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o Davis Park, Fire Island, Trip Report. 1998. Details on the beach itself, the people, the swimming and how to get there... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o Empire Haven Nudist Resort and Campground Report. September 2000. Near Moravia. This resort/campground was winding down for the season when I visited. They have a well maintained clubhouse with snackbar which is adjacent to the all-inclusive deck area with pool, hot tub, spa and sauna. The requisite volleyball, tennis and petanque courts, shuffleboard deck and horseshoes pit are also nearby. There is plenty of lawn area should one not want to sun near the pool, a pavilion, and lots of room to roam. Few other guests were present this particular day, but those to whom I spoke were friendly and indicated that the weekends are quite busy. The day rate of $18 was reasonable. Thanks Irish for the report!
o Empire Haven Nudist Resort Report. 1999. The directions given in the book are right on. We had no trouble finding the club. We were greeted by our host who was helpful with showing us the grounds and invited us into their weekend activities. The atomosphere was delightful. The locals were very friendly and helped out. The camping areas are good size with plenty of room to move even the biggest of rigs about... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.) Thanks DCupstateny for the report!
o Full Tan Sun Club Report. June 2003. Earlier this month I had a day off from a business trip in upstate New York so I spent the night and most of the following day at Full Tan Sun Club in Sprakers, less than an hour's drive west of Albany. The place is on the rustic side, but has a nice clubhouse. The facilities are extraordinarily clean, although a little primitive for my tastes. They keep the pool covered while no one is using it. Carol Bingham, who co-owns the place with her husband, Buck, is one of the nicest people you'll ever want to meet. They and some other family members do just about all the work there, from cooking (very good) to maintenance, and the pride they take in their work and business is obvious. Overnight accomodations are in few old, but well-kept trailers. Bedding and a few bottles of water are supplied. Carol told me that most wireless phones work only outside of buildings, but my AT&T phone worked everywhere I went on the premises. The clubhouse has a giant screen TV with an antenna that picks up many stations considering the camp'location. There are board games, some of which are home-made games that appear to have been invented by Carol's family. Overall, I had a very pleasant stay and would recommend Full Tan to anyone looking for completely non-sexual nude recreation in a very friendly atmosphere. Thanks Joel for the report!
o Full Tan Sun Club in Sprakers, New York, Report. On Friday, June 22, 2001, I went to the Full Tan Sun Club, in Sprakers, New York, to check it out for my clubís upcoming Independence Day Picnic on July 7. Now I heard some of the bad reviews about the place before, how the owner didnít allow singles in, and how only married couples weíre allowed in. But now, Full Tan Sun Club is under new management, and they are now allowing singles in. I drove into the place and met Carol, one of the managers there, she gave me the grand tour and told me about the ownership change and how they had a lot of fixing up to do. The place has a clubhouse with snack bar, swimming pool, pond, showers, outhouses, tenting and RV sites. Most of the camp is open, with a few wooded trails around the property. Carol introduced me to a few of the members and residents of the club, everyone was very friendly and was glad to meet me. I definitely will enjoy coming back to Full Tan from time to time, as it is the closest resort to me, I will also recommend this place to my club to have the picnic and other events. Also to note, Full Tan is nude, not clothing optional, with exceptions to weather and first timers. Thanks NudeCJ, also known as Chris, for the report!
o Juniper Woods Report, First-Timer's Thoughts. July 2001. A week ago last Saturday (26 July 2001) I visited Juniper Woods in Catskill, New York, and I thought I'd share my impressions. As this was also my first trip to a nudist facility, I'll say a few words about that too. It may be helpful to know that I was raised in a household that wasn't particularly clothes-compulsive, at least up until my early teens (my parents are sort of aging hippies, and I'm an only child, FWIW). Somewhere along the line in my teens, though, my parents started sending me mixed messages about casual nudity, and, whether that had anything to do with it or not, I became quite shy about even taking my shirt off in front of others. However, I've always believed intellectually that nudity was a Good Thing (I argued strongly and successfully against prohibiting it in an intentional community I was involved with), and I've been wanting to visit a nudist venue at least since I was 18 or 20, when I blundered into rec.nude... (click preceding link to read the rest of the report.)
o New York City - Nudity in Theaters. October 2002. The arts in New York City are witnessing an explosion of tasteful and appropriate full frontal nudity on stage: opera, theater and dance. A few examples that I have seen this year: in Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the opening is sung by a counter-tenor portraying human frailty; he was entirely nude, and sang for easily ten minutes. In the previous production that I saw of this opera (at Glimmerglass, upstate New York, by a different company) Human Frailty wore a G string. In Hegge's Dead Man Walking at the City Opera (the story of Sister Helen Prejean and the condemned man, played in the movie by Susan Sarandon) the opera begins with the rape-murder scene. The teenagers come onto the stage nude, and are ultimated raped and murdered. They return, again nude, when the murderer confesses to the nun. In Frankie and Johnnie at the Claire de Lune, Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano on HBO) and Stanley Tucci spend the first ten minutes or so entirely nude, and take their clothes off again briefly in the second act. The play begins with their simulated sex, but afterwards they have a conversation without rushing to put their clothes back on. In Metamorphosis several of the vignettes have nudity (Psyche and Eros, for example). In the Ballet Prejlocaj's version of the Rite of Spring the Chosen One dances nude for the last ten minutes. The point of all of this is that the nudity is accepted as natural, not distracting, nothing to smirk at, by the New York audiences. This is perhaps not surprising when you consider that you can see the city from Sandy Hook, the best nude beach north of Haulover. But it may also suggest that we are looking at a cultural change of body acceptance. Thanks Mickey for the report. If you wish to contact Mickey, click HERE. Make sure you mention the report you are referring to in the body of the email and that you want the email forwarded to Mickey.
o Southwichs Beach, nudity banned, 2000. SIGNS ON THE BEACH: "SOUTHWICHS BEACH, upstate New York, as of summer 2000, nudity is banned, if you see anyone turn them in." This beach has been a clothing free beach since I was a teen and I'm sure before that. I've been going there since 1997, but also when I was a teen. Now as of summer 2000, they have posted signs, NO NUDITY. I plan to do a nude protest, at the sign and send it to the November 2001 issue of the BULLETIN, from AANR. This beach is listed in the "NORTH AMERICAN GUIDE TO NUDE RECREATION" and now is restricted.
o Yoga. (Coed nude Yoga in New York City). December 2005. Every Monday night at 7:00 PM the wonderful Wendy Tremaine leads a coed nude yoga class in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan. Wendy is an artist and yoga instructor. About 10 to 20 people show up, mostly male but some women. The class lasts about an hour and half. It is nude, not clothing optional, and the yoga exercises range from gentle to slightly challenging. The members meet outside a small locked office building around 6:50 pm, go up the creaky elevator to a dance studio with a comfortable soft floor. Wendy is a very gentle teacher, and no one who cannot do a particular pose feels inadequate or out of it. She provides yoga blocks to help people who canít reach certain stretches. Wendy teaches two classes a week here, one textile, the other naked. The participants in the naked yoga class are expected to have their own mats, which they can store in the studio. If you donít have a mat Wendy can get one for you for $20.00. The class costs $15.00 per person. To try it look at http://gaiatreehouse.com/yoga.htm and sign up for the naked yoga newsletter. Wendy wrote an article about the class in N last summer.A transcript of her N article is http://gaiatreehouse.com/naturalyogaarticle.htm. Thanks Mickey for the report. If you wish to contact Mickey, click HERE. Make sure you mention the report you are referring to in the body of the email and that you want the email forwarded to Mickey.

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