Skeptics Under the Stars with Nicole Gugliucci

Imagine a magical place, where skeptics gaze into the night sky, lit only by the stars. A place where they eat by candlelight, drink wine and awake to a breakfast ready to be served.

I know of such a place; it’s called “Wisconsin”. And yes, the candle is more of a campfire… and the wine is mulled… over the campfire… and the breakfast is cooked over the campfire. And it does require tents and sleeping bags. But it comes with two nights of awesomeness with the Women Thinking Free. And two nights of awesomeness with the imitable Nicole Gugliucci, astronomer and Discovery News blogger. And one night of awesomeness at Yerkes Observatory where we will see amazing things with telescopes. (No… not THAT amazing thing with a telescope, you naughty naughty reader.)

It’s called Skeptics Under the Stars, and it’s our dirtier, longer, and a little bit colder, but way more fun answer to Atlanta Skeptic’s classy dress-up s’more-free pre-Dragon*Con Star Party (which you should also attend, really.) And this year we’re doing two nights under the stars. And even throwing in a free Big Foot hunt. For real.


Tentative Schedule of Events (subject to change):

Friday Oct 21

Get to McIntyre Resorts at any time prior to 9pm to set up camp
9pm: Meet at Yerkes Observatory for a private tour

Sat Oct 21

Morning: Breakfast at the campground (provided by WTFF)
Afternoon: Bigfoot hunt at Bigfoot Beach State Park
Dinner: Dinner at the campground (Provided by WTFF)
Evening: Fun with the Noisy Astronomer

Sun Oct 23: Leftover breakfast and packing up the campsite

Ticket Prices:
$55 for only Saturday night     -or-
$75 for both Friday and Saturday night
Children under 10 are free!

What is included in your ticket price?

  • Camping site costs
  • Yerkes Observatory tour
  • Breakfast and dinner on Saturday
  • Getting to camp with the Women Thinking Free Foundation and Nicole Gugliucci
  • Wine, beer and other adult winter drinks (mulled wine, peppermint schnapps cider, bailey’s hot chocolate, etc)
  • Camping snacks and smores
  • Boats (seriously…there are boats we can use at our private lake!)
If you have any other questions, email [email protected] or message Jamie Bernstein on facebook.

For more information and to register visit our SUTS event page. You can also discuss carpooling and tent sharing on our SUTS Facebook page.

We will be offering grants to deserving hopeful attendees who cannot afford to attend. Please contact me at [email protected] to be considered.

Last year was fantastic. I am super excited for this year’s trip!


Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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  1. Also, if people want to donate to the grant fund to help pay for registration for someone who cannot afford it, there is a donation option at checkout while buying a registration.

  2. Bigfoot hunt? What’s this, the Pacific Northwest? Shouldn’t it be a Snipe hunt, I’m pretty sure Wisconsin is within their range.

  3. Damn. Wish I could come! Alas, the day job gets in the way… I’d even bring along the 4″ Mak and a green laser pointer.

  4. Dangit! This sounds awesome and I really would love to go. I really wish everything in my universe were not conspiring to all happen on that particular weekend too. Maybe next year!

    1. Next year? You do realize this star party is the same weekend as the apocalypse, don’t you? You need to get your priorities straight. This is the last thing you may ever do before everyone you know flies naked into the sky… and you should have a telescope when that happens.

      1. Judging by the apocalypse’s track record, I think I am safe.
        Also, I have seen what the christian community looks like ’round these parts, and I do not want to see them fly naked into the sky. Ever.

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