Re: [Berkeley-Polyamory] Final Update for Polyamorous Summer Solstice Party: June 23: Berkeley, CA

From: Dave D.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:31 PM
Hello Lilli
You and Brandon are certainly welcome to attend!
The party is SATURDAY: JUNE 23, 2012.
 Thanks for catching that mistake!! Ach sheist! I just posted that on about 25 different yahoo groups and facebook things! Going to be great fun correcting that mess!
 
   The POLYAMOROUS SUMMER SOLSTICE party is happening on JUNE 23 (SATURDAY):  7 PM till 10:30 PM.
 
(PERMISSION TO STAY AFTER 10;30 PM granted on limited, case by case basis).
THE LOCATION IS:
   1817 WOOLSEY STREET IN BERKELEY, CALIF, (94703)
 
We are at the Northwest corner of Harper and Woolsey, about 220 feet west of the Ashby Bart station. Yellow sign in the front yard says “Speed Humping” (I didn’t put it there, the city did).
 
 !                  ALPHABETIC FOOD LIST
 
WE ARE REQUESTING PEOPLE BRING DISHES BASED ON THE FIRST LETTER OF THEIR FIRST NAME. Those with names beginning with A-M are requested to bring a main dish (Think protein - whether meat or vegetarian.  WE WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO THINK IN TERMS OF SOMETHING OTHER THAN CHICKEN. Those beginning with the letter N- S are asked to bring chips, dips, cheese, crackers, breads, spreads, sweets/ DESSERT items. Those with names beginning with T-Z are requested to bring salads, fruit or side dishes. ANYONE is welcome to bring wine or non-alcoholic beverages, but all are asked to bring them IN ADDITION to their alphabetically assigned item, NOT instead of.
 
Also, since we are still having problems getting enough people to bring food, we are also requesting a VOLUNTARY donation of $7 per person for those who do NOT bring one of the major items mentioned above. This money will go for the purchase of food.
 

We will be asking to see valid photo ID, and the picture and name must match your face and the name you have RSVPed under. This is especially true for those attending for the first time, who are not personally known by me, single males, or those who cannot be vouched for by someone else well known to me.
BUT ALL ATTENDEES MUST SHOW VALID PHOTO ID!!!   Please do not bring expensive jewelry, prize possessions etc., and please keep track of your own purses, wallets, and other valuables, for the hosts cannot and will not be responsible if they are lost, stolen, eaten by trolls or otherwise vanish.
 
If you get into an altercation or conflict with someone else at the party, no matter how minor, don't attempt to resolve it yourself, but instead notify the host immediately.

                        
   SET UP
 
We REALLY need three volunteers to help with setup for 2-3 hours on Saturday, roughly 4-6 PM. This month, WE REALLY NEED VOLUNTEERS, but please DON'T volunteer unless you really are planning to show up!]
 
                              CLEAN UP
 
We are requesting a clean-up donation of $3 per person from all attendees, with the amount to go towards hiring a professional crew to do what is necessary after the party.

See you on June 23: (SATURDAY) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Regards,
DAVE



--- On Wed, 6/20/12, Lili <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Lili <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [Berkeley-Polyamory] Final Update for Polyamorous Summer Solstice Party: June 23: Berkeley, CA
To: [address removed]
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 5:12 PM

For clarification, you said the party is on Friday June 23rd? June 23rd is a Saturday. Is the Party on Friday June 22nd, or Saturday June 23rd?

On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM, Dave Doleshal <[address removed]> wrote:
This is (probably) the final update on the Polyamorous Summer Solstice Party, happening in Berkeley, June 23, FRIDAY evening, 7 PM- 10:30 PM.
We are now overquota for single males, but we still have room for single females, couples, triads, quadrapedalisms, penthalons, menage a hexagonias, septugents, "full houses," straits, royal flushes, yatzees, inflagranontes, googleplexes, and all other configurations.
We have confirmation on at least one of our male exotic erotic dancers, (and possibly two of them).
We also have NOW received final confirmation that our professional Female exotic-erotic dancer WILL be here, and WILL be doing the infamous "dance of the seven viels," which includes the eventual removal of ALL seven veils, (including veils #5, #6, and #7). (Although we have accumulated a collection of five veils of the appropriate traditional colors, we are still missing a traditional PINK viel (#3) and a classical bright GREEN veil (#4). We can probably scare these up somewhere between now and Saturday, but if anyone's got one or both they could donate to the cause, we'd appreciate it.
(The dance of the seven veils was, according to SOME traditions, the scandalously erotic dance performed by Princess Salome in Jerusalem about 32 AD before King Herod, which resulted in John the Baptist loosing his head. The celebration/commemoration of St John's life, career, and unfortuate demise has historically happened on the Summer Solstice, thus the association of this dance with Summer Solstice. However, it is also alleged that the dance of the seven veils has much more ancient roots, being associated with the great and highly non-monogamous goddess of love, feminine beauty and unrestrained female sexuality, Venus/Aphrodite, aka Astarte, Innana, etc. It is thus also very appropriate for a polyamorous celebration, expecially one happening on the Summer Solstice). Always eager to make common cause with our Christian Brethern, famous for their unflagging support of universal, non-possessive love, this is our annual attempt to appease them with a ceremony with a good solid Christian theme. We hope they will appreciate the gesture).
  We have sufficient Bluestar flowers for the Kireseth/Summer Solstice ceremony, and plenty more seems to be blooming in the yard in case we need extra. (These blue-star flowers/Kireseth flowers are alleged to possess aphrodisiac properties of a particularly polyamorous nature when dissolved in a small quantity of wine, and/or when the pollen is inhaled directly). We shall be conducting a highly scientific test of these claims at this event. Participation is on a strictly voluntary basis).
 The traditional Summer Solstice Cake is still under construction - not yet completed, but should be ready by Saturday night.
   We still do not have sufficient commitments from people to tend the bonfire in the backyard, so unless we get them fairly soon, we shall have to cancel that part of this circus.
   The structured "puppy pile" still scheduled for 10:15 PM

    RVSP to:  [address removed]
 NOTE THIS IS NOT AN EVENT YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP TO. PEOPLE ARE REQUIRED TO RVSP AND RECEIVE AND INVITATION AND DIRECTIONS).
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WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE PREVIOUS UPDATE ON THIS SAME EVENT:
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This is an update on the Polyamorous Summer Solstice Party, happening in
Berkeley, CA, on June 23. Saturday, 7 PM - 10:30 PM.
Summer Solstice is the longest and brightest day of the year - an excellent
excuse to celebrate with unbridled joy and exuberance, of transcending all
socially-imposed and self-imposed limits, and actually DOING some of those
things you always wanted to do, but never quite had the guts to follow through
on!! What a perfect time for a polyamorous party, yeah?
SO...
We have quasi-offical confirmation for our female erotic exotic dancer to do
the "dance of the seven veils," - going all the way down to removing sixth AND
seventh veil, but it is not absolutely confirmed yet. (ANYONE OUT THERE GOT
SOME APPROPRIATE MIDDLE-EASTERN BELLY DANCE MUSIC FOR THIS?)
We do have confirmation from two of our MALE exotic-erotic dancers, so odds are
good we'll get at least one of them to show.
Still hoping to do the bonfire, but still not sufficient committment of people
to tend the fire vigilently during the events, so..., we'll see.
We have harvested sufficient stock of borage/kireseth flower to do the
blue-star flower ritual, so that's go.
The offical Summer Solstice cake is also under construction.
So...the party seems to be shaping up well!
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What follows is the eariler, NON-updated announcement for the party
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This is the first announcement for the POLYAMOROUS SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY, which
is happening JUNE 23: SATURDAY EVENING, BERKELEY (CALIFORNIA)
Party will be happening from 7:00 PM til 10:30 PM
Directions and location will be emailed to those who RVSP:
THIS WILL NOT (REPEAT, NOT) BE A G-RATED PARTY.
This does not necessarily mean it will degenerate into a wild orgy,
but simply that a G-rating is not guaranteed after 8:30 PM.
We will have to limit the number of single males at this event. This does not
mean that no single males will be allowed, only that we will be limiting the
number. Priority will be given to those who attend in the company of one or more
females, with single males permitted on a
space-available basis.
We plan to have at least one male erotic-exotic dancer and one female
exotic- erotic dancer dancer.
Because this is Summer Solstice, we are planning to have a female exotic
dancer do the traditional "DANCE of the Seven VEILS." We are still working on
this. Our usual candidate for this job is unavailable this year, so we need find
another. Problem is that most of the usual exotic erotic female dancers we rely
on are not confident that their techincal prowess is up to snuff for such a
formal performance. Conversely, most of the dancers we know who possess the
technical skill to do the Dance of the Seven Veils are fine with removing the
first five veils, but are somewhat torqued about removing #6 and #7. But here at
the Church of the Ever Lovin' Mind, we are nothing if not sticklers for
authenticity, so the search continues...

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
PARTY GOES FROM 7:00 PM TO 10:30 PM.
(Note we are officially ending at 10:30 PM. Permission to stay after
10:30 PM will be selectively granted on a invitation-only basis).
Since this is Summer Solstice, we plan to have a bonfire in the
backyard, (such as it is). However, to do this we need to have st least one
person tending that fire the entire time. Ideally this is someone with a MA
degree in Fire safety or several years' employment with a local fire
departement. However, in practice, we'll settle for anyone whose ever been in
the Boy Scouts, been to "Burning Man" two years running, or can at least roast a
hot dog without torching their own shorthairs.(Okay to work in tandem, as long
as at least one person is out there at all times).
At about 8:30 PM, we plan to have a brief "Kireseth-flower/Borage"
ceremony intended to test the claims that this (entirely legal and
safe) flower has aphrodisiac properties especially attuned to
polyamorous purposes.
WE SHALL CONTINUE TO BE SYSTEMATIC ABOUT THE "PUPPY PILE/ SNUGGLE
PARTY" THE WOMEN SET THE LIMITS AND THE RULES. The
procedure is still evolving, but it has been working pretty well in
recent months, so we'll keep at it. Plan is to do this starting about 10:15 PM
or
so.
(THIS IS NOT AN EVENT YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP TO. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO RSVP AND RECIEVE AN INVITATION AND DIRECTIONS)
See you June 23 : (SATURDAY) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 




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