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Sky Farm Nudist Club to Hold Open House Next Saturday

Longtime 'naturist swim club' invites potential new members to give it a try.

Sky Farm Naturist Swim Club, located in a wooded area off Allen Road, has scheduled its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday, June 22 for guests to try out will enjoy sunning, swimming, volleyball, and live music in a safe and secure environment — sans clothing. Rain date is Sunday, June 23.

In publicizing the event, the township's longtime nudist club — which will celebrate its 81st anniversary this year — noted that most would agree that spending time outdoors in a natural environment is a "wonderful way to calm the mind and relieve stress."

The experience is enhanced when enjoyed in a natural state, without clothing, said Cindy Thiboutot, membership chair.

Sky Farm is located on 35 acres in Basking Ridge, next door to Fellowship Village. Sky Farm celebrated its 80th anniversary last June with Nudestock 2012, and claims to hold the distinction of being the oldest landed nudist club in North America. 

A group of German immigrants had purchased the 35 acres for $3,440 in 1932 in what was then an espcecially remote area of New Jersey on the outskirts of historic Liberty Corner Village.

Unlike many properties elsewhere throughout Basking Ridge, that land still is used for the purpose it was originally intended. "We have had the property so long," Tiboutout said last year. She said then that the club is a cooperative, owned by its members as it has since the beginning.

Admission to next weekend's open house is limited and by reservation only. The entry fee is $25 per person, including lunch, according to Sky Farm.

Reservations can be made on the Sky Farm website, www.skyfarm.com, by clicking on the “visit” button. Those who wish to attend also can call in a reservation at 908-419-5443, or by emailing membership@skyfarm.com.

According to information from Sky Farm, members have around-the-clock access to the club, which features a heated pool that is open May until the end of September, a hot tub open April through October, sauna, clubhouse with community kitchen, children’s playground, petanque, basketball, volleyball, miniten, social activities, and "plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors."

Sky Farm holds annual open house membership drives, Thiboutot said last year. On Friday, she said last year's Nudestock brought in additional members, and she expects that this year's open house will attract more sign-ups.

Most of Sky Farm's members are from the area—mostly from within a 50-mile radius—although some come from Pennsylvania and New York, Thiboutot said last year.

She said she doesn't believe there are any other nudist clubs closer to New York, although Sandy Hook does have a nude beach, she noted. Other clubs exist in Hackettstown and Stockhom in Sussex County, she said.

Thiboutot said one of the goals of "Nudestock 2012" was to attract more younger members. The nudist movement tends to attract participants in the 40 to 60 age category, she said. But, overall, Thiboutot said then, "I think nude recreation is on the upswing."

Sky Farm is a member of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR).  AANR is the oldest and largest organization promoting nude recreation in North America, with nearly 50,000 individual members and 267 affiliated clubs.  For more information on nude recreation, call 1-800-TRY-NUDE or visit the AANR website at www.aanr.com.

Jennifer Allen June 15, 2013 at 02:57 AM
AANR doesn't have 50,000 members. The truth is about 30,000 these days. And AANR doesn't have 267 affiliated clubs, unless you count (as they do) businesses like photo shops and dry cleaners that offer a discount to AANR members. The real numbers are around 115 landed clubs, like Sky Farm, and about an equal number of non-landed clubs whose members go to clothing-optional beaches as a group and meet eight or ten times a year in some member's home.
Miles June 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Linda - is this really an appropriate lead article for the BR Patch?
George June 15, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Good for you, Linda. I find this bit of history of Basking Ridge interesting. Looking forward to reading your first-person account of the open house soon.
Sara Nichols June 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I love it Linda and I agree with George. You should do an eyewitness follow up--a journalist must capture all sides to the story--even the back side!. The naked truth! This made me smile. A reminder that a free press is a good thing. As is tolerance for different lifestyles. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness! AANR sounds more fun than being a member of AARP. Rock on Sky Farm.
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) June 15, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Dear George & Miles, It's a little something different and I won't often repeat the topic. I thought it might be an enjoyable read, too, on a sunny day. We actually would be happy to have volunteers to cover (or uncover) this story.
Roy Pascal June 15, 2013 at 08:35 PM
cant wait to go, I think it's ironic that the 'Patch' is going to 'cover' a story that essentially involves the patch!! Roy
Nate Collins June 17, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Very good story. Thanks!
SkyFarmCindy June 17, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Roy, if you want to attend you need to register. I don't see that you've done so.. Cindy
SkyFarmCindy June 17, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Thank you Linda for not being afraid to acknowledge a group that has been a participating member of the community for 81 years. We're just like everyone else, we just prefer not to sit around in wet bathing suits :)

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