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 Grove, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller Productions, Flagger Central, Fitness SF, Benefit Marketing, Kenshi 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