D R 0 w N i nG R @ t

To quote from the second drowningrat.com website, circa 2002:

Psychonauts and astrologers, mystics and philsophers, excretologists and poets, botanists and paleontologists, pedagogues and pundits have asked the age-old question: what is Drowning Rat? But their ephemeri and abaci, their books and ancient scrolls, their panteleographs and spirographs offer no satisfaction.

For there while there are many ways to skin a cat, there is but one to drown a rat. And that way is this: to do it.

 
photo by Steven Fritz. Perhaps you didn't notice him at first, hovering above Josh's bewigged pate. But that's him. The rat from that year. 2008, perhaps? One of our largest rats. He is soon to drown in the Middle Fork, along with all the various things we infused in him. Hopes, rages, fears, bodily fluids, wishes, secrets, curses. L~E~T~~~~~G~O. Will you invite something else to take that now-empty space?

photo by Steven Fritz. Perhaps you didn't notice him at first, hovering above Josh's bewigged pate. But that's him. The rat from that year. 2008, perhaps? One of our largest rats. He is soon to drown in the Middle Fork, along with all the various things we infused in him. Hopes, rages, fears, bodily fluids, wishes, secrets, curses. L~E~T~~~~~G~O. Will you invite something else to take that now-empty space?

RATPOCALYPSE 2017 was the last known appearance of this exclusive, limited-edition event. Will we ever drown a rat again? I asked the Magic 8 Ball. Answer unclear, it replied.

Bring:

(From the 2017 FAQ)

costumery, finery, foodery, tomfoolery.
Drinkables. Smokeables. Playables.
Firewood. Tent. Crafts. Musical instruments.
A ritual or performance to share.
Hot dogs. Shenanigans. Biscuits.
 

geeeeeorgie!

geeeeeorgie!

photo by Steven Fritz. Rat courtesy of Ms. Al. Snake of unknown origin, presumed deadly.

photo by Steven Fritz. Rat courtesy of Ms. Al. Snake of unknown origin, presumed deadly.

Is Drowning Rat real?

Uh, sort of. We seem to do it every year since 2002. Except 2012. That was a scary bad May.

And then we stopped after 2017’s Ratpocalypse Now. Who knows? Maybe we’ll start again.

 

photo by Steven Fritz. Here's Holly & the crew that came out to film us for their documentary about rats! That was a hoot.

photo by Steven Fritz. Here's Holly & the crew that came out to film us for their documentary about rats! That was a hoot.

Can I bring kids?

(From the 2017 FAQ) Well, the Rat Princesse is sure bringin' her spawn, so go ahead and bring some more! If noisy children annoy you, feel free to grab a campsite a little farther away. The critters might follow you, I suppose, but you'll have some hope of escape.

photo by Steven Fritz. Ah, Chef. We love you, Chef.

photo by Steven Fritz. Ah, Chef. We love you, Chef.

Is it a big party?

(From the 2017 FAQ) No, but if you come and get a big party started, others might join you. Some of us have kids & illness & age to contend with nowadays. We are boring. Sorry about that.

Some of us miss staying up all night drinkin' and singin' around the campfire 'til the sun came up. And we used to drag that rat through the snow on our backs, back in the olden times! Why, when I was your age...