SF Destination Weekend: July 25-27 Dore Alley Fair Weekend and Flagging In The Park

By June 18, 2014Events

Friday, July 25th:  Tie-dye open studio

Saturday, July 26th: Flagging in the Park with renowned DJ Warren Gluck 12:30-4:30 (below)

Sunday, July 27th: Up Your Alley Street Fair (leather/fetish) 11am-6pm

PLAY T-Dance  the west coast’s premier flow arts stage 5pm-midnight

~ FLAGGING IN THE PARK ~  

Saturday, July 26th – 1:30PM to 4:30PM    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: Warren Gluck  For over 39 years Warren Gluck has been delighting dance floors with a varied and diverse style that has earned him a devoted international fan base and universal respect from his peers. He was a regular for The Saint and Monster and helped to form the circuit’s musical definition. He has played just about every major circuit event in the country including Real Bad, and ReUnion City Hall. He has been playing in Fire Island for over 36 years where he has residency at The Blue Whale and the PavilionWarren’s musical style is usually characterized as being upbeat and festive, with an accent on big vocals. Comfortable with many different musical styles, morning music is his personal favorite! Warren is keen on playing for FITP, a flagger himself, he looks forward to playing a beautiful journey to set the stage for all to enjoy.

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 seventeen years later; the DJs, organizers, and participants are 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.

2014 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 2014 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, Randal Schiller Productions, Gloss Magazine, Flagger Central, Fitness SF, Benefit Marketing, Kenshi Westover, Kimpton Hotels, the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their help with FITP!

Next 2014 events: Sept 6, Oct 4

FITP on Facebook here

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