Flagging Virtual Studio – Thursdays 7PM Pacific Time

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Come join us for flagging and flow arts to a live set by DJ Michael Rackley!

Whether you are a flagger, someone who enjoys watching this entrancing art, or someone who is interested in starting, come and have fun with us!

Join Zoom Meeting:
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(you will need a passcode to join this event. If you don’t have a passcode please msg Daniel G. Van Olst on Facebook messenger)
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(If you would like to be in the showcase this week, see details below.)

We will have a speaker or instructor, announcements, a live DJ set, and then a flagging showcase!

Our resident DJ Michael Rackley will be spinning for us LIVE from 7:40 till 8:30pm! He wows us every week with his joyous flagging music!

Please come join us – flagging with us would be fantastic – but even if you can’t flag, or don’t want to, please come watch and listen to the beautiful music! This will also be a chance to chat with flaggers all over the country and (possibly) all over the world!

7:00PM Instructor or Speaker
7:30PM Announcements
7:40PM DJ Michael Rackley
8:30PM Flagging Showcase
(after showcase) All-Spin

Flagging Showcase: If you have never been in the showcase and would like to be in the showcase in the next few weeks, please send me (Daniel G. Van Olst) a FB Messenger msg and I will send you details. If you have been in the showcase and would like to go again, send me a msg!

For those of you that don’t know, the showcase is a chance to step back from our own flagging and really appreciate the beauty of other flaggers. You might see someone’s meditation, over-the-top-performance, or something experimental. You might also see someone getting up for the first time to perform in front of a supportive audience.

Please do not underestimate the gift you bring as a showcase performer in these challenging times.

Virtual Studio Tips:
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– Try to keep your audio muted unless you are speaking or applauding. Ambient noise from a big event like this can be overwhelming and I don’t want to mute everyone unless required.
– If we are giving a lesson and you have a question, unmute yourself and mute yourself again when done.
– If everyone is muted (as during the DJ set) take advantage of the Chat message window in Zoom.
– Costumes, lights, or just a bright outfit or hat can really add to the experience for everyone and make the most of the virtual experience.
– Consider playing your audio through better speakers to enjoy the music even more. (Macs often have the option to route audio to AppleTVs, for example).

(If you are not familiar with Zoom, msg me BEFORE Thursday, I will try to help!)

(Reminder: this is a public event, both on Facebook and Zoom. If this is a concern please consider using your first name and last initial on Zoom. The organizers may use stills and short video clips of the event on the FVS group page).
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DJ John Ceglia

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A seasoned pro and highly regarded in the dance music world. In 1979 (age 18) John was chosen by his DJ peers to perform at the World’s Largest Disco. There he joined icons Gloria Gaynor, The Trammps, The Raes, and legendary New York DJ Bobby “DJ” Guttadaro to play for over 14,000 people – the largest dance crowd assembled to date. John also earned a coveted residency at the famed discotheque, “New York – New York.”

John’s smooth transitions became a trademark and opened the door to a career in some of New York’s hottest clubs and events, including Studio 54, The Saint, the Fire Island Pines Pavilion, and Sleaze Ball. John has also been a featured artist on Sirius/XM Radio Studio 54.

We’re grateful to have John bring his unique musical perspective to the Flagger Destination Weekend event. Come join John and your flow arts family to celebrate Life, the power of music, the Grove — and add to our legacy of love.

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Time to Invade “Pride Island Sunday” Dance on the Pier

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Hey all of you AWESOME Flaggers!!! We have a Flagger Stage at the Heratige of Pride Dance on the Pier!!! PRIDE ISLAND!!

If you are coming to NYC purchase your Pride Island Tickets NOW!!!

This will be our stage the entire day into the night!! We will have Black Lights as the evening progresses to make you all sparkle (not that any of you need help with that)!

So get your tickets NOW, if you have not done so already!!!!

NOW before they run out!! Go to this link and purchase your tickets!!!

https://www.showclix.com/event/pride-island

This is a great opportunity for the NYC Flagging community to be a part of and support our amazing communtiy of love.

Thank you all for all of the work that has gone into getting this off the ground.

LETS MAKE THIS Another AMAZING DANCE ON THE PIER!!!!

More information regarding Bag-tags and Flagger-stage-access wrist bands to come. We are presently working out the logistics with Heratige of Pride!!

 

 

Flagging In The Park – Jerry Bonham

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Flagging In The Park with DJ Jerry Bonham

Saturday, October 1st – 1PM to 4PM
National AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove. This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, and their supporters. Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals. Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.

Music by: Jerry Bonham – Jerry Bonham has a DJ career that spans 37 years, With his start in Minneapolis at THE SALOON to a residency at the ICE PALACE on Fire Island and in NYC in 1979, his roots firmly are grounded in Disco. Jerry has played in most of the major clubs in San Francisco and held residencies at DREAMLAND, PLEASUREDOME, COLOSSUS and SPUNDAE. Globally, Jerry has traveled extensively, playing to crowds in Ibiza, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, London and Peru to name a few. He has productions released on respected labels such as Bedrock, SAW, Vapour and Looq.  Jerry has a long pedigree that goes way back to 1976 and his love for music shines through not only in his fantastic sets of authentic Trocadero Disco but also in his contemporary sets, which always have a melodic soulful quality to them.

Our beneficiary: Shanti Project – Since 1974, Shanti has provided critical safety net services to disenfranchised, undeserved members of our community—women and men who are often isolated and in great need of support. Each year Shanti serves over 2,000 individuals with illnesses or conditions such as HIV, cancer, and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). More recently through their PAWS Program, they work to preserve, support, and nurture the human-animal bond. Shanti strives to achieve the highest medical and quality of life outcomes for San Francisco’s most vulnerable.

Where to go: National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71)

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are nineteen years later; the DJs, organizers, and participants are donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) charities. 

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  There are little or no services nearby.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe.

2016 Partners: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all of our 2016 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi Westover, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their support of FITP!

2016 Producers: Jeff Hettinger & Rob Gomez (Special Event), Tom Steele & Joey Wong (May), Andru Lopez (June), Patric Daddy (July), Ric de Barros (Sept), Michele Laskowski & Amy Lam (Oct), still led by Xavier Caylor and his partner Jeffrey Doney. FITP on Facebook    This Event on Facebook

Flagging In The Park – Christopher B

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Saturday, September 10th – 1PM to 4PM
National AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove. This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, and their supporters. Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals. Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.

Music by: Christopher B – a veteran of Flagging in the Park (and numerous other community fundraisers), Christopher mixes a blend of house, electro, and classic disco favoring upbeat tracks with soulful vocals.  He loves this event and can’t wait to wow us again in September! Check out his podcasts here.

Our beneficiary: Project Inform – Founded in 1985, Project Inform is respected for its leadership to speed dozens of safe and effective HIV medications to people who most need them, educate hundreds of thousands of people with HIV and their providers about HIV care, and make sure the sickest and poorest people with HIV can have quality, affordable health care services. Today, we are also fighting to end the hepatitis C epidemic, which affects more than 3.5 million people in the US, including 300,000 of the nation’s 1.2 million HIV-positive people.  Project Inform believes it is possible to create the first generation free of HIV and hepatitis C within the next decade.

Where to go: National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71)

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are nineteen years later; the DJs, organizers, and participants are donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) charities. 

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  There are little or no services near by.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe.

2016 Partners: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all of our 2016 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi Westover, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their support of FITP!

2016 Producers: Jeff Hettinger & Rob Gomez (Special Event), Tom Steele & Joey Wong (May), Andru Lopez (June), Patric Daddy (July), Ric de Barros (Sept), Michele Laskowski & Amy Lam (Oct), still led by Xavier Caylor and his partner Jeffrey Doney. FITP on Facebook    This Event on Facebook

San Francisco’s Destination Weekend 2016

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Friday, July 29th 
 New Artist Class Noon-3:30Tie-Dye Open Studio 3:30-5:30 p.m. (info below)
 Dinner at Firewood immediately after tie-dye
Saturday, July 30th
 Flagging in the Park with renowned DJ Sharon White 12:30 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.(info below)
 Silent Auction 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (info below)
Sunday, July 31st: 
 Up Your Alley Street Fair (leather/fetish) 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Facebook)
 Rough 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. with DJs Russ Rich and Paul Goodyear at MEZZANINE  (info below)
 
~ Community Tie-Dye ~
Friday, July 29
Noon – 3:30 p.m. New Artist Class FULL
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Open Studio
 
Intent: Bring together tie dye artists; replenish your flag bags; have fun. Open to any and all levels of tie-dye artists or people that want to just hang out. 
NEW TIE-DYE ARTISTS:  – Formal demonstration from noon-2, instructor monitoring noon-2-3:30.  Limited space.
OPEN STUDIO: Irons, string, scissors, dye, paper towels, gloves and microwaves available.  Last silk handed out at 5. Wrap up for everyone is 5:30 PM
COST: White-washed silk will be available the day of the event for $20 (regular size set) and $35 (extra large size set) – does not include weights.  Need something special, email me and ask.  Sewing weights into flags service available at $30 (regular size) and $45 (XL size) – includes weights.
$10 per person suggested donation given to the National AIDS Memorial Grove.
This translates to your flags with weights being sewn and donation being $60 for the first regular sized set or $90 first large set, $50/$80 subsequent sets. (Not including postage fees for those not available to pick up a few weeks after the tie-dye – $6.) Too much? Don’t let cost deter you, email me.
RSVP Required!  xcaylor@gmail.com – my address and simple preparations for the day included in confirmation to be sent two days before the event – Class is filling up fast.
Interested in pre-reading before coming?  Check out these great resources: Flagger Central or this article from Don Baker.
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 ~ Flagging In The Park San Francisco ~
 Saturday, July 30th – 12:30PM to 4:30PM
 National AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park
 Music by: Sharon White
 Our beneficiary: National AIDS Memorial Grove
 

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove.  This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, hoopers and their supporters.  Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.  

Music by: Sharon White – With a career spanning almost 40 years, Sharon has been responsible for breaking through more barriers than probably any other DJ. She was the first woman to headline the Saint, Paradise Garage, and the Trocodero. Billboard named her its first female DJ reporter; Motown, when it brought her aboard, became the first major label to hire a woman as a promotion director. Sharon is thrilled to be bringing her unique spirit to Flagging In The Park! Check her podcast out here.

Our beneficiary:  National AIDS Memorial Grove  is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. For all the promising prospects on the horizon, AIDS continues to invade our lives, violate our past, and rob us of our comfortable assumptions about the future. The sacred ground of this living memorial honors all who have confronted this tragic pandemic both those who have died and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils, and supported each other during the final hours.

Where to go: National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71).

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are nineteen years later, the event is thriving and growing; with the DJs, organizers, and participants donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) non-profits. 

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  There are little or no services nearby, but a Port-A-Potty will be available.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe. 

2016 Partners: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all of our 2016 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi Westover, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their support of FITP!

2016 Producers: Jeff Hettinger & Rob Gomez (Special Event), Tom Steele & Joey Wong (May), Andrew Lopez (June), Patric Daddy (July), Stratten Moore (Sept), Michele Laskowski & Amy Lam (Oct), still led by Xavier Caylor and his partner Jeffrey Doney. FITP on Facebook  This Event on Facebook

~ Silent Auction ~
Saturday, July 30th – 12:30PM to 4:00PM
Amazing tie-dye flags from various tie-dye artists, event tickets for several different parties, as well as a few other San Francisco treats. Here’s your chance to buy or gift something unique!  All proceeds benefit the Grove. A complete list of auction items will be uploaded to the Flagging In The Park page on Facebook a week before the event.
 Rough clock Sunday, July 31 at 6 PM - 2 AM
~ Rough ~
Sunday, July 31st – 6PM to 2AM
Our awesome flag stage returns from 6-10 PM, great lights, the awesome music of Paul Goodyear and Russ Rich, the cherished Flagger Lounge … See you right after Dore Alley!

Flagging In The Park – Phil B

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Sunday, June 12  – 1 PM to 4PM

National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove.  This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, hoopers and their supporters.  Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.  

Music by: Phil B – one of the hottest talents in the circuit today, we know him as our resident DJ at Mass, Sundance, and Aftershock. Phil has an awesome legacy of great albums like his Mass series, Music for the Clubs, and Move in Motion; Phil is also known for being a talented mentor to DJ’s around the world, producer of one  fabulous  remix after another, and a swell guy remembering everyone’s name along the way. Produced and Remixes recent Top 5 Chart hits for Debby Holiday, Martha Wash, ZZ Ward, Bea Miller, Jenn Cuneta, and is currently celebrating an America Billboard #1 for his production of Shawn Hook – The Sound Of Your Heart Beating. On June 12th Phil will be featuring remixes/edits of  Marlena Shaw – Touch Me In The Morning; Led Zeppelin – A Whole Lotta Love; Dusty Springfield & The Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done To Deserve This, and that’s just a few tricks he’s pulling from his repertoire   

Our beneficiary: Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration – Founded in 2008, ORAM specializes in the protection of exceptionally vulnerable refugees with a focus on LGBTI refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. ORAM is trusted by governments, international agencies, aid organizations and refugees alike. ORAM’s essential work enables the international community to protect LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers and safeguards the integrity of the international refugee protection system.

Where to go: National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71).

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are nineteen years later, the event is thriving and growing; with the DJs, organizers, and participants donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) non-profits. 

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  There are little or no services nearby, but a Port-A-Potty will be available near the street entrance.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe. 

2016 Partners: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all of our 2016 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi Westover, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their support of FITP!

2016 Producers: Tom Steele & Joey Wong (May), Andrew Lopez (June), Patric Daddy (July), Jeff Hettinger & Rob Gomez (Special Event), Stratten Moore (Sept), Michele Laskowski & Amy Lam (Oct), still led by Xavier Caylor together with his stalwart partner Jeffrey Doney. 

FITP on Facebook here
Facebook Event Listing here

Time to Invade the 30th DANCE ON THE PIER!!! NYC

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Don’t forget to get your tickets and lets us know that you are going to be at the Heritage of Pride Dance on the Pier!!!

We will have security information shortly about how to get your flags into the dance as well how to get your wrist band that will allow you onto the Flagger stage.
Soooooooo Get your tickets and let us know that you are going so that we can keep you up to date!! Hey any of your Flagger friends that are coming that are not on Facebook should let me know via email so that we can make sure that they are informed about security as well!!!
Jeff Hettinger
jeffhettinger@earthlink.net

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Hey all of you AWESOME Flaggers!!! We have a Flagger Stage at the 30th Heratige of Pride Dance on the Pier!!! 
This will be our stage the entire day into the night!! We will have Black Lights as the evening prgresses to make you all sparkle (not that any of you need help with that)!

So Get your tickets NOW, if you have not done so already!!!!  

NOW before they run out!! Go to this link and purchase your tickets!!!

https://www.showclix.com/event/PierDance2016

We have raised the money and we will have a stage built out for the flagging community to come and play on!! This is a great opportunity for the NYC Flagging community to be a part of and support our amazing communtiy of love. Flaggers have stepped up and have given us an opportunity to give back and allow Heritage of Pride to continue to support all of the wonderful things that they do!!

Thank you all for all of the work that has gone into getting this off the ground.

LETS MAKE THIS THE MOST AMAZING DANCE ON TH PIER EVER!!!!

More information regarding Bag tags and Flagger stage access wrist bands to come. We are presently working out the logistics with Heritage of Pride!!

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~ Flagging In The Park – San Francisco ~  

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Sunday, May 8 – 1 PM to 4PM

National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park

Music by Byron Bonsall

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove.  This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, hoopers and their supporters.  Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.  

Music by: Byron Bonsall From humble beginnings DJing his 7th grade dance, Byron has developed the philosophy of keep the crowd moving and make sure they leave with a smile. His mix of equal parts upbeat house, anthems, and progressive sounds (with a splash of disco and trance) has earned him a faithful following. “If you don’t leave with a smile on your face and maybe a little sweaty, I haven’t done my job.” Check out Byron’s music here.

Our beneficiary:  The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence a leading-edge Order of queer nuns, the Sisters have devoted themselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit. 

Where to go: National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71).

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are nineteen years later, the event is thriving and growing; with the DJs, organizers, and participants donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) non-profits. 

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  There are little or no services nearby, but a Port-A-Potty will be available near the street entrance.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe. 

2016 Partners: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all of our 2016 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi Westover, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their support of FITP!

2016 Producers: Tom Steele & Joey Wong (May), Andrew Lopez (June), Patric Daddy (July), Jeff Hettinger & Rob Gomez (Special Event), Stratten Moore (Sept), Michele Laskowski & Amy Lam (Oct), still led by Xavier Caylor together with his stalwart partner Jeffrey Doney. 

FITP on Facebook

This event on Facebook

Thank you for a wonderful 2015 FITP

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On behalf of all of the volunteers that come together to produce Flagging In The Park San Francisco – thank you. Thank you for being present. Thank you for sharing stories. Thank you for opening your hearts. Thank you for keeping the flow arts thriving in San Francisco. This year we gave $29,000 to the various nonprofit organizations around the Bay Area!

Look forward to seeing you all in 2016 for our 20th season.

~ Xavier Caylor, Thomas Steele, Andru Lopez, Michael Rackley, Jeff Hettinger, Rob Gomez, Michele Laskowski, and Jeffrey Doney  2015 event producers