2012 Archive

Wel­come to the third WH/SH launch!

We are end­lessly amazed at queer skills and com­mu­nity gen­eros­ity. We are going to Work Hard for Ida, again. Check out this year’s Crews and Reg­is­tra­tion form!

If you’ve ever been able to attend a pre­vi­ous WHSH, please con­sider fill­ing out an ANONYMOUS SURVEY about your expe­ri­ence. The orga­niz­ers are a rotat­ing team of folks who want to pull together a fan­tas­tic event that ful­fills many needs and desires. Please give us some direction!

 

 


Work Hard Pinup Cal­en­dars for sale!!

Oh. My. Gaw.…! All those com­plete babes who go sweat their asses off in the woods every fall got all dolled-up and took pho­tos of that sexy mess! I want one!

What!?!? They’re June-to-June and avail­able for only $15?! And they ben­e­fit Work Hard, so my pur­chase of this hot stack of paper goes to make sure peo­ple can do it again? And again.….

 


WORK HARD / / STAY HARD 2012 is under way!

The hol­low is echo­ing with the sounds of crick­ets, saws, birds, back­hoes, music, gig­gles and ham­mers. The sun is hot and the nights are too, and fierce lov­ing energy is all around us. Thanks for get­ting us here, and keep­ing us going. We’ll be updat­ing the blog with pic­tures and videos soon to keep you going!


PICTURES from WHSH 2012

The wait is over! You’ve asked for it, you’ve got it. These are the first glimpses of super sexy peo­ple mak­ing hot, sweet infra­struc­ture on the land at IDA. 2012 is a small group, but extremely ded­i­cated. We’re def­i­nitely work­ing hard…and these pics can show you how we’re stay­ing hard.

 

Grounds crew has been digging


2012 Crew List

Set Up Crew
Sept. 1 — 7

The set-up crew needs about 10 folks who can gather at Ida for the week,  Labor Day Week­end. We will make the most of this national hol­i­day!
Projects include:

  • Deep clean­ing of kitchen and food stor­age areas
  • Orga­niz­ing sup­plies and mate­ri­als (on-land and in storage)
  • Cor­ral, main­tain, and repair the machines and tools we need for WHSH
  • Mow camp­grounds and groom the woods


Wrap Up Crew
Sept. 17 — 23

This is for folks who like a bit of every sort of work. Gen­er­ally, this involves putting the last touches on nearly fin­ished projects, cook­ing or clean­ing for meals, shut­tling to buses and planes, mov­ing our inven­tory into stor­age, mak­ing final trash runs, and gen­er­ally enjoy­ing the gor­geous and beau­ti­ful land in the after­math of our party.

Bike Mechanix 

The front barn has long been home to a jum­ble of bikes in var­i­ous states of dis­re­pair. This Crew will build a per­ma­nent bike repair and stor­age area into the barn, and get as many wheels rollin’ as pos­si­ble.  We are look­ing for a leader for this effort, also some folks who know mechan­ics, also some who are ready to learn.

Child­care

Keep the youn­gins hydrated, fed, intact, and out of their par­ents’ hair dur­ing work days and evening social events. This is a job for a full time coor­dinator, and for sev­eral oth­ers, depend­ing on how many kid­ders reg­is­ter.  For night events, this crew will need rotat­ing vol­un­teers signed up out of our grand labor pool. The idea is that the crew mem­bers will do much of the care, as well as orga­nize activ­i­ties and orches­trate signup care for party hours.  There are exten­sive and var­i­ous needs for our few, but age-ranged children.

We are look­ing for some­one with expe­ri­ence and good orga­ni­za­tion skills to lead this crew.

Gar­den­ing

This team will work under the IDA Gar­den Coordinator’s direc­tion: plant­ing, weed­ing, har­vest­ing, fence build­ing, and gen­er­ally liv­ing as agri­cul­tural demi-gods among us.

Grounds

  • Clear over­grown areas and improve the campgrounds.
  • Main­tain and train or learn basic small engine mow­ers, whack­ers, and chainsaws.
  • Improve the acces­si­bil­ity of paths, re-rock Ida’s roads and bridges.
  • Design and make a round-a-bout vehi­cle cir­cle by the back barn.
  • Cut and stack cleared wood for firewood

All kinds of nat­u­ral­ist know-how are use­ful on this squad, and any­one will­ing to bring a gas pow­ered chain­saw is implored to sign up. But really, a strong love of tramp­ing around in the woods and alle­giance to the shovel are the only essen­tial requirements.

Health­care

Oh ye trained mas­sage ther­a­pists, med­ical pro­fes­sion­als, herbal­ists, acupunc­tur­ists, and other heal­ers! We love that you help us be well!

At this event, we want your help with our sore­ness and scrapes, our emer­gen­cies and long-view perspective…possibly even with men­tal health per­spec­tives? The indi­vid­u­als who apply to this crew will shape the actual resources avail­able. But in gen­eral, the idea is to staff a first-aid sta­tion and pro­vide ser­vices for the workparty.

With luck, all spe­cial­ists will be coor­di­na­tors for their par­tic­u­lar skill, and as a group will sort the com­plex­i­ties of pro­vid­ing some var­ied health ser­vices. Please, write to us with your bright ideas for this part of our event.

Does it seem inter­est­ing to you, but not as a full time gig? We wanted to specif­i­cally extend the option for Health work­ers to split their time between two dif­fer­ent crews.

Kitchen

Hard work­ers need deli­cious break­fast, lunch, and din­ner every sin­gle day. Plus treats and refresh­ments. The Kitchen is a hot, busy place with much lift­ing and stand­ing, plus three dead­lines every day. This mighty task is designed to have coordi­na­tor over­sight and a full-time crew of 12.

Mas­sage

It seems that many would like a mas­sage while camp­ing and laboring.

Also, we’ve heard that many are trained and tal­ented in this field.

Pre­vi­ously, some mas­sages we pos­si­ble through the health care tent. For 2012 we would like to find sev­eral prac­ti­cioners will­ing to work, and estab­lish this as a new crew– with a sep­a­rate screened area. Orga­ni­za­tional sup­port, like man­ag­ing sign-up sheets, will still be offered by the health care tent.

Per­haps you’d like to offer mas­sage only half day, or just a cou­ple days of the work week? Fan­tas­tic! Please reg­is­ter for this crew, and ask for a split with some­thing else.

We are look­ing for some­one to lead the Mas­sage Crew.

Media/Archiving

  • Make pho­to­graphic Ida time­line for web­site, and update the Work Hard web­site dur­ing the event
  • Find and orga­nize the rich moldy media loot stuffed into every cranny of Ida
  • Take pic­tures and video on our work party progress

This group will likely develop other spe­cific projects, accord­ing to who joins and what resources are available.

Office

The Office buzzes and hums all week long: the folks in there are the brains of the oper­a­tion: The office jobs include:

  • Feild­ing the many calls and emails that flood the Ida Boxes dur­ing our event
  • Keep books on WorkHardStayHard
  • Track down info and do research for projecting
  • Help orches­trate crewleader and orga­nizer meet­ings dur­ing the workparty


Painters

The Painters are going to paint. Porches, out­houses, stage drops, and sig­nage. Dec­o­ra­tively, sim­ply; for fun and for weatherization.

As part of this effort, the painters will be in charge of updat­ing and stor­ing Ida’s var­i­ous signs.  These go up every year for gath­er­ings, and then gen­er­ally get lost or built into some­thing. The painters will make new ones for the lost, bun­dle them together for stor­age, and per­haps make a guide for the next souls sent out to put up signs.…

Party Patrol

This crew of 2 plan­ners will see to it that the dance par­ties are loud, the social events glam­orous, and the evening enter­tain­ment hap­pens. We’d bet­ter make it a job from the out­set, so that fatigue doesn’t droop our good-time spirit. We need sometwo to man­age the intri­ca­cies of light­ing, dec­o­ra­tion, and a tem­per­me­n­tal sound sys­tem. Tech­ni­cal skills related to lights, PAs, and events plan­ning are espe­cially impor­tant on this job.

Plumb­ing

The deli­cious water of Ida is entirely sourced by a sin­gle pro­lific spring, some two hun­dred feet up the ridge. Isn’t that frag­ile, and remark­able? The plumb­ing crew are stew­ards of this amaz­ing resource, main­tain­ing the myr­iad fix­tures, joints, drains, and hiccups.

This year, we are look­ing back to the solar shower of WH2010, tweak­ing it for eas­ier func­tion. Also, the plumbers will give the Kitchen an end­less sup­ply of very hot water, by means of an on-demand heater!!

Refuse & Re-use

As we know, Ida can get pretty trashy. The refuse and reuse folks give the place a deep clean­ing, haul­ing dozens of truck­loads out to recy­clers, scrap­metal yards, and the dump. This crew has the best gloves. A truck. And, they were the only crew to make money last year.

Spe­cial Projects

Spe­cial Projects is a new take on float­ing, or mov­ing through the event with an empha­sis on our gathering’s unplanned needs. Some­times things go hay­wire, and Spe­cial Projects are the peo­ple with the flex­i­bil­ity to step in and help on nearly any crew.

Some mem­bers of this crew may choose a solo or small group project that runs the course of the event, while oth­ers may move through many crews and daily punch lists. This is an espe­cially good fit for folks who have some knowl­edge of Ida, and enjoy an ele­ment of the unknown in their work party!

Struc­tural Crew

The struc­tural crew saws on the many and var­i­ous car­pen­try projects of WHSH. This is a big crew that splits up into smaller projects and teams, incor­po­rat­ing trade car­pen­ters, handy folks, and some who would like to learn the basics.…in a rugged back woods sorta way. This year, some pos­si­ble struc­tural projects could be:

  • Shoring up the Back Barn Breezeway
  • Build­ing a machine shed near the greenhouse
  • Rebuild­ing the Back House Porch, Part II
  • Putting a new ramp on the OTHER side of the footbridge

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