PorcFest 6/11/04 Update
From: Tim Condon
Subject: The First Annual Porc Fest! Two weeks away!
GREETINGS TO ALL FREE STATE PROJECT PORCUPINES AND FRIENDS
The First Annual Porcupine Freedom Fest and Night on the Barricades is two weeks away. We've been planning for this for the past six months. It's almost here. My wife and I will be flying into Manchester Airport on Wednesday, June 23, 2004, and will see you all at Rogers Campground in Lancaster, New Hampshire (The Free State) by that Thursday.
We all know that the Free State Project is totally volunteer-driven. All our money (what money we have) goes to increasing our efforts in recruiting 20,000 committed Porcupines to move to the Free State. That being the case, snafus can and do occur, often at the last minute. The LATEST PROBLEMS are these:
The "communal meal" scheduled for Saturday night, June 26, 2004 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (after the speeches and before the Porcupine Dance) is hanging fire. We may need volunteers, and fast, to either take over the planning and execution, or to help out. Now is your chance to make a difference as a Porcupine. Everyone loves a full stomach, and they're going to love you too if you help. So join the Yahoo list RIGHT NOW. We may need to do some quick re-planning...or everything might be okay. Either way, make yourselves known so that we've got enough people to make it happen!
We have the same problem with the Porcupine Lunch scheduled for Friday, June 25, 2004 at noontime. We may have lost the person who previously was going to head it up. Which means we may need a whole new crew to make it come off. I'll certainly be a part of it. And I'm hoping that a bunch of you will be also. There is rumor in the air that the FSP national leadership is stepping in to flip hamburgers and toast hot dogs for the assembled Porcupines at that time. So if you want to make Amanda Phillips, Jason Sorens, Alan Weiss, Eddie Bradford, Jean Alexander, and other Big Porcupine Names cook for you...be there...and be sure to volunteer to help by joining the Yahoo planning list above.
The We'll Be There list has grown greatly in the past two weeks: We now have confirmed attendance at the Porc Fest on the We'll Be There list of 176. Is that enough freedom-lovers for you in one place at one time? Personally I think the number attending will be more than double that. Get ready to meet and talk with a LOT of people who think, feel, dream, and act the same way you do!
All current information on the Web about the Porcupine Fest can be seen here.
A new happening has been scheduled at the Porc Fest for Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at FSP President Amanda Phillips' Campsite #22: Phil Denisch will give an "FSP Speakers Workshop." Learn how to speak to groups more clearly and effectively about the Free State Project. Polish your public speaking skills! I'll be there, and I hope you will too.
Brian Sullivan, from Ithaca, NY, is the FSP Booth Materials and Special Projects Coordinator. He says, anyone who has banners, bring them with you (there are several out there that have gotten misplaced, through no fault of Brian's).
Everyone bring your camcorders! There will now be FOUR film crews at the Porc Fest, including one from Netherlands TV, another from Germany, another from Texas, and another from, umm, somewhere else. Sheesh. Bring your digital camcorders to the Porc Fest and shoot away! The more the merrier. Footage shot by some of us may be used in the Big Documentary about this first coming-together of the Porcupines (if you want to donate it for such use).
For help regarding the Porc Fest, go to the FSP forum It includes ride-sharing, who's going when, visiting the Free State for the first time, etc. Go to it for information, as well as the Porc Fest link on the home page of the FSP web site.
Listen, Porcupines! All of you! This is only the first coming together of the Free State Project in the Free State. Each year in the future there will be gatherings of the Freedom Loving Porcupines there. But this is the first. And with it we will make history. Be there, and get your friends to attend too!
HERE'S THE NEW FIRST ANNUAL PORC FEST SCHEDULE.
From Tim Condon, Director of FSP Member Services -