August 26, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2010
Take it off Saturday at Nudestock, the annual music fest at Fraternity Snoqualmie, the nudist campground nestled in the Tiger Mountain forest.
Nudestock runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The lineup includes the bluesy Mary McPage Band, the eclectic Kim Archer Band, Fraternity Snoqualmie member band Spicey C’eetoe — yes, the members perform nude — and Wired! — a Snohomish County outfit specializing in rockabilly and classic rock.
Find a complete list of Nudestock activities at the campground’s website. Call 392-NUDE (6833) for more information.
First-time visitors to Fraternity Snoqualmie receive a free one-day membership; return visitors pay regular day fees of $15 per person. Children can attend if accompanied by their parents, at no additional fee. The campground requires photo identification for admittance.
July 20, 2010
On July 10, 187 naked men and women of all ages submerged side-by-side together in a pool, beneath the hot summer sun at the Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park.
Each was participating in the park’s second annual skinny-dipping competition, held at the 40-acre property located just three miles outside of Issaquah and owned by Fraternity Snoqualmie since 1945.
The event was a part of a national skinny-dipping competition, sponsored by the American Association for Nude Recreation, which takes place annually. Participants at Fraternity Snoqualmie dipped simultaneously alongside nude clubs all over North America. Last year, 13,648 people in roughly 270 nudist clubs across the country participated in an effort to break the Guinness Book of World Records Skinny Dip.
As the public relations representative for Fraternity Snoqualmie, Dawnzella Gearhart, explained, certain rules had to be followed for the event to be considered an official world record attempt.
“Someone within good standing of the community had to be present,” she said. “It authenticates the whole attempt.”
And every participant signed a release form, and had to be completely naked and submerged by the established time of noon.
Fraternity Snoqualmie beat its record of 186 from last year by one person.
July 13, 2010
NEW — 2:30 p.m. July 13, 2010
On Saturday, 187 naked men and women of all ages submerged side-by-side together in a pool, beneath the hot summer sun at the Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park.
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.
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.
August 25, 2009
Once couples only, clothing-optional event now a regular day in the park
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
July 14, 2009
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
July 10, 2009
NEW — 3:45 p.m. July 10, 2009