PorcFest 6/21/04 Update
From: Tim Condon
Subject: Final Word on Porc Fest!!!
PORCUPINES! WE ARE ARRIVING! STARTING IN TWO DAYS THE FREE STATE PROJECT AND OUR NEW HOME, THE FREE STATE, BECOME A REALITY TO ALL OF US!
This will be the last "Porc Fest Spam" touting the First Annual Porcupine Freedom Fest and Night on the Barricades. The party has been in planning for more than a half year. In a few days we all come together to celebrate the most important politico-philosophical movement in the past 100 years. I very much look forward to meeting you all, and talking to everyone, at the party. Michele and I will be there starting Wednesday night at Rogers Campground in Lancaster, New Hampshire (the Free State). It will be one of the largest convocations of libertarians and other freedom-lovers in the past 50 years. More information follows below:
All are welcome to attend the Porc Fest. The Free State Project does not charge for attendance. Rogers Campground will charge a $3.00 daily guest fee to any attendees who are on-premises but not spending the night at a Rogers campsite, motel room, or cabin. All off-site lodgers and day attendees should stop at the office on their way into the facility and pay the $3.00 there. "Day trippers" are most welcome, as are all citizens of good cheer and intent.
I have been contacted by various Porcupine supporters who are lucky enough to live in the Free State already. They will converge on the Porc Fest from all parts of New Hampshire, and be "day trippers." Talk to them all. They are our vanguard, our welcomers, and our helpers.
The Porcupine Lunch scheduled for Friday, June 25, 2004 at noontime is in limbo. It may be a communal meal, or everyone may scatter. Right now, it's "anarchy in action." Let's see what we make happen....
Rogers campground has a little cafe on-site that serves breakfast and dinner. The cafe apparently changed their hours to opening at 7:00 am, so the hiking group canned their plans for cooking a breakfast for the hikers. It's all on the forum thread about the hike. Hikers who are going up Mt. Liberty on Friday morning, meet at and around the campground cafe that morning.
The "We'll Be There" list is now being retired for the year. If your name is On The List, you are now part of history. We'll double the number attending next year, but there can only be a First Time. This is it. My thanks go out to all of you who have committed to attend.
There was previously scheduled a "Grafton Tour" on the Porc Fest schedule. Then all hell broke loose. It was decided that everyone else should have the chance to visit THEIR favorite part of the Free State (there are several regions, and many towns that are being "pushed" by various Porcupines). Thus, if you're interested in visiting a specific part of New Hampshire, plan on talking to people about putting together a tour on Sunday morning. (Michele and I will still be going to Grafton and getting a tour from some of the friendly residents there.) Keep in mind also that the Free State Project has a Welcome Wagon to help Porcupines find support within the state. Take a look to see what area of NH you're most interested in...and plan to talk to the coordinator for that area during the Porc Fest!
All current information on the Web about the Porcupine Fest can be seen here.
An important but informal seminar has been scheduled at the Porc Fest for Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at FSP President Amanda Phillips' Campsite #22: Phil Denisch will give an "FSP Speakers Workshop." Learn how to speak to groups more clearly and effectively about the Free State Project. Polish your public speaking skills!
One of the Porc Fest coordinators, Dawn Lincoln (thanks Dawn!) reports that "my kids will be offering bag lunches for sale early every morning on a preorder/prepay basis." Look for them. Little capitalist tykes offering a valuable service and making a buck in the process! Great!
For the Saturday evening barbeque, meal tickets may be purchased at the Rogers campground office. Porc Fest coordinator George Reich says: Please emphasize for the Saturday night meal that people should buy their meal tickets at the Rogers office as they check in. This will help keep us from doing the work of being ticket-pushers. Thanks!.
The menu? Glad you asked!
(choice of two of above)
Chips and dip
The cost? $6.50. Get your tickets at the Rogers Campground office.
Everyone bring your camcorders and film away! This is a historic coming together, and we'll all want to have film---lots of film---to remember it.
See the final schedule (much amended) for the First Annual Porcupine Freedom Fest and Night on the Barricades.
BRINGING LITTLE PORCUPINES?
Children and Family Recreational Activities at the Porc Fest (put on by Dawn Lincoln)