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Upcoming Events

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UPDATE October 16, 2023: 

 

Empire Haven wanted to get some updates out for those who may already be planning their travel/vacations for 2024!

 

New for 2024: 

 

1.  In order to book accommodations during the time period of Thursday, August 1st through Sunday, August 4th, you must be attending Sentient.  Reservations will be able to be made online through SentientFest.com (once they are open to taking reservations for the event).

2.  The only non-Sentient visitors who will be allowed in for day passes from Thursday, August 1st through Sunday, August 4th are Empire Haven members.  Those EH members choosing to visit for the day must leave the grounds by 7:30pm.

3.  Starting for the 2024 Season, we will be open to the public from May 15th through September 15th.  We found out that many people thought that this was the case already, so we just went ahead and made the change.

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Sail on in with Your Cardboard Boat Race Entry!

WHEN: 

Entry Fee: FREE

​*Cardboard tube WILL be allowed.

You can create a pit crew to help you build and launch your boat.*

General Rules

Teams: You may have up to two people onboard, but as many people as you like can assist in the building of your boat.

We ask that anyone unable to swim or swim well, wear a lifejacket.

​Only cardboard and duct tape may be used to construct your boat. Boats may not exceed six feet in length. You must be able to paddle and steer your own boat. Boats must have clearly defined sides. Surfboard style boats will not be allowed. Legs may not dangle outside of the boat or provide propulsion.

​Boats may be decorated with color duct tapes, ribbons, stickers, and sharpie markers. We ask that you avoid paint or anything that will damage the pool. Additionally, if you wish to attach decorations to your vessel, you may, however they cannot be "floaty." Any decorations must be securely attached to your vessel and cannot provide any sort of competitive advantage, such as flotation devices.

​Boats found to be in violation will be disqualified.

RACE ACROSS THE POOL

In this competition, participants will be supplied with two small "paddles" per boat. You must use the provided paddles for this competition.

​Participants will have ten seconds to board their vessel. While boarding, a teammate may stabilize the vessel from the side of the pool, but must let go before the starting whistle. You or your boat must be touching the wall at the beginning of the race. You will paddle to the far end, touch the wall, and paddle back to the starting point. Your time will stop when your boat touches the wall at the starting point.

If you fall out of your boat, you may climb back in and complete the race. If your boat sinks or you fall out and are unable or unwilling to continue, you will be considered sunk and not receive a score. A boat is considered sunk when it is unable to be manned and propelled or at the head judge's discretion. ​The boat with the fastest time will win.

NAVAL BATTLE

In this competition, participants may supply their own paddle (constructed of cardboard), or use their hands to paddle. You should be able to propel and steer your boat, as you will need to maneuver around the pool.

​As the competition progresses you will engage in battle with other boats, trying to sink them. Bailing water out of your boat to survive is permitted. A boat is considered sunk when it it unable to be manned. ​The last boat floating will win the competition.

PRIZES

Three prizes will be awarded: One to the Fastest Boat. One to the Last Boat Floating. One to the Best Decorated Boat.

JOIN THE FUN AND START BUILDING A BOAT TODAY!

THERE ARE MANY GREAT IDEAS ON THE INTERNET!

Retreat is held at Empire Haven Nudist Park, but not organized by us. For more information about Sentient and to register, you can check out their website at SentientFest.com

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BODY JUSTICE: THE REVOLUTIONARY ACT OF EXTRICATING ONESELF FROM THE PERILS OF OVER 500 YEARS OF FAULTY SOCIETAL, FAMILIAL, CULTURAL, POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS AND MEDICAL PROGRAMMING SURROUNDING YOUR BODY!


We offer a wide array of workshops and experiences which invite participants to embark on a journey of connection and empowerment. We partner with facilitators who are aligned with this vision as well as inspired about being an integral part of our Body Justice movement.

Ethical Nudity: A powerful blend of vulnerability & empowerment.

Many of our attendees embrace the unique option of being nude in nature – but we are by no means “anti-clothing”. Our retreat stands by its mandate of being clothing optional and nude neutral. Regardless of wearing clothes or not – we espouse your freedom to move at your own pace without undue pressure or harassment.

SENTIENT: Alert, Aware and Responsive

SENTIENT is a CONSENT FIRST retreat with an established set of community agreements that each participant is required to adhere to. You can learn about our agreements and expectations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT-HqzLfw_M

SENTIENT IS A 4 DAY BODY JUSTICE RETREAT IN NATURE
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Retreat location, About the Camp, Lodging and Transportation

Empire Haven Nudist Park is located in the heart of central, NY and now represents one of the few remaining clothing optional campgrounds in all of NY State. The camp itself was created by the Robinson Family in 1959 and is located beside the Summerhill State Forest above Fillmore Glen State Park and Owasco Lake. Empire Haven is a full service campground that features seasonal campers, raw tenting, tenting with water & electric, RV sites and rentals. Other lodging such as Air BnBs and hotels are available nearby as well in the surrounding region but may require a short drive. The nearest public transportation via Amtrak is available one hour away in Syracuse, NY. The nearest bus stations are in Cortland, NY (15 min away), Ithaca, NY (30 min away) and Syracuse, NY (60 min away).

For more information about Sentient and to register, you can check out their website at SentientFest.com

2024 Calendar of Events

by the EH Events Committee

JUNE
Sat 8th         Camp Meeting (10:30am)

 

Fri 14th       Drum Circle (TBA)

Sat 15th      Thrift Store Shop Fashion Show (7pm)


Sat 22nd     Ladies Day
                      DJ Dance (7:30pm)


Sat 29th     Duck Race at the Pool (2pm)
                     Variety Show (7pm)

 

JULY

           *4th of July Weekend* 

Thur 4th       Flag Raising Ceremony (10am)
Fri 5th          Team Trivia at Pavilion (7pm)
Sat 6th         Cardboard Boat Race at Pool (1pm)
                       Dance w/ band, The ‘XPLOZIONZ (7-10pm)

 

Sat 13th       Camp Meeting (10:30am)
                       Casino Night (5-7pm)

 

Sat 20th        Association Bake Sale (9:30-11am)
                        Corn Hole Tournament (11:30am)

 

Sat 27th         Dart Tournament (4pm)

AUGUST
Thurs 1st –       Sentient Retreat – schedule available at SentientFest.com

Sun 4th

 

Sat 10th           Camp Meeting – Elections (10:30am)
                            ABC Dance – Anything But Clothes (7:30pm)


Fri 16th             Team Trivia at Pavilion (7pm)
Sat 17th            Children’s Bake Sale (10am)
                             Wine, Beer & More Tour (2pm start; tickets available at 1:15pm in Pavilion)

 

           *Labor Day Weekend*
Sat 31st               Haunted Halloween Trail (TBA)

SEPTEMBER

           *Labor Day Weekend (cont.)*

Sun 1st               65th Anniversary Celebration 

                              Potluck Dinner (4pm)
                              DJ Dance (7:30pm)
Mon 2nd             Flag Raising Ceremony (10am)

 

Sat 7th                 Camp Meeting (10:30am)
                               Lot Rent Raffle Drawing directly following meeting (~11:30am)
                               Take Down Plastic Curtains (~11:30am)
                               Phil’s Annual Cook-Off (4pm)

 

Sun 15th              Last day for public
 

2024 Calendar of Events
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