Volume 25, Number 5 2013 November

  • Christmas Banquet Saturday, December 07
  • College Attendance Is Booming
  • A Whimsical Story
  • We're In the County Heritage Book
  • 2014 Planning Calendar Is Posted

    • 07 - Christmas banquet & board meeting (1 day earlier)

    General Information

    • Families with children are especially encouraged to come on picnic days.
    • Meetings and picnics usually start at 2:00. If both are on the same day, we start at 1:00.

    Other Calendar Events

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Christmas Banquet Saturday, December 07

This year's Christmas Banquet will be SATURDAY, December 7, at Wayne and Chelsea's house. Members have received directions. Allow a good hour for traveling. We eat at 1:00 Tallahassee time. (Our hosts in the central time zone will think it's noon.)

Bring TWO passing dishes for this one. Wayne will smoke the turkey.

Besides an outdoor pool and hot tub, the place includes a sun room with pool table, a fireplace, and our College Greek Athletic Meet movie playing on the television screen.

There will be a short board meeting at 2:00.

College Attendance Is Booming

Sixty-seven people—mostly students—attended the September Full-Moon Skinny-Dip. This is the highest number that have ever assembled at the lake for any event. Fifty-three came in October. Naturally FSU has elected Nancy as their new president. And new member Mark is breathing fresh energy into the group. They are looking for things to do during the winter.

Next spring, our 5-kilometer run and the College Greek Athletic Meet are scheduled for March 29 and 30. The first Full-Moon Skinny-Dip will be April 11.

In other athletic news, our Trynudethon in September attracted slightly fewer runners than last year, but competition for first place was tight. Andrew, the young winner, had arrived in town less than a week before. The puddles dried up just in time to use most of the trails. On National Nude Gardening Day in May, we want to cut a new path from the sandy field to the Nature Trail.

Whimsical Story
by Bruce Harlow

Let us play a little make believe. So, this coming summer is intolerably hot due to global warming and assorted other inputs to the weather system, so that the power grid is overwhelmed and in danger of a monumental collapse. Our president issues an executive order that all air conditioners must be set to 82 degrees or higher. This makes all the suit/tie wearers in the country terribly uncomfortable, to say the least. They put pressure on the government to be able to lower the temperatures, citing that people are being hospitalized for heat prostration, and other problems associated with the elevated temperatures—even inside their own homes.

Since the power grid is a very necessary part of national security, as well as commerce, food production and storage, and security for everyone, the president has determined that the power grid can not be compromised for comfort. He (or she) issues another executive order. This order simply states that the manner of dress be reduced everywhere up to and including completely nude. This order would supercede all state and local laws criminalizing simple nudity for comfort.

Later, a conversation at the hospital would go like this:
Doctor: You are here because you refused to undress enough for the weather.
Patient: I do not believe in nudity, and I refuse to go without clothing.
Doctor: You realize that your insurance coverage will not pay your hospital bill because you illegally wore too many clothes, and the insurance does not cover problems associated with unlawful actions.
Patient: You mean that I have to be nude in order to be lawful and covered by insurance?
Doctor: That is correct.
Patient: But I have the right to wear what I want.
Me: Thank you! —my point exactly.

We're In the County Heritage Book

A few years back, the Tallahassee Genealogical Society announced their intention of publishing a Leon County, Florida Heritage Book. The project stalled for a while, but the book finally came out this year, and is available at the public library. Because the Genealogical Society did this, three-fourths of the book is devoted to old Tallahassee families. They did ask community organizations to submit their histories.

We are in it (though they hid us under the name of the artist Jacques LeMoyne). On page 55 of the community section, here is what they published about us. (Naturally FSU is not mentioned because this was written before that organization existed.)

Jacques LeMoyne skinny dip

Since the time of the Indians, people skinny-dipped in the sinkholes and ponds south of Tallahassee. Jacques LeMoyne, namesake of the local art center, sketched a family wading to an island picnic over near Jacksonville as early as 1564—nearly 450 years of documented natural freedom in Florida. Swimsuits weren’t even invented until the late 1860s.

College streaking and skinny-dipping grew into popular local activities in the 1970s. But when police began harassing swimmers, Tallahassee Naturally organized in 1986 (at first under the name Tallahassee Bare-Devils). In 1990, the club rented a beautiful lake and woods near Monticello, open on weekends, where an estimated 4,000 people have experienced being at one with nature.

Tallahassee Naturally is a volunteer-run club that operates by consensus. As active citizens, group members evaluate political candidates, and have testified in many hearings before the state legislature. The club publishes Naturists: Upholders of Strong Family Values, distributed to state and local government officials across the country.

Year after year, the club has maintained about a 15% college student membership—the highest of any nudist organization in the nation. The annual College Greek Athletic Meet is the world’s only authentic re-enactment of the ancient pentathlon. Full-Moon Skinny-Dips during the warm months also attract a younger crowd.

The club maintains the high standards of both the American Association for Nude Recreation and The Naturist Society.

Paul wrote the text for the listing.

2014 Calendar Is Posted

The entire Tallahassee Naturally — 2014 Planning Calendar is now available. We are trying a couple of experiments. The Annual Business Meeting has been moved up a week to see if more students attend before Spring Break. And we have moved the annual Sinkhole Tour up to May, when fewer clothed people are likely to claim the best skinny-dipping spots. Picnic hosts will be added after the Annual Meeting in March.

    12     Board meeting--Bylaws & Procedure Manual review
    24-26 AANR-FL board meeting, Cypress Cove, Kissimmee
    09     Board meeting--Bylaws & financial review
    13-18 Midwinter Naturist Festival, Sunsport Gardens near Loxahatchee
    02     ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, Picnic, Election of officers, Organizational board meeting (1 week early)
    29     5-K Run & Walk (Rain date: Apr. 5). Campout
    30     19th Annual College Greek Athletic Meet (Rain date: April 06)

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