It's coming - the 2013 SisterSpace Weekend!
It's one of the longest running lesbian festivals in the U.S., and it's back! The 2013 SISTERSPACE WEEKEND will have it all - entertainment, workshops, women, and more. We anticipate that the entertainment lineup will be announced by April 1, and that registration will open in mid-May. Until then - read on below to find out more about the Weekend and how you can get involved now (or view the program from 2012 so that you can see what you might have missed!)
What is it?
In case you've never been, here's a brief primer on what exactly the Weekend is:
Founded in the 1970s, the SisterSpace Weekend started as a women's self defense retreat in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains. Today, the event has grown and evolved into a 3-day celebration of women's community in rural Maryland. Held at a comfortably rustic and private camp, the Weekend is your chance to enjoy entertainment, workshops, and more - all within the warm and friendly embrace of women-only space.
- The dates for the 2013 Weekend are September 6-8.
- Look forward to activities ranging from entertainment and workshops to sports, dances, cinema, networking groups, or just lounging by the pool. Check last year's program to get a sense of everything you can see and do.
- The camp where the event is held—Ramblewood—has both indoor (cabin) lodging and lots of space for tenting. Indoor bathroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers are available for all. The camp also features an olympic-sized pool, tennis and basketball courts, a ropes course, and more.
- All meals and entertainment are included within the price of admission.
- Affordable sliding scale pricing (more if you can, less if you can't) ranges from $195 to $380, depending on when you register. Take advantage of early-bird pricing for lower rates! *Limited* scholarship opportunities are available for women who need them. Details will be made available when registration opens in May.
Help Us Spread the Word
We are always interested in ad swapping, shared fundraisers or events, or any other cross-promotional ideas you might have. Please use this online form to get in touch. Also - if you know of any retailers, organizations, bars/restaurants or other venues where it would be a good fit for us to send our flyers or brochures, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SisterSpace Weekend is the perfect place for you to reach exactly the receptive audience you're seeking for your business or service. So if you're a business owner, please consider becoming a SisterSpace Sponsor. In addition to being super affordable, it's a great way to support SisterSpace, and also a great way to promote your business to a wide segment of lesbians from all over the greater mid-Atlantic area. Check the sponsor page for info (note that all sponsorships will be applied to the 2013 Weekend). There are sponsorship opportunities available for every budget; we're sure you'll find one that fits your business or organization.
If you have a sponsorship idea that is beyond the scope of our existing packages, use the proposal form to get in touch about your idea. And, of course, we always appreciate good, old-fashinoned donations. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sisterspace is planned and executed entirely by volunteers, and we'd love to have join the ranks of those working the Weekend. Volunteers are expected to commit from 8 to 16 hours of time working at the Weekend in exchange for a greatly reduced admission fee. Most positions require volunteers to arrive Thursday afternoon or evening (September 5th), and some may require volunteers to stay until Monday morning (September 9th). Volunteers are also invited to attend our worker-only "Thanksgiving feast" Sunday evening after the close of the festival.
Volunteering can be hard work, and it's vital to the success of the Weekend. We need people who are truly interested in pitching in to make the Weekend function, and are willing to commit to showing up and fulfilling their role to the best of their ability. If your sole reason for volunteering is for the reduced admission, we strongly suggest that you consider applying for a scholarship instead.
If you're interested, drop an email to email@example.com. Please inform us of any special skills or qualifications that you have, or any considerations you'd like us to know. Especially needed are folks to work in the kitchen, which is our largest and most important crew! Those with lifeguarding, medical, kitchen/restaurant and other skills are also always needed. Thanks!
Consider facilitating a workshop (or contributing other programming)
Workshops have long been an important part of the Weekend, and each year our goal is to put together a schedule of workshops that are as interesting and diverse as the many women who attend. Since it's the women of the Weekend who serve as the creators, archetects, leaders and instructors of the workshops, we always wind up with an excellent array of topics to choose from! We welcome you to share your passions and interests by facilitating a workshop (or two!) on any subjects that strike your fancy.
Workshops are facilitated by campers, performers, merchants, and Weekend workers—in other words, people who are already planning to attend the Weekend. For campers, workshops are counted as your 2-hour workshift. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in facilitating a standard 2-hour workshop; if you are interested in facilitating programming (a collection of workshops, keynote speech, etc.) that you think goes beyond the confines of a standard 2-hour workshop, please get in touch.
Consider Being a Vendor
What festival is complete without a shopping experience? If you are a vendor or craftswoman seeking a receptive, lesbian/queer-friendly audience for your goods, we encourage you to participate in the SisterSpace Weekend as a merchant. We strive to feature a broad array of vendors—from handcrafted goods, to books, to jewelry, to sex toys, to music, to body workers, to tarot card readers, to clothing—a rainbow of offerings, so to speak! Vendor fees are $140 for each merchant and helper (up to 3 helpers permitted). We look forward to you joining us. Fill out this inquiry form to let us know you're interested.
As a nonprofit organization, we depend upon the generosity of the community to keep us going. Use the convenient PayPal button at right to make a contribution to SisterSpace; even a small donation will help, and we'll be extremely grateful for your support. We sincerely appreciate every dime.
Also - if you work in the greater Philadelphia area, don't forget SisterSpace when your employer's annual United Way campaign rolls around. Our UWSEPA number is 10890.