In 1981, FKK held its first Eastern Naturist Gathering at Pine Tree Association in Maryland, among the East Coast’s earliest and best-established fkk 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 comprise Parties in almost every area of the U.S., from Florida to Washington to Texas to Michigan to Massachusetts. Along with the four or five official assemblies organized 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 country for educational seminars, legislative updates, sports and games, and the chance to meet, support and learn from one another. Some events have as few as 100 attendees; others have attracted almost 800. Each is successful because of the volunteer efforts of FKK members. It’s the membership who determines what kind of events to have, and it is the members who host nearly all 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’s to FKK’ fulfillment the other naturist and fkk organizations have lately copied the style and format of these events.

A Fresh Era For FKK Publications: Clothed With The Sun

After Baxandall and others at the 1980 San Francisco conference created The Naturist Society, Baxandall and Jan Smith determined 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 spent that latter part of 1980 and the start of 1981 making the first issue of Clothed With The Sun. In the premier issue of CWS Baxandall described the quarterly magazine’s goal. He chose the journal’s name from the utopian Dwelling Colony of Tacoma, Washington. existed as an alternative living arrangement (local opponents labeled them “anarchists”) from 1896 to 1914. They urged liberal viewpoints on marriage and the benefits of mixed-sex bathing and skinny dipping. Their journal was called Clothed With The Sun, and appeared to Baxandall to speak to the problems of body acceptance and societal nudity significant to naturists. Of additional interest to Baxandall was the subtle reminder constitutional to the title that grassroots, communal, and freely articulated naturism was alive and well in America long before the German influence in the 1920s and 1930s which resulted in the corporate nudism of the American Sunbathing Association. Some readers of the Sun tabloids had complained about the low paper quality of that publication’s materials, so Baxandall chose a more bouncy and archival quality for CWS. Also, FKK wanted to present the growing trend of clothing-optional beach use to recreation supervisors and law enforcement officials as being directed by folks who were arranged, well informed, and able to articulate a coherent assignment. A professional journal, it was thought, would aid this effort.