First Fest: First Shower

Voices From the Land My First Michfest

As the anxiety surrounding attending my first Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival swirled in my head, one key concept kept repeating:  communal showers–outside.  How was I going to be naked in front of God knows how many women–and CLEAN myself?  Sure, I prepared for this by going to a Korean spa over the winter and it wasn’t too bad (I even …

Michfest at Night by Rowan Flamm

Voices From the Land My First Michfest

I had never been to Michfest for a variety of reasons.   I’ve always loved the outdoors but hadn’t camped in at least a decade.  However, pitching my tent felt as natural as walking.  I was lucky enough to get my tent up before dark on Monday night.  Crawled in and slept deeply.   I had camped out past the Meditation Circle …

My First Festival by Kristy Islander

ssml My First Michfest

I’d heard a lot about Fest from some interpreter friends over the years starting in 2001, they always shined so brightly upon their return. They described a town in the woods built by womyn for womyn, with great music and camping which were two of my favorite things. They assured “don’t worry, there is even a straight support group”.  At …

Home is where the HART is by Jasmine

ssml My First Michfest

It was 2011 and I had finally decided to go to this place that my sister and her partner swooned and raved about. July 31st came sooner than I thought, I was so excited. I wasn’t nervous, I was like excited excited. It was strange,very strange for me . A day or so later , I found myself in line …

Memory is Fluid by Martha Williams

Voices From the Land My First Michfest

Memory is fluid, and each time we remember something, we change it a bit, and it changes us. The breath of this story is true; so are its facts to the best of my memory. For me, the early festival years especially are blended together with emotion, amazement and spirit. And the irony is not lost on me that as …

My First Festival by Ruthanna Barnett

Voices From the Land My First Michfest

My first Michfest was in 2005, the 30th anniversary year.  I was made aware of the existence of festival from Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City books, when DeDe and D’Or  went to ‘Wimminwood’.  I was happy and intrigued to discover that this was based on something real.   It was 1988 and I was 19 years old, living in Jerusalem, …

My First Festival by Porter

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival, My First Michfest

I, a WBW, was living in Sault St. Marie, MI and had lesbian feminist friends in Lansing MI.  I had introduced them to lesbian music.  I received a phone call telling me that there was going to be a succession of lesbian music concerts during a coming weekend.  They had no idea that it was a whole weekend festival.  It …

First Festival by Debra

ssml A community responds to the end of the Festival, My First Michfest

I was recruited at the National Women’s Music Festival to do lighting for the first Michigan Women’s Music Festival (WWTMC I called it).    Several things happened that are part of the highlight reel of my life.    First, the energy and joy of being together on the land and dealing with whatever came up – problem solving – was exhilarating.    We …

My First Festival by Pearl

Voices From the Land My First Michfest

My first year at festival my friend said I’ll meet you there. She sat down with me and reviewed a catalogue showing me the map, telling me where to camp, that her friends will be there. I flew in from Boston, took a shuttle and on the shuttle someone asked who were festie virgins. I sunk down in my seat, …