Thousands of free spirits will convene through Labor Day weekend on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the annual Burning Man communal gathering and arts festival.

And one of them will be Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy.

Jeannie Schulz, widow of “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz, is taking up a boat-shaped car with a cutout of Snoopy on the bow.

The name of the craft? “H.M.S. Beagle,” of course, with no apologies to Charles Darwin, who sailed on the original craft of that title.  This year’s Burning Man theme is evolution, after all.

“I loved Burning Man last year. I took up ‘Peanuts’ books to share, and volunteered in the coffee shop,” Jeannie said. “This year, I can be a taxi. I think the H.M.S. Beagle will be a popular form of transporation.”

A large Sonoma County contingent is expected at Burning Man this year, said Michael Friedenberg, chairman of the Arts Council of Sonoma County.

“Last year, about 25 arts community leaders from Sonoma County went to Burning Man as a delegation,” he said. “We’re trying to bring Burning Man art back to our community, maybe to Sonoma County Museum.”

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  1. Vicky Kumpfer

    As one of those who went last year with the Arts Council of Sonoma County at the invitation of the Black Rock Art Foundation, I am looking forward to doing it again. I am happy Jeannie will be out there with her taxi..I will be looking for the H.M.S. Beagle with my thumb out!

    I also hope to bring Playa art to Sonoma County … the Petaluma Art Center would be perfect

    September 1st, 2009 6:05 pm

  2. Yarrow

    Thank you Jeannie for sharing your inspiration and your fantastic art car! It was great to see you and your sweet British gals spreading joy around the playa! We can’t wait to see the Beagle next year! Come back to the Oasis!

    September 9th, 2009 1:09 am

  3. Charlotte Takahashi

    Wonderful to read about such an interesting festival. How cool for Snoopy to attend and what a great vehicle to share Snoopy’s spirit and Jeannie continues to spread the Schulz legacy of friendship and generosity.

    September 10th, 2009 9:13 pm

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