Thursday, 19 November 2009

Keeping in touch

We thought that we were doing a good job of keeping everybody informed. Then we learned that some people were not aware of the many different methods that existed to keep in touch with what is happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. So we are going to make a concerted effort to be better communicators about our communications! We have added several new electronic contact options. Plus we have installed a bulletin board in the clubhouse that features a paper version of the news and events for those who don't use the internet.

So keep in touch using:
  • Email: Subscribe on the front page of the Bare Oaks website at and get blog updates by email. Or click here to subscribe right now.
  • Website: Read the blog right on the website at
  • Twitter: Get notifications of new posts (with a link) at
  • Facebook: Become a fan of our facebook page and read the blog on the page or get notices of new posts on our wall.
  • Blog RSS/Atom feed: If you know how to subscribe to an RSS or Atom feed you can get updates in your favourite feed reader.
  • In person at the park: You can read printouts of the blog posts and the calendar on the bulletin board at the member’s entrance near the store/office. But remember that it may take the paper format a few days to catch up with the electronic version.
Note that the events posted on the calendar are not announced in the blog newsletter. There are just too many of them. To keep up with those, view the calendar at or subscribe to the Bare Oaks Google Calendar.

We use Google Calendar to publish Bare Oaks’ Event Schedule. This gives you a great deal of advantages. You can subscribe to our calendar and it will then be included in your own calendar. Events will be automatically updated. You can also add specific events to your calendar or subscribe to event reminders. For more information, go to

If you have an ICS/iCalendar enabled calendar program (e.g. Microsoft Outlook 2003, Mozilla Calendar or Apple iCal) you can subscribe to the calendar and have Bare Oaks events automatically added. The calendar address is:

More information on the iCalendar format can be found at:

...or you can read the printed version of the calendar on the bulletin board inside the clubhouse near the store/office.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Grower’s Cider nude ads

In early June, we received a call from Westside Studios, Canada's largest Advertising and Design Photography facility. They were inquiring about using the park to shoot some photography featuring nudity for a campaign they were putting together. Having spent 15 years in advertising, I was very familiar with both Westside Studios and the process. I jumped at the opportunity. It was a chance to make a bit of money in location fees and it would also be fun. I didn’t know who the client was nor did I know what kind of photos they would be taking. But I wasn’t worried because I knew that any work done by Westside studio would be for a major and very public campaign. Besides, the ad most certainly wouldn’t name Bare Oaks as the location anyways. They were coming to us because, when you want to shoot people naked outdoors, your options are limited. We agreed tentatively on June 12th. The final decision would be made the day before depending on the weather.

As the cast and crew arrived very early in the morning, each one very nervously entered our main office. The producer came to the front desk and explained that two of the models cancelled out at the last minute. (cold feet?) He asked if we knew anyone at the park who would be interested in stepping in. He then added that it was a paying job. Well, I’m nude all day anyway and it certainly doesn’t bother me to be in an ad campaign so I jumped right in. Stony, who happened to be hanging around was also quick to volunteer.

While being nude in an ad is no big deal, being a model is certainly a lot of work. It took most of the day to setup 3 scenes and shoot enough material for the 3 pictures they wanted. The non-naturist models were a bit apprehensive at first but soon got right into it and stopped getting dressed between sessions. I guess having Stony and I nude all the time probably helped them. Plus the other members who kept walking by and watching also set the tone. None of the crew stripped off but that was probably due to the peer pressure of being there with their co-workers. The models had the excuse to be nude since that was their job. But an excuse was not needed that day given the warm sunny weather.

The photographer, Matt Barnes, did take all his clothes off for the group shot at the end. And one of the models loved Bare Oaks so much that she has since spent several days at the park with her friend.

The campaign is for Grower’s Cider. The original ads were on billboards and transit shelters in British Columbia and Alberta at the beginning of the summer. The ads feature images of naturists enjoying Growers in various outdoor settings with headlines like, “Being All Natural is Quite Refreshing. And Chilly.” Andy Shortt, the founder of HQvB, the agency behind the campaign says that Growers is a natural and unassuming brand, and “who’s more unpretentious than people who don’t wear clothes?”

That set of ads was so popular that it inspired a new promotion. I was contacted in August for permission to use my likeness in the extended campaign. I didn’t mind and it also meant more money!

They created a website where you can upload any picture of your choosing and have the site "nudify" the pictures which are then posted to the site's gallery. Three pictures will win $500. By “nudifying” they mean that you insert the picture of one of us (the original models in the ads) into your own picture. “You can take any bland, boring holiday or family photo and you put a nudist into it, it makes it kind of funny,” said Shortt. Naturists have so far been added to events like family camping trips and wedding pictures.

Take a look yourself:

Advertising Agency: HQvB, Toronto, Canada
Creative Directors: Andy Shortt, Mark Tawse-Smith, Chris Hall
Copywriter: Mark Tawse-Smith
Photography: Westside Studios, Toronto
Photographer: Matt Barnes
Production Company: Lollipop, Toronto
Creative Director/designer: Michael Gramlow
Executive Producer: Amanda Loughran
Web Developer: Amanda Lutz
Flash Developer: Jim Bachalo

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Nude Volleyball in January

Indoor Naturist New Year's
Volleyball Tournament
London, Ontario
Saturday Jan 2nd

Spikes Indoor Beach Volleyball
120 Weston Street

Signup and registration: 9am
Game play: 10am-6pm
All play is NUDE, unless your parent requested otherwise!
Cost: about $15 per person with a $30 family rate depending how many show
(we are just covering cost of rental & prizes)
Spikes now has 4 beach volleyball courts.

A 4 on 4
B 4 on 4
Novice Plus 6 on 6
Novice 6 on 6

Hotel Recommendations by Chris:

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
774 Base Line Rd East
(519) 430-1150

Best Western Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre
591 Wellington Rd
(519) 681-7151

Super 7 Motel Inc
697 Wellington Rd
(519) 681-7272