Dare to bare all Saturday for world-record skinny dip attempt

July 7, 2010

UPDATED — 9:25 a.m. July 8, 2010

Fraternity Snoqualmie, the nudist campground nestled in the Tiger Mountain forest, plans to celebrate the 35th Annual Nude Recreation Week — naturally — with a world-record attempt skinny dip.

Saturday marks the second year the campground has participated in a global attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest skinny dip.

Dare to bare all for the American Association for Nude Recreation-sponsored event at the park’s pools. Participants can sign up starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event starts at noon.

In order to adhere to the rules for the world record, all participants must be completely nude — no swim trunks allowed — during the skinny dip.

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2010 Census: Time to stand up and be counted

February 23, 2010

Once every 10 years, it comes out of hiding, and it feeds. It feeds on your personal information, and it’s hungry for its decennial supper. No, it’s not a horrible monster; it’s the 2010 census.

Here’s the good news: The Census Bureau has taken steps to ensure the process is as quick and painless as possible for residents.

The census is a short questionnaire mailed to every household across the country every 10 years. Only one census must be filled out per household, and the census will ask about the number of people living in a given household. Specifically, it will ask the ages, genders and races of the people living in the household, and their relations to the homeowner. It will also ask for a phone number.

All residents need to do is fill out the census and return it in the postage-paid envelope the Census Bureau provides. It’s as simple as that.

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Nudestock is now a family-friendly affair

August 25, 2009

Once couples only, clothing-optional event now a regular day in the park

Dawnzella Gearhart sings lead vocals for the members’ rock band Spicey C’eetoe during the 2008 Nudestock festival at Fraternity Snoqualmie. By Greg Farrar

Dawnzella Gearhart sings lead vocals for the members’ rock band Spicey C’eetoe during the 2008 Nudestock festival at Fraternity Snoqualmie. By Greg Farrar

Over the years of Tim Long’s friendship with Michael and Dawnzella Gearhart, they’d told him about this little event they put on.

So, three years ago, Long made the short trek from Tukwila to Issaquah after the Gearharts finally talked him into attending.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Long admitted. “But after a few minutes, I felt quite comfortable.”

After all, Long learned quickly, as the saying goes, if you don’t do as the natives do at Nudestock, “you stand out like a sore thumb if you don’t.”

Long plans to attend again this year Aug. 29, even though he hasn’t yet become a member.

Dawnzella said the event is open to everyone, whether they’re members or not. Like any other time, visitors to Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park get a free one-day pass to the event. Read more

Off The Press

July 14, 2009

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Question: What do you wear when you go to officially count naked people who are trying to set a world record?

Answer: It really doesn’t matter what you wear when everyone else is naked.

That’s one thing I discovered last weekend when organizer Dawnzella Gearhart invited me to Fraternity Snoqualmie to be an official witness to the group trying to set a Guinness Book of Records record for the number of people skinny-dipping. (There were 186 there and many of them were thrilled to bare all for the certificate they got at the end of the dip.) Read more

Bare your all for world record attempt Saturday

July 10, 2009

 NEW — 3:45 p.m. July 10, 2009


Slip off your clothes Saturday afternoon, and you could slip into the Guinness World Records.
People will wade into pools at Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park as they attempt to set the record for the largest skinny dip across North America. Participants will shed their clothes at noon Saturday.
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