Come Hang Saturday Night at Public House Woodstock!

Public House of Woodstock LogoLooking for a fun place to gather with fellow Macstock attendees Saturday after Day One comes to an end? The outdoor patio space at Public House of Woodstock has been reserved for us!

While the Food and drink are not part of your Weekend Pass, you can grab yourself dinner, appetizers & drinks after the days talks! Their full food & drink menu will be available for you to place your own orders.

While there, be sure to check out the bar area! Not only can you see the original holding cells from the building’s days as courthouse for the county seat, but it’s also one of the many filming locations for the movie, Groundhog Day, that can be found throughout Woodstock!

Located in the Old Courthouse on the Historic Woodstock Square:
101 N Johnson St
Woodstock, Illinois 60098

Ready for Macstock VI? It’s a July Live Stream!

I am excited to see everyone again in … oh my gosh … less than TWO WEEKS!?!

It’s time for one last Live Stream before Macstock gets here so we can cover a few important things you’ll need to know before you arrive next week!

One more thing: Turns out there’s an announcement from a couple Macstock Attendees about some After Macstock activities they’d like you to know about in case you’d like to join them! So there’s that to cover too!

So let’s hang out Tuesday for my latest updates on Macstock VI!

Here’s what I’m planning to share:

  • What’s this “Self-Assessment” Thing?
  • Welcome to Macstock: What to Expect When You Arrive
  • Macstock Volunteers: Here to Help!
  • Getting to Macstock
  • Sticking Around Town? A Little Unscheduled “After Macstock” Fun!
  • Important Links to Know
  • Woodstock Weather Report (Dressing for Macstock)
  • Any Last-Minute Questions?

Don’t worry if you can’t join us live. This will all be going out in an emailed Newsletter later that day AND Recordings will be available on Macstock’s YouTube Channel for your time-shifted viewing pleasure.

When is the Live Stream?

July 12th, 12 PM Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Check your time compared to Woodstock IL here: https://time.is/Woodstock,_Illinois

Where Can I Watch It?

Watch Live on YouTube July 12th!

Click here and set a Reminder!

See you then!

Take care, be safe, and be kind,

Mike

Macstock VI is (Almost) Here!!

Image of Tickets with Macstock Peace, Love, Mac logoMacstock VI is just a few short weeks away and I can’t wait to welcome you back to Macstock!

In just under a month we’ll be gathering for the first time since 2019 in McHenry County College’s Luecht Conference Center’s Auditorium to hear 2 days of fantastic talks featuring a line up of speakers that includes many of your favorite personalities from throughout the Apple Community!

With the health and safety of everyone at the front of my mind, Macstock VI may be a smaller event than in recent years, but I still say there’s nothing like being at Macstock in person! From all the great talks, to discovering newer, better, ways to take advantage of your Apple hardware and software, Macstock is a great place to meet up with friends both old and new and immerse yourself in a weekend of community building!

Umm…Live Stream, Mike?

Yeah.

A few of you have noted that we missed a live stream in May AND June (technically it’s still June, but just barely!). I LOVE doing the live streams, but the feedback I received told me that many of you prefer the newsletter over the live stream because it’s easier and quicker to get the info you need—especially as we get closer to Macstock Weekend.

But, I also know plenty of you enjoy the live stream too. Don’t worry, it will be back!

I just need to be (much) better about managing my time and putting out BOTH the newsletter and the live stream on a consistent basis so you can get the info you want, the way you want it. The live stream was something new I tried this year and, with a bit of improved planning on my part, it will make a great tool moving forward. I have too much fun interacting with all of you to stop now. Stay tuned!

There will be at least one more newsletter before Macstock Weekend with lots of important details for those attending, but this time, I’ve got some other important info to share, like making sure those of you with Weekend Passes Please RSVP before it’s too late!

URGENT: Have You RSVP’d Yet?

RSVP emails went out on May 31st, have you replied yet?

If you purchased a Weekend Pass to “Macstock 2020” (in December 2019) but haven’t RSVP’d for Macstock VI yet, then I still need to hear from you!

RSVPing lets me know if you’ll be joining us or that you would like to explore the refund options.

But I need to hear from you no later than July 8th to keep your Weekend Pass active!

(NOTE: If you have RSVP’d OR if you recently purchased a Macstock VI Weekend/Single Day Pass, you’re good to go!)

I’ll send one more reminder in the coming days, but if you still need to RSVP, please click the button below or send me an email, mike@macstockconferenceandexpo.com.

If you’ve already RSVP’d, Thank You!
All refund requests and Community Fund donations have been processed.
Macstock Gift Certificate requests will be fulfilled shortly.

(a few) Weekend Passes Still Available!

Have you checked out this year’s line up? It’s a great one!

I love that we have a fantastic mix of both old and new presenters — and that several of our speakers are offering topics we’ve never covered at Macstock before!

And while the official theme for this year is “Rebuilding”, for the first time in Macstock’s history, our speakers have an opportunity to give talks from ANY of Macstock’s past themes including Productivity, Create!, Play!, and, of course, this year’s theme, Rebuilding.

Here’s a peek at this year’s talks and schedule: https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/schedule/

And, of course, this year’s presenters: https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/speakers/

With this year’s Health & Safety protocols (see below) we do have limited seating, but you can still Save $50 per Ticket when you purchase your Weekend Pass!

That’s right: The sale isn’t ending!

I’m going to keep Weekend Passes at the reduced price of $249 until they sell out, or until Macstock Weekend gets here, whichever comes first. 🙂

Quick Deets on Macstock VI

WHEN? Macstock VI will take place July 23 & 24, 2022, 9am – 5pm each day.

WHERE? McHenry County College’s Luecht Conference Center

Each Macstock VI Weekend Pass includes:

  • All featured morning sessions
  • Afternoon Deeper Dive talks
  • Lunch Included Saturday and Sunday
  • A Limited Edition Macstock VI T-shirt
  • A Macstock VI Digital Pass included to re-watch all available talks later
  • Virtual Macstock 2020 & Virtual Macstock 2021 talks included with your Digital Pass
  • Bonus swag for Weekend Pass holders

Back On The Road to Macstock!

I’m excited to announce the Road to Macstock is back!

Every year, Chuck Joiner’s MacVoices hosts a series of talks with Macstock’s presenters giving everyone the opportunity to get to know our speakers a little better prior to Macstock Weekend.

And this year is no different! Chuck has several interviews “in the can” already and has plans to begin releasing them the week of July 3rd!

So if you don’t subscribe to Chuck’s show already, please do! They’re fun conversations and I always learn something new about Macstock’s speakers whenever I watch them.

Don’t miss an installment of The Road to Macstock and all the other great content Chuck puts out each week!

Subscribe to MacVoices at https://www.macvoices.com/

A Health & Safety Reminder for Macstock VI!

“I totally support the protocols you’ve adopted, and I wouldn’t even consider going to a conference that didn’t give it this much careful thought.”
— Macstock VI Passholder

The Health & Safety Protocols put in place for Macstock VI will be far from perfect for a conference that depends so heavily on the community aspect of seeing old friends and making new ones, but considering the diversity of attendance at Macstock and that numbers continue to trend UP in several parts of the country (including here in Illinois where the number of medium risk counties has gone up in the past week), I feel the Health & Safety protocols put in place for this year are the right thing to do and they will remain in effect for Macstock weekend.

But I also understand completely that some people may be uncomfortable with in-person events, or may be unable or unwilling to observe the requirements laid out to attend Macstock VI. For those folks, Macstock will continue to offer Refunds through July 8th, 2022 (via the RSVP form).

Additionally, Digital Passes will be made available in mid-July for anyone who would like to catch the talks after Macstock Weekend ends.

We don’t know who has underlying health conditions or high-risk family members at home and it’s not our place to ask. Everyone in attendance at Macstock has made the decision to attend based on the rules put in place as well as their own, individual, risk-assessment for what’s safe for them and safe for their family.

I ask everyone attending Macstock VI in person on July 23 & 24, 2022 to respectfully comply with Macstock’s Health & Safety policies for the well-being of all attending.

Macstock VI Health & Safety Policies: https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/health-safety/

Feeling Sick? A Self-Assessment Tool

I’ve also borrowed an idea from other conferences and put together a simple “self-assessment” chart. While not intended to be a diagnosis tool, I hope it will help you determine if attending Macstock in person is the right thing to do.

The COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool can be found here: https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/covid-19-self-assessment/

Macstock VI Tickets Now Available!

Macstock Weekend Pass - Two Tickets with Macstock LogoI mentioned this during the live stream this week, but I can’t believe that after two long years, I finally get the opportunity to announce that Macstock Ticket Sales are underway! Woo hoo!!

Once again, we’ll be filling the auditorium at McHenry County College’s Luecht Conference Center with 2 days of awesome talks featuring many of your favorite personalities from throughout the Apple Community! Not only do we have several of your favorite past presenters coming back to Macstock’s stage, but we have a few NEW faces in the works too!

And while the official theme for this year is “Rebuilding”, for the first time in Macstock’s history, our speakers have an opportunity to give talks from ANY of Macstock’s past themes including Productivity, Create!, Play!, and, of course, this year’s theme, Rebuilding.

WHEN? Macstock VI will take place July 23 & 24, 2022, 9am – 5pm each day.

WHERE? McHenry County College’s Luecht Conference Center

Best of all, from now through May 31st, you can save $50 per ticket when purchasing a Macstock VI 2-Day Weekend Pass!

Each Macstock VI Weekend Pass includes:

  • All featured morning sessions
  • Your choice of available afternoon Deeper Dive talks (may be limited seating)
  • Lunch Included Saturday and Sunday
  • A Limited Edition Macstock VI T-shirt!
  • A Macstock VI Digital Pass included with your Weekend Pass to re-watch your favorite talks later!
  • Virtual Macstock 2020 & Virtual Macstock 2021 talks included with your Digital Pass!
  • Bonus swag for Weekend Pass holders (there’s always bonus swag!)

If you can’t make it for the entire weekend, Single Day Passes are available too!

ONE MORE THING: A Macstock Waitlist

Because we pre-sold so many tickets to Macstock 2020, the number of Weekend Passes available for Macstock VI is very limited!

If we “sell out”, but you would like to be notified if/when more Passes become available, please Contact Me and I’ll put you on a first-come, first-served waiting list!

**** Did You Purchase a Weekend Pass to Macstock 2020? ****

PLEASE don’t buy another one! I’ve got you covered!

ALL MACSTOCK 2020 WEEKEND PASSES WILL BE HONORED FOR MACSTOCK VI!
(Not sure if you bought a 2020 Pass? Contact Me!)

Safety Protocols at Macstock VI

Macstock VI will have Safety Protocols in place as a requirement to attend in person.

Because of Macstock’s widely diverse attendance and COVID-19 numbers continuing to fluctuate, in keeping with the overwhelming preference of Macstock’s attendees, there will be several safety protocols in place including proof of vaccination against COVID-19, social distancing sections where indicated, and an indoor mask requirement.

Details of Macstock’s Health & Safety Protocols may be found here: https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/health-safety/

By purchasing a Weekend Pass to Macstock VI, you understand and agree to follow the Health & Safety protocols for Macstock VI.

If you purchased a Weekend Pass to Macstock 2020:

Macstock understands completely that some people may be uncomfortable with in-person events, or may be unable or unwilling to observe the new requirements laid out to attend Macstock VI. For those folks, Macstock will provide options to get a refund for your Weekend Pass or to donate the value of your pass to Macstock’s Community Fund.

NEW for This Year: Macstock RSVPs!

Beginnning in mid-late May, I’m going to send out RSVP Confirmation Emails to Macstock 2020 Weekend Passholders. (New Macstock VI Weekend Passholders will get an RSVP at a later date)

Because it’s been so long since anyone purchased a Weekend Pass to Macstock 2020, it will be super important you reply to the RSVP to confirm your attendance OR to let me know you won’t be able to make it.

Your RSVP will help me manage the crowd size and admit any waitlisted attendees.

So watch for that email!

Macstock VI: April Live Stream

 Duck with speech balloon saying Quack. Macstock logo beneath duck.Join Me Live for Macstock VI’s April Updates!

I mentioned to someone the other week that, unlike previous years, Macstock in 2022 was taking “shuffle steps” toward an in person event this summer, and then I’d start running.

Well, that running is just about to begin!

I just have a few more “ducks” to line up in a row before that happens, but we’re definitely close enough to sprinting season that next week’s April live stream will have a lot of ground to cover!

So let’s hang out next week for my latest updates on Macstock VI!

Here’s what I’m planning to share:

  • The format of Macstock Weekend’s Schedule
  • A Surprise Change to Our Talk’s Themes (yes, plural!)
  • Hotel Block Reservation Links
  • Quick Safety Protocol Update
  • And, Yes, the Start of Macstock VI Ticket Sales! Woo hoo!

As we get closer to Macstock weekend and the rest of those Quacking Ducks (quack, quack!) start lining up, I’ll begin to dig deeper into everything you need to know about Macstock VI — like our confirmed line up of talk topics!

When?

April 19th, 12 PM Central Time (18:00 UTC)

Check your time zone here: https://time.is/UTC-6

Where?

Watch Live on YouTube April 19th!*

Click here and set a Reminder!

*Don’t worry if you can’t join us live. Recordings will be available on Macstock’s YouTube Channel for your time-shifted viewing pleasure.

See you then!

Mike

Macstock VI: March Live Stream

**** UPDATE: The Replay of the March 15th Live Stream May Be Watched HERE ****

Join Me Live for Macstock VI’s March Update!

Is everyone recovered from Apple’s announcements yesterday?? I’m already hearing from friends who’ve pre-ordered their Mac Studio! I’m so jealous — but I’ve also started saving my pennies! Only 230,000 to go (it might be a while).

Well, if you’re up for a second live stream in March, let’s hang out next week for my latest updates on Macstock VI!

I intend for this to be a quick(er) one than last month’s:

  • I’ll cover the latest statistics (they’re looking better!)
  • Give an update on Macstock’s venue & hotels
  • Let you know where we stand with Macstock VI’s safety protocols
  • AND I’ll give a sneak peek at who’s signed up to present at Macstock VI!

When?

March 15th, 12 PM Central Time (18:00 UTC)

Check your time zone here: https://time.is/UTC-6

Where?

Watch Live on YouTube March 15th!*

Click here and set a Reminder!

*Don’t worry if you can’t join us live. Recordings will be available on Macstock’s YouTube Channel for your time-shifted viewing pleasure.

See you then!

Mike