Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 6

Camp Java handmade schwag

Camp Java handmade schwag

Vol. 2 No. 6

November 8, 2018

Hey, guys!

It’s beautiful out here, and we are ready for your fabulous art and interactivity. The sunset was remarkable tonight, as you can see:

Don’t forget the following:

  • First aid kit
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • ID
  • Water (it is HOT!)

And remember, you must volunteer for at least one shift! If you haven’t signed up online, someone at Greeter’s will help you find one.

Gate Hours

Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)

Header photo: Handmade schwag by Mike of Camp Java. How ’bout that?

Super-excited to be here,


Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 5 – 2018

Volume 2, Number 5
November 7, 2018

Hey, Guys!

I was out at Woodchuck weekend with a bunch of rockstar volunteers, and we got stuff mowed, trimmed, organized, and generally “chucked.” Wait ’til you see the mind-blowing art that got built this past weekend! I’m super-excited!

The star of this issue is the Survival Guide. We’ve updated last year’s guide, and it provides answers to most questions. The rest of the questions? Email me, I guess.

I have to go pack my first-aid kit now. Don’t forget yours!

How ’bout that?


P.S. Speaking of reference, Tabula Rasa is pronounced TAB-yoo-la RAZ-a. Check out this fascinating source for pronunciation samples:

In this issue:

  • The Survival Guide to AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa
  • The Art Attack
  • Who’s going to be there: Theme camp listing

Survival Guide to AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa

The Survival Guide provides an overview of everything you need to survive at the event. Download your copy of the  PDF and read it over: SURVIVAL GUIDE 2018

Art Attack

From Buttercup and Kevin Bean

The Art Department has a new name: Art Attack!! What ya think?

Here are opportunities to pARTicipate with Art Attack at AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:

  • The Hipocampus needs 2 volunteers  each shift 10am-2 pm and 2-6 pm to help instruct participants on how to help put the finishing touches on the sculpture by wrapping it in muslin soaked in colored paraffin wax! Training will be provided at the beginning of each shift by the artist James Olsen and the Art Attack!
  • Thursday art placement with the Art Attack team 2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm. Need 2 volunteers per shift.
  • Art placement moop sweep has 4 shifts early Monday, from 9-11 am.
  • The Art Attacks Artist Apreciation Artist Meet Up @ The Hipocampus at 3-5 pm Sunday night! Bring snacks and beverages to share!

Who’s going to be there: Theme camp listing

Want to know who’s going to fill up the blank slate at AfterBurn? We have two pages of registered theme camps on the website! There are some great new offerings, and some friendly and familiar faces. Check it out!



Here’s the form to submit your events. On Thursday, we’ll send out a comprehensive listing that you can print or save to your phone:

If you want to add an event once you arrive, come to the Indaba and post it on the What-When-Where Kiosk. We’ll help you get the word out.


Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa


Bob is an exuberant pARTicipant who would rather make art than sit at the computer…but who sits at the computer and writes this stuff for you. You can email Bob at with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.


Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 4 – 2018

The Blurb of Bob AfterBurn 2018

The Blurb of Bob AfterBurn 2018

Volume 2, Number 4
November 2, 2018

In this issue:

  • Work weekend needs mowers
  • Four important facts about Gate
  • Safety Training is required for volunteers. Volunteering is required for participants. Therefore…
  • Volunteer Shout Out for Sanctuary
  • Have you signed up to volunteer yet?
    • WWW, Theme Camp Registration, Tickets, and more

Hey, guys!

Tomorrow at 10 am, I’ll be at the AfterBurn property to help with mowing, brush-clearing, flagging, inventory, and whatever a Bob can do to assist. I’ll report back to you with my findings on Tuesday. If you can, come out and join us! The signup link for Woodchuck Weekend is included below.

This is my fourth bi-weekly edition of “All the AfterBurn news that’s fit to print.” I hope you’re finding this format informative and useful — if not, just tell me! I’m open to feedback at

Just think, next week this time, we’ll be Burning together. How ’bout that?


Work weekend needs mowers

From Ben & Robl

There’s a lot of grass to be cut on the property this weekend. If you’ve got a mower and a few hours, we can use your help! We’ll be out there all day Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Sign up here.

Four important facts about Gate

From the Welcome Home Crew

  1. Gate Hours
    Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
    Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
    Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)
  2. Do not forget your ID. The name on your ticket MUST match your ID. If you need to change the name on a ticket contact Brown Paper Tickets.
  3. You MUST print out your ticket.
  4. This is a no-reentry event. Bring everything you need, because if you leave, you cannot come back.

Safety Training is required for volunteers. Volunteering is required for participants. Therefore…

From Justin

At AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa, Safety Training applies to everyone! All volunteers must attend one of the following training sessions at Ranger HQ. No one will be permitted to use a radio or golf cart without this training.


  • 5 pm
  • 7 pm (Ranger Khaki)


  • 12:30 Board/ESD/CATS
  • 2:30 pm
  • 5:00 pm


  • 10:00 am
  • 2:30 pm


  • 10:00 am
  • 2:30 pm

Have you signed up to volunteer yet?

If you like what you see, it’s thanks to our volunteers. If you don’t like what you see, it’s due to a lack of volunteers. Use these links to sign up today!

Volunteer Shout Out for Sanctuary

From Co-Coordinators Melissa & Savvy )'(

Sanctuary is a space where participants can find safe haven for reflection, or reintegration within the self after a shattering or emotionally harrowing experience, we offer peer-to-peer support. While the experiences within Sanctuary are personal, specific, and subjective, the Green Dots mission will always be simply offering support.

Training will be provided onsite, we would love to have your warm hearts and smiling faces join our Sanctuary/Green Dot family!

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to find out more information on how you can be more involved please reach out to us.

Here is the Sign Up Link:

The sky is falling! (i.e., timely announcements and critical links)

WWW Submissions

Use this form to submit your events. This coming Thursday, we’ll send out a comprehensive listing that you can print or save to your phone.

Theme camp registration still open

Theme camp registration is still open at

Got your ticket?

Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:

About Bob

Bob is a radical communicator who believes in civic responsibility and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related. Bob regrets any fake news you may have received regarding Bob’s relationship status and has no idea who Pumpkin is.

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


Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 3 – 2018

Blurb of Bob

Blurb of Bob

Volume 2, Number 3
October 30, 2018

In this issue:

  • No spectators: All the volunteer signups in one place
  • Gate hours, workers’ passes, and more
  • Woodchuck Weekend: The fun, hard-working way to spend Nov. 3 and 4*
  • WWW submissions now open
  • The Indaba is your place

*Bob is not infallible, and previously announced the wrong dates. Woodchuck weekend is Saturday and Sunday.

Hey, guys!

First of all, I want to thank everybody who wrote to me after my last issue. Your content submissions and offers to help are much appreciated! And your questions help me figure out what I need to address in future issues. So keep those emails coming to, and I’ll keep you in the loop on what’s happening.

We recently received the following in an email that captures how important AfterBurn is to members of our community: “I have truly found my community and my drive and my family…I am going to sign up for least one shift in every single department. Should anyone in any department need me for any reason at any time, if you see me walking by, call out or grab me and say “hey we need you, at *insert Department here*, and I will do the best that I can for whoever it is that asked me.”

100% participation: How ’bout that?


No spectators: All the volunteer signups in one place

From Mad Samurai

Tabula Rasa requires 100% participation from attendees — there are no spectators. When you get your ticket, you pledge to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours.

What can you volunteer for? Here are the SignUp Genius links for all open AfterBurn departments.

Gate hours, workers’ passes, and more

From the Welcome Home Crew

The Gate opens in 9 days! Are you ready? Here’s everything you need to know about Gate Entry for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa.

Gate Hours for General Public
  • Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
  • Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)

Do not forget your ID. The name on your ticket MUST match your ID. If you need to change the name on a ticket contact Brown Paper Tickets. (Information in Brown Paper Tickets link) You MUST print out your ticket.

About Workers’ Passes

Workers’ Passes are for early entry by approved build teams ONLY. If you have a Theme Camp or Build Crew for your art installation, you MUST send your list of requested Early Entrants to with First and Last name and what Team/Crew. If you are not on the list for early entry, you will not be admitted on site until Regular Gate hours (above)

Volunteering with the Welcome Home Crew

If you want to volunteer for gate/greeter shifts, use the link above or contact Jolly Hope DuPuy, the Welcome Home Crew Coordinator at You must have at least two prior welcome home crew shifts to be a lead — contact Jolly for a Lead Shift access code (

Official Gate Entry Information and Policies

For full Gate Entry information go to the website:

Woodchuck Weekend: The fun, hard-working way to spend Nov. 3 and 4

This coming Saturday and Sunday, a whole bunch of participants will be getting a preview of the AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa site. It’s Woodchuck Weekend, and we could use your help! Bring your unique skills, tools, and work gloves and help us get ready for the Burn. Bring a tent for the weekend or come for one day. Here’s the signup:

WWW submissions now open

From the Indaba team

What interactivity is your camp offering? Let everyone know by submitting your activity to the AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa What-Where-When. The full listing will be available for download before the event and will be posted at the Indaba. The new Town Crier will also be available to promote your activities. Come to the Indaba and ask about Town Crier service.

Here’s the form to submit your WWW events:

If you don’t have a theme camp, you can still have a scheduled event! Read on for information about holding your event in the Indaba.

The Indaba is YOUR place

The Indaba is an all-ages central gathering space for participants, with seating, shade, and information about what’s going on across the event. If you would like to offer a workshop, perform live music, hold a discussion, play board games, or do live painting, we have room for you. Email with your idea.

Indaba Hosts will facilitate your event and help you promote it. To volunteer as a host, visit Signup Genius and choose a shift.



Theme camp registration is still open at


Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:


Email me at with questions, concerns, or submissions to the Blurb of Bob.

Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 2 – 2018

Blurb of Bob volume 2 number 2

Blurb of Bob volume 2 number 2

Volume 2, Number 2
October 26, 2018

In this issue:

  • Staying Healthy And Hydrated Are Sexy
  • Warm Hearts And Smiling Faces Needed At Sanctuary
  • If You Have Credentials, Medics Needs You
  • Burgers Without Orders Might Serve You…Or Might Not
  • Calling All Healers
  • Woodchuck Weekend
  • Theme Camps
  • Afterburn: Tabula Rasa Tickets

Hey, Guys!

As promised, I’m here to keep you updated and informed about AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa. Do you want to know where the information comes from? Check this out:

1 – AfterBurn volunteers submit department announcements to
2 – Participants (this means YOU) submit fun and interesting information about projects and theme camps to
3 – Bob reads ALL your emails and loves hearing from you!
4 – Bob compiles submissions into easy-to-digest blurbs and broadcasts them on a bi-weekly basis.
5 – Bob publishes using the Burnt Oranges blog and email list. In the spirit of radical inclusion, anybody on the internet can read Bob’s Blurbs. This could be your 15 seconds of fame!

Members of the Bob team don’t use Facebook to gather or share information, because not everybody has access to it. However, if you would please share my posts on your Facebook pages or feed, we would be thrilled by the additional exposure!

As I wrote in my previous issue, this is a two-way street. If you have a question or a concern about the event, or you just can’t find the information you need on the website, email me. I’ll make sure you get an answer.

How ’bout that?

Staying healthy and hydrated are sexy

From the AfterBurn Medic Team

Are you packing all the things for Afterburn 2018: Tabula Rasa? The el wire, your art, your air mattress…that perfect costume you’ve worked on for a month? Well, here’s a friendly (and serious) reminder to also pack your FIRST AID KIT! Don’t leave home without it!

Embrace radical self-reliance, and make sure you have what you (or your camp) needs to handle bumps, cuts, bug bites and cramps! Ladies- pack feminine hygiene stuff, even if you aren’t expecting your period! On-site medics are community volunteers, and our primary purpose is to help with assessment of serious injuries or illness. We have limited first aid supplies, so you are EXPECTED to provide your own!

What should you pack in your first aid kit? Here’s a good starting point:

  • Band aids (all sizes), antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-itch cream, sun screen
  • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, anti-diarrheal, antihistamine
  • Pepto Bismol, or something similar for upset stomach
  • Dry chemical ice packs, ace bandages
  • Do you have a chronic condition or severe allergies? Bring your supplies!
  • Severe allergies to stinging insects? Bring your epi-pen.
  • High blood pressure? Bring your meds.
  • Diabetes? Bring your syringes, your insulin(s), your meter
  • Asthma? Bring your inhaler(s).

Lastly, be prepared to stay hydrated through the event. 2 gallons of water per person per day is a common standard. Staying hydrated is sexy! Don’t be the pukey friend that partied all night, forgot to drink water for a day and now needs a trip to the hospital for IV fluids. It’ll be expensive, and it will affect everyone around you (and not in a good way).

Want to know more? Reach out to your medics! We’re happy to help you build the perfect safety net for you and your camp! Email us at

Warm hearts and smiling faces needed at Sanctuary

From Melissa & Savvy of the Sanctuary Team

Sanctuary is a space where participants can find safe haven for reflection, or reintegration within the self after a shattering or emotionally harrowing experience, we offer peer-to-peer support. While the experiences within Sanctuary are personal, specific, and subjective, the Green Dots mission will always be simply offering support.
Training will be provided onsite, we would love to have your warm hearts and smiling faces join our Sanctuary/Green Dot family!

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to find out more information on how you can be more involved please reach out to us. You can sign up for a volunteer shift here:

If you have credentials, Medics needs YOU

From Daisy, Burnt Oranges Medic Volunteer Coordinator & Medicnatrix Extraordinaire

Any participant who wants to volunteer for medics need to email the team directly at If you’ve never worked as a medic with BOI, we’ll need copies of your credentials. The shifts are 4 hours from 08:00 to Midnight Friday & Saturday (noon to 16:00 is already full) and 08:00 to 20:00 Sunday.

Please note, NO shift requests will be accepted if sent via FB Messenger, text to my personal phone, email to my personal email or via any thread in any social media. In other words, you must use or risk being completely ignored.

Burgers Without Orders might serve you…or might not

From the Burgers Without Orders Team

Where is BWO?(Bartow, Florida) Known throughout the burnerverse, Burgers Without Orders will be slinging burgers at Tabula Rasa with a sense of decency, style, and dedication only found in half-baked ideas that require no forethought.

You may have a hard time finding them, but trust your nose. When you smell seared meat, follow it. Long pants and hard-soled shoes are suggested. PLEASE DON’T F’ING WEAR FLIP FLOPS.

Come without expectations and you might get a burger. Come with an order and you’ll get nothing.

Hours: Midnight – 4AM
Location: See map, above


Our cooks just said we messed this up completely. We were supposed to be recruiting people, not showing the map.
ANYONE interested in BWO (Burgers Without Orders) participation will receive DOUBLE volunteer credits.
A link to BWO service is now live on SignUpGenius:

Calling all healers

From David of The Magic Touch theme camp

The Magic Touch is recruiting for AfterBurn. If you are a healer, especially with holistic skills, and you’d like to camp with us, please contact David at and mention The Magic Touch theme camp or healers or something like that in the subject line. I will want to talk with you by phone to fill you in on camp history and our vision. We are also looking to expand into the educational field so if you’d like to present a workshop or lecture on a holistic topic, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The sky is falling! (i.e., Timely Announcements & Critical Links)

Can you help us out at Woodchuck Weekend?

It’s November 3 and 4, the weekend before the event. Here’s the signup:

Have you registered your theme camp? Time’s running out!

Theme camp registration is open until Wednesday, October 31 at

Most importantly: Do you have your ticket?

If not, here’s the link:

Blurb of Bob Vol 2. No. 1 – 2018



Hey, Guys!

I’m baaaack! This is your friendly AfterBurn spokesperson, Bob. I was recently called out of my well-deserved Florida shuffleboard retirement when a handful of AfterBurners said, “WTF happened to Bob?”

For the next few weeks, I will do my best to organize and share the news and information you need to pARTicipate at AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa. I’ll post everything on the Burnt Oranges Blog, so if you miss an issue, you can find it in one place. And I’ll send it via email as well.

This is a two-way street — I need to hear from you as well! Please email me at if you have questions about the event or want to tell everybody about the super-exciting things you are bringing this year.

How ’bout that?



AfterBurn is put on by a group of volunteers organized into teams. Here is a list of the departments, so you can see what it takes to put on this event:

Art Department & Art Grant Committee (Link Coming)

CATS Fire and Event Safety

DPW Dogs (Department of Public Works infrastructure)

Earth Guardians (Leave No Trace)

Indaba (includes Info Booth functions) (Link Coming – contact


Parking (Link Coming – contact

Placement (Link Coming – contact


Sanctuary (Link Coming – contact

Volunteer Coordination (Link Coming – contact

Welcome Home Crew

Theme Camps – Contact


If you don’t have your ticket yet, please jump over to Brown Paper Tickets now. The earlier you purchase a ticket, the easier it is for the organizers (that list above) to plan infrastructure and activities. Here’s the link:


From Sean, our Theme Camp Department Lead:

Theme Camp registration is open and we are keeping registration open as long as we can before the event.

Please register at :

Here is the list of great theme camp entries we have  received as of 6 pm on 10/18 (ordered by date of registration) :

Camp Middle School Dance

A**holes Anonymous (camping in association with Those A**holes)

Shivered Timbers

Flying Carpet Camp

We’re Bananas

Burgers Without Orders

Those A**holes/A**holes Anonoymous

Camp Java (in Indaba Willage)

Camp Psychonaut

Indaba Willage

The Magic Touch

The Happy Spot (in Indaba Willage)

Nomad’s Land

Peter’s Photo-Wall and Foto-Tent

If you have any questions about theme camp registration please contact Sean at

We know of one camp that attempted to register early on, but was not successful. We don’t know the reason, but we do know the form is definitely working.  If you registered your camp early on and you are not on this list please register again. You will get an automated notice if you complete the registration successfully. 

Thank you for your community participation!


…however, it needs you to make it that way.

On November 3 and 4, one week before AfterBurn, a special group of individuals gather on the property to get it ready. What makes them special? They get an extra weekend with their Burner friends, in exchange for a couple of days of hard work. You can be one of those special people! There’s something for everyone to do, depending on ability and willingness. Extra points if you have saws, chainsaws, or mowers. You can also come and feed the volunteers. Check out the Sign-Up page here:


From the Indaba team:

The Indaba is your place, where you can start a discussion, share world-changing ideas, make music, and meet new friends. If you are a welcoming person, we can use your help! Please consider signing up as an Indaba Host.

Do you want to give a workshop or a speech? Book your time in the Indaba now by emailing If you have an idea while you are at AfterBurn, we’ll promote it on the whiteboard when you arrive.

At the Indaba, you can attend an activity, put on an activity, promote your theme camp activity, or find out about theme camp activities. In other words, it’s all about participation. Think of it as a physical What-Where-When.

Indaba Schedule so far…

Friday, 7 pm: Community potluck — bring a dish to share, and your own plates and utensils

Saturday, 11 pm: The First Annual Inaugural Joke-Telling Hour

Sunday, noon: Storytelling circle — bring your best Burner stories

If you have an idea for the schedule, let us know! We’ll make it happen!


If you are building an art piece before the burn starts, please find Buttercup or Kevin Bean. We are adding a new part of infrastructure called the Art Department. If you’re feeling stuck or need a hand during your project, find them for support! 



This year during the Florida Arts Road show, burning man artist Tyson Ayers decided to donate a Sound Cave to our community.

It’s built with 4 baby grand piano sound boards and a grand piano that you can play. You can read more about his project here:

We need to move it out of The Dead Lizard, where it’s been since March and take it to Bartow for the community to enjoy at Afterburn 2018: Tabula Rasa.

And we need help. While this event says it’s starting today, that’s just the first time we could attempt it. We’re looking for at least 4 people to confirm a date they’re available, and then we’ll schedule it. If we can then get 4-5 people to help during work weekend to assemble it, then we’ll have one of the coolest art pieces to enjoy. Work weekend signups are available on SignUP Genius. If you’d like to be part of an art team, leave your availability here and we’ll update the “event” as soon as we have 4 helpers. Thanks in advance! While this is shown as evening times, if you’re available daytimes, drop that in the responses too.

If you’ve got a box truck, or flatbed trailer, drop a line about that too.


Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 9 – 2017

Blurb of Bob

Blurb of Bob

Volume 1, Number 9
November 27, 2017

Hey, Guys!
Welcome to the Art Edition of the Blurb of Bob! How about a round of applause for all the art and the artists who brought it to AfterBurn? In this issue, I’ve got photos of many of the art pieces, plus some Very Important Information about how you can make sure AfterBurn continues next year.

How ’bout that?

In this issue:

  • AfterBurn art in pictures
  •  Support #GivingTuesday to ensure the future of AfterBurn
  • Send Bob your schwag photos
  • Event feedback form still open for your input

AfterBurn art in pictures

The Media team was undaunted by rain as they captured photos of the art at AfterBurn: Restoration. One dedicated member of the team even spent several hours in the Indaba, creating a painting of the art. Here’s a sampling of the results. Which one is your favorite?

Hint: Click on the thumbnail to see the entire image.

Support #GivingTuesday to ensure the future of AfterBurn


From the Board of Directors of Burnt Oranges

Burnt Oranges, the nonprofit that put on AfterBurn: Restoration, needs your help to make sure our next event is just as spectacular. On #GivingTuesday, November 28, we’ll be kicking off our end-of-the-year fundraiser.

There are a couple of easy ways you can help Burnt Oranges continue to fund art and community action in Florida:

  1. Make a donation on Tuesday — if you use this link, donations up to $2M will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There’s no fee or minimum; all the money goes to Burnt Oranges.
  2. Go to and designate Burnt Oranges, Inc. as your beneficiary. We’ll get 0.5% from each purchase, and it would cost you nothing.
  3. Can’t give on Tuesday? Just use the Burnt Oranges website to donate at a more convenient time! You can mail a check or come back later and give online.

Did you know that even with a contractor discount and no tax, this year’s effigy materials cost $1705.90?

Did you know that Burnt Oranges donated $8985 in community action grants during the event?

Do you know how much it costs to rent port-a-potties?

Please give Burnt Oranges your support on #GivingTuesday. And be sure to let all your friends know, too!

Afterburn 2017 #unfuckflorida volunteer patch

Send Bob your schwag photos

Hey guys, it’s Bob again! What was the most incredible gift you received at AfterBurn?  If it’s something you can photograph, I’d love to include it in my Cool Schwag blurb! Just snap a picture and email it to me:

By the way, I think the most mind-blowing schwag this year was the #unfuckflorida volunteer patch. I got mine! If you didn’t get yours, be sure to send an email to with the shifts you worked and your mailing address.

Event feedback form still open for your input

The Event Coordination team is still looking for your feedback on AfterBurn. Do you have a thank you, an idea, or a suggestion to make the event better? Please use the Event Feedback form to tell us what you think. If you submit the form with your name, you’ll receive a thoughtful response, or you can submit your feedback anonymously.

I got my patch, sent in my event feedback, and set aside some bucks to donate to Burnt Oranges tomorrow. Now I can relax until the next Blurb. Be sure and send me those photos, especially the ones of your schwag!

How ’bout that?


Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 8 – 2017

Volume 1, Number 8
November 16, 2017

Hey, Guys!
Show of hands: Who besides me was Radically Restored by this AfterBurn? Wasn’t all my super-excitement justified? It was fabulous, fantastic, and amazing! thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

The folks with the vision who made AfterBurn happen are the Event Coordination team, led by Comrade Heathen and Robl, and the Directors of Burnt Oranges: Ben, Jennifer, Sara, and Morgan. AfterBurn: Restoration is their gift to the community. They each spent hundreds of volunteer hours behind the scenes, creating a place for us to gather and play and learn and be transformed.

They were assisted by the team leads (more hundreds of behind-the-scenes hours!), and everyone who volunteered before, during, and after the event. But it doesn’t stop there. You brought your art, set up theme camps full of interactivity, played music, and shared your gifts and hugs. AfterBurn: Restoration has restored this vibrant, caring community, and the future is bright, thanks to YOU.

Now, it’s your turn. I want to share YOUR photos, stories, and blogs about AfterBurn: Restoration! To keep this flame burning, please email your submissions to, and I’ll share them in the Blurb of Bob.

How ’bout that?

Stuck truck

In this issue

  • Event Feedback form published
  • Lost & Found report
  • The AfterBurn Moop Map
  • Volunteer patches
  • Shipwreck update

Event Feedback form published

The Event Coordination team really, really wants your feedback. Do you have a thank you, an idea, or a suggestion to make AfterBurn better? Please use the Event Feedback form to tell us what you think. If you submit the form with your name, you’ll receive a thoughtful response, or you can submit your feedback anonymously.

Lost & Found report

Items turned into the Lost & Found range from hats, cups, and children’s clothing to an entire cooler with a half bottle of Jägermeister. All of the items have been packed up and taken to Tampa, and you have a week to reclaim your lost item from Fluffernutter. If you lost something at AfterBurn, please send an email to with a description of it by November 24. After that, items from Lost & Found will be donated to a thrift store, with one exception, the Jägermeister.

Please email your suggestions for the Jägermeister to So far, participants have proposed a toxic waste dump and a pest control company.

The AfterBurn Moop Map

On Monday, a small but dedicated Restoration crew tackled the property at AfterBurn: Restoration. We did a series of line sweeps to pick up Matter Out of Place, known as Moop. Read on for a great discussion of Moop from Comrade Heathen Stumble Biscuits, who supervised our LNT and restoration efforts:

Believe it our not, not all moop is obvious.  Sometimes well-meaning burners just don’t KNOW that something is moop.  If it wasn’t there when you got there, it goes back home with you. The Burning Man website has a great write-up on MOOP, and following is a list of MOOP issues that our AfterBurn 2017 LNT and Restoration volunteers were forced to deal with.

Map of moop found during resto
The AfterBurn2017 Moop Map

Things that are actually moop (yes, even at AfterBurn):

  • Firewood left at your camp: (it must be taken to DPW Dog Pound, or it is moop).  If left next to your camp site our hard working LNT crew has to haul it up the hill to DPW so it doesn’t interfere with mowing of the filed later.  High grass grows fast, and things left in the field can cause damage to people, the landscape, and equipment.  Please drop it off at the appropriate location!
  • Food Waste: Chicken bones, orange peels, watermelon rinds, lime wedges, cupcake wrappers, anything.  Take it all with you when you leave.  Do not leave food waste on the ground.  It draws pesky critters in addition to being moop.  Throw it in your trash bag, not on the ground!
  • Rocks, pebbles: Please, PLEASE do not leave small rocks, crystals, or marbles in your camp.  We have to dig them out and through them away.  If you packed it in, you have to pack it out.  Yes, rocks too!
  • Glitter:  This is the single worst thing you can leave behind.  It is an LNT nightmare.  Don’t bring it.  Just don’t.  It can take HOURS of time for multiple volunteers to clean up your mess.  If you have any questions about WHY glitter is terrible, there are many articles out there.  At the end of the day, it’s a trace.  And it’s leave NO trace, not leave glitter trace.  Don’t be THAT shiny jerk!  Glitter bombs will result in your theme camp placement privileges being revoked.  This is a zero tolerance offence.
  • Zip Ties/ Micro Plastic: Be extra-vigilant about tear down.  Zip ties are the single biggest offender, with water bottle tops and glow stick connectors coming in a close second.  Tiny tarp shreds, and Styrofoam micro pieces from coolers or other things are also culprits.
  • Trash in burn barrels: Unless you’re going to stand there and watch it burn ALL THE WAY TO ASH, this is mooping.  Paper almost NEVER burns all the way down, and plastic doesn’t burn, it melts.  Cigarette butts don’t burn either.  All of these things create a gross mess for our LNT/ Resto crew to have to scrape out of the bottom of a barrel before they can be stored.  It’s gross.  Don’t do it.  The best bet is to take it with you back to your camp, and throw it in your contractor bag.  PS: Baby wipes and Clorox wipes don’t burn either!  So knock it off!
  • Plywood/ wood: This must be cleared IN ADVANCE by an event coordinator.  We have to let the fire cool down before it can be cleaned out.  If water is poured on a hot fire, it leaves a significant burn scar (that’s leaving a trace).  When you place something on the fire after effigy burn, it creates a leave no trace issue for our effigy restoration crew.  Instead of being able to clean up a cooled area, we now have garbage, large wooden pieces, and HOT COALS, rebar, nails, etc on Monday.  You’ve essentially created a really un-cool issue for volunteers.  DO NOT ADD ANYTHING TO THE EFFIGY FIRES WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM AN EVENT COORDINATOR.  This WILL effect your future theme camp placement.  Continued issues with this will result in NO ART GRANTS OR PLACEMENT.
  • Damage to the land: Ruts, divots, burn scars.  Open ground fires are not permitted.  Fires in burn barrels or raised fire pits only.  NO FIRES IN WALK-IN CAMPING. Please try to leave the area you camped in as good as condition as you found it or better.
  • Cigarette Butts: Shouldn’t even have to be said, but ALL butts go with you.  Always.  No exception.  Have a plan.
  • Art: You need to have a LNT plan for your art.  Leaving it on site is not acceptable unless prior approval has been granted from an Event Coordinator.  No exceptions.
  • Trash: Anything left behind is moop.  Even if you think it’s moop, it still requires resources for out LNT and Restoration crews to deal with it appropriately.  EVERYTHING you leave behind creates an issue for someone else to attend to, even if you don’t think it’s a problem.  Hint: it actually is.

Volunteer patches

From Bob:

I goofed!  I was supposed to give the volunteer patches to the volunteer leads, but I was so super-excited, taking pictures and hugging people, they never made it out of my tent!  Whoops!

If you volunteered at AfterBurn with an infrastructure group (see below), you probably qualify for a patch. Please send the following information to

  • Legal Name
  • Burner Name
  • Shift/s Worked
  • Mailing Address

Here’s the list of infrastructure groups:

  • Cats
  • DPW/ Dogs
  • Earth Guardians
  • Effigy Crew
  • Gate/ Greeter
  • Gloo
  • Indaba
  • Info Booth
  • LNT/ Resto
  • Media Crew
  • Medic
  • Placement
  • Ranger
  • Sign Crew
  • Temple Crew
  • Webteam
  • Woodchuck Work Weekenders

Shelter from the Tempest at AfterBurn2017
Shelter from the Tempest

Shipwreck Update

From Comrade Heathen Stumble Biscuits:

Many questions were asked about Shelter from the Tempest (also affectionately deemed the shipwreck, or the pirate ship) on Sunday.  We were unable to burn the structure safely due to weather and a lack of suitable support staff.  Many of you wrote message of all kinds in our temple, and left lots of heart. Do not despair!

The Event Coordinators, Board of Directors, and Temple Crew met with the landowner to determine some options for this beautiful art piece.  It was decided that we shall leave it as a semi-permanent interactive art piece until the next AfterBurn. At which time, we will schedule a memorial burn for the burn that should have been!  In the mean time, enjoy Shelter from the Tempest!

Thanks again for your awesome participation at AfterBurn: Restoration. Stay tuned for the next edition of the Blurb of Bob, with stories from the Burn and ways to stay in touch in the coming months. If you are active on Facebook, be sure to follow the Florida AfterBurn News & Updates page for information about future events — that’s the most reliable source of AfterBurn news on Facebook.

How ’bout that?



Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 7 – 2017

Volume 1, Number 7
November 9, 2017

Hey, guys!

There’s a hard-working crew here on site, sweating like pigs and swearing like sailors. Just what you’d expect from the DPW! We’re going to have things ready when the gates open at 8 tomorrow morning.

Drive safely! We need you to arrive in one piece!

How ’bout that?

In this issue…

  • Official directions
  • Download the WWWW
  • Perimeter, conclave, and fire safety meetings
  • Perimeter – the most magical volunteer role
  • Real Burners Carry Trash
  • How can you stay through Monday?
  • Grant Salon
  • Tool Drive
  • Community Dinner
  • It’s never too late! Volunteering at the event
  • Out of room? Leave your firewood behind!

Official directions — be sure to turn on Albritton Road, not Sand Lake Road

From Florida Highway 60, turn South on 80 Foot road (there is a Citgo Gas Station on the South West corner of Hwy 60 and 80 Foot Road). Continue south approximately 3 miles. Turn right (West) on Albritton Road. You will then turn left on Sand Lake Road. There will be a 90 degree left bend in the road, follow around this to the gate, which will be on your right. Even if your GPS tells you otherwise, we are directing traffic this way to prevent any backups onto a two lane 50 MPH roadway.

When you come through the gate, you’ll find four lanes: RVs, Theme Camps, Open Camping, and Walk-In Camping. Pick the lane that corresponds to your intended camping spot, and we’ll get you checked in and placed as quickly as we can.

Download the WWWW

Who? What? When? Where? Download your printable version of the WWWW here. You’ll also find it in poster format in the Indaba and at the Gate.

Perimeter, conclave, and fire safety meetings

These meetings are required for anyone who is fire dancing, spinning fire, fire-breathing, serving as a fire safety, or volunteering for Effigy perimeter.

  • Effigy Perimeter Volunteers and Fire Safeties: Either Friday at 5 pm or Saturday at 2 pm
  • Conclave Participants: Either Friday at 5:30 pm or Saturday at 2:30 pm

Perimeter – the most magical volunteer role

Have you ever volunteered for Perimeter? It’s the most magical experience — instead of watching the Burn, you get to watch the amazing faces of all the Burners. Please consider volunteering for this very special job, which makes the Burn possible for all of us.

To volunteer for Perimeter, check with the folks at the Info Booth in the Indaba.

Real Burners Carry Trash

LNT stands for “Leave No Trace.” This is why there are no trashcans at AfterBurn — you are expected to take everything with you, and to pick up any Matter Out of Place (aka Moop) you find as you walk about the property. Real Burners always have a couple of pieces of trash in their pockets!

How can you stay through Monday?

In addition to cleaning up your own camp, we need additional volunteers to stay over on Monday and help us restore the property to its original, wild state. Fill out the DPW form online, and then check in with Comrade Heathen when you arrive. The folks at the Info Booth can help you find her.

Grant Salon

The Grant Salon is in the Indaba at 5 pm on Friday. Hear what folks want to do to improve their communities and vote on who gets funding! It’s super-exciting!

Tool Drive

One of the first things you’ll see when you arrive is the Big Blue BWB Container. This container is destined for the Florida Keys, where it’s badly needed to help rebuild after Hurricane Irma. Bring tools to  help us supply the container, and if you’re making one last stop at Lowe’s, please pick up a few new tools for the project.

Community Dinner

The Community Dinner will be in the Indaba on Friday evening at 8 pm. We’ve got barbecue and all the fixin’s for everyone — just be sure to bring your plate, cup, and utensils. If you’d like to bring your own special dish to share, we’d love that!

Bob’s car was too full to bring pie. Could someone please bring pie?

Volunteer, painting in the shade

It’s never too late! Volunteering at the event

As the old saying goes, many hands make light work. So volunteers are always needed at the event! Please stop by the Info booth in the Indaba and find out how you can volunteer on site. Remember, not only does your volunteerism make you an awesome individual, but you’ll be rewarded when it comes time to buy tickets for the next event — volunteers get first crack at ticket sales.

Bob wuz hereOut of room? Leave your firewood behind!

Robl says there’s a giant pile of firewood on site, so if you don’t want to bring your own, you don’t have to.

It’s getting dark out here, and I have to set up my tent. And you need to be packing, not reading this blurb. How ’bout that?



Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 6 – 2017

Blurb of Bob

Blurb of Bob

Volume 1, Number 6
November 8, 2017

Hey, guys!

This new site has real critters, and you know what rhymes with hugs? BUGS! Pack your insect repellant and boots.
How ’bout that?

In this issue

  • Site map
  • Did we mention boots?
  • What to expect at the Gate
  • Ticket exchange
  • Unsupervised children will be given espresso and a puppy
  • Ice sales

Site map

AfterBurn site map
The AfterBurn site map

When you arrive, be prepared to wait at the Gate until the Placement Team can take you to your camping location. The Info Booth, located in The Indaba (top left corner of the map), will have a Theme Camp map to help you find your friends.

Did we mention boots?

This entire site will be considered by most Floridians as “Primitive”. This means, for the most part, unimproved natural, beautiful habitat. Wear boots and socks and have a bug plan for sunset – fire pits, mosquito coils, essential oils, or Deet if you don’t want to get eaten. Ant bait is a good idea, too.

We’ve seen a variety of flora and fauna onsite, from bobcats to deer to alligators to gopher turtles to snakes to birds. The center of the field (marked) is a bird sanctuary. Please do not take vehicles through the sanctuary, including golf carts. The area is very rough. Pedestrian traffic only.

Bring boots, hard-soled shoes or hiking boots. If you decide not to wear them, great. 

How ’bout that? Did we mention boots?

What to expect at the Gate

Gate hours are:

  • Friday, November 10: 8 am to midnight.
  • Saturday, November 11: 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Sunday, November 12: No entry. You must be packing up by 4 pm, and off the property by 7 pm.

AfterBurn is a no-reentry event. If you leave, you will not be allowed to return.

You know the saying, “The party starts at Greeters?” Be prepared to wait in the gate/greeter area to be placed — someone from Placement will take you to where you need to go. This is for your safety, and the safety of other participants. 

Ticket exchange

Do you have an extra ticket? Things are hopping over on the Facebook ticket exchange page, and you can easily find a new home for your ticket. To join the Facebook page, visit this link. Remember, when you transfer a ticket, the name on your ticket must match your government-issued ID. To change the name on a ticket, phone Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

Unsupervised children will be given espresso and a puppy

Sorry, no puppies at AfterBurn. That was just to get your attention.

Now that we have your attention, this one is serious: If you are planning to bring a child to AfterBurn, you must read the Minors policy on our website. The policy states that you must be prepared to supervise your child 100% of the time during the event: “All children must always be accompanied by a designated, responsible, sober adult.”

What should you do if find an unsupervised child? Get a Ranger.

Ice Sales

Ice will be available for purchase Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday before dark. If there’s any left we’ll sell it Sunday. The cost is $3 a bag.

How ’bout that?