Thursday, 18 August 2016

Reward for Missing Electronics

One of the artists that participated in Naked State has lost drives containing 2 years of her work. Gone are both the originals and backups. She is devastated because they are irreplaceable. Please help her if you can!

Reward for missing Electronics

Offering a reward for electronics that went missing the afternoon of Monday August 15th, in the field (where the tents are) just east of the Outback.

Reward is for two drives, if returned with all the data intact.

They are a black external hard drive with with silver G on it, and a silver Lacie drive with an orange case. These had YEARS of professional work, art and projects on them. 

The drives were in a large (40 gallon) gray plastic bin (with cover) together with more electronics, all of which went missing, bin and all, including a GoPro camera, a small Sony HD video camera, a Sony rangefinder (Nex 7, or alpha) camera, a pink selfie stick, and a bunch of cables and adapters etc. 


Asking if people find anything in their subconscious about seeing someone walk around the park with a large gray plastic bin yesterday afternoon. Any information or inquiries can be sent to her at micolart@gmail.com


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Naked State - Get Involved with the Art


The Naked State Art Residency is off to a great start! See some of the artists at work: http://nakedstate.ca/in-progress-2016/

There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet the artists, get involved in their work, and experience their art.

Tue 9th, 2-5pm: No Object durational performance artwork without any objects, costume or clothing
No Object is a multi-generational group of artists that produce performances in empty spaces without any objects, costume or any clothing. Working from this minimalist aesthetics, the group is continuing to challenge itself with a focus on the potential of the body. Sympathy, empathy, trust, gaining strength and energy from the group are important components to the work. This practice requires them to be in the moment, being conscious of each other and being aware of our bodies in relationship to others and our surroundings. No Object will be conducting a performance in a select area of the park, to be announced over the load speakers slightly before their performance. 

Tue 9th and Wed 10th, 4-6pm: have a conversation with Naked State artists in their studios
The Naked State artists are interested in getting to know members of the Bare Oaks community, and would also love to answer any questions they may have about the art they’re creating over the 10-day residency.  Drop by their studios to schedule a visit with participating artists.

Tue 9th to Sat 13th: Free Portrait Session with Naked State artist Matt Hamon (matthamon.com
Matt Hamon is interested in making portraits of naturists. Matt is a former assistant and printer for world renowned naturist photographer, Jock Sturges. In exchange for your participation you will receive an editioned, archival print from your portrait session. Families, groups and individuals are welcome to participate. Please visit Matt at cabin 10 to set up a time for your photo session.

Wed 10th, mid day: Be in a photograph of a pile of Naturists!
Naked State artist Natalie Wardle (www.nataliewardle.com) is planning to photograph a group of naturists cuddled and piled over top each other. For details or to sign up, please visit Natalie at cabin 11.

Sat 13th 5-8pm, and Sun 14th 10am-12pm: Naked State art residency closing Exhibition

Over these two days, Naked State artists will present the artworks developed during their 10-day residency at Bare Oaks. There will be installations, performance artworks, paintings, collages, videos, participatory live artworks, and photography. This is the finale. Hope to see many of you there!


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Arts Residency - August 5-15


This weekend is the beginning of Naked State, an arts residency organized by Arts UnfoldThirteen artists from Australia, Finland, England, and across Canada and the USA will be creating artworks that explore the nude human body in context of nature, culture and art.

For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency facilitator will live as naturists within the Bare Oaks naturist community to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being? Residents will work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore these questions through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc…

From August 5 to 15, the Outback and a tent will be dedicated to the artists. We apologize for anyone who is inconvenienced by the restriction. However, this is a great opportunity for Bare Oaks and for naturism. Art is a great way to get people to see things differently and these artists will undoubtedly find interesting ways to communicate the values of naturism.

There will be an opportunity to see their work at the end and a few times when you can sign up to interact with some of the artists. See the schedule for details: http://nakedstate.ca/schedule-2016/

Some artists are specifically planning on working with the Bare Oaks community in the creation of their artwork. You can read about each artist and their plan on the Naked State website: http://nakedstate.ca/artists-2016/

If you have any questions about the residency, please do not hesitate to contact the office or speak with Teresa, the onsite residency facilitator, in Cozy Cabin #8.

The residency is exclusively for the artists who were selected from the many who applied. But we have designated this week as Bare Oaks Art Week. We hope that members and visitors will be inspired to explore their own personal artistic facets.






Thursday, 28 July 2016

Rib Dinner by the Social Committee

RIB DINNER

Ribs, Chicken (pre order), Potato, Corn, Salad and Dessert

JULY 30 @ 6 PM

Eco Prize draw for everyone who brings a reusable table setting.

BECKETT CIRCLE
FIRE PIT
 
Cost $20 per person, $10 twelve and under, $50 per family

EVERYONE WELCOME

Tickets available at Office and Rainy and Greg’s site 227

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Video Extras Needed for Friday


We need people to participate as background for a music video being filmed at Bare Oaks on Friday.

If you are interested, please send an email to casting@BareOaks.ca. We want some diversity in the people so please include in your email:
- age
- gender
- the visible minority you identify with if any

Brendan Canning (founding member of Broken Social Scene) will release his third solo album Home Wrecking Years on August 12 – his first since 2013’s You Gots 2 Chill. The album features fellow Broken Social Scene members Justin Peroff and Sam Goldberg, as well as Liam O’Neil (Kings Of Leon, The Stills).

The first song on the album is called “Book it to Fresno” and the video will be shot and set at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.


Please DO NOT come to participate without contacting us. We only need a limited number of people.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Yoga with Nikki

Nude Yoga at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
Nikki is back for the Summer with Yoga classes for any level yogi. Weather permitting, it will take place on the front lawn under a slice of shade. Yoga is a beautiful way to connect with yourself. The classes offer a balance of moments to challenge yourself and deep relaxation. When: Saturdays at 11am-noon, no class Aug 20th Commencing: July 16 Ending: September 3 Class price: $10 Mat Rental: $2
Please contact the office before attending to confirm availability as well as the time and date. Non-members must also register in the office before attending. Disclaimer: The yoga classes are provided by an independent individual. Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park only coordinates the arrangement and is not responsible for the service provided.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Water Quality in Lake Beamor


Yes, Lake Beamor is safe for swimming!

In addition to testing the well water every two weeks (which we must do by law) we also test the lake water occasionally. (which we are not required to do) We use SGS Canada Inc., an independent laboratory, to do all our water testing.

Bacteria level is measured in colony-forming units (cfu) per 100 mL. The E.Coli limit at which a swimming ban/notice is posted varies by jurisdiction. In Ontario, it is 100 cfu.  In Alberta, B.C., & Quebec, it is 200 cfu.  In our latest test, the E.Coli in the lake at Bare Oaks was 024 which is well below any limits. We also test for Coliform and that result was 036 which is also well below the limit. The samples were taken on July 12th. While the results are well below the levels that the government considers harmful, it is still higher than in other years. This is probably due to a lack of rainfall, an unusually low water level, a water temperature above average, and the presence of for more Canada Geese than usual. All of these factors would contribute to aggravating the bacteria levels.

The bacteria levels in Gymnos pond and Jarvis pond are MUCH higher as they are very small bodies of water. You should not swim in either of these ponds.





Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Hot Tub Down

 
The hot tub is down because the heater has failed.

Yes, you read that right. This is the heater that was replaced last fall under warranty for the THIRD time!!

We had announced that we would be installing a backup electrical heating unit. That is now a rush job. We are aiming to have that done within a week.

We are so sorry to disappoint you! 
 
 

(image from cliparts.co)

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Entry Keyfob Transition

RFID access control gates to keep out the textiles

The equipment has finally arrived and we will be beginning the transition to the new access control system. Here are the key dates:

Friday July 8th

New keyfobs are available for purchase at the office

July 8th to 24th

The old system still works while members have two weeks to get their new keyfobs

Monday July 25th

The new access control system is activated and the new inbound gate near Kennedy is lowered. Access through the first gate is now only via:
  • New keyfob
  • By intercom during office hours

July 25th to September 5th

Members can return their old keyfob for a $10 credit on their account


IMPORTANT: Starting July 25th, members who have not acquired the new keyfobs will only be able to enter the park when the office is open. For continued 24/7 access you will need to get a new keyfob from the office between July 8 and 24. Starting on the July 25th, members who did not get a new keyfob will only have access during normal office hours.

The new system we are installing is by the Spanish company, Salto Systems. It is far more sophisticated than what we currently have. The new keyfobs will still be used to open the gates (both sets) and to get into the clubhouse after the office has closed. But in addition, it will be used to open the door of rented guestrooms or cabins. And as soon as we have integrated the systems, these new keyfobs will be used to charge things on account. (such as restaurant meals) Finally, it will also be used by team members to access restricted areas.

Of course, these new keyfobs are more expensive than the old ones. (and the price of the old keyfobs had not changed in more than a decade) So we will be charging $15 for each of the new keyfobs and it will be considered a sale not a deposit. These old system that we inherited, where the money paid for the keyfob was recorded a deposit, was cumbersome. From an accounting standpoint, we had to carry these deposits as a liability from one fiscal year to another. But additionally, we are now faced with returning deposits on keyfobs that are going into the garbage. But a deal is a deal. So you will be given a $10 credit on your account for each keyfob you return by September 5th. 

This has been a complex project! The gatehouse was designed by Ariane and built by Mike B. Our member mason, Ulli, spent several days doing the stone on the bottom half. Andrew did a lot of coordinating, assisting and wiring with help from Robbie. Several Bare Oaks team members also did key parts of the construction. The electrical was wired by Penn & McGuire Electric. The pad was done last year by South Simcoe Contracting. Gates were supplied and installed by Key West Gates. The cameras were done by Michael Sheridan Communications. The ethernet bridge is by RDJ Technology Solutions. Phones and intercom were by High Tech Communications. Finally, the Salto RFID system is being installed and configured by ITC Systems.





Thursday, 23 June 2016

Our First Nude Run!

running a naked 5k race

5km colour fun run through the park. It's a FUN run so you don't have to be a pro. You can run, jog, walk...
  • Date: July 1, 2016
  • Registration: 9 am
  • Start Time: 10 am
Organized by The Nude Run 5k who have been doing it in the US since 2011.

The "colour" aspect of the run is that runners are showered with coloured corn starch at various stages of the course. It is inspired by the Holi Hindu Festival (also known as the festival of colours) where participants douse each other with coloured powder and water.

Get more info and register at: http://Skyclad.me/NudeRun

EVERYONE is welcome! Registration includes access to all amenities for the day.


A great combination with the GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament!