By Peter Covino
Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Kissimmee-based American Association for Nude Recreation?
You can find out Friday, Feb. 17, 12:30 p.m., when everyone is invited to a ribbon-cutting event celebrating the newly-renovated building at 1703 N. Main Street.
There will be food, festivities and fun, but absolutely no nudity, at the event.
2017 will mark a new stepping-stone for the association, said AANR President Beverly Price.
“This year, with the rededication of its international headquarters, AANR is poised on the brink of another success story — a new era,” she said. “Please join AANR’s members and friends for an open house and a traditional ribbon cutting and share AANR’s enthusiasm.”
The association’s history with Osceola County dates back to the early 1980s.
“In 1983, ASA (American Sunbathing Association, AANR’s previous title) energized its members with the purchase of an office building in Kissimmee, Florida,” she said. “Many leaders in the nudist community challenged the membership to either give or loan money for a new building fund. The excitement was contagious, and ASA had its greatest growth in membership in the next decade.” AANR looks forward to repeating that excitement again this February with the ribbon cutting.
The association’s executive director expects the inevitable question at every nude recreation event. Will anyone/everyone be naked?
“We believe in celebrating in appropriate attire for the occasion,” said Dan Whicker, AANR Executive Director. “This means being clothed at the event. We strip down later at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort and Spa, our local resort just down the road.”
For 86 years, AANR has been a strong voice and the leading authority in North America on protecting the freedoms and rights of those who participate in wholesome, family-style nude recreation. Members of AANR recognize the intrinsic wholesomeness of the human body and believe that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, a person’s physical, spiritual, and mental health is enriched through social nude recreation. AANR supports over 200 chartered clubs, resorts, and campgrounds, and serves more than 52 million individuals who enjoy skinny-dipping and non-sexual and non- exploitive clothing optional recreation throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. For more information about AANR and for facts related to nude recreation, visit www.aanr.com or call 1-800-TRY-NUDE (879-6833).