For various reasons (all due to lack of time and going crazy with multifarious projects), I haven’t gotten a PorcFest Spam out for a MONTH. Now there’s so much to report that I’m just going to have to give it to you rapid-fire. Because of the time-squeeze to get this out, I can’t give another chapter of Supercharged Solitons (or “How the Free State Project Saved America”). There’s just not enough time... So listen up, and act!
THE PORCFEST SCHEDULE HAS BEEN
jumping around over the past few months like some kind of demented Libertarian Jumping Bean (a species of jumping bean that grows only in the Free State). You need to LOOK
at the schedule at http://www.freestateproject.org/news/festival/schedule/
and see what’s changed since last you checked it.
Food, Food, Food, Food, Food THE LAST TIME I TALKED TO YOU, I promised information on the PorcFest food situation. Here’s the final information: There will be a single PorcFest-Wide meal held on Friday, July 29th. It will be dinner (supper, for you southern Porcupines), and will be held starting at “about” 4:30 p.m. that day (sandwiched, so to speak, between the Reports from Individuals and families who have made the move to the Free State, chain-breaking by FSP VP Evan Nappen, and the Welcome Wagon presentation on the front end, and the Polyamory Social Gathering (eek!) at the back end that starts about 6:00 p.m., before the Rock Concern with Poker Face that begins at 7:00 p.m.). Wanna know what’s for dinner? Check it out:
Tossed Garden Salad with Dressing and Croutons
Potato Salad with Egg Garnish
Macaroni Salad with Tomato Garnish
Hearty Pasta Salad Swedish Meatballs over Rice Pilaf Baked Homemade Rice Pilaf Green Bean Almondine Sautee Buttered Fettuccini Noodles Cheese Stuffed Ravioli with Marinara Marinated Tenderloins of Chicken Stir Fry with Fresh Vegetables Saute Hot Assorted Homemade Rolls & butter Dessert Du Jour (that’s Romanian, I think...) Coffee, and Decaf, and Tea, and Ice Water THE COST OF THE MEAL with be $20.00 each (part of which goes to support the continuing work of the Free State Project). IF YOU WANT TO PARTAKE of this wonderful meal (headed up by super-Porcupine Margot Keyes, who “made the move” to the Free State in the past 12 months with her husband Bradley and their four children from far-away Minnesota), then you need to “sign up” for it (so we can tell the caterer how many meals to prepare). We’ve got to have the final count in to the caterer by Friday, July 22, 2005, so.... IF YOU SIGNED UP ON THE “WE’LL BE THERE LIST”, you may or may not have had the opportunity to include a sign-up for the Friday dinner. If you signed up “early-on” with the We’ll Be There list (like me), you may not have had the chance to sign up for the dinner. If you signed up for the dinner on that list, it would still be a good idea to let us know you still want in on it. If you signed up for the dinner on the We’ll Be There list, but now don’t want to participate, you need to let us know. If you signed up on the We’ll Be There list and didn’t have the chance to sign up for the dinner, then you most DEFINITELY need to let us know you want to eat that afternoon. CLEAR? I know it's confusing. Go back and re-read the above paragraph. THEN NOTIFY US that you want to be one of the PorcFest Dinner eaters by emailing Varrin Swearingen (our PFC this year, aka PorcFest Czar) at THIS ADDRESS: email@example.com. So go on and SEND HIM AN EMAIL NOW. Tell him “you’re in,” and that you want to pig out at the PorcFest Family Dinner on Friday the 29th.
2nd AMENDMENT ACTIVITIES... THIS IS ANOTHER biggie. The Second Amendment Activities at the PorcFest are going to be held on an ongoing basis. Note the schedule, and you’ll see that activities will be held “all day” on Wednesday the 27th and Thursday the 28th. Get with people there, find those who are helping with the shooting activities (especially Super Porcupine Bill Walker, who is the 2nd Amendment coordinator this year), and it will be easy to find out who’s going where to shoot, and who’s helping whom to learn.
HOWEVER...there’s also going to be a special, great, beginners’ class held by super-max Porcupine Tony Lekas, an NRA Certified Instructor in Basic Pistol and Basic Personal Protection in the Home (if you’re a beginner with guns, you will want to attend this class). It will be held on FRIDAY, the 29th, starting at 8:30 a.m. Here’s the scoop from Tony:
Shooting Introduction for Beginners This activity will begin on Friday July 29 at 8:30 am sharp at the Pavilion in Roger’s Campground. It is intended for those with little or no experience with firearms. At the Rogers Campground Pavilion we will meet to discuss safety, the parts and operation of the first firearms we will use, and the fundamentals of shooting. We will start out with .22 revolvers and .22 rifles. We will then travel together to a nearby range so the participants can get some practical experience shooting. We will work with you to help you improve. We will also have other firearms available. Participants may leave whenever they want. If there is interest I plan to stay at the range through the afternoon. I can cover the operation of other pistols and rifles I’ll be glad to answer any questions about firearms and their use that you have.
There is a $10.00 charge to cover materials. If you do stay into the afternoon I may ask for some additional money to cover ammunition and targets, especially if you use much ammunition other than .22. Given the facilities available and in order to provide individual instruction the number of people who can participate in this activity will be limited to about 15. If you are interested please sign up by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first serve. Participants under 18 are welcome but a parent or guardian must accompany them. Consider the physical and mental maturity level of the child before you bring them. If you have any questions contact me. I have had some children as young as 6 as students who have done well with a .22 rifle. Usually by 10-12 most children are ready. If you will be bringing children please let me know and provide the age(s). Young children need more one-on-one attention and if we have many I’ll need to round up more instructors.
(Uh...Tony...I gotta tell ya...I promise you there are going to be more than 15 people who want to take your class...starting with me. You may find yourself with 150 or 200 people. Here come the emails.) Everyone who wants to take Tony’s class, email him at email@example.com. RIGHT NOW!
IT’S NOW OR NEVER, BY THE WAY...
...just a reminder. If you haven’t got your plans firmed up, your plane tickets purchased, your car trip and friends gathered together, you need to take care of it NOW. I talked to some freedom-lovers the other day who WANTED
to attend the PorcFest...but they were still THINKING about it. Just a friendly reminder. FIRM IT UP NOW!
“CHECKING IN” AT THE PORCFEST
...IS GOING TO BE REALLY FUN AND REALLY IMPORTANT because you’ll get some great free stuff. When you get to Rogers Motel & Campground in Lancaster in the Free State (whether you’re staying in the motel, a tent, an RV, a trailer, or somewhere else), head into the campground to TRAILER SPACE #34. There you will see a white travel trailer with blue trim; it will “most likely” have some kind of big sign taped up on the. side of it (such as “SIGN UP AND CHECK IN HERE!”). That will be the place to check in with our super-Porcupines Dawn Lincoln and Kat Dillon, and whoever else has volunteered to help them out (hint, hint: you can email Dawn with offers to help at firstname.lastname@example.org
AT THE CHECK-IN you will be given a Free Goody Bag that will contain cool stuff. No, I’m not going to tell you about all the great stuff that’s going to be in that bag. Anticipation will make you excited to check in! (But there will be name tags, lanyards, maps, business cards, that kind of stuff.)
YOU WILL ALSO GET a full-color 2nd Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival (and Night on the Barricades) Program. You’ll want to have one, because there’s so much stuff that’s going to be going on.
YOU WILL ALSO GET one or more raffle tickets (if you care to participate), and one or more meal tickets for the big PorcFest Family Dinner (see above), also if you care to participate.
AND LEST WE FORGET...
...THE PORCUPINE ENTREPRENEURIAL GROUP (PEG) WILL BE MEETING AT THE PORC FEST FREE STATE PROJECT VICE PRESIDENT EVAN NAPPEN is putting together a group of folks with a variety of skills, experience, and knowledge for a common goal --- to live in the Free State. The idea behind PEG is for entrepreneurial Porcupines to focus on creating some kind of lucrative business venture in New Hampshire. PEG will brainstorm to determine what product to produce. PEG will formulate and execute on a business plan. The first meeting of PEG will be at the Porcfest. In order to participate, you must
1. Be an FSP Participant.
2. Be willing to invest $50,000 or more into the Company.
3. Have a desire to own, start up, and work on an entrepreneurial venture in the Free State.
4. Possess experience, knowledge, or a skill needed by the company (e.g. accounting, marketing, engineering, sales, law, management, IT, HR, finance, machine shop skills, etc.).
5. Be a rational, forward-thinking person who is not afraid to be creative and to take reasonable risks.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE you need to get with Evan Nappen, who is issuing the invitations to this private group (not officially associated with the FSP) at email@example.com
SPEAKING OF FSP VP EVAN NAPPEN...
This guy is great. He’s a one-man idea factory. He’ll be heading up a “chain-breaking ceremony” to be held on Friday the 29th between 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. (somewhere in there). Do you want to break the chains of the omnipotent state, and the myriad unconstitutional and unnecessary rules, laws, statutes, ordinances, commands, orders, etc. that tie you down today? MOVE TO THE FREE STATE! And break your chains. You’ll be able to actually and in reality “break your chains” at Evan’s ceremony on Friday. Be there.
Also, Evan will have a Revolutionary War musket which has been traced and verified as having been utilized at the battle of Yorktown (where the good guys won) and elsewhere during the war for independence from King George. You will be able to see and handle it, and have your picture taken holding it whilst wearing a Revolutionary tri-corner hat such as the
patriots wore during that era.
Evan has also prevailed upon the Buck Knife Company to create a Free State Project memorial, folding, lock-blade Buck knife that is gold-plated, engraved, and presented in a laser-etched presentation box. There will only be 300 of them made, and each one is etched in metal “#28 of 300" or “#165 of 300", etc. FSP Buck knife #1 will be raffled off at the 2nd Annual PorcFest. Be sure to ask about it. Others will be for sale, and the proceeds will be used to continue the work of the Free State Project in sparking a migration to New Hampshire from all over America.
THE “TASTE OF THE FREE STATE” LUNCH FORMERLY SCHEDULED
for Saturday, the 30th? It’s cancelled. Cross it off your list. Some th things just aren’t meant to be. Instead, let’s a bunch of us gather around a campfire, or descend on that neat little restaurant in downtown Lancaster. For lunch that day, we’re on our own.
FREE STATE TOWN TOURS...
...are going to be going on all week long, but mostly on the 28th. Yet another super-Porcupine activist, Edwina Houlmiere, will be coordinating tours of various parts of the Free State, all of which will be hosted by various volunteers knowledgeable about “their part” of New Hampshire. The “organized tours” will be conducted on Thursday, the 28th. You can find out details of the tours when you check in with Kat Dillon and Dawn Lincoln at the camp/RV site #34 (see above). For more information on the tours, you can also email Edwina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE MOCK TOWN MEETING!
DON’T FORGET...the “Mock Town Meeting” to be held on Thursday, the 28th, in the Town Hall in Unity, NH starting at 2:00 p.m. There you’ll see, hear, feel, and experience how REAL New England democracy actually operates. I’ll be there for sure, and hope to see you there too! For more information, email the Mock Town Meeting coordinator, super-Porcupine Mary Gere, a 10-year member of the Unity Board of Selectmen, at Gere1356@aol.com
SHEESH! I can’t go on anymore. This PFS is way too long already, even without the latest installment of Supercharged Solitons. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to get a PorcFest Spam out for the past month...but another will be coming by the end of the next weekend...PROMISE! More info on the PorcFest to pass on. In the meantime, get ready for what may well be the largest gathering of true freedom-lovers in the world in 2005. In other words...
(See You At The Porc Fest! This is Evan Nappen’s slogan. I stole it to use it here.)
1. For all information about the PorcFest 2005, go online to www.freestateproject.org/festival
2. FORWARD THIS EMAIL to your own email lists. We all have lists of friends, family, and freedom-lovers we know, and they should all have the opportunity to attend PorcFest 2005. So when you receive this PorcFest spam, pass it on!
3. In 2004 the We’ll Be There List topped out at about 177, and over 300 people attended. Today we’re about to break 300 with 297 currently on the list. Check out all your friends who have already signed up at http://freestateproject.org/news/festival/bethere2005.php
...and then add yourself and your family members NOW, before it’s too late!
4. Lodging and accommodations at the Porc Fest: Here’s everything you need to know about the Lancaster, NH campground and motel where the PorcFest will be held, as well as other local lodging; go to http://www.freestateproject.org/news/festival/lodging.php
5. To see what PorcFest 2005 is going to be like, take a look at PorcFest 2004 reports and pictures online at http://freestateproject.org/news/festival/festival04/
6. If you have any questions, email Varrin Swearingen, “PFC” (Porc Fest Czar) for this year, at email@example.com
, or me, Tim Condon, at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPERCHARGED SOLITONS, or “How the Free State Project Saved America,” Chapter 11, by Tim Condon has not yet been written. So who *knows* what’s going to happen next? Stay tuned for future installments, Porcupines! Note: Supercharged Solitons is a dystopian-future science fiction novel “in progress” where the United States has gone to hell and only the Free State and its fiercely independent, individualistic, and defiant citizens observe the Constitution and maintain traditional American freedoms; as such, they continue to prosper amid the wreckage elsewhere in America. All chapters can be read online at