I'm sure you know her and if you do know her, you love her. If you don't know her, you will soon love her. I am so very pleased to say Thank you so much, Paloma Rosales, for agreeing to be our WOC coordinator.
As an artist and a drummer, I've been nurtured and influenced by some of the most amazing people on my life path. It's mostly lesbians and womyn of color (such gems!) who have shown me the value of inclusiveness, politics, courage, looking out for each other, speaking up even if I'm afraid, honoring our ancestors, celebrating, eat, cook and to be swept away in love. These things and so much more. Especially the rule that no one should leave here feeling bad. Where ever 'here' may be.
The Detroit Women's Coffeehouse, Festivals & W.O.C. at Michigan, fundraisers, potlucks, workshops and Womyn's Communities have fed me from a baby dyke to the crone I am today. Hence I'm happiest in a circle of womyn!
It's my honor to be the keeper of the W.O.C. tent for Michigan Framily Reunion, August 4-7, 2017. Womyn of color and friends are welcome to come in to visit, share stories, network, make music, drum, play a board game, share poetry, offer a spontaneous workshop, lead discussions, make new friends and love on old friends. Please come and celebrate our various cultures and share our ideas and friendship together!
Chairs? What's the story on chairs for the event? (How tall? how low? any restrictions?)
There will be a section just south of the stage that is reserved for ARC women. This area will also be a space that is acceptable to use full size (tallness) chairs.
As the hill inclines (going away from the stage), beach chairs or 6” chairs are recommended.
Tall chairs and sport-rella shelters are acceptable on the top of the hill furthest from the stage area.
Producers reserve the right to ask you to remove or move your sport-rella if it impedes flow of traffic or vision of other festies, so please be considerate of your Framily.
No smoking in the stage area. Smoking is allowed at the top of the stage behind the sport-rella area (in the spruces, see attached map, subject to change as producer sees the need). Smoking area will be designed
Alcoholic beverages are acceptable throughout festival farm. Please do not use glass bottles if you can avoid it. If you are loud and rowdy, please be respectful and kind to your framily. If you plan to be loud and rowdy late in to the night, please consider camping in the zone to be considerate of your framily.
If you are loud, obnoxious, or rude, or any variation of disruptive, the producers reserve the right to ask you to leave.
Please remember what you pack IN, you PACK OUT!
Use recycle containers, trash containers, and “returnable” containers (Michigan bottles and cans have a 10cent deposit).
Thank you for your consideration! See you in the woods, sisters.
In regards to RV, ARC, Vendor/ARC, and ARC/RV–
When sending RV information to MFR Acorn Coordinators, please send to this address:
They will be answered by a Acorn Coordinator.
When you send your rig information, please send it to email@example.com with the following information:
Mailing address (for tickets to be sent to)
Size of rig
ARC needs (please fill out ARC application here:
In the notes section on the ARC application, please also indicate if you have an RV and send email with specs.
Please remember that we do NOT have electrical or water hook up and dumping is not available on site but there are dump stations that are within in 20 minutes.
Local dump stations:
Is there Accessible RV space for ARC womyn/craft'swomyn with scooters and walkers?
As of right now, we have not had any requests for ARC/Vendor spaces.
If you are interested in vending and have ARC needs, please contact us ASAP.
This can be developed but we need to know the need.
If you do have ARC needs and want to vend, it is absolutely possible to create this space within vendor camping.
but you would need to pack in on Thursday and not on Friday. You would also not be allowed to remove your rig during festival times and would have to exit festival grounds with your RV and product on Monday am.
What are the rules for RV Rigs..
Do they have to be parked for the duration from the time you arrive until the time you leave?
Yes, if you have an RV, we ask that you pack your RV in and do not pack it out until Monday.
If you have a car that you pulled with it or a truck, these will be parked in regular parking to make more room for RVs.
No screen tents or awnings in the RV parking area.
There is a wooded area right next to RV that you can set up screen tents or awnings that would be right next to RV area.
Be respectful of the limited space so more sisters can use it.
Thank you Drum Mama Sue for asking such insightful questions…”how delightful it all turned out when we came together, offering what we could, volunteering, and filling in the needs, and co-creating together for FRAMILY time” and how delightful it will be to come together as FRAMILY again…
MFR Acorn Coordinators
Personal invite and call out to:
Women of Color: please come to visit Wayland Farm. Please assist and guide and direct regarding WOC/Sister Space location on farm. Pj Young has been working with me and we have some thoughts. I would love to have additional input and guidance.
Elders, crones, grandmothers: We honor YOU at MFR 2017. We are seeking elders & crones that would share their "jewels" in a 5 minute Jewel Talk that will exhibit and demonstrate your experience, knowledge, and wisdom regarding women, sisterhood, life "hacks", feminism, women's culture, women's festival culture.
Amazon Acorn--Mothers! Please collaborate and decide what Amazon Acorn space is going to involve.
I value all of these places and want to embrace all of the good (that we can) from MWMF and recreate these spaces in MFR at Wayland Farm but I cannot do it alone nor should I do it alone. These are projects and endeavors that beg for community input and involvement. I need you, sisters. If you are interested in working on any of these spaces, please comment below or email MFR Acorn Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
Work Crew Sign up:
save the date:
line up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
This past weekend we had another Amazon Work Weekend at Wayland Farm.
Our goal was to continue clearing the areas in vendors (Cuntree Crafts) and the stage area. We were blessed with an amazing response. On Saturday, in attendance were the following Amazons:
Monica Murray, Amy Hedrich, Venice, Lita Gonzalez, , Carol Brown, Jennifer Bridges, Andy, Leanne (sorry sisters, I don’t remember your last names!), Arlette Mican, Penny Libby, TJ Brez, Julie Lintenmuth , Sandra Higbee Patterson, and myself.
During the day, we worked like mad women (in a good way). We had several women training other women on how to drive a tractor and grind stumps (don’t you feel COOL, Andi???) And thank you for training, Terry! We also had women cutting trees with chainsaw (way to go Leanne, you did an amazing job! Thank you)
We also had 4-6 women that were keeping the chipper BUSY all day long.
It started raining at 2pm. We were all very hopeful and dedicated and kept working, thinking it’s going to clear up at any time. It's hard to quit working when you are learning new skills and making a difference. The work is empowering and fulfilling. You truly feel you are making a difference and you can SEE the difference!
Alas, mother Earth decided it was time for us Amazons to convene in Pussy Central.
We worked for an hour in the rain. After an hour, it became unsafe to keep working since we were slipping and the chipper kept getting jammed.
Imagine how fest-like it was to have 15 women in a small little dinghy barn. We were stripping down and taking care of equipment. We all worked together and put everything away (I backed Big RED almost into the shelter and next time I will do it all by myself, thank you Monica Murray).
At the same time, women started setting up an EZ up over by the fire. Chairs were moved. Chips and cookies were passed around and there might have been some very fine peach wine that was passed around.
Women started stripping out of wet clothes and dirty jokes were made and everyone enjoyed Sandra’s wet tshirt pix! Thanks Sandra.
Lita Gonzalez pulled out the massage table and started giving our weary bones massages. Naked, getting massaged while there were 15 women flittering in and out.
Naked and soggy in a dinghy barn.
NO ONE LEFT. Even when we were done packing up. No one wanted to leave.
The rain ended but we didn’t go back to work. Because we needed to be right there in that moment, feeling the magic and the power of what we did and what we are doing.
I don’t know how to make the words come alive so you can capture and feel the spirit of this amazon work weekend. This is not a social event, although we exchange many stories. This is a working weekend and I DO crack the whip (metaphorically speaking, of course). We work hard.
But everyone can feel the magic. The sisters thrived in this magic.
Working, sweating, and laughing together, we are creating the home of Michigan Framily Reunion.
I know that the event itself is going to be amazing. How could it not be amazing when we have put so much energy, work, and time into the land? How could it not be amazing with the fabulous performers that are coming? How could it not be amazing when we come together away from patriarchy and revel in our womenhood and sisterhood? Of course, it is going to be amazing.
But what is even more incredible and life sustaining to me is the energy and the spirit that is brought every single weekend. I see you sisters. You are magical. You are the community. You are what makes Amazon Nation great and a possibility.
We get a small taste of what a dedicated women’s community can look and feel like. I hope you get to experience this again. I know if you have been to Michfest, you know what I am talking about. If you don’t know the value of women’s space, please join us at MFR but more importantly, join us for an Amazon Work Weekend.
This past weekend we also had some younger lesbians show up (thank you for getting soggy with us Nicole Roberts & April Friske!). Several of them had been to Michfest but a few had never been to MWMF but had been to MFR. Can I tell you that the only way we can bring younger lesbians into women’s space so they understand the value of dedicated women’s space is to just keep inviting them. They get a taste, they get a feel, they see the magic, and they understand.
And together, we shall RISE!!!
Good morning, Sisters!
I have had many requests for work exchanges or discounted tickets for volunteering.
Most of the responses are prefaced with the many years that they received work exchanges or discounted tickets for MWMF.
Thank you so very much for your service to MWMF for so many years. It was wonderful to have such support for the 40 year festival. It was very sad that it ended and I am so regretful that I was only able to attend the final year in 2015.
This is our 2nd year doing Michigan Framily Reunion. While last year was a wonderful success for our first year, it is still only our 2nd year and we don't have 40 years of support and infrastructure.
That being said, we are not able to offer work exchanges or discounted tickets. We are heavily reliant on volunteers.
My partner and I are completely covering expenses and labor for this festival. There have been many fundraisers that are centered around purchasing the land of MWMF. We understand and support that but sisters have limited pockets and can not donate to every festival that springs up. We understand that. But it makes it very challenging to create a festival with all of the expenses that add up and offer discounts or work exchanges or scholarships when we are already funding the event.
At some point, if we continue (we hope to continue!) we might be able to offer work exchanges, etc. Unfortunately, our budget does not support that at this time.
I hope you will be able to attend. There will be 15 acts over the weekend and the discounted price of $150 (prior to 6/10) for the whole weekend is much less than just a weekend pass at MWMF. I hope you understand.
I hope you will be able to come and help during an Amazon Work Weekend as we create the space from the ground up. I also hope you will be able to attend our festival and maybe come early for Eager Beavers.
Thanks so much for asking!
Work Crew Sign up:
save the date:
line up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
? Are you an Eager Beaver? Let me tell you what Eager Beaver means to Michigan Framily Reunion.
An Eager Beaver is a womyn that is dedicated to creating a safe space for womyn with time, toil, and sweat. An Eager Beaver who has committed her sweat energy to coming in the week before Framily Reunion and putting the finishing touches on this jewel.
An Eager Beaver has been to the property for an Amazon Work Weekend and is familiar with the grounds’ layout and how to operate most of the tools.
An Eager Beaver is hardworking and willing to help other womyn.
If you are interested in being an Eager Beaver, please fill out an application at
Eager Beaver Application
What day will you pack in and be available for work?
Are you tent camping or RV camping?
What is your email?
Have you attended any Amazon Work Weekends?
Do you plan to attend any Amazon Work Weekends?
See you soon, Framily!
Work Crew Sign up:
Framily is looking forward to a safe and joyful experience for all beings including working dogs. A working dog according to the ADA is as follows:
ACTION: FINAL RULE ADA Title III
ADA Subpart A 36.104 Definitions
Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler´s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal´s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.
Dogs who are not specifically trained and certified by an organization focused on working dogs cannot come to the festival. Being without your dog is a hardship. The festival is not good for dogs who are not trained to manage highly stimulating and overwhelming environments.Pet dogs who are not prepared to manage that level of stress have been known to become aggressive, to be unpredictable or to become ill. This is bad for everyone.
For working dogs who are already performing at their highest level the addition of an aggressive encounter with another dog can be traumatic enough that the working dog cannot work.
Being an ally to a working dog means not adding to their work load. This includes interacting with them in any way. They are already maxed out. Having to also ignore your warm and friendly interaction in order to maintain their concentration is not actually a kindness to the dog.
Any dog that comes to the festival that demonstrates aggression will be asked to leave the festival immediately.
Thank you in advance for your help and understanding.
Here is a list of local kennels that you might want to use:
Whiskers Pet Resort
Work Crew Sign up:
line up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2lpUvy4nCQ