Saturday, March 23, 2013

The inaugural 'Nudesby Picnic'

Some members of Bay of Plenty Naturists enjoyed a unique and novel experience over the weekend. It was the inaugural 'Nudesby Picnic' at a private property in Tauranga. And it will not be the last!
Based loosely on the traditional 'Gatsby Picnic', a celebration of the 1930s 'posh' picnic, the 'Nudesby Picnic' turned out to be one of a kind. The picnic was held on the 'Village Green' at a park-like garden and those present, got into the theme coming suitably 'dressed' (or undressed) for the occasion.
It was a brilliant warm, sunny day and the array of 'costumes', (bow ties, boaters, boas, beads, etc), suitably adorned picnic tables with silverware and bone china, cucumber sandwiches, cup cakes and other fancy sweet delicacies, such as butterfly cakes and meringues, along with jazz music playing in the background, could have made you think that you were reliving the past!

To add to the event, a group of local artists came along to join in the fun. After all, drawing was one of the activities that the gentry undertook at such events. Several members posed as life art models, much to the delight of the artists present who really enjoyed the atmosphere and the novelty of drawing outside on a warm sunny day. They came equipped with a gazebo and set up their easels in the centre of the 'Village Green'.

While they sketched, other members played games of the era including marbles, horseshoes, quoits, croquet and petanque.
Of course no 'Nudesby Picnic' would be complete without the people who made it so much fun. It was a great day and heralds a new annual event on the BOP Naturists calendar.