Upstate New York

Regional Community

Welcome Upstate NY Burners!

We’re excited you’ve found your way to our little piece of the web. So many amazing things are happening Upstate right now, and we are thrilled that you want to participate!

The official Upstate NY Regional burn – PortalBurn – brings together 300 participants every summer in the Finger Lakes region to celebrate burn culture in our local communities. Learn more at or on Facebook –

The Upstate NY region is represented by three Regional Contacts spread throughout the region. Each sub-region hosts its own events, including meet-n-greets, happy hours, skill shares, art projects, costume swaps, and other burnery type activities; we participate in local arts, cultural, and service activities as well! We are always looking for new ideas and energy, so we hope you will join us.

You can learn more at our (very much under construction) website: Each sub-region has a page off of the main site, as well as individual Facebook pages listed below.

Damian "Not  Damien" Masterson – Hudson Valley

Dove “Starfish” Russo – Central and Western NY

Sierra “Snuggy” Sullivan – Capital District

Want to be more involved with connecting burners in your region? Let us know! We'd love to have others working on projects such as web design and updates, weekly announce lists, logo design, or whatever else tickles your pickle! Get in touch with any of the Upstate NY RCs by sending an email to, or for regular updates and announcements, join the mailing list below.

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Get involved and find out about local happenings by signing up on our Announcement list, chat with other Burners on our Discussion lists, or follow us via your social media of choice - but definitely come out and get involved!

Announcement List:

The Upstate New York Announce list is a moderated announcements-only list for events of interest to local Burners. Recipients get regular updates, event listings, and Burning Man news from this list.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

Discussion List:

Although we do not have an official discussion list at this time, a number of Upstate NY burners participate in the "old" Yahoo! group. If you would like to join, visit

We will hopefully be migrating this group over to a more inclusive Upstate NY discussion list shortly!

Regional Contact Email:

Regional Contacts:

Dove "Starfish" Russo
burning since:
personal quote:
Dance like no one is watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like no one is listening, live like it's heaven on earth...
Damian Masterson
burning since:
personal quote:
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
Sierra "Snuggy" Sullivan
burning since:
personal quote:
The healing of the world is the healing of the within.