BARE AND FREE
|Volume 25, Number 4||2013 August|
In this Issue
Days To Remember
County Improves the Road
All summer, Jefferson County crews have been working to improve drainage on Turkey Scratch Road and others in the area. First, they dug deep ditches, giving us a culvert. Then they raised the sandy roadbed with lots of clay. But when it rained, the clay turned to ooze, making the road temporarily worse than ever. Now they have added the final layer of gravel, and the road is fine as far as our gate—Notwithstanding the two “Road Closed” signs one will pass until the county takes them down. There are still impassable holes to the south, but only a couple of our members come by that route. The county has no paving plans at present.
The lady with the car-chasing dogs has contacted us, requesting that we continue to drive slowly, even though the road has improved.
Earlier this spring, Wayne had brought in a load of crushed stone that our board members spread in our driveway—so that much has been solid.
Lots of rainy weekends and muddy roads have hurt attendance. Last year was our second-highest year ever; this year has been rather average.
Catch the Trynudethon September 29
Sunday, September 29 is Tallahassee Naturally's second annual Trynudethon (nude triathlon). Registration starts at 9:00 am, and the race begins at 10:00 am. You can make a full day of it, with our monthly picnic at 2:00.
Sunday, 2013 September 29th is also an annual designated a day of student activities. All students will be admitted free with their grounds fees waived for the day, all day. Consider the possibilities. If enough energetic people show up, they may get a volleyball game going.
Trynudethon competitors will:
That still won't be quite as rugged as we would like. High water this year has choked the swamp trail with lily pads, making it unsafe for running. And we won't know until the day of the event how much of the triangle trail by the sandy field we will be able to use. We had the same problems last year, but are working this time on some small detours around puddles. Clearing a new trail connecting the sandy field to the nature trail must wait until next spring.
Last year's participants thought the event was great fun. For official details of the race (including bicycle rental), see Trynudethon. Because we give out fancy medallions, there is a $20 entry fee. (Daily grounds fees are waived for contestants.)
Volunteer helpers get in free. We still need people to staff the water stations, check bicyclists off as they pass by, or maneuver a rescue boat in the water. To volunteer, contact Steve at email@example.com, or mention it to Paul.
Tallahassee Naturally Remains Young
Too many nudist resorts are becoming old folks' homes. Tallahassee Naturally does not have that problem. While the average AANR member is 59.6 years old, our average age is 43.6. And that does not count the many students who regularly attend Full-Moon Skinny-Dips, but have not officially joined.
In June, the full moon came during the AANR-Florida convention—held a few miles away at Suwannee Valley Resort. On a night of scattered rain, we attracted 38 people—more than the convention crowd with a roof over their heads. Half of our people were in their twenties, and a quarter of the crowd were black. In contrast. the convention attracted nobody under 30, and nobody black. Gender balance was better in our young crowd. One of the young women even wrote a substantial story in FSView.
A few weeks later, the national World Record Skinny-Dip attempt was a flop. Because nudists had tried for the same headline in recent memory, all local newspapers, radio and television stations ignored the event. Nobody even knew about it except people already on our mailing list. That day, it sprinkled a few times. At 3:00, we had only 20 people in the water. Yet two-thirds of them were between the ages of 20 and 35. No other club can say that.
A new brochure of AANR clubs reveals that only four nudist clubs in all of Florida have playground equipment. We are one of those four. The swing set may not get used often, but we have it, and we have it out front.
We also have a couple of energetic young board members. And, of course, we are affiliated with Naturally FSU, the only officially recognized campus nudist organization functioning today.
Paul Receives Highest AANR-FL Honor
Our board has successfully nominated Paul LeValley into the AANR-Florida Hall of Fame. Only seven people from around the state have ever received that honor.
At the local level, Paul was a founding member of Tallahassee Naturally, and served as president 1993-98, when membership reached a peak not seen before or since. He currently is treasurer. He created the College Greek Athletic Meet, the Full-Moon Skinny-Dips, the nature trail, our voters' guide and meeting with political candidates.
Paul was also a founding member of AANR-Florida, and as the first Florida youth chairman, created the AANR youth camps that still flourish in the Eastern and Western regions
As national youth chairman, he lowered the age of adulthood from 21 to 18, and established the low student rate for AANR membership.
For The Naturist Society, he wrote the family values booklet. Since 2002, he has co-ordinated the Professors & Researchers Special Interest Group. That includes the web site www.tnsprofessorsig.org.
For more than 20 years, he wrote the art history column in Naturally magazine—the longest-running signed column in the history of the American nudist press.
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