In 1981, FKK held its first Eastern Naturist Gathering at Pine Tree Association in Maryland, one of the East Coast’s oldest and best-established nudist clubs. Every year since then, FKK has had at least one Party on both the East and the West shores. In the 1990s, the calendar was expanded to contain Parties in virtually every region of the U.S., from Florida to Washington to Texas to Michigan to Massachusetts. In addition to the four or five official gatherings arranged directly by the FKK staff, regional naturist groups have taken on the organization of similarly formatted naturist Festivals. For example, Morley Schloss of Sunsport Gardens plans an annual Northeast Naturist Festival, and Mark Storey of the SLUGS in Seattle has run Northwest Naturist Festivals at Lake Associates Recreation Club in Washington and Sun Meadow in Idaho. The parties and festivals bring together naturists from around the nation for educational seminars, legislative updates, sports and games, and the opportunity to meet, support and learn from one another. Some occasions have as few as 100 attendees; others have brought almost 800. Each is successful due to the volunteer efforts of FKK members. It really is the membership who decides what type of occasions to have, and it’s also the members who host the majority of the seminars, workshops, displays, performances and demonstrations. It’s at the gatherings and festivals that the grassroots volunteer nature of FKK members is most clearly established. It is to FKK’ fulfillment the other naturist and naturist organizations have recently imitated the style and format of these events.

A Awesome Era For FKK Publications: Clothed With The Sun

After and others at the 1980 San Francisco conference created The Naturist Society, Baxandall and Jan Smith decided that it was time to transfer the Sun tabloid to the next level of production. Using the Green Mountain Quarterly’s format as a guide, Baxandall and Smith spent that latter part of 1980 and the beginning of 1981 producing the first issue of Clothed With The Sun. In the premier issue of CWS Baxandall described the quarterly magazine’s purpose. He chose the journal’s name from the utopian Dwelling Colony of Tacoma, Washington. House existed as an alternative living arrangement (local opponents labeled them “anarchists”) from 1896 to 1914. They advocated liberal views on union and the benefits of mixed-sex bathing and . Their journal was called Clothed With The Sun, and appeared to Baxandall to speak to the issues of body acceptance and social nudity important to naturists. Of added interest to Baxandall was the subtle reminder inherent to the title that grassroots, communal, and publicly articulated nudism was alive and well in America long before the German influence in the 1920s and 1930s which caused the corporate nudism of the American Sunbathing Association. Some readers of the Sun tabloids had complained about the low newspaper quality of that publication’s contents, so Baxandall picked a more springy and archival quality for CWS. Additionally, FKK needed to present the growing trend of clothing-optional beach use to recreation managers and law enforcement officials as being led by folks who were organized, well informed, and able to articulate a coherent mission. A professional journal, it was believed, would aid this effort.