December 16, 2011

New Shiftboard System Makes Volunteering For Moisture Festival Easy Streamlined And Fun

The Moisture Festival is delighted to announce that it will be using a new system for organizing, scheduling and assigning volunteers. A daunting task when you consider that Moisture Festival normally schedules over 1000 shifts for its volunteers during the festival's run. The system known as shiftboard is now operational. If you are or wish to become a Moisture Festival volunteer you should sign-up here, register and start to set up your profile page then look around and get a feel for the system. One of the great features of the system is it is available 24/7. So volunteers can schedule themselves to available shifts anytime it's convenient for them to do so and directly from any computer.

The wonderful people who created the shiftboard software system have been kind enough to donate the use of the system to the Moisture Festival this year. The Moisture Festival system has been set up through the hard work and leadership of volunteer guru Monica Hinckley, who also coordinates volunteers for One Reel and The Seattle International Film Festival. Hinckley also says that shiftboard has made a huge difference compared to what the volunteer coordinator’s job has traditionally been. “Typically, managers had to ask the volunteer coordinator to schedule shifts for them,” she explained, “but now we have team managers on our shiftboard site, each of whom can schedule and communicate directly with their volunteers any time of day.”

Shiftboard integrates volunteer group communication, availability, web-based recruiting, and reporting. The online system works using designated teams of volunteers. Once a volunteer is registered with the Moisture Festival online shiftboard system they can use it to schedule their availability for a team posted on the shiftboard calendar. The available shifts are posted to calendar by the volunteer coordinator, team leaders and staff and can be updated in real time. Registered shiftboard festival volunteers then can join teams and confirm shifts they want to work that have been created by volunteer coordinators, team leaders and staff. The system is also an important tool for shiftboard based email and message communication between volunteers, coordinators and team leaders.

Volunteers Are Needed For Our New Year's Eve Party
The Moisture Festival is current looking for volunteers for teams to work our annual New Year's Eve Party and Fund-raiser. So if you're interested in volunteering please sign in and/or register on Moisture Festival's shiftboard, and go to the calendar to see what shifts are available. If you don't see any shifts on the calendar for December 31st it's because you have not signed up for one of teams needed that day. If you want to join one of the NYE teams you can sent a message request to be included on the teams needed by clicking on find more/add teams above the calendar.

There are a number of "teams" that will be employed during by the Moisture Festival, they include Box Office, Door Babe/Dude, Drivers, Food Babe/Dude, Office, Security, and Theater Builders and other teams we've created to fit our volunteer job needs. A particular team's shift schedule can be seen on an the volunteer's online "shiftboard calendar".
If you have a questions about using shiftboard or volunteering for the Moisture Festival you can also contact us by email at 

Thank you Moisture Festival volunteers!

December 14, 2011

News From Moisture Festival - NYE Extravaganza - Festival Ticket Discounts - And Much More

There are still tickets available! But tickets will go fast as this one-of-a-kind celebration, featuring the talents of aerialists, acrobats, clowns, musicians and a James Beard award-winning chef, draws near.

Buy your tickets now to guarantee that you'll ring in the New Year with all the wild and wonderful artistry of the Moisture Festival! Proceeds will go to help make the 9th year of the Moisture Festival one that Seattle will never forget. Don't miss this fantastic night of fun - savoring the good times we shared in 2011 and embracing the excitement of a new year ahead.

This jam-packed event will feature:
  • Vic & Nick Trio (featuring two members of Grammy-nominated a capella group The Bobs)
  • Aerial artistry of Quynbi 
  • Bold And Daring Aerial Sisters Society (B.A.D.A.S.S.) presents "Glamarazzi" (featuring Cathy Sutherland and Carri Anderson of Aviatrix)
  • Puppeteer Clay Martin  
  • Acrobats Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia  
  • The Circus Tramps (featuring Randy Minkler, Ron W. Bailey, Al Kaatz, Hugh Sutton, Frank Johnson and Matt Williams) playing Rock Rhythm & Blues  
  • Simon Neale and Maque Da Vis from The Fremont Players
  • Hors d'oeuvres by James Beard award-winning Chef Tiberio Simone, who will be selling and signing his new book La Figa: Visions of Food and Form 
  • Godfrey Daniels and his many Red Balloons  
  • Champagne Toast as the clock strikes 2012
Moisture Festival New Year's Eve Extravaganza in Hale's Palladium 

December 31, 2011
Hale's Palladium - Fremont
4301 Leary Way Northwest, Seattle, WA
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., festivities begin at 8:00 p.m.
Cash Bar (Beer, Wine and Champagne) 
All Ages
$60 for adults
$40 for kids under 12
Purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets at:
Or call 1-800-838-3006

Share all the fun, wonder and amazement of the Moisture Festival with friends and family this holiday season.

See our calendar of events for dates and showtimes.

BUY EARLY AND SAVE! Get a 10% discount on tickets to opening week of the Moisture Festival at Hale's Palladium (March 15 - 18), if you purchase on or before February 15. This does not include the matinee benefit for Clowns Without Borders, March 17.

December 7, 2011

Yo-Yos, Bubbles, and Fireflies!

Concocting another fun and magical combination, Moisture Festival welcomes these new and returning artists to the 2012 line up:

The Yo Yo People hold a Guinness World Record, the 2008 Yo-Yo World Champion title, and that's just the beginning of this high energy duos worldwide fame. Performing in over 20 countries, John and Rebecca have made an entire show out of yo-yos. Yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with 10-foot strings, and multiple yo-yos looping while hula hooping and unicycling are just some of their finely tuned feats. Seen on the Late Show with David Letterman, at Walt Disney World, and on Discovery Channel and PBS, this will be their first visit to the Moisture Festival.

Festival favorite Tom Noddy returns this year with his unique brand of Bubble Magic. Tom has done something unique in show business ... he created a new kind of act. Manipulating the simple soap bubble into fantastic creations, Tom has initiated a series of "Bubble Festivals" at science centers across America and now in several European cities (he says that he knows a good bit about the physics of soap films but admits and he's funnier than he is smart). Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic is, of course, a hit with kids but when presented to adult audiences ... well, this is what the New York Times said recently: “The Bubble Guy, Tom Noddy, made his jaded adult audience literally gasp with beautiful constructions made entirely of soap bubbles."

Kamikaze Fireflies pairs Rob Williams (remember the baloney sandwich? yes,the footy one!) with with the delightful and frightening Casey Martin, sometimes billed as Super Spacey Casey. Together they promise to "bludgeon audiences with wit, crush them with whimsey, and tear them a new laugh hole". We can't wait to see what kinds of craziness they have in store for Moisture Festival 2012.

Tickets for all Moisture Festival 2012 events including including our New Year's Eve and Valentine's fundraiser parties are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.