Is it possible we’re starting to think about the FARM 2016 conference? Ummmm, YEAH. Planning is virtually a year round thing here at FARM Central! We are close to announcing a VERY exciting Keynote speaker, about to update the website to reflect all things 2016, AND plan on offering special registration rates at the FAI conference in Kansas City in February. So much to do!
Why should you make plans now to attend FARM’s 2016 conference in Iowa City from October 27 to 30? One reason comes from a 2015 conference attendee:
This past October was my first year at the conference. I am a retired volunteer who helps with the bookings for the Black Hawk Folk Society. I just want to share with you how successful the conference was for me. As a direct result of attending, I booked seven artists for 2016, (only one of which I was previously familiar with). Thanks all you guys do at FARM, see you in October! Tom Barrett.
If you want to be a more active part of your FARM community, WE NEED YOU! There is a lot to do. Send an email to Smitty and tell him you want to help and we’ll find something fun, easy, and fulfilling to do. It takes a village, as they say, and we want you to be involved!
FARM 2015 – Wrap Up Notes:
Did you take any pictures you are proud of during the 2015 conference? We’d love to use them for our website gallery and Facebook page. We don’t pay a professional photographer, counting on crowd sourcing and passing the savings on to you. Email Nancy with your files, or for instructions on how to use a service to transfer them to her.
Do you have any memories of the 2015 Conference you want to share? Send an email to Smitty and tell us all about it!
Champ Smith, hard at work on FARM 2016!!
Due to a couple of last-minute cancellations, we need more volunteers! Can you give us a few hours to help make the conference work? What you’ll get out of it, besides the undying gratitude of the folks planning the conference, is a refund on your registration—50% for 4 hours of your time, or 100% for 8 hours. Sometimes people even give more than 8 hours, and although we can’t offer a monetary incentive, We’re sure that you accumulate good karma points (those of you who were evil dictators or axe murderers in previous lives might want to volunteer a lot of extra hours….).
There are shifts available on Thursday (between 1:30pm & midnight), Friday (between 10 am & midnight), and Saturday (between 10 am & midnight), plus Wednesday night tote stuffing or Sunday morning clean up. Types of shifts include instrument check, door monitor (workshop, performance lane, meals, showcases), CD sales, and stage assistant.
If you can help, let Cindy know what types of shifts you’d like, and also when you are available (& when you’re not).
Email Cindy at email@example.com to let her know how you can help, or if you have any questions. Those of you who have already volunteered, Cindy will be emailing your assignments in the next day or two.
Special Thursday dinner at The Mill $10.
THE SIGN UP PERIOD FOR THURSDAY DINNER AT THE MILL HAS PASSED. WE HAVE A VERY FEW EXTRA SPOTS. THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. EMAIL INFO@FARMFOLK.ORG, OR ASK AT THE REGISTRATION DESK WHEN YOU CHECK IN.
This will feature entertainment by FARM musicians Gina Forsythe, Julie Christiansen, and Barefoot Wonder, all MC’d by Iowa’s own David G. Smith. It all takes place at The Mill, Iowa City’s premier mid size music venue, located one block from our hotel. Dinner will be a limited menu (three choices – see below). This will be a GREAT way to get into the swing of FARM, enjoy some great music, and enjoy a meal with the FARM community.
You must sign up BY MIDNIGHT OCT. 11 for this meal. A link is on the ‘Meals’ page so you can register for the Thursday Dinner at the Mill. When you pay for your cart, please add a ‘note to seller’ specifying which meal you want: