Our Zorrogarden is named in respect of The 1935 Zorro Garden nudists exhibition in San Diego California. The name is iconc to us, because the nudist exhibition of 1935 is relatively unknown. Many have no idea such an exhibition even took place. Sadly only a few photographs and flyers remain offering a glimpse of the magnificent beauty of the actresses, actors and set. (Yes I said set, the original zorrogarden of 1935 was an artistic rendition of a nudist colony)
The Zorrogarden project is an area inside the club grounds. It's slated to be the center point of the club. Hosting the swimming pool, hot tub, Jacuzzi, sauna, and showers, as well as the restroom.
Zorrogarden will be around a 3 to 6 acre area that's roughly center of the Club grounds, consisting of 33 Acres hence the name Club 33 naked.
We feel the namesake Zorrogarden gives our club a certain retro feel of that era, and offers us an opportunity to recount the history of the original Zorro Garden, and a chance to touch on the history of nudism in the US.
Nude Recreation in the United States had become fairly popular during the 1930s. udging from the photographs, I would guess the participants were Blue Collar lower to upper middle-class Americans, it seems the popularity in nude Recreation continued to rise until the mid 1960s. This middle-class,Blue collar nude Recreation declined about the same time the hippie counterculture movement arose. I suspect, it was not a coincidence. Rather, Blue Collar nudists probably wanted to distance themselves of perceived association with the hippies counter culture. Since casual nudity was the only thing the two factions had in common.
(As a side note: Dave McGowan author of The Laurel Canyon conspiracy had some fascinating research on the origins of the hippies counterculture movement. The "movement" may not have been as organic as we believed.)
Many recreational nudist resorts of the 30s to the 60s (and onward) were in remote rural areas, without power, as is this nudist club. So our retro feel is actually genuine.
Where naked, and nature collide.