By Suzanne and Wayne Schuster
This was the 7th Naked Man event at Laguna del Sol. At the end of each one, I have been so impressed and entertained by it all and wonder how it can possibly be equaled the next year! And then……it is!
Thank you so much Michael Lawrie for filling the big shoes of your predecessors, Mike & Renee Wilson and Chris Sherwin as the event organizer this year. The Carnival theme was so much fun. I won’t even try to cover it all, as that would be impossible!
The gatehouse transformation by Sharlene & crew into a candy-striped ticket booth gave everyone a taste of what was to come as they passed through the gates. The Wed night Jamaica Me street party was a blast. The custom “Blacklight Radio” station was everywhere, and I have no idea how Mike did that. Indoor/outdoor dancing with the black light Mancave and the main lounge gave everyone more space on 3 busy nights.
We watched the perfectly organized Spaghet-together team serve over 500 people while listening to the N’ukes nude ukulele concert, loved both parades – the 120+ strong lighted bike camp crawl and the decorated golf carts (the gypsy caravan, clown with big red hat and tiki shack were really standouts), watched some of Drew & Lisa’s beautiful nude wedding on the island, wandered by Camp Battle Karaoke as 2 young ladies were belting out an Adele duet, saw the very elaborate Oracles of the Mystic Sol fortune teller camp – just to name a very, very small sampling.
Body painter Tim tirelessly created living works of art for 4 days straight. Club photographers Mike and Craig were everywhere, I watched the tutu parade at 2:22 as a spectator instead of a participant for the first time.
The Saturday night Spectacle was beautiful! The 3 glowing, living butterflies created by George were mesmerizing, the aerialists and fire dancers of Sacramento Cirque were daring and graceful and Naked Man and Woman were controlled by Ed, and as always, riveting as she lit up and spun and he shot flames from his hands as his crazy hair sprayed fountains of water in all directions. They are incredible pieces of metal art that I will never tire of watching again each year.
The grounds of Laguna del Sol are perfect for Naked Man, as the different camps and events are spread-out around the property so that it didn’t seem too crowded. Hundreds of members participated in the creation of the events and camps that about 2000 people enjoyed.
The wonderful spirit and acts of giving and the sincere appreciation and joy of the recipients say so much about the kind of people that come to LdS.
Last, but most certainly not least, hats off to the hardworking and dedicated staff for excellent advance planning and keeping things flowing smoothly during the busiest week of the year. You guys are the best!
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