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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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091016 FITP

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. 

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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. 

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~ Flagging In The Park San Francisco – John LePage ~

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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 GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsGloss MagazineFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi 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.

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~ Flagging In The Park – San Francisco ~ Destination Weekend ~

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Friday, July 24th:  

     New Artist Class Noon-3:30 & Tie-Dye Open Studio 3:30-5:30 p.m. (RSVP required)

     Dinner at Firewood immediately after tie-dye

Saturday, July 25th

     Flagging in the Park with renowned DJ Robbie Leslie 12:30 p.m. –  4:30 p.m. 

     Silent Auction 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

     BANG at the Beat Box 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.(Facebook)

Sunday, July 26th: 

     Up Your Alley Street Fair (leather/fetish) 11am-6pm (Facebook)

     PLAY T-Dance at Dreamland 5 p.m. – midnight (Facebook

Saturday, July 25th – 12:30 PM to 4:30 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: Robbie Leslie – has been performing worldwide for over 35 years. A huge name in New York City – The Saint & Saint at Large, 12 West, Studio 54 – he started his career on Fire Island at the Sandpiper in 1975 and continues to dazzle at venues and events all across the world. He currently produces a weekly show on SiriusXM’s Studio 54 Radio called “Robbie Leslie Presents”.  Locally, Robbie has made numerous guest appearances over the years in the Bay Area. He has played at the Civic Center, at the Galleria Design Center, and to over 20,000 people at the Embarcadero during a post-parade event in 1997. He has also performed at Remember the Party, Trocadero Transfer and Dreamland in San Francisco, and Club St. John in San Jose.

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 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 Foundationthe 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 GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsGloss MagazineFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi 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 2015 events are:  August 23, and October 10.

FITP on Facebook here

Facebook event listing here

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Sunday, June 14th – 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: DJ Russ Rich – Russ Rich is one of San Francisco’s most versatile DJs. Early on in his DJ career, he became known for his happy and uplifting vocal style. After several years spinning local bars and T-Dances, he graduated to headliner status, playing peak time sets at clubs like “Industry” at Mighty, “Hero” at Ruby Skye, and “Colossus” at 1015 Folsom. In 2011, Russ won “San Francisco’s Next Top DJ” competition, and in 2013, he won a nationwide contest for Gay Internet Radio Live. That same year, Russ was named Resident DJ for PLAY T-Dance, held annually following the Up Your Alley Street Fair. For more information, please visit Facebook (www.Facebook.com/russrich) and soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/Dj-Russ-Rich).

Our beneficiary: Maitri  Maitri’s mission is simple: No one should have to suffer or die alone. To this end, Maitri provides compassionate residential care to men and women in need of hospice of 24-hour care and cultivates the deepest respect and love for life among its residents and caregivers. Maitri is the only AIDS-specific residential care facility in California focusing on the underserved community of those dying of or severely debilitated by AIDS. Since opening in 1987, Maitri has been the final home for more than 900 people who lived with AIDS. Please consider supporting the work of Maitri by attending Flagging in the Park on Sunday, June 14th or by making a tax deductible donation through the Network for Good.

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 GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsGloss MagazineFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi 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 2015 events are: July 25, August 23, and October 10.

FITP on Facebook here

Facebook event listing here

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Sunday, May 10th – 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: Paul Goodyear – We are thrilled to welcome Paul back to FITP!  Music is his one true passion that when combined with the diversity of his influences means he is constantly pushing the boundaries of what popular dance music is.  These days his sets have two distinct sound-scapes depending on his audience – his High Energy style which combines Tech and Progressive sounds with Latin Beats and Soaring Vocals, and his SanFranDisko style, which is a combination of House, Nu and Dynamic Disco with an end-note of good old-fashioned Soul.  Variety is the Spice of his life, so no matter his audience, his smorgasbord of influence shows in every set he plays.

Our beneficiary: AIDS Emergency Fund  In 1982, a group of San Franciscans came together to pay bills for their friends who were too ill to work because of their battle with a mysterious disease.  As the HIV epidemic grew, this lead to the formation of the AIDS Emergency Fund, now a vital contributor to the SF community for over 3 decades. AEF staff and volunteers continue to help qualified applicants receive emergency financial assistance while insuring that community funds are spent helping those who are most in need and facing genuine emergencies.

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 2015 events are: June 14, July 25, August 23, and October 10.

FITP on Facebook here

Facebook Event Listing here

Flagging In The Park San Francisco 2015

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May 10 (Sun)    Paul Goodyear
June 14 (Sun)  Russ Rich
July 25 (Sat)     Robbie Leslie
August 23 (Sun) John LePage
October 10 (Sat) Steve Fabus
Please contact Xavier if you are interested in having a pre-event gathering in the Grove.

San Francisco Destination Weekend 2015
Friday, July 24
Tie-dye open studio (more later)
Saturday, July 25
Flagging in the Park with renowned DJ Robbie Leslie 12:30PM to 4:30PM
Sunday, July 26
Up Your Alley  Street Fair (leather/fetish) 11am-6pm
PLAY T-Dance   the west coast’s premier flow arts stage 5pm-midnight

Be sure to check back here for details – updated three weeks prior to each fabulous event!  Find FITP SF on Facebook here.~ Xavier