The US Supreme Court Refuses to Hear “Free the Nipple” Case

On Monday, January 13, the US Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by three women who were convicted for violating an ordinance in the city of Laconia, NH that makes it illegal to show bare female breasts in public. The New Hampshire Supreme Court had ruled that it didn’t discriminate against women, even though its definition for nudity is different for men than for women. See the NY Times story. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/13/us/13reuters-usa-court-topless.html for more information.

It’s that time of year again! Hidden Springs Bare Bowling

Sunday night, January 26 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM

6:15 is a good time to arrive. The door may be closed after 7:00. Let us know if you will be arriving late.
The location is the same as it has been. If you need to be reminded of it, use the email just below.
We hope you can attend this fine long-running Portland-area nudist activity.
The bowling cost has not increased in years and won’t now. It is $13 per person, in advance, including shoes, if you have an AANR or Naturist Society membership. Others, $15 in advance. At the door, $5 more.

You can send the money, before noon on the day of bowling, by PayPal to the treasurer, to this email:
hiddenpaypal@hiddenspringsnudist.org
Or to this phone 360 616 1369.

You can also use that email address to tell us you are coming (appreciated, but not required).
You may pay at the door. It’s $5 more. But check to see if there is space beforehand!

Email address for information or to get address for sending a check: eventsinfo@hiddenspringsnudist.org

We have the whole place, and you can be freely nude everywhere—alleys, food area, rest rooms, social area! Nice place!

About young people:
Families are welcome to bring children of all ages. People under 18 should be with a parent. We even have a special price for those under 18, of ten dollars, if you pay in advance.

***** We want the bowling location to be available only to those attending. Feel free to tell others about our bowling night, but they should email us and introduce themselves before learning the location. *****

For the location, or for other information, please send an email to
eventsinfo@hiddenspringsnudist.org
We welcome all genuine nudists/naturists— families, couples, singles–experienced nudists and first-timers!

****** When inquiring, if you haven’t before, please introduce yourself in 3 or 4 sentences, including name, age, and naturist experience if any, to the email address above.
We warmly welcome new people, and need to have more folks come—to cover our rental of the place. We hope you understand that we have to be a little careful about giving out the location. Thanks.

The club website is www.hiddenspringsnudist.org

Avalon Burns

Avalon, a nudist resort in Paw Paw, West Virginia, lost its lodge to flames on New Year’s Eve during their Nude Year’s Eve celebration. Volunteer firefighters from three states responded to the call, but the lodge was a total loss. No person or animal was hurt. The aquatic center was not affected. The Nudsino needs some work, but can be fixed up. The Bare Barn was not touched. Avalon Resort hopes to reopen the resort’s amenities, indoor pool and Nudsino by Valentine’s Day.

Willamettan’s Annual Food Drive – Helping Hands Food Bank

The Willies annual food drive for the Helping Hands food bank exceeded all of our expectations and goals They have donated over 1,400 LBS of food and have raised well over $600.00 in cash donations and are still collecting until the first of January. This is such a caring, giving and sharing community. They also raise money for local scholarships and contribute to our local communities in many other ways. They consider that It is great to be a part of such a great community.

Don’t Forget to Smile at the AANR Educational Foundation

When you shop at amazon.com, you can donate to the AANR Education Foundation and it won’t cost you anything. Amazon’s smile program allows you to select a charity and 0.5% of the purchase price for most Amazon items will be donated to your cause. Search for and select AANR Education Foundation and from then on, you go to smile.amazon.com to do your shopping. If you have already placed some items into your Amazon shopping cart, you can always switch to smile.amazon.com and your items will still be in your cart.

The AANR Education Foundation’s objectives are to:

Seek partnerships with individuals, groups and organizations in support of the creation of art, literature, and scholarship, relating to the nudist world, its practices, and the wholesome nature of the human body.
Endeavor to develop educated persons and leaders in broad areas of society; and aim to improve people’s lives by developing community support for nudist resorts, clubs, groups and areas.

You are always encouraged to donate to the AANR Education Foundation (http://www.aanr-ef.org/). But here is a way to get Amazon to do it for you.

Nakations on the List of Top Travel Trends for 2020

Nakations made the list of huge travel trends on the Canadian Talk Show, The Social with an interview with travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis (https://muckrack.com/greenwooddavis) see https://www.theloop.ca/microcations-will-be-a-huge-travel-trend-in-2020/. The article says “Nude tourism is huge and has been booming for many years. You just have to be around in June when more than 70 cities hold their Naked Bike Ride to understand that. But this trend isn’t just about a skinny dip or a quick flash, these are travel experiences done au natural. Nude hiking, yoga camping, cruising, etc. The reasons for the trend make a lot of sense. There’s an argument that this is a push back to all the technology and superficial nature of social media, etc and there is also an argument that says this is about seeking human connection and embracing vulnerability.”.

Changes at AANR

A new member portal is being implemented at AANR and is coming soon. With this new portal, AANR will be able to be more efficient and better able to communicate with our members and you will be able to easily manage your membership information. You will be able to print your own membership card or view it on your smartphone. We are working to make sure that you will have easy access to nudist resources such as whitepapers, clip art and a larger library of archival Bulletins. As part of this process, your clubs’ officers will be able to more easily process your AANR memberships.
As part of the move to the new membership system, all AANR memberships will be individual memberships. Thus AANR is recognizing the value of the individual.
After ten years of no new dues increases, your AANR dues will be increased by .50 per month. This increase is in order with the cost of living increases across the years. Last February, a $150,000 deficit was predicted, and we needed to act to insure that AANR would be able to continue to stay a viable and productive organization.

From the President’s Desk

by Dave Smith

For each of you, we wish a wonderful and restful holiday season. If you have not done so, and want to continue to receive your AANR Bulletin in paper form, call 1-800-trynude. In January, copies will arrive only by email unless you have told the office you want a printed copy.
In January our membership also changes to individual memberships and there is a $6.00 increase in your annual fee. The will help us maintain and foster a healthy nudist community.

Naked State

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, an AANR club near Toronto, offered a 10 day art residency program earlier this year called Naked State. Its purpose was to encourage the exploration of the nude human body in the context of nature, culture and art. The expectation was that during the 10 day residency the artists live in the nude within the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park community. You can read about one of this year’s artists in the Contemporary Lynx online magazine, “Art Residency: International artists live in the nude for ten days