Most Frequently Asked Questions!
When is the Weekend? What are the hours?
SisterSpace always takes place during the weekend after Labor Day. The 2018 Weekend starts on Friday, September 7th and ends on Sunday, September 9th. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday, and all campers must be off the land by 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Can I arrive early (or stay late)? I need to get there on Thursday (or leave on Monday).
Sorry, but no. Unless you are a volunteer, we cannot accommodate any arrivals before 10 a.m. on Friday or departures after 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Where is the camp? What's the address and phone number?
The SisterSpace Weekend is held at Camp Ramblewood, which is located at 2564 Silver Road, Darlington, MD 21034. Check their website at www.ramblewood.com. If you need to reach someone from SisterSpace or a Weekend attendee while the Weekend is in progress, call the camp at (410) 457- 4160.
What should I bring?
If you're staying in a tent or RV, you must bring your own tent or RV. If you're staying in a cabin, beds are provided, but you must bring your own bedding. Other suggested items include sleeping bags, warm blankets, warm clothes (it can get cold at night in the country in September!), Toiletries, Flashlight/lantern, Rain gear, Allergy & other medications, Special dietary items, Spending money (buy those holiday gifts early - our Vendor Village will have what you need!), Games, Sports equipment (softball gloves, etc.), tennis racquet, yoga mat, Bathing suit, Drums and other musical instruments,folding/beach chair and/or picnic blanket/groundcloth for outdoor concerts and activities (Note: tall chairs will be placed in back, low chairs may sit closer to stage), Binoculars, Suntan Lotion, Bug Spray, Water Bottles, Comfortable shoes, and Earplugs. A list will be sent to you when you receive your Registration Packet.
Can I bring my dog (or cat or hamster or ferret, etc.)?
Sorry, but pets aren't permitted. Please don't bring them, as you and your pets will be asked to leave. If you are traveling with your pet and need boarding info, Ramblewood recommends contacting Hickory Animal Hospital in Hickory Maryland (approx. 11 miles from camp).
Can I bring my kids?
Female children of any age are welcome. Boy children ages 7 and under are welcome.. Child Care is not currently available at camp, and children are expected to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please be aware that some of the workshops are not appropriate for youth, and kids will not be admitted. There are lots of other workshops and things for kids to do with their Mom or Moms, Aunts, Grandmoms or grown-up friends!
I see that all meals are included. Please tell me more.
Meals include Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and an extended brunch on Sunday. A meal schedule and menu will be posted on this site before the Weekend. Unfortunately, we cannot serve meals outside of the scheduled times, and cannot accommodate special requests due to dietary concerns. See additional info below.
I am a vegetarian or vegan. What are my options?
Vegetarian or vegan options are available at every meal. Additionally, there is a full salad bar available at all lunches and dinners. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to contact us.
I have other special dietary needs. How can you accommodate me?
If you have particular dietary needs, you must come prepared to provide for yourself. We will not be able to prepare individual meals, or provide food storage or cooking facilities. Ice can be purchased from the General Store.
I understand. So, can I bring a grill or stove on which to cook my own food?
Sorry, but no. Unapproved open flames are prohibited at the Weekend, so please leave all grills, camp-stoves, etc. at home.
I have limited physical mobility...what options do I have?
For mobility concerns anywhere in camp, we offer a golf cart shuttle. This is available to anyone who has need of it, even if they are not staying in the wheelchair accessible cabins.
What about wheelchair accessibility?
The camp is situated on a large slope, some parts steeper than others. There are blacktop paths leading to the major event buildings, as well as lots of grassy areas. Those buildings are accessible via ramps, the occasional short gravel driveway, and sometimes a few feet of grass. The Arts Pavilion (where Arts & Crafts, and some workshops) is accessed via a fairly steep grassy hill. The lodging cabins all have steps except for the wheelchair accessible cabins which are comprised of 2 cabin areas under a single roof, each sleeping 8-12. Each cabin area has a bathroom with two toilet stalls, one of which is larger/accessible and two shower stalls, one of which is larger/accessible. The larger shower stall has a bench installed, however, it is strongly suggested that you bring your own if you need/own one. The one that is installed is rather slippery and is really built for those who can stand but would like to be able to rest. The two sinks in each cabin area are on a closed cabinet with no space underneath the sinks for footrests. Wheelchair cabins are not closer to any one particular event building or area than any other cabin; they are merely in line with the rest.
What about deaf accessibility?
ASL interpretation is available for performances, with prior notice. Contact us if you're planning to attend and need ASL interpretation.
Who attends the Weekend? Who is welcome?
The Weekend draws an incredibly diverse crowd in terms of age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and identity. We encourage any woman interested in attending the SisterSpace weekend to ask any questions about the organization and the weekend, and gather as much information as possible so that each woman can make the best decision for herself and the space we've created. It's the hope of SisterSpace that every woman who attends feels comfortable in an extraordinarily freeing, encouraging and safe environment. Each woman who enters the space is asked to do so with an enormous amount of respect, understanding and appreciation. We trust that each woman is capable of evaluating her own potential presence at SisterSpace with regard to these guidelines.
I can't afford the Weekend...are there scholarships?
Sisterspace has always advocated making the Weekend festival as accessible to as many women as possible, including women facing financial challenges. We are happy to be able to offer the Linda Bacon-Bass Memorial Send-A-Sister Fund to help defray the expense associated with coming to the Weekend. The amount available varies from year to year, and is dependent upon contributions. For more information about scholarships, click here.
Do you serve alcohol?
Although SisterSpace no longer sells alcohol at the Weekend, you are welcome to bring your own. All applicable laws still apply - you must be 21 or over to consume alcohol at camp. (Please note that anyone found to be selling alcohol to others will be asked to leave.)
It's a private camp, right? Can I bring other "substances"...?
No. Note that illegal drugs are just that - ILLEGAL. Even though SisterSpace takes place in a private space, all federal and state laws still apply. Please leave the "stash" at home.
I sleep with a CPAP. Can I bring it?
The cabins at the camp have electricity, so CPAP users are encouraged to choose cabin accommodations and to arrive early to facilitate choosing a bed that's suitably close to an outlet.
What are my mass transit options for getting to and from the Weekend?
We will run a shuttle from the Aberdeen, MD station to the camp (about a 15 minute drive). Based on the Amtrak schedule, we will have our van at the terminal several times on Friday; pickup times will be listed in the letter acknowledging your registration. We will drop you off on Sunday between noon and 5 pm. Please try to schedule your arrival to meet one of the scheduled shuttles. If you miss the shuttle, call us at camp. If you are flying into BWI, take the Amtrak train to Aberdeen and we'll pick you up from there.
I registered and paid, but now I'm unable to attend. Can I get a refund?
You may request a refund up until the Aug 15th refund deadline. Only 50% of your registration fee (excluding your $50 workshift deposit, which is 100% refundable) is eligible for refund. No refunds will be issued after Aug 15, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS.
I sent my registration form and check in weeks ago, but you haven't cashed my check yet. What gives?
SisterSpace still uses the Sneakernet system for processing paper registrations and check payments. Sometimes it takes us a while. We apologize. (Don't let this discourage you from paying by check. Paying by check results in fewer fees for you and for SisterSpace, so we're all for it. It just takes longer to process.)
I sent my registration form and check in months ago, but haven't received my ticket yet. What gives?
We don't mail tickets until 2 weeks before the start of the Weekend. This gives us time to ensure that all friends who want to stay in the same cabin are able to do so. Your tickets should arrive during the week of August 28th.
I have another question that you didn't answer. What should I do?
See the extended FAQ or contact us.