:: Greetings beloved mooninites ::
Your Board of Directors want to assure everyone that we are actively monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 with our Event Leads, as well as other burn event leadership in the USA and elsewhere, and are staying up to date on all developments.
Nobody knows what the future holds, but we are keeping in mind the safety and health of our comMOONity above all. In the event we can't continue with the original dates, we will be looking at all our options.
If you would like to join in discussion, please use this FORUM ::
Stay tuned, and in the meantime...
Stay Safe - Keep hygienic protocols - Limit social interaction for the time being.
Thank you for your patience during these challenging times!
2020 - Event postponed Announcement
✨To our Beloved Mooninites, Lunartics, and resilient comMOONity,✨
As most of you know, the current public health crisis is unprecedented in modern times and due to the developing restrictions and mandated measures concerning COVID-19, your Board and Event Leadership Team - as responsible stewards of our comMOONity and event - must prioritize the health and safety of our participants and families.
With heavy hearts, the board of directors and the event leadership team have unanimously decided to postpone this year’s TO THE MOON event until October, 2021.
Unfortunately, it is very likely we would not be allowed to hold the event even if we continued planning for it. While we’ve already spent significant funds on land, insurance, and other costs, we have to make the responsible decision to ensure community safety, as well as the long-term solvency of the organization. To be completely transparent and forthright, while we're committed to offering refunds due to the situation, we're a small grassroots organization that keeps minimal reserve funds and we really appreciate your continued support and investment.
There are many factors in play, and rescheduling for later in 2020 is simply not feasible. However, we are keeping our current leadership team in place and will use this time to make To The Moon 2021 even more phenomenal.
So, where do we go from here?
⭐ ALL current tickets held will be valid for To The Moon 2021 !!
This is a great opportunity to go into next Burn season with a secured ticket -
You now have an entire year to work on planning and prepping your projects!
⭐ If you do not want to hold on to your ticket, PLEASE consider trying to rehome them to friends or family who plan on attending TTM 2021.
All current tickets will be valid and do not need to be transferred through Eventbrite. Each ticket has a specific ticket code - We scan codes, not names, so it doesn’t matter who bought the original. Be kind and courteous and do not try to upsell. Face value only.
⭐ In good faith, we will offer REFUND requests for a certain period due to the probability of financial stresses within our community.
We are conditionally waiving our no refund policy for those in need - but will not be able to process requests until May 2020. We kindly ask for patience and compassion towards our leadership team to be able to get all our ducks in a row and our refunding processes smoothed out. -- All ticket holders will be notified via email next month with your next steps towards ticket holding & refunding. -- Please wait for email with detailed process before requesting a refund.
⭐ Reasons why you should hold on to your ticket / or rehome individually :
• If you request a refund through Eventbrite, you will not be refunded the ticket fees
• You will not have to stress about ticket sellout next year!!
• We will be increasing our capacity for TTM 2021, and along with that increasing ticket prices as well. If you refund your ticket now, and decide to buy another ticket in 2021 you will end up paying sales fees x2 plus the added increase of ticket price.
This is not a decision we’ve made easily or lightly. Each of us has already put months into the planning process for this year’s To The Moon! This is just as disappointing for us as participants as it is as volunteers and leaders. However, this is the decision we have to make for the safety and health of our participants, communities, and the society we live in. We remain committed to burning in our new home of Catoosa Event Center in 2021 when it is safe for us to do so.
🌙 🔥 Until we meet again, wash your hands...often! Take care of your health. Endure and embrace social distancing and follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. Be as resilient and strong as the mighty tardigrade. ❤
We promise you this: no matter how stormy the future looks, the skies will eventually clear. And when they do, and the stars and moon shine their light upon us once again, we will reconvene and launch for the moon, and our journey together will be even greater for the additional time to dream. To The Moon! has become so much more than just a burn.🌛 We’re a community,, and in many ways a family. We are dreamers. We are doers. And we will return to burn brightly together in the Tennessee mountains that we call home.
With all our love,
The Touchbass LLC Board of Directors & 2020 To The Moon Event Leadership Team.
Gem, Nectar, Bradass, Bones, Dusty Lashes, ATL, Beast Mode, Cheesepants, Critter, Mango, and Pocket.
March 2018 News:
Knoxville TN is the proud host of this year's SE Regional Leadership Roundtable!
The conference takes place March 24/25 at The International Knoxville TN!
BWB is offering a Community Ignition Grant anyone the opportunity to submit a collaborative, creative, and principle-focused project with a chance to win up to a $,1,000 grant.
Click the link or image for more details on how to enter!
Deadline is March 17th!
We are thrilled to announce To The Moon has been listed on the Burning Man Regional Events website!!
This is an increcible honor as we weren't even going to pursue this until after this year's burn, for next year, but the ORG beat us to it!
Check it out HERE
"Local Burning Man Leaders Gather ’Round the Table in the Deep South"
Check out this great article by William “Sauce” Funderburk, recapping the most recent SE Leadership Round Table in Atlanta, GA.
Click on the image for full article
Fall 2018 News
A Message From Your BOD
We can’t believe it’s November!
Burning Man may be behind us but the energy is still very much with us...the expanse of the playa expanded our horizons, the sheer scope of the absolutely insane art, creativity and overwhelming beauty of it all now a memory that still resonates within us.
We were reminded of the reason for seeking and maintaining sanctioned status:
Burning Man inspires us - not only to curate a vessel for everyone to be able to add their piece of magic to the puzzle but also to uphold a certain level of professionalism, a standard by which we conduct ourselves. It is by this standard we aim to be as transparent as possible and trust you will trust our need for your BOD’s core leadership to work in complete unison as it is in this unison where we find our magic. It creates a level of ease from which we draw the energy needed to not only manage our growth but to also to tend to external challenges as they arise and create a more meaningful burn in the future.
Our core nucleus is at the heart of The Moon and bringing Dusty Lashes on board completes the fusion.
The change in our leadership structure enables us to be exactly where we aimed to be:
large enough to separate the BOD and Event Leads so we can all stop the wearing of too many hats - and while we have yet to define the roles in all of their detail, change spurred by growth comes with growing pains. The added BOD member took an appointed seat. Any elected member would be added to the BOD mid-term only with a public vote of a newly elected member. We are not in a position for seven BOD members yet and needed to remain at five.
Alongside the BOD, we have an incredible group of Event Leads who have shifted from previous roles last year into the core of the event itself! We would like to thank Willow, Cheesepants and Critter for their amazing contributions and dedication to this community from year 1. All the hard work and efforts from each one of you is recognized and celebrated as we continue to grow and expand. With this new leadership arrangement, we hope to open up more positions to new leaders in our Lunar Family and encourage anyone interested in getting involved to contact us with intent and ideas for improvement.
We appreciate all the hard work, talent and energy everyone adds To The Moon’s magic and we love you all for it! We also believe in every voice being heard, all feedback being considered and every question answered to the best of our ability but prefer another platform of communication besides social media in efforts to do so in a professional, mindful and respectful way.
By next year’s event, ByLaws will further outline our internal process and governance.
In the meantime, whether you would like to know a little bit more about the inner workings of your Board Of Directors as a whole or have specific questions, please shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. and as always, continue to subscribe to our monthly newsletter!
We are also just a phone call away if you’d rather talk in person!
Much love to all of you,
Happy Holidays, Happy New and Full Moons
Until January <3
Gabi, Dusty, Brad, Ashley and Andrea
To The Moon 2018 Chestnut Ridge Fire Department Boot Drive & Online Fundraiser
Great news! Between the boot drive held at the event ($2661!!!) and the post
event online fund raiser we hosted for SFD ($1000) we, together as a community,
raised a grand total of: $3661.00!!
This money directly impacts and helps our host community as it allows their fire
department to buy needed equipment to better serve their citizens. Hancock
County is one of the poorest counties in TN and the do not get any government
funding towards their emergency services. These fine folks volunteer their services
throughout the burn and monitor our structure fires closely to help ensure
everyone's safety. We are lucky to have them, and to have such a good relationship
Save some change for 2019 because we're definitely doing that again!
Thank you all!