Naked End of Summer Bash: Loxahatchee's Little Woodstock

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Naked End of Summer Bash
With Funky Nuggets, the Soulbirds, the Leylines, Grassy Waters, Jungle Funk, and Mike Mineo.
Sunsport Gardens, Loxahatchee Groves
Friday, August 12, to Sunday, August 14, 2011


​If you thought that the love, freedom, and camaraderie of the 1960s breathed its last during the Reagan era, you would have been pleasantly surprised by Florida Young Naturists' Naked End of Summer Bash

The fest, held at the Sunsport Gardens family naturist resort, in Loxahatchee Groves, was also a refreshing reminder that there are still young people out there who seem to believe in something -- even if that something is as unexpected as public nudity

That the Gardens are nestled in a boggy, verdant, isolated corner of Palm Beach County lent a pleasant air of otherworldliness to the three-day event, played by Funky Nuggets, Mike Mineo, Grassy Waters, the Soulbirds, Jungle Funk, and the Leylines.

The under-30 campers, of every body type and ethnicity imaginable, wandered the grounds at various levels of nakedness throughout the weekend -- some were completely au naturel, while others sported tie-dyed sarongs. Mosquito and ant bites, inevitable realities of outdoor recreation, were laughed off with good humor and treated by a dip in the Gardens' inviting hot tub.

Nobody -- except for the people who came from the outside, to set up the inflatable water slide -- seemed particularly uncomfortable being publicly naked.

All were quite happy to be pocketless for a few days, in fact, weighed down only by the towels naturists carry to sit on.

Without any place to carry smartphones and wallets, they said they felt free of internet social drama and material constraints.

At the bash, they said, they could actually connect with other people.

"Out there in the world, it's always, like, what do I have to do next?" said Arlette Opazo, who has been to several Florida Young Naturists' previous events. "Time stops existing here. You can walk around and stop to talk to someone."

Tuesday Issa, one of the some 150 attendees, said she likes being naked and in the outdoors but had never been at a naturist event before. Issa, who gladly offered to share her spring mix salad with any passerby, said she likes the camaraderie.

"I just really like festivals. I really like camping, and I really like being naked, so, you know, it works."

Friday night's Grassy Waters set kicked off the mellow, bluesy vibe of the weekend's performers. The funky, folksy, and soulful music lured attendees off of picnic tables and onto the sand volleyball court. There, some twisted Hula-Hoops around their wrists and into the air, while others squaredanced. Nearby, at a picnic table, friends and strangers painted suns and moons and peace signs on one another with acrylic paint. Every so often, a distant, moist kerplunk suggested that somebody had just done a cannonball into the swimming pool. 

Some munched Papa John's pizza, while others slipped into Sunsport's poolside café for vegetarian spaghetti and meatballs. Others swigged Coronas and PBRs and Yeunglings, but nobody seemed to get drunk. Far into the night, the grounds were busy with the pitter-patters of bare and aqua-socked feet, as friends and strangers walked to and from tents, always stopping to greet and chat with whomever they met along the road.  

Overall, the fest had the air of a traditional summer get-together, the only difference being the lack of clothing. The vibe could probably best be described as what you'd expect at a backyard barbecue if that barbecue took place in MGMT's "Time to Pretend" music video. 

Mike Mineo and his bandmates, who played at the FYN spring break party, said that playing at a nude venue can be a little shocking but that the experience is positive overall. 

"The audience here is really receptive," said brother and bandmate Johnny Mineo, who, along with Mike, was shirtless. (Only band member Darin Scott stripped beyond his skivvies). At other venues, he said, they don't really sick around to listen. "After one song, they're done listening. They're doing their own thing."

The Soul Birds, a rock 'n' roll band from Orlando that performed naked, said that performing naked in front of an unclothed crowd can be easier than traditional venues. 

"You don't have stage fright," said Kenny Faj, the band's frontman. "That whole 'picture the audience naked' thing really comes to fruition."


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44 comments
Norma
Norma

I've been going to Sunsport Gardens for 20+ years.  Always have a nice time.  Good for FYN putting the energy into sharing the experience with young adults.  But it's a nice time for anybody of any age.

Peaceoff67
Peaceoff67

I had an amazing time that weekend! So life changing. That is really learning to except people for who they are. Everyone was very respectful and excepting. so beautiful!! The Funky Nuggets threw down a sick naked dance party on the last night!! So much fun!!

Naked
Naked

Just don't attend one of these events unless you want naked photos of yourself to show up all over the internet.. to never be taken down.. the guy who runs FYN is a complete a"""""" with no respect for people. only thing he cares about is making money for himself off of the nakedness of young adults when he himself is no longer young! You can find him below as Robbe Malcolm White

Wdhart7
Wdhart7

Sounds like a good time to me! After all, don't we all like to be naked? Even babies know how much fun it is, only they get to do it a lot more often. 

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Dana
Dana

If you are looking to try something new, the clothes free lifestyle could be your answer to meeting new friends who look just like everyone http://naturistmingle.com is the best choice for you! Nothing wrong with being naked as long as you enjoy it and can handle it. We are all born that way! 

Wilderness Jack
Wilderness Jack

Sounds like a great time. Very positive article. Thank you. Wish more people would try out the nudist lifestyle. Great times, great friends and the most comfortable and natural way to live. Sunsport Gardens is a beautiful spot. Was unable to attend the End of Summer Bash. Up in RI for 10 days. Maybe next year. Are people over 30 allowed to attend ? Will be at 5 K at Sunsport in a couple of weeks. Hopefully the get a good crowd.

Robbe Malcolm White III
Robbe Malcolm White III

great article victoria. thanks so much for being a part of the weekend and immersing yourself right in the middle of the fun!

check out http://www.FYNude.org to learn more about The Florida Young Naturists.

-Robbe White, FYN Founder

Dana Chen
Dana Chen

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Dana
Dana

If you are looking to try something new, the clothes free lifestyle could be your answer to meeting new friends who look just like everyone naturistmingle com is the best choice for you! Nothing wrong with being naked as long as you enjoy it and can handle it. We are all born that way! 

sarababe
sarababe

If you are looking to try something new, the clothes free lifestyle could be your answer to meeting new friends who look just like everyone naturistmingle com is the best choice for you! Nothing wrong with being naked as long as you enjoy it and can handle it. We are all born that way! 

Naked
Naked

You've obviously seen and bought the side of these people that they want you to see. They are NOT good people. Just wait till you find photos of yourself on a porn website, and Robbe never does anything to get them removed. 

Phillips Anna
Phillips Anna

it's pretty obvious the above comment comes from someone who has a personal problem with Robbe.  thank you to everyone who knows the truth and continues to support FYN!!!

Doctorsurferdude
Doctorsurferdude

Somebody obviously wasn't invited to this event. It was awesome.

Aholasurf
Aholasurf

WOW. What event did this dude attend? I paid 20 dolars for 3 days of camping. I dont know who made any oney off of that. And Robb Is the future of nudism. He is a verry respectful kind person. I dont see how he makes  anything but more friends and from his events. It is clear he does it for the future of nudism. Not money. I see Naked did not put his name down. My name Is chris Ahola and I am Proud Of people like robb and the events he puts on. Good for you Robb. Dont listen to that haters sour grapes.

Born Naked
Born Naked

 Yeah that's just silly, photos are prohibited without proper permission and Robbie is an amazing person who would never take advantage of anyone.. some photos he takes are available online but one only has access to the password protected files with a FYN membership. Ive attended almost every event and have yet to encounter a single negative experience, Its a beautiful thing. Also Sunsport Gardens is great, on of my favorite places in the world :)

Peachybuns
Peachybuns

Sounds like sour grapes to me...all the FYN events I've been to have been great. There is no requirement for pictures. And Robbe is a good guy, how can he make money when the thing is so cheap!?

Robbe Malcolm White III
Robbe Malcolm White III

The main thing the over 30 crowd misses out on is the free camping. The free campers have their own area that is wristband only for 18-30 year olds. The drum circle, live music, swimming pool and all common areas are open to all ages during FYN bashes. Another thing that is wristband-only is the Saturday workshops during our events (yoga, tarot, hula class. nature walk, figure drawing- to name some past workshops). Many of these workshops pack the places they are being held so we make them wristband only so that our FYN members and new guests can enjoy them. 

Aholasurf
Aholasurf

I ts pretty  obvious why this guy ( naked ) has a problem.  He is a tool.

Naked
Naked

This is a complete lie.. there has been no teaming up with anyone.. 

UPPER 30's maybe.. you have the creep known as Sam that calls himself a "Nudist Recruiter" and tries to get 18 year olds naked.. 38 and 18 is still a big age difference no matter how you spin it. 

I've got my own life.. i don't need you assholes in my life.. Never did.. Never will again.. 

I hope you all go to naked hell.. and get skin cancer by the time your 30.. 

Naked
Naked

If Robbe was true to what FYN stands for which is respect, peace, and love. There never would have been any issues and any and all issues could have and should have easily been resolved in private a long time ago.

Naked
Naked

You must be new.. there was a wave of people who participated who were the founding members of FYN who no longer participate due to Robbe's attitude and incompetence. 

You obviously have not seen his real side, you have only seen the side he wants you to see. Now you can't say you haven't been warned when you find yourself in trouble. 

Naked
Naked

Just wait till your job finds out there are naked photos of you on the internet, and he refuses to take them down when you nicely ask him.

And he does NOT obtain proper permission. VERBAL is NOT PROPER. Not when the photos are being used to generate income.

Naked
Naked

Just wait till you have an issue that you wish to discuss with him.. He will oust you from the community and slander your name to everyone you know mutually.

Crose0524
Crose0524

You said it peachy. Sounds like someone needs a hug. Robbe is a great guy that puts a lot of work into making great events. Keep up the good work FYN!

Wilderness Jack
Wilderness Jack

Thank you so much for you reply. We look forward to attending any future events when possible. Sincerely   Jack Clark

Naked
Naked

If you think I'm a tool.. you obviously have not yet seen the real Robbe.. He's just always been jealous that I stole away the attention from someone he wanted to have sex with at an event.. as  he is gay and just doesn't want to admit it. 

Naked
Naked

This is why watermarks were invented.. as that destroys any further commercial value the images have... and you were told over and over and over again to do that to the photos BEFORE they were spread across the internet.

Naked
Naked

Sam is a asshole just as you are.. He goes along with your crap since he's just as much of a creep as you are.. and when your doing the work then he doesn't have to do anything...

You both just want to see people run around naked that are 10 or more years younger than you are.. Male or Female

It should also be noted that a person who attended prior events is now in jail for child pornography.. 

Does that really sound like the type of people you want to be naked around?

Naked
Naked

There are many others that do not agree with the way in which the photo situation was handled and also don't wish to have photos posted all over the internet.. 

You know who I'm talking about and you completely ignored that persons request and treated them with complete dis respect as you did me.. 

Why do you think many of the core original people no longer participate?

Naked
Naked

I was not the one stirring up drama.. you were.. 

I made a simple request that still over a year later has NOT been honored.. and you call me the trouble maker.. 

you are the one that is the asshole.. 

Aholasurf
Aholasurf

Well. Im just glad you where not there. Everyone was happy and having fun. no one needs a wet blanket.

Robbe Malcolm White III
Robbe Malcolm White III

I think all the others should come forth and tell everyone what a horrible person I am!

Robbe Malcolm White III
Robbe Malcolm White III

you are the only one Matt, and it's because you're banned. if you weren't banned you'd be there trying to stir up more drama. save it for yo mama.

Robbe Malcolm White III
Robbe Malcolm White III

Matt Burns,

Wow, am I really having to defend myself again? It's getting old.

As you already know, the photos you asked to be removed from were group photos which you posed in. Before the photos were taken it was announced that they would be used on the FYN site and on the Sunsport Gardens site. Verbal consent IS enough, whether or not one is nude. When one changes their mind months after the photos are posted we will do our best to accommodate them but it is not the top priority in my life. This issue has only ever come up with you. You use the photo issue as a cover for the real problem which is yourself and the anger you have.

The photos you asked to have removed had nothing to do with job purposes, you said it was because you did not like FYN because we didn't hold gay-only events, our events were "too hippiesh" and our logo made us seem like we were for straight couples only. You made reports to naturist organizations that we were not gay friendly. You know very well that FYN is a VERY gay-friendly group and I am sorry that what we do and how we do it does not meet your seal of approval. I suggest that you start your own gay only meetups as all of our events and meetups are for EVERYONE- gay, straight, bi, Christian, pagan, fat, skinny... When we did photoshop you out of some of the group images at your request you were angry that you were also being photoshopped out of photos on the VitaNuda website, stating that the FYN site was the only one in which you wanted to be removed from and that you wanted the pictures (which I took with my camera) to remain on other sites.

Posing in photos at the bashes is not required, we always ask first. Just because you have to be an FYN member ($15/year) to view the photos does not mean the photos "generate income." It's just a perk in being a member. I am not getting rich off photos that document our events. FYN is a non-profit and any membership dues, donations or sponsorships go into making the events possible.

Your attention ploys never seem to end. I was not the one that banned you from FYN events at Sunsport Gardens, the management there did because of your threats. Please take up your problems with them and do not make this a personal attack against me. I will be nice and not explain all the reasons why you are the 1 person to ever be banned from our events there.--

Those of you that don't know Matt Burns, please beware that he uses fake Facebook profiles and other schemes to spread lies about FYN, about me personally and about our friends. Many people who don't know him receive requests from him on Facebook from one of his accounts, he is always looking for people to contact through our FYN network on Facebook. If you hear anything negative about FYN, it is probably coming from him. He has even contacted a naturist group in Australia pretending to be the Mike Smith character and making up things about me. This has been going on for over a year.

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Matt.B...Some of his fake profiles are: Kimberly Johnson (http://www.facebook.com/profil... Smith (http://www.facebook.com/profil... Sky (http://www.facebook.com/matt.1... has also created his own group "NextGen Naturists." It has 3 pages: http://www.facebook.com/pages/...http://www.facebook.com/NextGe...http://www.facebook.com/group....

So far NextGen has just seemed to be a Facebook page and website that he also uses to talk bad about FYN. I wish he would focus all this time and energy into doing something positive for the movement.

Robbe

Naked
Naked

Yes you did.. you are the one who made up lies.. I never threatened you.. or FYN.. 

Robbe Malcolm White III
Robbe Malcolm White III

I didn't oust you, Sunsport did after you issued threats. It was up to them whether or not you could attend events anymore. I did deny you from renewing your membership and you are the only person we've ever had to do this with. As our site has stated ever since memberships became available:

Your membership dues go directly to the cost and development of our events as well as advertising, website, mailing and other costs.We reserve the right to deny membership renewal after your 1-year trial membership at our sole discretion.

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