|CoHousing at Oregon Country Fair, Burning Man||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 12:54:12 -0600 (MDT)|
For the first time last weekend, I visited the Oregon Country Fair, in Eugene. It's the 31st year for this crafts fair/vaudeville/arts/music fest, which features hundreds of vendors and a large "community" section, including, among other things, booths related to alternative living setups. "Hmmm," I thought. "I wonder if I could do a CoHousing booth there next year?" No sooner do I enter the Community Center, however, then I see a great big "Come learn about CoHousing" banner. It turns out there's already a presence there, thanks to Amy Todd of Trillium Hollow of Portland, along with folks from Cascadia Commons. There I found a couple of CoHousing books, lots of literature from the groups (but none from the TCN... something to work on for next year), and a great big homemade (on a shower curtain, I later learned) banner: "CoHousing: great for kids and other living things", with the TCN website address. There was a sign-in book for people interested in CoHo, and people there at times to answer questions and spread the good word. I met up with Amy later on, and arranged to borrow the banner for an upcoming event at Swan's Market. We also talked about the upcoming Burning Man event near Gerlach, Nevada (population: not very many), in which a portion of the Black Rock Desert is transformed into Black Rock City, Nevada's 5th largest city (population: 30,000+), for the week surrounding Labor Day, known for its "no spectators/no vending" policy, gift/barter culture, and participatory arts and ceremony. I went last year, traveling and camping with the Green Tortoise folks in a CoHo-ish fashion, with private tents and common meals, prepared by the group. Amy was thinking of going for the first time this year, but didn't have an affiliation with a particular camp. The thought occurred at once: Hey, we could put together a CoHousing Camp at Burning Man! It could provide info about CoHousing, and an example by living in a temporary community with Common Meals. We could connect to share experiences in forming or living in our communities, techniques for doing better, and a CoHo-ish camp design: vehicles at the perimeter/offside, living/common space within. Plan B: Join in with another camp to take advantage of their prime location, existing affiliation, similar focus, or economies of scale. Or, plan C: At least connect together CoHo-interested people who are going to BM with other camps so they can try to find each other there. So, who's interested? Write me at burning-coho [at] raines.com (not the CoHo list, please) and I'll put together an email list of people planning on going or who want to participate (and summarize our plans for the list to see if others want to join in afterwards). Note that while ticket prices have gone up over time (and none will be sold at the door), if you buy through Green Tortoise you can get not only a very comfortable/fun ride to the site, but lower prices than otherwise available (and you can help cut down on the vehicle-induced 'suburban sprawl' starting to affect Black Rock City). If you know a particular Burning Man attendee in your community who's not on CoHo-L, please pass the word along. Thanks! Raines P.S. Relevant URL's: Oregon Country Fair http://www.oregoncountryfair.org/ Burning Man http://www.burningman.com/ Green Tortoise http://www.greentortoise.com/ The Cohousing Network http://www.cohousing.org/ Raines Cohen <coho-L [at] raines.com> <http://www.swansway.com/> Finally living in community -- worth the wait! Member, Old Oakland [CA] Cohousing at Swan's Market Where common meals are underway, and we're planning an Open House. Member, East Bay Cohousing [no site yet] <http://www.ebcoho.org/> Which is actively searching for sites in the Berkeley/Oakland area.
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