BARE AND FREE
|Volume 24, Number 5||2012 December|
In this Issue
Days To Remember
Christmas Banquet in Town December 9
So that we don't have to depend on weather, this year's Christmas Banquet will be at Wendy's house in Tallahassee. Besides a large house, she has a spacious and secluded back yard—plus a small hot tub. Members will receive directions by e- mail.
If you have not yet seen our Greek athletics movie, that will be playing in a corner somewhere.
Bring TWO passing dishes to this one. Also bring two towels: one for getting out of the hot tub, and a dry one for sitting on.
After we eat, there will be a brief meeting of the entire membership. We eat at 1:00 and meet at 2:00. The event is free.
More Sunscreen & a Lot More Bug Spray
by Dana Stetson
Over the years of doing Triathlons one thing I have discovered is that my transition times tend to be my weakest link. Last weekend I entered a race that really minimized this problem. This race, the Trynudethon, was a nude triathlon held at the Tallahassee Naturally compound in Jefferson County. This was a race with almost no need for transitions.
This event is the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of triathlons. It's short, sincere, and an absolute joy to attend. The race director, Steve, was enthusiastic and this attitude was equally shared by other members of this organization who attended, raced or helped at the event. I've done hundreds of these races of all distances and varieties and none have been as unique as this one.
From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed and was treated nicely by all who were there. Due to recent rains the planned course had to be altered at the last moment. This was done and the temporary course was very interesting and a decent challenge in all three events.
The race had a small turn-out which, for an event of this quality, was a real shame. Hopefully next year the number of participants will increase to what a race like this should have. The swim was held in a pond on the property. It was a simple out and back of about 250 meters.
After the swim, a short run took you to the bikes and off you went on a nice flat and fast dirt road. After this section the bike course led off on a nature path. This was a more technical section, with some tight turns and some little blip hills and was truly a test of your mountain bike skills. You then returned to the dirt road for a flooded section and some mud before finishing up where you started.
The run was also flat and fast. The run was an out and back course. Members of the club served as guides on the course, cheerleaders, and as finish-line and course monitors. 100% of the starters finished and 100% of the participants had a great time. After it was all over there was an award ceremony which featured fabulous original medals which I know I will treasure and display with pride. A picnic and outdoor sports also were offered afterward. This was a day of fun, a real race, and an awesome introduction to the nude lifestyle of the Tallahassee Naturally group. I would like to thank the organizers, workers, and fellow participants for a great time. I know I'll be back next year and I hope some more of our club's members will join me. The answer to the number one question asked about this event? Switch to a bigger seat and everything else is fine!
Editor of Naturally Dies
Bern Loibl, the long-time editor of Naturally magazine, died unexpectedly in September. Since 1990, he had published the well-illustrated magazine of international scope. Before that, he produced a northeastern regional journal, The Event.
For more than twenty years, Bern printed Paul's column on the nude in art history. In recent years, Wendy and Richard have also written several articles for the magazine—mostly travel, but also one on our College Greek Athletic Meet.
About a year ago, Bern's wife, Sherry, took over as editor, so he could devote more time to bigger projects, such as the book version of Paul's column. His death leaves Paul scrambling for a new publisher. To begin that new search, Paul has placed an illustrated table of contents on his web site www.paullevalley.com. To see some examples, click books, then the two Art Follows Nature contents links.
The September issue of the Naturally has still not been released. The plan is for one more memorial issue after that—then the magazine will go entirely online, if there is enough demand.
Consider Attending the Midwinter Naturist Festival
Every winter, The Naturist Society puts on an action-packed gathering at Sunsport Gardens near Loxahatchee. This year, the dates are February 14-20, with most of the important things happening on the weekend.
This is when Florida naturist leaders come together to plan strategy. But there is something for everyone on the crowded program—from nude photography, to massage, to nature walks, to concerts, to New Age stuff, to informative workshops on every imaginable subject. Our Greek athletic movie will be shown, and Paul will deliver a scholarly slide lecture on the Gymnosophists—those naked wise men Alexander the Great ran across in India.
We will have copies of the full program at our Christmas Banquet.
The old September attendance record of 150 had stood since 1997. We couldn't quite break it last year, even with our 25th anniversary. But this year, we blew that record away with 182 people for the month. Having 44 people at the Full-Moon Skinny-Dip (the highest ever) also helped. So did the Trynudethon.
On sunny winter days, we can be comfortably nude in the windbreak with temperatures in the 60s.
Nudist guidebooks make fine Christmas presents. Though they have gone out of print (probably forever), we still have the AANR Park Guide and the TNS World Guide. Our sale prices of $11 or $10 make them quite affordable.
Single men especially, remember the club in your will, or as the beneficiary of your life insurance. You can discuss this with Paul.
Our 2013 Calendar is Ready
Our 2013 calendar is now posted. Print out a one-page copy for your convenience.
Twenty-one years ago, we became one of the first nudist groups in the nation to plan and publish our annual calendar. Even after all this time, most other clubs (and even the national organizations) are slow to follow our example.
© 2012 Tallahassee Naturally