For the seventh year running, Florida Young Naturists has put together their Naked Spring Bash. This time at beautiful Sunny Sands Resort in Pierson, FL. Besides the brand new location for the NSB, new this year was the Pre-Bash Naked Bowl event! While previous bashes featured events such as Naked Sushi on the last night of the bash, this time around we got the party started early with four hours of disco bowling, drinks, and food!
Naked Bowling was a great ice breaker and a great start to the weekend. Some of us were awesome at it, some of us were not, but we all had a great time! When we first arrived, there was a bit of a wait before we could undress. We had to wait for the regulars to clear out and for the staff to block out the windows with black trash bags before we had the place all to ourselves. There were some that were a little over eager and started to undress early and others arrived wearing nothing but a thin sarong, but sure enough, the staff completed the preparations and we were all naked and ready to bowl in no time!
Bowling ended shortly after midnight and we all managed to carpool back to the resort and continue the party at Sunny Sand’s bar, pool, and hot tub. In traditional Bash fashion, some called it a night while others stayed up until dawn.
Quick rewind to before bowling… when I first arrived at Sunny Sands, a day early, I was shocked to find how many people were already there! I had a hard time finding parking and picking out a spot for my tent. I was worried because I knew the majority of attendees would be arriving on Friday, with even more arriving on Saturday. However, when Friday and Saturday got around, Sunny Sands got creative with the parking situation and people managed to squeeze their tents in between others, so it all worked out.
As usual, soon after setting up my tent, I made friends with my neighbors. All of which were faces that I’ve never seen before. This is when I met the first Matt of the weekend, Texas Matt. Through the weekend I met a total four different Matts. There was Texas Matt, Chicago Matt, Canada Matt, and English Matt (who would have taken the award for furthest traveled if there was one).
Names tend to repeat a lot at the bashes. As you can imagine, there'll be your fair share of Johns and Jons, Mikes, etc. Keeping track of names is almost impossible at these events, with 200+ people at the event, you can imagine why. There’ll be many times where you’ll catch yourself saying, “I’m sorry, what’s your name again” and calling people “Hey, you” but don’t feel bad, because they probably don’t remember your name either. It’s all ok, because even if people don’t remember your name, they do seem to remember you! There is just something about meeting someone in the buff, even among hundreds of others in the buff, which makes them very memorable as a person. It just doesn’t help for remembering names.
There was a lot to do as well. We had all of our traditional events: live music, glow in the dark body painting, naked yoga, dancing, drinking, and profound hot tub conversations. We also had a lot of fun and unique workshops as well, like partner yoga, ballroom dancing lessons, painting with light, henna, hula hooping, glass blowing, screen printing, tie dying, and so much more. There were even workshops on wine making as well as one for making your own didgeridoo and learning how to play it. The amount of talented and creative individuals willing to share their craft is one of among many things that make these bashes truly unique.
This year’s spring bash was a very special one too. What made this one special was the many new people at the bash and also the high number of returning FYN members; some of which hadn’t been to an event in years! It was really great to see some of the people that made past events memorable. It was also great watching new friendships develop. There were quite a few people who had never met before the bash, who just clicked and became practically inseparable for the weekend.
With so many new and old friends this weekend, I found it was really hard to spend considerable time with one person or one group. Yet, I still felt really connected to everyone there. This post on the FYN Facebook group by Flint puts it best, “Having just attended my first-ever naturist gathering, I thought I'd share my thoughts and feelings. Now that it's been a few days and I've had time to reflect, I'm beginning to integrate the sheer mindblowingness of the experience. What really stayed with me is the sense of importance of human connection. That's what it's all about: connecting with other humans. For me, it was a great introduction to a new realm. If I could have done anything differently, it would have only been to spend more time and make more friends.”