FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1) How much does it cost to be a member and can I check it out before I join?

2) How many members will there be?

3) What am I entitled to as a member?

4) Can I invest in the retreat?

5) Do I have to be a full-time artist to be a member?

6) What about children and pets?

7) I hear there used to be mining in the area. Is that a concern?

8) What about water?

9) What kind of structures are on the property?

10) Where is the nearest town?

11) Where is the nearest airport?

12)How far away is the closest neighbor?

13) If I join as a member how soon can I go out there?

14) What about lions and tigers and bears (and wolves)?

1) How much does it cost to be a member and can I check it out before I join?

The Campfest is free and is a good time to come check out Thunderhead if

you are considering getting involved and/or joining as a member.

During the campfest we may hike, swim, fish, play volleyball/wiffleball/

frisbee/horseshoes, play some music, sing karaoke, do some dancing,

do some yoga, do some work, brainstorm, and definitely have a good time.

If you DO decide to join, there is one time sign up fee of $100. Then dues

will be $35 a year or $75 a year for a family memership.

2) How many members will there be?

Membership will probably cap at around 200 or so but the members will vote on this.

The first 100 members we won't be too choosy (in order to keep the project afloat) but after that we can be more selective to round out the membership to have many areas of music/dance/art equally represented to keep the retreat balanced.

3) What am I entitled to as a member?

Year 'round access to the retreat and 10 guest passes per year (good for 10 guests to stay 1 night each or 1 guest to stay 10 nights. Camping will always be free to members and $5 a night for guests without a pass. Beds when they become available as the permanent structures are built will be able to be reserved in advance and may include an extra fee but it will be held to a minimum. Hopefully we can keep this fee to about $10 per night. The private studio/cabins may be slightly higher. The first cordwood studio cabin will cost members $20 (payable with T-bucks) Fees for guests will be higher than for members and members will be given priority for existing beds.

You will also be able to vote on important issues pertaining to the retreat (including how much the above fees will be) and be able to have input in the future direction of the retreat. You will also be able to earn T-bucks for working at the retreat which can be saved and invested as shares in the company.

4) Can I invest in the retreat?

Absolutely. The retreat is set-up as a Limited Liability Corporation (L.L.C.)

There are three ways to invest.

A) You can buy shares with cash. (minimum $2,000 investment) Note: for every $100 invested, one year of dues will be waived cumulative.

B) You can earn Thunderhead Dollars (T$ or T-bucks) by working for and/or at the retreat. (Building cabins, chopping firewood, etc., will earn $8 an hour...skilled labor such as electrical, accounting, etc. will earn more) Once you have saved $2,000 these can be converted directly into shares.

C) You can also earn Thunderhead Dollars by donating old tools, furniture, used camping or ski equipment, etc. (fair market value of the items.)

NOTE: The Thunderhead Festival once it begins will be a seperate non-profit organization and thus able to receive tax-deductable dontations.

5) Do I have to be a full-time artist to be a member?

No. Just a lover of the arts and able to demonstrate some skills and/or knowledge valuable to the retreat. (This can be as simple as being really good at splitting firewood or grilling trout over a campfire) It will also be necessary to remember that full time artists (and part time retreat builders) can be very eccentric and most have fragile egos that will need to be stroked from time to time. This is especially true for the retreat founder and director.

6) What about children and pets?

Well behaved children 6 and older will be allowed at the retreat as well as well behaved pets.

7) I hear there used to be mining in the area. Is that a concern?

There was mining activity on and off in the area from the late 1800's to the 1950's. There were two sites designated for super fund clean-up funds in the year 2000. The nearest site is about a mile away. Both clean-ups are now complete. The smaller mines in the area are slated for clean-up satrting in a year or so. No real mining was ever done on the 60 acres where the retreat is or the immediate surroundings (except for the occasional hand dug test hole) After much research on this sensitive topic and talking with several e.p.a. officials (including the one in charge of the clean-up) forest rangers, and people who have lived in the area their entire life, we have determined that the property is as pristine as it appears and the mining in the area is basically a non-factor. Add to this the fact that we now have a tested water source from a spring on the property that will be a fine source of drinking water once it has been developed.

8) What about water?

There are several springs and seeps on the property that appear to run year 'round. One spring has been tested for human consumption and passed with flying colors. Once developed it should be a good source of drinking water. Right now we get our water from nearby neighbors with developed springs and wells.

9) What kind of structures are on the property?

We now have a beautiful cordwood masonry studio/artist cabin, a beautiful new cordwood shower house, a nice mini storage barn, a mobile home, a nice 30ft camper trailer (with a complete kitchen and hot showers) and we have an old pop-up camper. We also have use of the Hughesville School House which is no longer in use. A large 2 room structure located less than a mile from Thunderhead, it can be used for rehearsals, gatherings, performances, etc..

10) Where is the nearest town?

The nearest town is Monarch about 12 miles away. It has a motel, a restaurant, a fire dept. and a tiny convenience store with one gas pump.

11) Where is the nearest airport?

The nearest commercial airport is Great Falls which is about a one hour drive. Great Falls is a city with a pop. of about 55,000 and you can find pretty much everything you need there.

12)How far away is the closest neighbor?

There are about 8-10 houses and cabins inhabited part time in the area. Inhabited with very friendly people I might add. The next closest cluster of anything would probably be Monarch (12 miles away).

13) If I join as a member how soon can I go out there?

Members can visit year-round, but camping is recommended only between June 15-Sept. 15th. (unless you enjoy winter camping)

14) What about lions and tigers and bears (and wolves)?

There are no Grizzly bears but Black Bear do exist in this part of the Lewis and Clark Forest and have been known to come around from time to time. They are generally harmless but precautions need to be taken. There has not been a wolf spotted any where in the vicinity for many years but there are mountain lions in the area which one would need to be on the lookout for. They generally stay as far away from humans as they can but have been known to be aggresive if provoked. Moose and elk come around from time to time too and the coyotes come out at night.

Note to prospective members:

If you become a member you must agree to the following conditions:

A) You agree to get your hands dirty. This is a working retreat so if this does not appeal to you may I suggest club med instead?

B) In the spirit of the Italian village there will be and afternoon siesta that will be strictly enforced. All working, practicing, racket, will cease during this time. Only rest, relaxation, or quiet recreation will be allowed. (The only exception may be if there are hired laborers paid by the hour working on a project)

C) You agree to be patient. The retreat will come into existence as fast as people are willing to work and/or invest in its future.

D) You agree to leave behind preconceived ideas about your art and everyone else's art forms behind.

E)You agree to have fun, learn about alternative building techniques, make new life long friendships, and take pride in building something that will be around to enrich the lives of many people for generations to come.