Sunday, August 23 – 1 PM to 4 PM
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: John LePage – We are thrilled to welcome John to FITP! A renowned DJ/Producer Canadian born John LePage is a producer, remixer, song writer and Billboard reporting DJ currently based in San Francisco. A professional DJ since 1996 John has proven himself an enduring talent. A residency at Splash NYC in the late 90’s led to gigs across the continent including Black & Blue Week-end in Montreal, Miami’s White & Winter Party Week-ends, and clubs in Denver, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia & Puerto Vallarta. Residing in San Francisco since 2004 John spins at many local venues including The EndUp, Beat Box and Lookout. John also travels regularly and spins in venues all over the country.
Our beneficiary: San Francisco Aids Foundation SFAF was founded in 1982 as a community response to the AIDS epidemic and its impact in San Francisco. Today with more than 130 staff and 800 volunteers, it is one of the most highly respected AIDS service organizations in the United States, serving an estimated 16,000 clients annually through its direct service programs and more than 500,000 people via its broad community health interventions and mobilization efforts. SFAF’s mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco through education, advocacy and direct services in communities most vulnerable to the disease. Its ground-breaking programs and bold policy initiatives link community experience with science to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. In the fall of 2015 SFAF will open the first-of-its-kind Center for Health and Wellness with the ultimate goal of making San Francisco the first American city to end HIV transmission. We are grateful to Flagging in the Park for its support.
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 eighteen 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. 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.
2015 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 5 of our 2015 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, Gloss Magazine, 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 help with FITP!
2015 Co-Producers: Leading up to the 2015 Season, Xavier has been coaching a group of local Flaggers to assist with organizing and running this year’s events. By spreading the knowledge of how to arrange them, this will hopefully ensure that FITP continues as a set of vibrant community gatherings each year – for many years to come!
The Co-Producers for this year are – Thomas Steele (May), Andrew Lopez (June), Michael Rackley (July), Jeff Hettinger & Rob Gomez (Aug), Michele Laskowski (Oct), still led by Xavier Caylor together with his stalwart partner Jeffrey Doney.
The next and last 2015 event is: October 10.