MPYRE Strikes Back! Del Monte Beach! June 11, 2016!


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MPYRE Strikes Back! Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ Del Monte Beach in Monterey!


Thank you Patrick Watson for our beautiful poster!

Yes, it’s time for The Big ASK… Donate now at mpyre.treasury [at] gmail [dot] com to cover our pre-event expenses: permit, insurance, posters–official documents, Check!

At this moment, our total output is $865:
$565 permit
$240 insurance
$  90 posters

Greeters & Costume Swap
Thank you Lori for picking up decorations for both these essential spaces on the beach and helping with set up. Huge appreciation for all who have already signed up for a greeters shift. Please take one by clicking here: Greeters Sign Up.

Along with receiving donations, a greeters script will be available for you to answer all those questions newbies, burgins, and the curious might ask who happen upon our event. Thank you in advance for representing the beauty of MPYRE and Burning Man to all who pop in, stop by, and linger.

Don’t forget to bring your old favorite costumes that you’re ready to share with someone new. And be ready to discover that ‘new’ fabulous something that fits you perfectly! Bring one, take one!

This year’s effigy, Turn & Burn, designed and built by Lilly and Scotty–with help from you, you, and you–will be ready for your thoughts, dreams, wishes. Tie fabric (ribbons and sharpies provided!) to the piece…pARTicipate, decorate, interact, engage.

And in the spirit of BRC’s Temple, a prayer flag memorial piece will also be installed on the beach for your remembrances and memories.

Both will be set ablaze and released at sunset!

Big thanks to Lucho, Namraja, and Kerry for wrangling our performers and DJs! Live music, DJ sets, and cross-your-fingers for dance performances too! Set list coming shortly. Stay tuned…

And with our FM transmitter your battery-powered boom box will broadcast all sets! Bring it!

Thank you Celsius for wrangling all fire monkeys again in beautiful, mesmerizing style! Mandatory fire safety meeting is scheduled for 8p.

Theme Camps
Yay and welcome to Camp Shiny – A Burning Man Camp for Autism. We are excited to have you join us!

We need at minimum two rangers for the day and night, especially once our effigy is lit. Please connect with your friends-in-khaki. We love all Black Rock Rangers!

Leave No Trace
Thanks to all of us for handling LNT again. We did a great job last time keeping the beach clean during and after. So let’s do it again! Recycling bins, courtesy of the City of Monterey, will be available. And we’ll have extra trash can liners at greeters so bins to not overflow. Let’s prevent the ick of trash on the sand. Thank you for mooping!

The List of Stuff We Need for June 6

General, please bring:
Work Gloves
Head Lamps
Battery Powered Boom Box

Specifics, we will bring:
Pop Ups & Shade Structures: Lori, Lucho, Alicia&Don
Stakes & Ropes: Lucho, Alicia&Don
Generators & Extension Cords: Lucho, Alicia&Don
Sound Set Up: Lucho
Lights for DJ Space: Kerry

Mirrors: Elsa, Alicia&Don
Bins: Alicia&Don
Crafts: Alicia&Don
Fairy Lights: Alicia&Don

If you have any of the specifics, please bring them. On this day, more decorations and crafts are better than less!

Schedule on June 6
9:00a-12:00p, Set Up
Monterey Bay Park @ Del Monte Beach
699 Del Monte Ave
Monterey CA93940

Arrive early to get parking. Don’t forget to buy a parking pass from the kiosk.

8:00p, Mandatory Fire Safety Meeting
All fire performers are required to attend.

9:00p-11:00p, Break Down & Clean Up
Just after sunset, greeters and costume swap will break down. Mooping continues…

9:00a, The Next Day
Final clean up, burn barrel move and mooping.

Thank you all for co-creating another beautiful edition of MPYRE Strikes Back!

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Light the Fire with MPYRE – After Event Report

Light the Fire with MPYRE – Movie Night for a Cause
After Event Report
Saturday, December 6, 2014

For the past seven years, MPYRE has produced both summer and/or winter Official Burning Man Events at Del Monte Beach in Monterey, CA. True Grit was the last beach burn in December 2013. In the spring 2014, our group discussed producing another installment of True Grit. But our main leads were not able to commit to participating in a significant way, and not enough other community members were ready to take on lead responsibilities. In addition, the extreme cold temperatures of December 2013 de-motivated even our hardiest MPYREians.

A spring/summer beach event idea was floated, the return of MPYRE Strikes Back. MPYRE’s account balance was $420 and change, not enough to purchase a city permit for an official event. So we agreed a community gathering/fundraiser was in order. The first Saturday in December, a traditional day for an MPYRE gathering, was chosen.

Film Screening & Location
Jeremy Ambers, ‘Impossible Light’ filmmaker, brought his feature-length documentary about The Bay Lights art installation to screen at our event. To support MPYRE he shared 50% of all DVD sales with MPYRE.

Sylvan Design Studio, Espinoza Graphics, and Todd Kruper Fine Arts donated their indoor and outdoor spaces to host the gathering in Sand City, CA. The city’s Arts Committee granted our event $300 in support of the documentary screening.


$744—Ticket Sales, Food&Beverage Donations, DVD Sales
$300—Sand City Arts Committee Grant

$300—Impossible Light Screening Fee
$130.43—Jeremy Ambers’ Accommodation at Casa Munras

$509.46—Net Funds Raised

Attendance evening of community and connection. 32 people sat for the screening, with 15-20 more who preferred to enjoy the music, costume swap, fire ring and conversation outside.

Fire Performance
Fire lead, Celsius Maximus, brought 6+ fire performers, along with his sound and art car, StegaTron for our outdoor spinning space (parking/driveway space adjacent to sidewalk and street). They presented two sets, before and after the screening. A highlight fire spinner was Maxsim, Celsius’ son—Exciting to see the next generation of fire performers!

“Impossible Light” Screening
The documentary was very well received, and the DVDs sold well, especially post screening. Jeremy Amber’s Q&A followed for about 30 minutes—longer and more interesting than most, according to the filmmaker.

Gathering & Costume Swap
Popcorn, candy and non-alcoholic drinks were available, along with hotdogs and chips—all free with donations accepted. BYOB and food to share were welcomed, and many contributed. Todd Kruper created a cozy and charming space for our costume swap in front of his studio. It was a huge hit, with great finds for all. Quite a few people skipped the screening to chat, try on clothes, hang out, and go home with something new for their closet.

Ideas for Improvement
Better attendance is always a goal, though most of our local MPYREians were there. Others heard about the event through friends, and were very excited to talk about Burning Man, the playa, our local beach burn, and our community. Posters around town were not mentioned by attendees regarding event awareness, but I feel these marketing pieces are essential, even if not explicitly ‘noticed and integrated’ in people’s consciousness.

Final Thoughts
Responses from our location hosts and all attendees I chatted with were extremely positive, and everybody, including several new-to-MPYRE-&-the-Playa people I met, were happy to connect through our mutual love of all things Burning Man. Sand City Arts Committee members were excited to support our documentary screening, in addition to our creating a community gathering with an artistic focus. We have a lot of energy to continue producing our official beach burn event, and with this event’s successful turnout, we now have the funds to purchase event insurance coverage and the city permit.

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Light the Fire with MPYRE – December 6, 2014

Impossible Light

MPYRE –  Monterey Burners returns to Sand City for an evening of community, connection, fun & inspiration!

Light the Fire with MPYRE – Movie Night for a Cause
Join us for Music Fire Costume Swap and… A Special Screening of Jeremy Ambers’ documentary Impossible Light: The Story Behind An Iconic Light Sculpture, followed by a Q&A with the director.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Sylvan Design Studio
613 Ortiz Ave
Sand City 93955
Adults $12
Kids Free

We gather to raise production funds for MPYRE’s annual beach burn–the only ongoing Official Burning Man Regional Event that is Free-to-the-Public. Look for MPYRE Strikes Back at Del Monte Beach in Spring 2015!

Feel free to bring your own cup, snack or drink to share in Burning Man style! Donations will be happily received for popcorn, candy, food & beverages provided.

In the spirit of community, non-perishable food items will be accepted to support the Monterey Food Bank this holiday season. MPYRE will deliver!

With thanks to Sylvan Design Studio, Espinoza Graphics and Todd Kruper Fine Arts for providing space for us to gather, connect and engage. And huge gratitude to Patrick Watson for our fabulous poster!

Reserve your ticket: Paypal $12/adult to mpyre [dot] treasury [at] gmail [dot] com.
Learn more about Impossible Light: impossiblelightfilm [dot] com.
Volunteer through: monterey [at] burningman [dot] com.
Comment on Facebook: mpyre – monterey bay

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Notes for Saturday… TRUE GRIT! RETURNS!

Some Final Notes for TRUE GRIT!

Saturday, December 7 @ 8am: Meet for set up.

Everyone Please Bring:
Work Gloves
Head Lamps

Additional to Bring: (For the original list, scroll down)
Sound Set Ups
Light Set Ups
Pop Ups
Generators & Fuel
Extension Cords
Zip Ties & Duct Tape
String and Rope Lights
Greeter Decorations
Tables & Chairs
Mirrors & Bins for Costume Swap
Greeter Info, City Permit, Cash Box, Donation Jar

And I Just Remembered… Can You Also Bring:
Alan & Ellen, a few of your Burning Man books for the Greeters table?
And if anyone else has similar items you’d be open to sharing at Greeters, we’ll make sure they go home with you. Thank you!

More Important Stuff:
Green Beans…We are all on LNT duty. Trash and Recycle bins must be emptied at the end of the night. Heavy duty liners will be at Greeters, so please empty when you see they are almost full. One bag o’ trash home for each of us = Leave No Trace. THANK YOU!

Laminates will be at Greeters. Please add your name, so all of us organizers, theme campers, DJs, performers, rangers, and question answerers may be easily identified.

Saturday, Sunset to 11p: Break Down, Load Out, Moop Check

Sunday, December 8 @ 9am: Meet for final Moop check. Red’s Donuts and coffee will be included.

PM me with any questions.

Dear MPYREians and Burning Man Family from near and far: So once more with feeling…THANK!! YOU!!

Can’t wait to see you all on Saturday!



Kraken Effigy

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Kraken: Sea Monster Effigy…


S/He was born on November 9, and now Kraken is just two hot glue guns and more tentacles away from being full grown. 

Thank you Alan and Ellen for imagining our ocean-living monster, then bringing him/her to life. Pinky and I happily provided tentacle and arm support. Round two of Kraken construction continues this Saturday, November 16, 12p-5p, at Masaoka Glass Design. Bring finished pine trim or moulding (and work gloves) to be cut into wood blocks and chips to feed our monster.

At True Grit, we invite everyone to decorate the ‘food’ with their fears, hope, dreams, and wishes to be set afire at sunset…releasing energy and vibration to manifest the change we each visualize for ourselves, for our community, for our world!

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plans Plans PLANS – True Grit Planning Meeting Notes

TrueGrit Postcard Front

Thanks for a great planning meeting last Sunday at London Bridge! Happy to see Patrick, Alan, Ellen, Celsius, Kerry, and Pinky again. And thrilled to meet Taylor, Elsa, Sidi, Miranda, Arthur, and Trevor. We so appreciate your energy and intention to create yet another amazing beach burn in Monterey!

First things first…Funds are needed to cover our major pre-event costs: permit, insurance, postcards, and event-day costs: gas to power generators, porta potty, temporary recycle bins, etc.

Junai is working on an Indiegogo to invite and welcome the financial generosity of our local and greater Burning Man family. Please PM him on Facebook, or I’ll connect you via email, to send him some photos of past MPYRE beach events.

In fact, here’s our Paypal link right here! How handy! mpyre.treasury [at] gmail [dot] com

Only with our community’s support can our event, the Only Annual Official Regional Burning Man Event that has No Gates, Boundaries, or Admission Price, be produced, enjoyed, and loved by all of us. Go MPYRE!

Green Beans are in the works. Thanks to Elsa for reaching out to CSUMB’s Go Green Group. We hope the students can come to True Grit and support us with their dedication to minimizing landfill waste, helping people sort their trash from recyclables, and align with our Leave No Trace principle. But let’s all remember to de-moop throughout the day and night. Our beach is our playa for this day. Let’s treat her with respect. RESPECT!

The Numbers…Production Costs are:
Permits, insurance, and postcards have been purchased. Total: $922.
Gas, porta potty, recycle bins, other. Estimate: $300.

And onto All the Fun Stuff…
Thanks to Pinky and Kerry to taking the lead. Kerry will create a Google Docs greeter schedule with two people/hour. Look for the announcement when posted here, on Facebook, and through monterey-announce. In addition to receiving donations, greeters  represent MPYRE and Burning Man to our local neighbors and complete strangers—all who walk by and wonder who we are and what we’re doing! It’s an important job, and you’re just the person to dispense the words of wisdom and charm!

Costume Swap
Elsa and Sidi will take on the return of our hilarious, fun, and cheeky costume swap. Elsa and Kerry will bring mirrors, and Alicia has bins for all the fabulous outfits that are ready to be enjoyed by the next person. Is that you? Or do you prefer to bring your oldies but goodies that have loads of parties in them yet? Your furry, soft, sparkly, fancy, warm, sexy items will be appreciated by all.

The Germ Lives…at Del Monte Beach! Alan and Ellen will install their 2013 playa art piece, complete with sound, light, and mesmerizing energy.

And StegTron will make its debut! Yes, she’s Celsius’ mutant vehicle on the playa. But at True Grit, she’ll be art!

And for those who would like to get their hands dirty, our effigy will be interactive in ways yet to be determined. Stay tuned for details, or simply come to our Effigy Build Days on November 9 and 16. Details are below.

We also hope to welcome The Wahine Project in a dedicated art space for silk screening or spray paint stenciling of your Tshirt or scarf or hat or backpack. BYOT. We will bring the paint!

Thanks to Lucho for securing an excellent sound set up for the main stage from Big Mike. Thanks Big Mike! Lucho will wrangle all music, DJs, set schedule and….a second sound stage! Arthur and Trevor will bring their set up, creating a chill sound space for people in the mood for something different.

Thank you too to Camp Dark Sparkle who will bring a fabulous LED installation for our main sound stage, along with a few of their super DJs! Offlist discussion will follow so music style, genre, genus, species, structure, and volume are clear. Family-friendly rules the day, as Del Monte Beach is public. Details still to be worked out, along with scheduling the live dance performances…

Yes, I said Live Dance! Camp Dark Sparkle brings ballet and fan dancing to our mini beach stage. (Thank you Trevor for trucking it to Del Monte Beach for the day.) Schedule and music needs TBA. Can’t wait to witness toe shoes atop wine bottles!

Celsius is gathering another amazing crew of fire performers! Mandatory fire safety meeting at 4:15p. Fire crews will lead the effigy procession at sunset, and create a perimeter for fire spinning. Miranda, looking forward to watching you spin!

Some exciting news: Performers from San Francisco would like to participate! And we’d love to welcome them! Is anyone available to host one, a few, all these wonderful travelers for the night of December 7? PM me or reach out to Celsius directly.

Theme Camps
Rumor has it that The Freedom Lounge may be visiting our sandy shore! Final confirmation is anticipated, so check back for details. The Freedom Lounge gives spiritual readings and supernatural encounters at Burning Man and other events. Exciting times are coming…

And last but most definitely not least—RANGERS!
Ranger Archer is a definite YES! Thank you, Archer! But which other amazing, wonderful, calm, warm, and loving khakis will grace our event? We’d love to connect with 3-4 more rangers, so we can feel absolutely confident that everyone in our community has the go-to person for supporting our safe and healthy event. Arthur, Jeremy, Celsius, Elsa, and Kerry will contact their ranger friends. Please do the same with yours. Rangers are non-negotiable at every official regional event, and we truly depend on their skills, especially at our open and completely public venue.


Saturday, November 9, 12p–5p, Effigy Build Day—Create
Saturday, November 16, 12p—5p, Effigy Build Day—Complete
Masaoka Glass Design
13766 Center St, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Bring your ideas and images to collaborate for hands-on creation of our True Grit effigy. Feel free to bring wood of different shapes and sizes to stimulate our collective imagination.

With our 3′-4′ diameter burn barrel, the effigy will be no more than 5′ tall. Along with motif, shape, and structure, how our effigy invites community participation have yet to be discovered. We hope you can join us for both, one, part of one, or part of both days. Be ready to cut, saw, hammer, tie, or glue.

Also bring: WORK GLOVES, snacks, drinks, and your favorite PLAYLIST.


Saturday, December 7, 8a—10a, Set Up
Del Monte Beach, Window on the Bay

Arrive early to complete set up by 10a. Don’t forget to buy your parking permit.

Everyone Please Bring The Following:
Head Lamps
Work Gloves

Other Items We have Committed to Bring:
Pop Ups/Shade Structures: Elsa, Arthur, Alan, Ellen, Alicia, Don,
Stakes & Rope: Arthur, Alan, Ellen, Alicia, Don
Fairy Lights, String Lights: Pinky, Elsa, Alan, Ellen, Alicia, Don
Greeter Decorations: Alan, Ellen

Generators & Extension Cords: Arthur, Trevor, Alan, Ellen, Alicia, Don
Sound Set Up: Lucho, Arthur
Lights for DJ Booths: Kerry, Arthur
Stage: Trevor
Plywood: Arthur, Alan, Ellen, Alicia, Don

Mirrors: Elsa, Kerry
Bins: Alicia
Crafts: Alicia

Saturday, December 7, 4:15p, Mandatory Fire Safety Meeting
All fire performers are required to attend.

Saturday, December 7, Sunset to 11:00p, Load Out and Clean Up
As darkness falls, art, costume swap, stage, and other activities without light will be deconstructed. Greeters will continue at least til 8:00p. Our burn barrel must be monitored throughout the day if lit and definitely throughout the evening. Remember your headlamps and gloves to make clean up as comfortable as possible. Green beans will help with dumping trash and managing recyclables. Our homeless community neighbors are also happy to contribute effort.

Sunday, December 8, 9:00a, Final Clean Up and Burn Barrel Move
All please return for the post-event post-mortem over coffee and Red’s donuts. Our final Leave No Trace check is essential and required…but most of all Desired! Burners always leave our space better than we found it, and the morning is the perfect time to gather the final bits and bobs of moop. Last year we had less than one cup full. Let’s repeat!

Thanks for making it all the way through the book of words!

Cheers dear, wonderful MPYREians!
I’m so excited to be making True Grit with ALL of YOU!

Donate by Paypal at mpyre.treasury [at] gmail [dot] com.
Connect and Volunteer through monterey [at] burningman [dot] com.
Join Us on Facebook at mpyre – monterey bay

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