 11 am to 5 pm. This event features workshops and constructive discussions on burning brighter. For newbies and oldbies alike, Burner Charm School can help give you the skills that you need to survive and thrive on the grassy playa.

Booths – We’ll be presenting workshops on Burner Sex Ed and Boundaries, PETs (Pyropolis Emergency Team), Rangers, Sanctuary, Art, Theme Camps, Kidsville, LNT, Recycling, Greeters and more!

The address of The Wherehouse is 1023 Springdale Rd. Austin, TX 78721.

BYOEverything, shade is limited, joy is endless. (Facebook Event Link)

Combustion Chamber

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. There will is one more in May before Burning Flipside 2015, starting at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

May 4:

  • Volunteering – General State of the Volunteers address. Are there volunteer needs in any departments? How can we sufficiently support those gaps? How can the organization as a whole encourage more volunteering?
  • Burner Arts Fest similar to EAST – Does the community want this? Who is willing to work on the team to make it happen? Is there a budget or is the a contribution-only festival? If there is a budget, from whom or where do those monies come?


Event Details


Rose, recycling lead, here to informing you about the recycling hours and what recycling will be accepting this year.

We will be open Saturday-Monday

  • Saturday 10 am-6 pm
  • Sunday 10 am-6 pm
  • Monday 9 am- 5 pm

Please, pretty pretty please with sugar, sprinkles, cherries, and kitties on top, do not leave recycling at recycling camp after hours. Thank You!

We will be accepting:

  • Plastic numbers 1-7
  • Glass
  • Tin
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Paper
  • Card board (corrugated and non)
  • Batteries….yes this is new

A quick note for everyone: Monday can be a crazy for everyone because we are all trying to pack up and GTFO, and recycling will be crazy busy too. I would suggest bring your recycling Saturday or Sunday, so Monday all you have is the last bit of your recycling left to bring recycling. Recycling is next to ice so you can bring your recycling and head back to camp with ice!!!! One trip for two errands, couldn’t get much better than that! We try to make your experience out here as stress free because you are all awesome and deserve it!!!

One last thing, we all know that flipside happens because of volunteerism, and so does recycling. I still have some recycling shifts open for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. If you are interested I would love to have you on the team and signing up it really easy too; sign up at: Recycling Wiki if you have any problems with the page or have any questions email me at and I will be happy to help you!!!!

If I don’t see you before Flipside; I will see you when we return home. Love and hugs everyone


Leave No Trace/ Earth Guardians

Travel Tips from Uncle Mulch

It’s that time of year when we flee the dismal city for green spaces, shirt cocking, and flaming art. As you make final preparations for the joy jump that is Burning Flipside, here’s a few tips to ease your travel, make camping easier, and help Leave No Trace.

Do What You Can Do
Nobody expects you to be Captain Planet. Just figure out what you can do. Make one small improvement, then brag about it to your friends. It’s a great ego booster. The effort to Leave No Trace does not have to be torture. It can even save you money if you’re clever about it.

Bigger is Better
Whatever substances you bring, bring it in bigger containers. Most stuff is cheaper by volume when bought in bulk. The fewer bottles, bags, and cans you have, the less you have to carry out. Gallon jugs are far less to deal with than a flat of bottles with cardboard and wrapping.

Try packing your meals in bulk rather than single serving sizes. A pot of chili will freeze in a gallon ziplock lying flat. Then your tasty meal will stack nicely in your cooler and act as an ice block until you use it.

For water, the best option is five gallon jugs. Your local grocery has reusable bottles with convenient handles. If you choose gallon bottles, look for some with good handles and screw on tops that you can reuse.

Use Your Shopping Bags
If you live in Austin then you have reusable shopping bags. These make great containers for expendables on the way in and MOOP bags on the way out. If you’re worried about the branding, duct tape and washi come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Plan to Haul It Out
Every “disposable” item we have can be reused for something. Take it home, make art, and bring it back next year.

Despite the greenery, grey water disturbs the food cycle. Filter your grey water before dumping and put the lumpy bits in your wet trash. Better yet, use your empty water bottles to haul that crap back home and feed it to your plants.

You’ll need separate containers for wet and dry waste. Any greasy food waste will draw the hellish evil that is fire ants. Coordinate with your neighbors to place that kind of thing in a shared area to keep the bugs away from everyone. Extra points if you can arrange safe, artful, and horrific death for the little bastards.

Speaking of which:

Bring Insect Repellent
This is not so much a Leave No Trace issue as a sanity issue. There will be mosquitoes and biting flies. You’ll want to protect yourself. Spray kitchen counters with a light mix of soap. Flies dislike it.

Fire ants are an invasive species and do not require protection, quite the contrary. We brought these bastards here and it is our responsibility to control them. Fire ants can even kill those sensitive enough. But poison has a tendency to linger in the environment and affect much more than the target. Mint, cinnamon, garlic, vinegar, and black pepper all have a reputation for repelling ants. Try it out and see what works best for you. Uncle Mulch has never found any scientific evidence for efficacy, but it’s worth a try.

Leave the Glitter and Feathers at Home
The feathers on that boa and the glitter in that body paint just won’t stay put. They will inevitably get away from you and become impossible to clean up afterward.

For our volunteers sake simply DO NOT BRING IT!!! Small items that get separated are the antithesis of LNT, plan accordingly.

Consider Rechargeables
If you can do the electric thing with a rechargeable battery then that’s less load on a generator. Charge them up before you come out and make sure to take them home. Anything to reduce the carbon footprint and noise level of generators is a good thing.

Uncle Mulch has been slowly building a collection of solar chargers and rechargeable batteries. It’s a little expensive to do all at once. The cost of gas for a generator will add up fast over the life of a rechargeable. A little careful planning and patience can add up to savings in the long run.

If It Flies or Floats, Tie It Down
If the thing is in the air it will fly away from you. Make sure your kites and balloons are securely anchored. If it is on the water it will float away from you. Put a lanyard on it so you don’t lose it.

This also applies to your drink container. If you can hang it from your belt with a carabiner, you’re less likely to leave it behind you.

Plan to Recycle
After you’ve made the effort to reduce and reuse, you can recycle. There will be a recycling station on the effigy field. See the Recycling article above for more details.

Uncle Mulch isn’t biased or anything, but MOOP Parade the best way to see the site, shake down folks for their gifties, and remind our burner siblings that we need to pick up after ourselves. This isn’t news to anybody. Any MOOP you see is going to be accidental. Be nice, meet new people, and blow their minds with your art.

Check out the MOOP Parade sign up page!

Uncle Mulch hopes to see you all at the Pecan Playa.