Karen’s Blog

Across the Board – June

Posted by karenlahey on  April 10, 2020
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It is mid-April as I write this column for the AANR’s June Bulletin. We are all staying at home. I have no idea what the situation will be when you are reading this column. I know that it will be different for all of us than it was just a short year ago. I hope we will be able to be gathered together and we will be able to celebrate Nude Recreation Week in ways

More events to enjoy from your sofa

Posted by karenlahey on  April 3, 2020
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The Stranger has compiled 48 livestreamed events for this weekend of April 3-April 5. Here are more places to go in your birthday suit. https://www.thestranger.com/things-to-do/2020/04/03/43318902/the-best-livestreamed-events-to-watch-this-weekend-april-3-5-2020

Embrace Diversity

Posted by karenlahey on  March 18, 2020
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As a member of the AANR Board, one of the questions asked by frustrated members is why does AANR allow club XYZ reject me just because I’m (single, gay, a person of color …)? And as a frustrated board member, I must answer all AANR clubs are independently operated and AANR has no way to force them to comply with AANR’s own principles and standards regarding discrimination. Each club makes their own rules and business

Trustee Report – Spring 2020

Posted by karenlahey on  March 18, 2020
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This year, at the AANR Mid-Winter Board, we were able to pass the first budget in years that didn’t need a red pen. This is due to cost savings measures by the AANR office and the small dues increase that went into effect at the beginning of the year. At this board meeting, the trustees decided to: • Modify the Dues for Student to $18. • Modify the Dues for Young Adults to be half

AANR-NW Spring Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  March 9, 2020
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The 2020 AANR-NW Spring Board will be held as an electronic meeting on April 4th at 10:00am. If any AANR members would like to participate, please contact mailto:secretary@aanr-nw.org.

Guess what you can do in the nude!

Posted by karenlahey on  March 9, 2020
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In this time of social distancing, there are many activities that we have to sacrifice for the common good. Still, there are many opportunities to do things in the nude from home that you might not have considered. For example, try using Google Hangouts or FaceTime or other conference chat apps with friends. You can just chat or hold virtual BYOB cocktail or tea parties, or potlucks (you only get to eat what you bring),

Lake Associates Recreation Club (LARC) closes

Posted by karenlahey on  March 9, 2020
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Lake Associates Recreation Club (LARC), a nudist park near Mt. Vernon, WA, officially closes for business on March 31st. The property which LARC has occupied since 1991 has been sold to new owners, https://getaway.house/. This means there will be no more fees or rentals. Nudity will cease on this date because the new owners may be around the property beginning in April . The sale of the property to Getaway.House was announced at the beginning

SLUGS Cancel March Events in Seattle

Posted by karenlahey on  March 7, 2020
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SLUGS (Sun Lovers Under Gray Skies) have cancelled all of their events this week in order to keep everyone safe. The April Spa event has also been cancelled.

The Joy of Cooking Naked

Posted by karenlahey on  February 19, 2020
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Last week, the NY Times featured an article about nudist living. The Joy of Cooking Naked. The article was written at Lake Como in Lutz, FL. The author did a great job describing how nudists live. The article was picked up by several other newspapers and was even discussed on the NPR Radio show Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

Third Annual AANR-NW Photography Contest

Posted by karenlahey on  February 19, 2020
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It is time to dust off your camera and start submitting your photographs for the third annual AANR-NW Photography Contest. Please take this opportunity to share your beautiful and stunning photos. And win cash prizes and accolades. The contest will have several categories. For each category that has at least five entries, there will be a $75 prize. The Grand Prize winner will be $150. The online deadline for submissions is July 12, 2020. If
Sometimes, being on a nude beach can be freeing, even if you don’t bare it all. Little Beach in Hawaii is featured in a story in the New York Times.
For those going on the Bare Necessities 2020 Big Nude Boat on the Carnival Legend this month, let’s get together at the pizzeria at 2:00 pm on February 25, the first full sea day. The pizzeria is in the buffet area on the Lido deck. This will be an opportunity to see old friends and meet new friends from the Pacific Northwest. I will be in cabin 5219 and will post up-to-date information and changes

Utah Judge Rules Against Topless Woman

Posted by karenlahey on  January 31, 2020
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A husband and wife had both removed their tops while installing drywall in their own garage when her stepchildren came in. She was charged with three counts of lewdness involving a child. These charges could carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and ten years on the sex offender registry. Being on this registry would prevent her from seeing her step children. A Salt Lake City judge, Kara Pettit, rejected a challenge

Upcoming AANR Mid-Winter Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  January 31, 2020
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by Karen Lahey – AANR Member Trustee The 2020 AANR Mid-WInter Board Meeting meets this coming week at Suwannee Valley Resort in White Springs, Florida. The AANR Board meets in person twice each year, once in February and once in August, while we do work via email and phone during the rest of the year. I am your AANR Trustee and will be representing you at this meeting. You can download the reports package from

Beaches Foundation Fundraiser

Posted by karenlahey on  January 17, 2020
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You can get your raffle tickets for the Beaches Foundation Institute Fundraiser at https://beachesfoundation.org/fundraiser/. Beach Education Advocates for Culture, Health, Environment & Safety (B.E.A.C.H.E.S.) Foundation Institute aims at establishing amicable and mutually beneficial working partnerships with government, business, naturist beach advocacy groups and the public to design, establish and manage designated clothing-optional or naturist areas at public beaches

Beaches Foundation Fundraiser

Posted by karenlahey on  January 17, 2020
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You can get your raffle tickets for the Beaches Foundation Institute Fundraiser at https://beachesfoundation.org/fundraiser/. Beach Education Advocates for Culture, Health, Environment & Safety (B.E.A.C.H.E.S.) Foundation Institute aims at establishing amicable and mutually beneficial working partnerships with government, business, naturist beach advocacy groups and the public to design, establish and manage designated clothing-optional or naturist areas at public beaches

Does the US have a problem with topless women?

Posted by karenlahey on  January 17, 2020
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BBC News published an in depth article about the top-free movement in the US on January 8, 2020. Does the US have a problem with topless women describes the successful Top-Free movement in Colorado. The online article includes other interesting links about nudism.
On Monday, January 13, the US Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by three women who were convicted for violating an ordinance in the city of Laconia, NH that makes it illegal to show bare female breasts in public. The New Hampshire Supreme Court had ruled that it didn’t discriminate against women, even though its definition for nudity is different for men than for women. See the NY Times story. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/13/us/13reuters-usa-court-topless.html for more information.

Avalon Burns

Posted by karenlahey on  January 3, 2020
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Avalon, a nudist resort in Paw Paw, West Virginia, lost its lodge to flames on New Year’s Eve during their Nude Year’s Eve celebration. Volunteer firefighters from three states responded to the call, but the lodge was a total loss. No person or animal was hurt. The aquatic center was not affected. The Nudsino needs some work, but can be fixed up. The Bare Barn was not touched. Avalon Resort hopes to reopen the resort’s
<a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/25/nudism-naturism-florida-pasco-county?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR25w4RsUTI8RRqPKF6EFv8tAKi20jdX8BRGUxlKNDWz83meeMiEXTT1Ess”>Purists v partiers: the battle between two popular nudist resorts</a> by <a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/profile/jordan-blumetti”>Jordan Blumetti</a> in <a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/us”>The Guardian</a> compares two of the larger nudist/clothing optional properties in Pasco County, Florida near Tampa. Mr. Blumetti compares Lake Como, an AANR resort, with Caliente, a resort which is no longer associated with AANR.
The Willies annual food drive for the Helping Hands food bank exceeded all of our expectations and goals They have donated over 1,400 LBS of food and have raised well over $600.00 in cash donations and are still collecting until the first of January. This is such a caring, giving and sharing community. They also raise money for local scholarships and contribute to our local communities in many other ways. They consider that It is
When you shop at amazon.com, you can donate to the AANR Education Foundation and it won’t cost you anything. Amazon’s smile program allows you to select a charity and 0.5% of the purchase price for most Amazon items will be donated to your cause. Search for and select AANR Education Foundation and from then on, you go to smile.amazon.com to do your shopping. If you have already placed some items into your Amazon shopping cart,

Nakations on the List of Top Travel Trends for 2020

Posted by karenlahey on  December 19, 2019
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Nakations made the list of huge travel trends on the Canadian Talk Show, The Social with an interview with travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis  see https://www.theloop.ca/microcations-will-be-a-huge-travel-trend-in-2020/. The article says “Nude tourism is huge and has been booming for many years. You just have to be around in June when more than 70 cities hold their Naked Bike Ride to understand that. But this trend isn’t just about a skinny dip or a quick flash, these

Changes at AANR

Posted by karenlahey on  December 5, 2019
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A new member portal is being implemented at AANR and is coming soon. With this new portal, AANR will be able to be more efficient and better able to communicate with our members and you will be able to easily manage your membership information. You will be able to print your own membership card or view it on your smartphone. We are working to make sure that you will have easy access to nudist resources

Naked State

Posted by karenlahey on  November 14, 2019
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Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, an AANR club near Toronto, offered a 10 day art residency program earlier this year called Naked State. Its purpose was to encourage the exploration of the nude human body in the context of nature, culture and art. The expectation was that during the 10 day residency the artists live in the nude within the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park community. You can read about one of this year’s artists

Rest in Peace – Fred Van Nest

Posted by karenlahey on  November 14, 2019
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We are sad to report that we lost Fred Van Nest, the AANR East Member Trustee, on October 16 after a long battle with cancer. Fred was a long time member of AANR and served on the AANR-East Board of Directors before being elected to the AANR Board of Trustees. He was also active in working with the American Nudist Research Library in Kissimmee, FL. He will be missed.

Save the Date – June 27th, 2020

Posted by karenlahey on  November 14, 2019
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The Portland World Naked Bike Ride date has been announced. It is June 27th, 2020.

TopFree Success in Fort Collins

Posted by karenlahey on  November 2, 2019
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The city of Fort Collins, CO made a decision on September 3, 2019  to remove references to a 2015 policy from its public nudity code that barred women and girls over age 10 from exposing their breasts in public.  The ban was unenforceable since February 2017, when a district court judge ruled it unconstitutional; the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that ruling 2-1 in February 2019.  The city spent about $120,000 and negotiated a $202,000
To our Members and Friends affected by the recent California Wildfires, The Willamettans would like to offer a helping hand. We have plenty of RV spots with full hook ups, cabins and campsites available at reduced winter rates. If you are fleeing the fires, we will waive your grounds fees. We offer a clothing optional resort with heated domed pool, hot tub, lodge, onsite pub, café, and lots of friendly members to commune with while

Rooster Rock Thank You

Posted by karenlahey on  October 17, 2019
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We often work at cleaning our beaches, but don’t know if it matters. Mark forwarded a letter from a fellow nudist thanking the volunteers for our work. Hi Mark, I wanted to thank you for all the work you do for the Rooster Rock beach. We were there after the Portland WNBR event. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We had visited many amazing places before but nothing like this. What a magical view. It was so

AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  September 19, 2019
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Although the nudist season is winding down in the Northwest, we still have the AANR-NW Fall Board meeting coming up from September 27 – September 29 at the Willamettans.  The board meeting is a great opportunity to find out what is going on in the region as well as meet new people and make great friends.  All are welcome.  The Willamettans has lots to do, including entertainment on Saturday evening, if you don’t want to spend

Winners – 2019 AANR-NW Photography Contest

Posted by karenlahey on  August 22, 2019
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Let the drum roll begin.  Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 AANR-NW Photography Contest. The Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 AANR-NW Photography Contest and the winner of the “At Your Club” category is Robert Dashiell with the photo “Bare Buns Fun Run Start” The Winner of the “Nude, but not Nude” category is Mike Capshaw with the photo “At the Cafe” The winner in the “Out in Nature” category is Alison with the photo “Nantucket”

Welcome Wandering Bare

Posted by karenlahey on  August 22, 2019
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AANR-NW welcomes our newest event club to the Northwest, Wandering Bare.  Its founder, Joe Haggerty, has sent us an introduction. Wandering Bare is fun, it’s also nice, pleasant, relaxing, refreshing, exhilarating, exciting, and enjoyable. We enjoy hiking naked and nude recreation to provide a freeing personal quest, to build a closer bond with nature.  We are a group of like-minded people who enjoy being totally natural, with the warm sun and cool breeze on your

AANR Convention

Posted by karenlahey on  July 25, 2019
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“With a Little Help from our Friends” is the theme of this year’s AANR Convention at Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort in Worley, Idaho just south of Couer d’ Alene.   There are events for all ages.  If you like music, there are three live concerts, dances and a jam session.  If you like sports and games, there is yoga, cribbage, bocce, pickle-ball, volleyball, water aerobics, disc golf, shuffleboard, and a Cardboard Box Regatta.  If you like scotch,

AANR-NW Convention

Posted by karenlahey on  July 11, 2019
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Help Kaniksu celebrate its 80th birthday at the AANR-NW Convention from July 18th – 21st.  There should be plenty of campsites for tents and smaller RVs.  Check with the office if you need a room or larger RV site.  Enjoy the traditional pool, the volleyball pool, sauna and hot tub, bocce, pickle-ball and volleyball courts.  Starting from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch, meals will be available.  There will be  bocce ball, horse shoes, shuffle board, cribbage, and pickle ball
On June 2, 2019, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) collaborated with the photographer Spencer Tunick to create a nude art installation in New York City to challenge the censorship of artistic nudity on Facebook and Instagram.   125 men and women stripped down and held giant photos of male nipples over their bodies to cover themselves.  The women also put male nipple stickers over their own nipples, since Facebook bans the display of womens’ nipples.

11th Skin to the Wind Festival of Fun

Posted by karenlahey on  June 28, 2019
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The 11th Annual Skin to the Wind Festival of Fun begins on July 10 at Sun Meadow Resort with a DJ Dance.  The fun continues with a Wine and Paint party, a WINR (Women in Nude Recreation) Gathering, sports and workshops.  Of course, there will be volleyball, disc golf, the pools, bocce ball and games with good food and good friends. On July 11th, there will be a concert with Amber Sweeney, who is described

Naked Food Fest

Posted by karenlahey on  June 7, 2019
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Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park is holding a Naked Food Fest on June 29th from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.  There will be food demonstrations by AANR-NW, TNS and Tiger Mountain members. Come enjoy food tasting, lunch, dinner and music.  $25 suggested donation.  Just want to eat?  Lunch $10 suggested donation.  Dinner $15 suggested donation.  Tunes by Angie Lynn after dinner from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Portland WNBR

Posted by karenlahey on  June 7, 2019
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The 15th World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR)  in Portland, OR is being held Saturday, June 29.  It is expected to draw thousands of nude and nearly nude cyclists.  The event’s motto is “As bare as you dare.”  The official ride meets at 8PM at Laurelhurst Park, with the six mile ride starting at 9PM.  The official route is not disclosed.  You are discouraged from driving to the event.  There is a great FAQ at  https://pdxwnbr.org/faq/. AANR-NW

Trustee Report – July 2019 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  May 20, 2019
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As your AANR Trustee from this region, I want to let you know that your board has continued to stay active in between meetings.  We are acting on matters using electronic discussion and voting.  With the current challenges around the need for growth and the deficit budget, we realize that we have much work to accomplish and that it cannot happen during two short meetings per year. I chair the Membership Marketing Committee.  We have

Second Annual AANR-NW Photography Contest

Posted by karenlahey on  May 20, 2019
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There’s still time to submit your photos for this year’s AANR-Northwest Photography Contest. Enter your stunning photos and win cash prizes and accolades.  The deadline for online entries is July 15, 2019.  Or you may bring an electronic version of your photo and a 8.5 x 11 print to the AANR-NW Convention at Kaniksu Family Ranch.  Judging, by attendees, will occur during the convention from July 18-20, culminating with awards on the evening of July

Summer of Fun in the Northwest

Posted by karenlahey on  May 19, 2019
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July and August are busy months when you like to be nude in the Northwest. International Skinny Dip Day is July 13.  Find some water, find a friend, lose the suit and jump right in. In the Spokane area, there is a “Skin to the Wind” Festival, a Fun Run and two conventions. “Skin to the Wind”, July 10-14 at Sun Meadow, will feature sports, games, a Women in Nude Recreation (WINR) meeting and an

Across the Board – May 2019

Posted by karenlahey on  May 1, 2019
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I love nude travel.  People ask why nude vacationing appeals to me.  I like the way it feels to be nude – the feel of the wind on my skin and the peace of water as it skims off of my body.  I like the simplicity of packing and laundry.  In fact, I’m generally not even sure what to pack.  I like meeting other nudists, because they tend to be candid, open and welcoming.  On
This St. Lucie County haven for naturists has openly thrived since 2014. Sheriff deputies tolerantly patrol and Treasure Coast Naturists (TCN) board members regularly consult with County Commissioners and staff. So what is really happening and why is the nude beach imperiled? The following will summarize conditions that are compelling a political fight in Florida’s State capital. Your help in the form of legal defense donations is needed to fund this battle. The first unnoticed

Club Orient Update

Posted by karenlahey on  April 26, 2019
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We are visiting St. Martin this week and are dismayed to see the devastation at Club Orient.  Club Orient was a beautiful clothing optional resort situated on Orient Bay in St. Martin that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.  Some of the units are just gone.  Many of the remaining ones are hulks, just the concrete outside structures.  It is beyond sad. While visiting, it is still possible to rent beach chairs and umbrellas
Come to the AANR-NW Spring Board Meeting and stay for Destination Asia.  AANR-NW Board Meetings are open meetings.  The next meetings start on April 6th at 10:00am at Mountaindale Sun Resort .  At the meetings on Saturday, you will get to hear what the various committees are working on and you will get to voice your opinions.   And you will get to meet many interesting people.  After the meetings on Saturday, you will get to go on a

Trustee Report – April 2019 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  March 15, 2019
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At the AANR Mid-Winter Board in Lutz, Florida, we trustees concentrated on the problem of a deficit budget and fewer members.  While we in the Northwest had minimal growth last year (about 5%), overall AANR saw a loss in membership.  This continues a serious trend.  We know that Nudism needs AANR.  Again and again, our opportunity to be nude is threatened and our communal efforts to work against those threats make all of the difference. 

Protester Jailed for Exposing Breast in Virginia

Posted by karenlahey on  February 21, 2019
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Michelle Sutherland, dressed in costume as Virtus (Virtue), a figure on the Virginia state seal, was arrested while advocating for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and initially held without bail in Virginia.  After three days, her lawyer was able to secure her release from jail.  Her arrest and confinement was for a single count of misdemeanor indecent exposure.  It still stands.  The Washington Post story is at https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2019/02/21/protester-bared-her-chest-womens-rights-virginia-now-shes-being-held-without-bail

Help Save Common Ground

Posted by karenlahey on  February 21, 2019
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Local media reported this month that The Everett Community Healing Center (aka Common Ground) is in danger of losing its right to do business in SE Portland. Everett House is a shining example of a Northwest business that is reinforcing the historical connection between nudity and health. Since 1982, the facility has featured clothing-optional hot tubs, saunas, a steam room, flotation tanks and licensed massage therapists. The article is here: www.wweek.com/news/city/2019/01/23/a-beloved-urban-hot-tub-oasis-is-imperiled-because-its-parking-is-being-turned-into-apartments/ The Everett House shares

Nudist Restaurant in Paris Closes

Posted by karenlahey on  February 7, 2019
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Fifteen months ago, O’naturel opened its doors to nudists, giving them the opportunity to dine in the all together.  Two non-nudist brothers, Mike and Stéphane Saada, hoped to cash in on the growing popularity of nudism in France.  Unfortunately, they have lacked enough business to continue and the restaurant will close on February 16.  See the article in the Washingon Post,  “Paris nudist restaurant closes because not enough people want to hang out”.
Some 35 years ago we naturists had many of our Florida naturist beaches taken away from us when beaches such as Honeymoon Island and McArthur Beach became Florida State Parks and the Park System imposed an anti-nudity park code. There is overwhelming popular demand by locals and tourist visitors alike to re-establish naturist use at these Florida State Park beaches as officially-designated, European-style, family-oriented, clothing-optional sections of beach, but elected officials haven’t heard from YOU!
The 13th annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century will be on display from January 14 through March 24, 2019 at Clatsop Community College’s Royal Nebeker Art Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. If the rules from

NudeProv Returns in 2019

Posted by karenlahey on  January 11, 2019
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Good News, Everyone! Starting in January Nudeprov will be on the last Sunday of every month for the entirety of 2019! The NudeProv group said, “Since our last ‘Nudes Only’ show went so well, we’d like to continue to foster a safe, welcoming, body-positive atmosphere, and sense of community by making all our shows exclusively for nude audiences for the foreseeable future. All are still welcome at Nudeprov (just as long as you’re all naked)!”
Once again, a social media platform, Tumblr, has conflated nudity with lewdness and banned nudity  As part of the naturist community, it is important that we are aware of the dangerous message that this proclaims to all. We should not take it in stride that of course it is OK to ban nudity.   We need to make sure our message is heard — our message  is that Nude is NOT Lewd. Tumblr is a social media

Trustee Report – February 2019 Bulletin

Posted by karenlahey on  December 12, 2018
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AANR’s Challenge As you receive this bulletin, I am preparing to go to the Mid-Winter Board Meeting.  We will be discussing one of the greatest issues currently facing AANR.  That issue is declining membership.  We have been talking about this problem for quite a few years.  While we have tried various things, we have yet solved this problem.  For example, we are in the process of revamping our membership process in order to streamline it.

AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  September 21, 2018
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The 2018 AANR-NW Fall Board is convening at Sun Meadow Resort on September 28th-30th. The AANR-NW board consists of a director that is either appointed or elected from each of the clubs in the region as well as a director that represents those AANR members that do not belong to a club. However, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in the board meetings. The wide representation within the board means that every club is

Trustee Report – November 2018 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  September 18, 2018
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Member Trustee Report Thank you to everyone for your confidence in electing me to be AANR Member Trustee from the North West.  You have my pledge to be available to you for your questions, needs and concerns.  My email is karen.lahey@aanr.com.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I was appointed chair of the AANR Membership Marketing Committee, which is responsible for membership recruitment and retention, marketing plans for growth in membership and the subcommittees WINR

Trustee Report – Fall 2018 Board

Posted by karenlahey on  September 18, 2018
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Thank you to everyone for your confidence in electing me to be AANR-NW Member Trustee.  You have my pledge to be available to you for your questions, needs and concerns.  My email is karen.lahey@aanr.com.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out. As chair of the Membership Marketing Committee, we are moving ahead in finding a replacement to the membership and accounting software for the AANR office.  The current software is very old.  Its replacement will make

Success – Case Dismissed!!

Posted by karenlahey on  September 14, 2018
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The citation against John Brower, past president of the SLUGS, for being nude at this year’s World Naked Bike Ride in Houston was dismissed at Houston Municipal Court on Thursday morning.  John’s lawyer had filed a motion to quash, from which the judge ruled to dismiss.  AANR-NW had voted to support John financially, making sure that John knew that they had his back. Earlier this year … John Brower, a past president of the SLUGS

AANR-NW Award Winning Volunteers

Posted by karenlahey on  September 7, 2018
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Three honor awards were given at the AANR-NW convention at Squaw Mountain Ranch in July. The first two awards were member of the year.  This award is given to an AANR-NW member for their contribution in promoting and/or furthering nudism at the regional level during the previous calendar year. 2018 AANR-NW Members of the Year are: Terri Capshaw from Sun Meadow Terri has been a  member of both AANR and AANR-NW for over 33 years.

2018 AANR-NW Photography Winners

Posted by karenlahey on  August 24, 2018
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The winners of the 2018 AANR-NW Photography Contest were selected at the AANR-NW Convention at Squaw Mt Ranch on July 22, 2018.  There were entries in all categories and active participation in the voting.  Interest was great enough that it is likely that this was the first annual contest and there will be another contest next year.  Stay tuned, the decision will be made at the upcoming AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting. And now for the

NudeProv in the Buff

Posted by karenlahey on  July 27, 2018
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The performers at NudeProv have announced a nude only performance of Nude Prov for August 19th at 8:30pm at the Pocket Theater in Seattle.  This will likely be the the last of their performances this year.  For this performance, all of the audience will be in the buff, as well as the performers. Nudeprov celebrates body positivity and the unknowns of improv comedy. Watch the performers out on stage with nothing but themselves– no clothes,

Hiking Oregon Naturally Annual Tour 2018

Posted by karenlahey on  July 27, 2018
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The Hiking Oregon Naturally Annual Tour 2018 (HONAT) started July 23 at Mountaindale Sun Resort and goes until July 29.  This annual tour of hikers from the Sisiyou Hiking Bares was highlighted in the Rogue Valley Messenger  http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/bare-season-is-here-local-meetup-group-sheds-their-threads/.  This article is a great read about nude hiking and nude recreation.  The hike is already underway.  Contact the group of over 250 members at https://www.meetup.com/Siskiyou-Hiking-Bares/?_cookie-check=Q29dTjzQNFoLslOH for more information about next year.

AANR-NW Convention and General Assembly

Posted by karenlahey on  July 19, 2018
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Starting on July 19th, Squaw Mt Ranch is hosting the AANR-NW Convention with a celebration of their 85th Birthday – http://www.squawmt.com/aanr-2018-convention.  The party continues until  Sunday, July 22. Grounds fees are $10 per day per person. Camp sites cost $10 per night and RV spaces with electricity and water are $13 per night.   The snack bar will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner starting on Thursday evening. Come join in for a fabulous weekend of
John Brower, a past president of the SLUGS (Sun Lovers Under Gray Skies), was ticketed for “disorderly conduct – exposure” at the WNBR  (World Naked Bike Ride) in Houston, and the charge was later increased to indecent exposure, even though the DA apparently stated that the activity didn’t rise to the level of indecent exposure.  John was the president of the SLUGS in the early 2000s, and moved to Houston about ten years ago to

Changes on AANR Board

Posted by karenlahey on  July 5, 2018
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Susan Weaver has resigned from the AANR board. This means that Peg Lane will also be on the incoming AANR board as Club Trustee for Tier 6-7. Thus the incoming AANR Officers and Board will be: President – Kathy Watzel Vice President – Patty Faber Secretary/Treasurer – Kathy Smith Trustees will be:Ronna Krozy – Club Trustee Tier 1-2, Lewis Dreblow – Club Trustee Tier 1-2, Robert Roche – Club Trustee Tier 3, Joan Harris –

Turner Stokes 1927-2018

Posted by karenlahey on  June 29, 2018
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The nudist community lost one of its great friends and mentors in Turner Van Cortlandt Stokes last weekend.  Turner passed away on Saturday at age 90 from prostate cancer. Turner Stokes was the president of the ASA (the forerunner of AANR) from 1986 to 1988.  Turner was an activist who in the early 1980s formed the National Capital Naturists with Lee Baxandall to create and nurture a nude beach on Assateague Island.  When local officials

AANR Election Results

Posted by karenlahey on  June 29, 2018
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The results of the AANR election were announced early this afternoon.  Turnout was high.  Eric Schuttauf, current interim AANR Executive Director, said “An incredible eighteen percent (18%) of the eligible electorate cast ballots during the election. This is much stronger than the participation for electing such boards as those who govern employee pension funds, and even government primaries. Whatever the outcome, these are numbers that show you care about the future of your association.” Our

AANR-Florida Success

Posted by karenlahey on  June 15, 2018
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AANR-Florida Government Affairs and AANR-Florida representatives have accomplished a huge milestone for their state and AANR regions. To enjoy the full impact of their accomplishment and success go to the Florida tourist website at  https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/florida-beaches/nude.html The following was cut and pasted from the visitflorida.com website. “Like naturists themselves, the resorts catering to nudists come in all shapes and sizes, and appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Florida’s 34 resorts range from rustic allure to luxury, family-centric to LGBT.” At the very

Nudity Legal in Five Countries

Posted by karenlahey on  June 8, 2018
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According to http://www.inspiredtraveller.in/places-in-the-world-where-public-nudity-is-legal/ , there are five countries in the world where you really have the right to be nude and they are all in Europe.  Spain is the most liberal country.  Nudity is allowed in certain places in Germany.  Within Munich, six official ‘Urban Naked Zones” are found in parks just a few minutes from the city center.  As long as you are not acting weird, it is legal to be nude in the Netherlands.  In

2018 AANR Elections – Remember to Vote

Posted by karenlahey on  May 19, 2018
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At the beginning of May, AANR members who were current on March 15, 2018, should have received an email with their voter’s registration code.  It will have been sent from  elections@vote-now.com.  The subject was AANR Ballot.  This email contains detailed instructions on how to cast your vote. If you did not receive this email, call the AANR office at 1-800-TRY-NUDE to get help.  They will help you get your registration code.  The AANR Office is

AANR-NW Non-discrimination Policy

Posted by karenlahey on  May 10, 2018
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On April 15, 2018 the AANR-NW Board unanimously voted to reaffirm and describe the AANR Non-Discrimination policy as stated here.  This was done to give a positive way to answer the questions posed by potential visitors about whether they would be welcomed at nudist clubs.  For example, questions we have heard are whether they are too big or too old or they’re a single man.  Being able to point to the website is an easy

I ask for your vote

Posted by karenlahey on  April 27, 2018
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I have been a member of AANR since 1998 and joined AANR-NW when I moved to the Northwest in 2004.  Since then, I have served in the region as a member of the Board of Directors, as Vice President and as President.  As Digital Communications Chair, I created the program to provide free web services that are available for all of our clubs.  I have been the editor and publisher of the Nude News for

AANR Election Season

Posted by karenlahey on  March 26, 2018
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In the May AANR bulletin, you will get information about how to cast your AANR ballot.  To be eligible to vote, you must have been an AANR member on March 15th of this year. There are three contested contests.  They are President of AANR, Member Trustee of our Region and Club Trustee for Club Tier 6-7.  There are also two ballot proposals to consider. Two years ago, the Northwest had the largest turnout of all

Need an Idea for a Nude Year’s Resolution?

Posted by karenlahey on  January 2, 2018
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Here’s a suggestion for a Nude Year’s Resolution that can increase acceptance of nudism. Let some of the textiles that you live and work with know you are a nudist. By doing this, nudists are no longer ‘others’. It puts a non threatening face on nudism. Each of us has our own individual comfort level about who knows we participate in social nudism. I propose that each of us takes a small step out of

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