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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! – 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.
 ~ 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!

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About a dozen rubber bands, big newspaper ones, not the wimpy little ones.
An old beach towel you can get dye on.

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