Twin Oaks 50th Program

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Contents

Many hands make light work        2

Food        2

Important norms        3

Lymes and Poison Ivy        4

Swag!        4

Tours of Twin Oaks        4

Sharing Stories        5

Twin Oaks StoryCorps        5

Slides and Photos in TCLR        5

Preserving Twin Oaks History: A Film Project        6

After the Event - Interview request        6

Event blurbs        6

World Café: It’s the year 2067 - The Magic of Twin Oaks @ Large        6

Yoga        7

12 Step Meeting        7

Stone People gathering at the Peace Pole        7

Curated slideshow        7

Benefit Auction        8

50 years, 50 songs        8

Discussion about land acquisition next to Twin Oaks        8

Community Singing Circle        8

Tour of Acorn        8

Aikido open class        9

Feminist Creek Walk        9

Schedule of events        9

Ongoing events        9

Storycorps        9

Twin Oaks Graveyard        9

Acupuncture        9

Friday        10

Saturday        11

Sunday        12

DJ Schedule        14

Maps        14

Many hands make light work

Everyone, including you, will be responsible for making sure this event goes smoothly. There will be workshift signups at registration, but beyond that, anything that needs to be done will be the responsibility of everyone present. If something needs doing, please take care of it. If you need help taking care of it, ask your friends or check in with people at registration.

Food

It’s going to be a monumental task to feed everyone this weekend and this is an especially important place for people to pitch in (please sign up for some shifts). Please also bring your own supplies of snacks and light fare—we’re not used to cooking for these numbers, and there could be some glitches (or some lines you don’t want to wait in).  While we plan to have coffee, if you have to have it to make the day worthwhile, we suggest bringing some instant or other form of easy to prepare.

 

Food service is from Thursday dinner through Sunday dinner. If you are here at Thursday lunch, you are welcome to join the community for lunch at ZK. On Monday, there will be a self-serve continental breakfast at the conference site, and those remaining are invited to join the community for lunch at ZK.  We expect the event to be over before Monday dinner.

 

There are three main locations where food will be served: ZK, the event tent in the Kaweah backyard, and the event tent next to Harmony, across from the Big Tent. There will be a more or less continuous stream of food being served in those locations, with more defined meals beginning at about 8am, noon, and 6pm. There will also be breakfast and snacks at the conference site, and campers are welcome to use that kitchen. The snack kitchen at ZK is also available for limited event attendee use as needed.

 

A special brunch will be served on Saturday morning, prepared by ex-members Ira, Velma, and Jim Adams (and you—please sign up to join us in the kitchen Friday evening and Saturday morning). The main feast will be at Zhankoye from 8:30 to 11. Some food and beverage will be available from 7:30 and till noon. An excellent subset of the brunch meal will be available by 8 at Kaweah, the Courtyard, and the conference site. These locations may be less crowded.

 

Sunday afternoon starts with pizza added to the salad and sandwich bar (12 to 2 pm at ZK, Kaweah and the Courtyard). The Big Barbecue at ZK goes from 2 pm to 6 pm. Current members Ezra and Tony (and you, please sign up to help) will grill and serve outside of ZK, with delicious sides on the ZK steam table all afternoon. Kaweah yard and the Courtyard will have a more limited dinner service with snacks from 2 to 5 pm and dinner 5 to 6:30.

In the evenings,  we plan for lots of delicious and filling snacks at the conference site kitchen and ZK fruit, hummus, chips, dips, cheeses, crackers, nuts, and more.

Important norms

Don't go in bedrooms uninvited, even if the door is open.

Internet: No wifi, sorry. Public computers are available for use but members have priority. A couple will be set up specifically for your use in the IT office in Llano. Our bandwidth is limited so please share. Don’t download or stream. Don’t torrent or do anything else illegal.

Cell phones and other handheld electronic devices: Please keep use to a minimum and away from group activities. Avoid using them in public places unless you are near a landline or in a parking lot.

Nudity and toplessness: Same for everyone. Anywhere after 7:30pm is clothing optional (no bare butts on furniture). Toplessness in courtyard and ZK prior to 7:30 is okay but bottoms are required. Anywhere outside of courtyard and ZK is clothing optional anytime unless an SLG has a special norm (ask if you don’t know).

Cameras and recordings: Normally we require people to get consent before capturing anyone in a picture or video or doing an audio recording, however we think this will be impossible to control completely at this event. We ask that you please ask for consent before capturing images, video, or audio. However, those who do not want to be captured in this way should also be diligent in informing people they see with recording devices.

Smoking: Smoking can only happen in designated areas. These are, 1) Compost Cafe in the Courtyard (inside and behind, but not in front or around), 2) the smokers lounge in ZK, 3) the picnic table between ZK, the tofu addition, and the wood shed, 4) the Tupelo porch, 5) smokers area at Emerald City, and 6) the smokers tarp at the conference site.

Intoxication/substances: Be aware of this, be responsible, and look out for your friends and others around you. Please don't do anything that will put the community in jeopardy.

Lymes and Poison Ivy

We have lymes disease in this area. Check yourself regularly for ticks, especially if you’ve been in the woods or in grass that isn’t very short. If you get a tick, there are special tick removal tools in first aid kits. Find a friend and check each other in places you can’t easily see.

We have lots of poison ivy. If you don’t know what it looks like find someone to show you. Wash yourself with cold soapy water within a few hours of exposure to avoid a rash.

Swag!

We’ve got original Twin Oaks postcards and 50th Anniversary T-shirts available for sale in Appletree. Someone should be on hand to make sales most of the day, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cash and check only, though you may be able to pay by credit card at registration and take a receipt up to Appletree.

Tours of Twin Oaks

Meet at ZK

For friends and family, or ex-members who haven’t been back for a looooong time, there will be several tours during the weekend. Tours will be in the range of 2 hours long, but you are welcome to stay for as much or as little as you want.

Tour times:

Sharing Stories

Twin Oaks StoryCorps

9am - 5pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Appletree

We are collecting stories from ex-members as audio recordings (like NPR's StoryCorps). Our purpose is to preserve TO history and the diversity of members' experiences.

You can come alone, or bring a friend or two and reminisce. We want to know when you lived here, what it meant to you, how and why you decided to leave. You can just use your Twin Oaks name, or your full name.

We'll have sign-up sheets at Registration and at the recording sites. We will schedule Fri, Sat and Sun on the hour from 9 am to 5 pm starts. So far, interviewers are Shal, Pam, Thomas, Elspeth, Becky and ex-intern Julia. We'll offer prompts if needed.

We'll have consent forms and you can decide how public your story can be. We will edit the stories and store them in Twin Oaks Archives. We'll send you a digital copy of the file.

pam@twinoaks.org

Slides and Photos in TCLR

We will have an ongoing exhibit of slides and photos in TCLR throughout Anniversary weekend. Come relax, chat, reminisce, and share your own photos at your convenience.

Curated slideshow:

 1 - 2 pm, Saturday, TCLR - hosted by Calvin and Aaron

Join McCune, photographer extraordinaire Aaron Cohen, and ex-member Calvin on a trip back in time, to an era when the Courtyard had no trees, the pond had no sauna, and the community had no pond! Share your stories of the era, and help us identify all the members in the photographs.

Preserving Twin Oaks History: A Film Project

with Alexis Yamashita and Josie Justice

We want to create a short video/film collecting the thoughts/recollections of members and ex-members through casual interviews. The main focus of the interviews will be preserving memory and history. We will be filming during the afternoons and evenings all weekend, please see the the signup sheet in the Courtyard bulletin board for more information.

After the Event - Interview request

From Zoe Wood: I am interested in exploring writing a book about the lives of ex-members and how they have carried the revolution with them after leaving.  I don't want to collect stories while I'm there. It would take away from us being able to enjoy the celebration. I want to make contacts and do the writing later. How did you carry the Revolution with you after leaving TO? If you would be willing to share your story, please contact me at zbw@case.edu

Event blurbs

World Café: It’s the year 2067 - The Magic of Twin Oaks @ Large

4 - 6pm, Friday, ZK - facilitated by Tobias (aka Frodo)

In a relaxed setting, you are invited to share and create past and future ways an integral community like TO is serving as a "memebrain", bridge, harbor, to the increasingly less- than- real world out there. How does our "in-here": patriarchal etc., in short: evil heritage from upbringing schooling etc. shift and heal inside commune life? How do commune kids transition with wisdom intact? How can we as parents bring community to our hoods? How can any commune be less of an island- more peninsula? What do YOU need, what can u give for more happiness on this pretty planet, locally and cosmically integrated?

Yoga 

4:15 - 5:30pm, Friday, Bijou - led by Valerie

This will be an all-levels Yoga class; poses can be modified to be more gentle or more active, depending on your energy.  Please wear stretchy clothing.  Space is limited; availability is

first-come-first-served.  Let's breathe....

12 Step Meeting

9:30 - 11am, Saturday - facilitated by Koala

10 - 11am, Sunday - facilitated by Peter

Appletree, green room

12 Step meetings encompasses  many "recovery"  groups  centered  around anyone  who has a  desire  to  recover  from Drug, Alcohol or other addictions as well as friends and family members who have been affected  by  Alcohol or  drug abuse. Some of these programs  include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Alanon, Adult Children of  Alcoholics and many others.  This is  an open meeting. All are welcome.

Stone People gathering at the Peace Pole

1pm, Saturday, meet in front of ZK - with Nathan

This is an invitation from Nathan to bring a rock, stone or pebble from your homeland, bringing a peace of your Mother to gather the tribes at Twin Oaks, once your abode.  It’s a tradition for folks to bring a stone/pebble/rock from their home to the peace pole as a way of bringing our lives/homes/energies together. This will be simple gathering of souls & stones

Curated slideshow

 1 - 2 pm, Saturday, TCLR - hosted by Calvin and Aaron

Join McCune, photographer extraordinaire Aaron Cohen, and ex-member Calvin on a trip back in time, to an era when the Courtyard had no trees, the pond had no sauna, and the community had no pond! Share your stories of the era, and help us identify all the members in the photographs.

We will also have an ongoing exhibit of slides and photos in TCLR throughout Anniversary weekend. Come relax, chat, reminisce, and share your own photos at your convenience.

Benefit Auction

2 - 4pm, Saturday, ZK

Twin Oaks and several ex-members are joining forces to acquire the adjacent 105 acres. This recently clearcut land is a short walk from Kaweah and our graveyard. This benefit auction is one part of this capital campaign to acquire it. Come help by bidding on vacation spots, original art, consulting services, massage and more.   Members, former members, and friends of community have all contributed things to make this event successful and compelling.  Look for the fingerbook (aka zine) called "Auction Guide" to get a preview of some of the items which will be auctioned. These are available at ZK in mailbox P-5.  Even if you have nothing to bid or offer, it promises to be an entertaining offering.

50 years, 50 songs

4 - 6pm and 7:30 - 9:30pm, Saturday, Big Tent

Get down with the 50th Anniversary band!  This group, a talented cast of current and ex-members, will bring you the best popular dance music of the past half-century, performing one song from every year that Twin Oaks has been in existence.  Our first set, from 4-6 PM, will take you from the psychedelic sounds of the 60's all the way through to 90's grunge.  Our second set, from 7:30-9:30, will take you through the rest of the 90's and into the 21st century, serving up the funkiest, cheesiest, and freakiest music that the modern era of music has to offer!

Discussion about land acquisition next to Twin Oaks

6 - 7pm, Saturday, ZK

A group of ex members & Twin Oaks are acquiring an adjacent 105 acre property.  Want to live with us or help make it happen? Come join a ground-level visioning discussion on building this community .

Community Singing Circle

11am - 1pm, Sunday, Bijou - facilitated by Cleo and Craig

This song circle is open to all voices--listeners as well. Folks are encouraged to take bring songs to share that have inspired, revived, soothed and deepened our lives in community. We won't be using songbooks, so if you want to teach a song with the help of a lyric sheet, bring copies with you!

Tour of Acorn

11am - 1pm, Sunday, Acorn

24 years old and thriving! Come get a tour! Address is 1259 Indian Creek Rd, 23093

Aikido open class

1 - 4pm, Sunday, Bijou - taught by Sabine

Aikido is a non-violent yet effective traditional Japanese martial art. We use an attacker's momentum to take control and end a conflict peacefully. Aikido is for everyone!  Stop by and learn a few simple and fun self-defense moves. 1 hour class led by Sabine (2. Dan). Casual, comfy clothes are best.

Feminist Creek Walk

12-2:00pm Sunday, meet at ZK deck - led by Madge and Matthew Arnsberger

All feminists and feminist allies are invited to join Madge and others in a forest walk along the creek. Bring a water bottle and maybe bug spray, and come enjoy the beauty of the forest with feminist friends!

Schedule of events

Ongoing events

Storycorps

9am - 5pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Appletree

See description above.

Twin Oaks Graveyard

The graveyard is about a 20 minute walk through the woods, with a sign where to turn right off on the road up to Tupelo. Beloved ex-members who are buried there are Ace, Carl, Danele, Delancey, Dorian, Kana, Kat, Margaret, Marione, Piper, Raphy and Seth.

Acupuncture

3-4:30pm Thurs, Fri, and Sat; 9-10:30am Sun - provided by Thea Putz at Nashoba

Drop in for 30-45 minutes during these times for a relaxing session of Acupuncture Detox, provided by Thea Putz. Acu-detox involves the insertion of five sterile needles into the outer surface of the ears. The five points on the ear correspond with specific body functions and organs, and the needles serve to stimulate the energy, or Chi, thus aiding that body function or organ to achieve balance and health. Acu-detox can help free your body of toxins from foods, alcohol, stress, and other sources.

Daily schedules on next page...


Friday

Big Tent (volley ball court)

ZK

Bijou

1:00 PM

1:30 PM

Choir Practice

2:00 PM

Flying Tomatoes Reunion

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

World Cafe w/ Tobias

Yoga w/ Valerie

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

Charlies Steel Erection

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

Danny Schmidt and Devon Sproule

7:30 PM

8:00 PM

8:30 PM

9:00 PM

DJ Dance party (see schedule below)

9:30 PM

10:00 PM

10:30 PM

11:00 PM

Late

Saturday

Big Tent (volley ball court)

CYTD/Pond

ZK

Bijou

Appletree (green room)

9:30 AM

12 step mtg

10:00 AM

Brunch 8:30 - 11am

Choir practice

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Group photo!

11:30 AM

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

Anniversary Choir

1:00 PM

Henna w/ Elona

Ceremony at Peace Pole w/ Nathan (meet @ ZK)

1:30 PM

2:00 PM

TnT Harmonies: Ted and Rob

Auction w/ Pax

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

Goosefoot: Acorn band

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

50th Dance Band: 1967 - 1991

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

Discussion about land acquisition next to TO part 1

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

50th Dance Band: 1992 - 2017

8:00 PM

8:30 PM

9:00 PM

9:30 PM

DJ Dance party (see schedule below)

10:00 PM

10:30 PM

11:00 PM

Late

DJ Schedule

Friday

Saturday

9:00 PM

Koala

Christian

9:15 PM

9:30 PM

Sabine

9:45 PM

10:00 PM

10:15 PM

Brandy

10:30 PM

10:45 PM

11:00 PM

Stephan

Augie

11:15 PM

11:30 PM

Late

Sky


Sunday

ZK

Kaweah yard

Bijou

Appletree (green room)

Acorn

10:00 AM

12 step mtg

10:30 AM

Beethoven Trios (Brenda Augie Alexis)

11:00 AM

Singing Circle w/ Craig, Cleo & friends

Tour of Acorn

11:30 AM

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

Discussion about land acquisition next to TO part 2

1:00 PM

Aikido class w/ Sabine

1:30 PM

2:00 PM

BBQ

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

Contra Dance called by Bree - rain location = ZK

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

Open Mic w/ MC Reynaldo

7:30 PM

8:00 PM

8:30 PM

9:00 PM

9:30 PM

Maps

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