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|Volume 25, Number 3||2013 June|
In this Issue
AANR-FL Convention June 21-22
Once again, the AANR-Florida Convention will be at nearby Suwannee Valley Resort near White Springs. We do not expect it to be in North Florida again for several years.
This is a great opportunity to visit a fine little resort that opened over a year ago. Our members have been impressed with the shady campground overlooking the Suwannee River, and the personal attention the owners give each guest. The place has a pool, hot tub, restaurant, and lots of luxuries we don't have. Tame rabbits hop through the grounds.
Fees that weekend are low for AANR or TNS members: $10 per adult per day. Camping is $14 per tent per night. There will probably also be a $5 convention fee. If you don't have a current AANR or TNS card, the price goes way up to $23 a person, or $40 a couple.
The convention begins 1:00 Friday, and ends Saturday evening. Friday, the outgoing board will meet, followed by the General Assembly. Informative committee reports will fill the afternoon, followed by a 6:00 reception. Don't forget that Friday evening is also our Full-Moon Skinny-Dip; some attendees may come back for that, since the two places are only an hour apart.
Saturday continues the General Assembly, with election of next year's officers. Unlike most clubs, everybody present from Tallahassee Naturally will caucus and decide how to cast our votes. We also carry the proxy vote of Sunsport Gardens. The convention concludes with an awards banquet 6:30 Saturday. (One of our members has been nominated for an award, though it may not happen.) Musical entertainment is planned for both nights.
Suwannee Valley Resort
Allow 2 hours to drive from Tallahassee. Be aware that their web site www.suwanneevalleyresort.com gives roundabout directions from Jacksonville.
Sinkhole Tour on July 4
Declare the independence of your own mind and body by coming on our annual Sinkhole Tour on the Fourth of July. (The lake will be closed that day.)
The area south of Tallahassee is honeycombed with beautiful sinkholes—many of them connected by underground passages. People have been skinny-dipping there for thousands of years. (For descriptions, Sinkholes.) With an experienced guide, you can learn where the best of them are, and go again whenever you want to.
We used to start with the least-used sinkholes, then work our way up to the most beautiful. But a new parking lot is attracting too many people who don't know they can swim without suits. We will reverse our old route, so we can establish the dress code early.
We leave at 10 AM from the Circle K store—the entrance just south of Crawfordville Road US Route 319 and the truck route. (It is about 5 minutes beyond the main post office on South Adams Street—which becomes Crawfordville Road.) Be sure to let Paul know you plan to attend: 850.222.1886. They are now enforcing a $4 parking fee when you get to the sinkholes (no change provided). Expect to walk a total of three miles. We will finish in the early afternoon.
World Record Swim and Open House July 13-14
After a gap of just a couple of years, AANR and TNS are sponsoring another attempt at a new world record for number of people skinny-dipping across the country. This time, it is not being done under Guinness auspices. The first time, the event got lots of publicity, and we had 56 people in the water. The next year, it was no longer news. We got no publicity, but still attracted 47 people.
Our free Open House runs from 11 to 4, both Saturday and Sunday. The world record swim is at 3:00 pm Saturday. Normal nude dress code applies all day.
Sunday's dress code is:
Several people plan to camp over for the whole weekend. Come join us.
Paul will schedule people to sit at our welcome table both days. We will have old magazines for sale—also a few T-shirts commemorating the event. If you want one for $11, speak up before they are gone.
And we have excellent sale prices on the latest AANR park guide and The Naturist Society's World Guide to Nude Beaches. When they're gone, they're gone; we don't ever expect them to be printed again.
Hail President Isabella
Forty people (mostly students) attended the Full-Moon Skinny-Dip in April. They elected Isabella the new president of Naturally FSU. Outgoing president Ron, who has done much to build up the organization over the last few years, played "Hail to the Chief" on his violin. Ron plans to continue helping in an unofficial capacity. Bella is the first woman to hold that position.
We are aware of five other official campus nudist organizations before us—as well as many unofficial groups. None of them ever survived on campus after the founder graduated. We had watched the Center for Participant Education rise from the near-dead a few times at FSU because dedicated community members stepped in whenever needed to keep it going. We liked that model. By making Naturally FSU an affiliate of Tallahassee Naturally, we have smoothly transitioned through three changes of student leadership. The plan seems to be working.
The next Full-Moon Skinny-Dip is Friday, June 21. S'mores have always been a part of these evenings around the campfire. Lately, Dustin has been bringing in more food. So far, this has been a low mosquito year. The county has dug new ditches along Turkey Scratch Road, and put a culvert across our driveway. That means careless drivers could go in the ditch after dark. Use caution.
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