Tallahassee Naturally is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of naturist recreation in north Florida and nearby areas. The club is an affiliate member of both the Naturist Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation.
Bare and Free is the official Newsletter of the Tallahassee Naturally Club. Articles appearing in Bare and Free may be
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Don't Miss the Annual Meeting March 8
Sunday, March 8 begins with a picnic at 1:00. (Daylight Savings Time also starts
that day, so don't show up hungry at 2:00.) 2:00 is our Annual Business Meeting,
with reports on attendance and finance, a bylaw proposal to be voted on, and
election of this year's officers. (If you are willing to serve on our board of
directors, let Grant or Paul know.) After that, there will be a brief
organizational meeting of the new board.
This last year we got our Internet presence under control. Too many
well-intentioned people had started web sites or accounts in our name that we
didn't know about. We realized that we needed stronger wording in our bylaws to
prevent that from happening in future. The slight changes are in italics.
Bylaw proposal: Keep control of the Internet by amending Article X-G-12 to read:
G. Grounds for expulsion from the club shall include, but not be limited to:
2. Repeated failure to sign in or pay fees in a timely manner.
3. Diversion of club membership list, mail, money, equipment, or land
arrangements for personal or commercial use.
4. Violence of threat of violence.
5. Handling or removal from a vehicle of any firearm without unanimous consent
of all board members present.
6. Introduction of any substance that could warrant police attention.
7. Abusive or reckless behavior--with or without the
influence of alcohol or other drugs.
8. Overt sexual activity, solicitation, or
9. Racist remarks.
10. Photographing any person without that person's permission. (To avoid
confusion with cell phone cameras, all telephone conversations should be
conducted away from nude people.)
11. Distribution of names to non-nudists, or
photographs to anyone, without the person's permission.
12. Unauthorized misrepresentation of the club to the press or others. This
includes, but is not limited to, starting any unauthorized Internet page or
account, that purports to represent the club. This also includes adoption of a
name (on the Internet or elsewhere) so similar to the club's name(s) as to cause
13. Any act which threatens the very existence of the club or its continued use of
lands. This includes visiting the land on days when it is not rented for club
The statute of limitations on any act shall be one year from the time two
board members became fully aware of it. Under no circumstances, shall polite
criticism of the way any club officer is performing his or her duties be
misconstrued as grounds for expulsion.
Greek Athletic Meet Turns 20
Sunday, March 29 we sponsor the 20th annual College Greek Athletic Meet. This
is the world's only authentically nude re-enactment of the ancient pentathlon
(long jump, discus, 200-yard dash, and javelin—with stand-up wrestling if needed
to break a tie). Little Tallahassee Naturally has the longest-running college
event of any nudist club in the country.
Actually, anyone of any age can compete, but the victory wreathes are
reserved for the top college student in each division: male athlete, male
non-athlete, female athlete, female non-athlete. The Greeks did not emphasize
athletics, so much as the well developed mind in the well developed body; every
young person should give it a try.
Registration opens at 10:00. Perhaps the most interesting part of the day is
the demonstrations and practice at 11:00. Competition starts at 1:00. In recent
years, our young people have organized a little after-picnic of Greek food.
Contributions are welcome.
Because of Easter, the rain date is April 12.
Everyone's Membership Expires March 31
It's renewal time again. Did you know that 86% of the money we collect in
lake fees is paid annually? Only 14% is paid daily. People like the convenience
and the savings. (And our volunteer treasurer likes the convenience too.) Also,
remember that renewing members are expected to deepen their commitment by
joining at least one of the national organizations. But which one? Many people
The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) card gives you a 20%
discount when you visit most nudist clubs. (Many clubs won't let you in the gate
without one or the other national card.) You get a monthly newspaper, which has
become more interesting than it used to be. And you get the satisfaction of
knowing your money is going to AANR's continuing public relations effort to make
nudity popular and acceptable.
The Naturist Society is fighting to protect free beaches by stopping bad laws
before they get made. Their quarterly magazine brings you thought-provoking and
sometimes controversial topics. Their card is accepted just about everywhere
that the AANR card is. And you can join a free Special Interest Group of
naturists nationwide who share your hobbies or concerns.
Tallahassee Naturally—lake fee for members (lake rental, use & upkeep)
$ 155 one year single / couple / family
$ 75 student—one year
$ 15 one day single / couple / family (pay on arrival)
$ 7 student—one day
The Naturist Society
$ 60 single / couple / family (or $110 for 2 years)
$ 50 student / senior citizen (or $ 90 for 2 years)
American Association for Nude Recreation
$ 68.50 couple (or double that for two years)
$ 38.00 single (or double that for two years)
$ 15.00 student
And of course donations to our Legal Fund or Land Fund are always welcome.
We Have a Full-Moon Bonfire April 3
The full moons come at awkward times this year: too early in April, and too
late in October. Because swimming might be chilly or not at all, we are calling
those two evenings Full-Moon Bonfires. We tried that early last November and got
a fair turn-out.
The first guaranteed Full-Moon Skinny-Dip happens May 1.
We're In a Bird Book
Two years ago, a birdwatcher visited our club on his quest to discover how
many species of birds he could see in a year, while nude. The answer: 594. It's
a world record. Now, he has published the diary of his trip, and we're in it.
Punning on the odd names of legitimate bird species, he calls it Boobies,
Peckers, and Tits: One Man's Naked Perspective, by Olaf Danielson. You can buy
it at Amazon, or order a signed copy through an ad in The Bulletin.
He visited 25 nudist clubs and half-a-dozen nude beaches, where he could be
comfortably nude—plus lots of wildlife refuges where he had to be sneaky. Some
clubs did not give a very friendly welcome to a man with binoculars. Others just
let him do his own thing. At only one club, Tallahassee Naturally, did a member
join him in birdwatching.
It was the day before Easter, and our road was flooded. (The road has since
been fixed, and the toilet paper screened.) Water was high everywhere. We were
eager to finish scouting out the new trail connecting the athletic field to the
nature trail before the trees leaved out, obscuring our view. He helped in that.
He visited us on his third of four Florida trips, so he had already seen much of
what we have to offer. But it was spring migration time, with several kinds of
warblers passing through.
Here is what he wrote about us:
Let me first say that Tallahassee Naturally was the first of four clubs
from which I had experienced email and phone friendship. This club is a
throwback to the ideals of naturism—naked man in a natural environment.
They have been around for over 25 years and, due to their location close
to Florida State University, had really worked hard on changing the
hearts and minds of potential young naturists. Their website played back
to me everything I believed in—in being nude in nature—and I wanted to
visit. I even got a member to go birding with me....
Eventually I was east of Tallahassee and followed the directions I had been
given to Tallahassee Naturally. I followed the first road to Turkey Scratch
Road, which became dirt and was then underwater. I checked my mileage; I was
only a tenth of a mile from the gate.... [The puddle] was just a pipsqueak,
maybe a foot deep, and I bounced through it on momentum alone, and there I was
at Tallahassee Naturally—a TN sign at a chained gate. I opened the gate, signed
in, and had the place to myself. I found a spot and set up camp, hoping that I
wouldn't be attacked by 'gators, bears, or nasty raccoons.
To say this place is primitive is an understatement. They have a storage closet,
an aluminum canopy to protect in case of rain, an outhouse that was more PVC
[pipe] and tarp than privy, and a damn fine sunning and skinny-dipping spot.
There is something about mouse-chewed toilet paper that makes me really feel
like I'm back to nature, but it beats using leaves. This place didn't seem very
woman-friendly, but maybe their members were more back-to-nature than most
In essence, what they have is a skinny-dipping spot for sanctioned nudity.
The place could have been a movie scene where the main characters get lost in
the woods and happen upon a nude volleyball game or, even better, the Nude
Olympics, which were scheduled here next week. Shoot, I was a week early. I was
eventually told that Leon County, which includes Tallahassee, forbade the
naturists from swimming in sink holes in that county, so they moved to Jefferson
County where they leased this land.
I ate my McDonald's salad and then spotted a Blackpoll Warbler. It was a good
start. I spent the night listening to the sound of frogs and traffic from I-10,
just a quarter-mile through the woods. I awoke at 7:00 to a dewy morning of 40
degrees and had a birding outing scheduled for 7:30 a.m. I ate and spotted an
Eastern Towhee in a tree behind my tent while I was on the way to the privy and
the mouse-chewed toilet paper. I then met Paul, who is a semi-retired college
professor from Florida A&M University and a long-time nude advocate. We walked
the trails and soon spotted a Least Bittern fly by, adding a tough bird to my
We looked over the ponds and walked the trails on the property and adjoin¬ing
tracts. We saw the sandy field that would be the home of the big athletic events
the next weekend. Paul pointed out the course for the sprinting contest, and we
also walked most of the path of the Trynudethon (a race of swimming, biking, and
running nude), but we skipped the trudge across the pond. Despite our efforts, I
added nothing new after the bittern, so we just ended up chatting. I heard the
history of the place, saw the trails, and we enjoyed each other's company.
It became a really nice day. A few people showed up after we burned some
brush, and then I helped mark a potential new trail. I was worried about biting
snakes, but Paul walked barefoot through the swamp. I took my scratches as
souvenirs. Fortunately, Paul told me about an incident with an alligator after
I had been walking near the pond.
Apparently, a family was enjoying the beach when a doe and a buck were observed
drinking from the pond. As the family enjoyed nature, an alligator grabbed the
doe by the head and dragged her into the water. The buck, instead of fleeing,
tried to attack the 'gator with its hooves. Unfortunately, it was in vain, and
the laws of nature were fulfilled. I was glad it wasn't me that the 'gator
I started talking with a pleasant local couple while sharing a bottle of wine
and decided to go on one last birding jaunt. I had decided to keep moving, find
new territory, and hopefully see more birds. It's called grinding. I figured I
had seen what this piece of land had to offer me. It was then that I saw a bird
by the volleyball net. At first I thought it was another Yellow-rumped Warbler,
and then I looked more closely. It was mostly blue, had a white eye-ring and a
gold cape on its back, and a yellow throat. It was a Northern Parula, a colorful
little warbler; in fact, there were two of them there. Again, one has to look at
every bird. This was a bit of a surprise, since the club members had not seen
one here. That made four additions for the location and 26 total birds for the
After seeing the Parula, I left and safely negotiated the big puddle. It
would have been nice to hang out naked but, by evening, I would have been there
alone; had nothing to make a fire with; and I needed a shower. I scanned my road
atlas, and St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge looked like my best bet for a
I was glad I had moved on from the skinny-dipping swamp of Tallahassee
Naturally, but it would have been cool to witness their Greek nude athletic
pentathlon. Maybe I would have thrown the javelin—and hurt myself. It was
probably good that I was leaving. The many bites on my body [from the wildlife
refuge] and the scratches on my arms and legs from blazing a trail were enough.
But they would heal.
We have just learned that AANR-Florida has abandoned its scholarship program,
and abolished the education committee. This came as a surprise, and we do not
know if the hasty decision can be undone. In the past, the board has been very
reluctant to admit that they ever made a mistake.