FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A resort in the Poconos is getting some national “exposure” just for throwing a beer bash this Saturday.
However it may be the one requirement that’s causing the stir, clothes are not allowed, that’s giving this nudist getaway all that attention.
Sunny Rest Resort, near Palmerton, has all the amenities to provide a get-away from home.
There are plenty of places to stay on the 190-acre wooded spot in Franklin Township, Carbon County; there`s a restaurant and a night-club.
There`s only one condition: you’ve got to lose the clothes.
Owner Irving Mesher says after serving in the Navy and then as New York City battalion fire chief, he just got fed up with dressing up.
“Various uniforms, my entire life involved wearing some sort of identifying uniform,” said Mesher. “I said I have to do something to shed this, I want to be natural.”
Now a simple little beer party this Saturday has gotten this nudist resort some national, can we say “exposure”?
General Manager Myra Mesher says they posted the event on Facebook and the media caught wind.
“It was talked about on Fox News and the Huffington Post and it just went crazy,” said Mesher, who admits all the attention they are getting is most likely due to the fact that this is a nudist colony.
People visiting here can wear clothes, just not in the swimming pool or hot tubs.
And no formal wear needed for the beer party; the dress code is your birthday suit.
“You have to be nude for the beer bash, in the confines of the beer bash area, we don`t want any voyeurs coming just to look at people,” said Myra.
Waitress Jeanne-Marie says if you visit, it`s a guaranteed good time.
“This is a great place to work, people are a lot of fun, I always have a lot of fun, people are really nice, people that come here are always really happy,” said Jeanne-Marie.
“A lot of people attach sexuality to it and there`s nothing sexual about it,” said Sean, who came in from New York State. “It`s about enjoying the beautiful weather, it`s about being with wonderful people and there`s nothing else about it, you don`t get any tan lines.”
The beer bash at Sunny Rest is this Saturday, June 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are still available, $16 in advance, $18 at the door and there’s a discount for those wanting to stay and camp overnight.