An Outdoor “Advance” for Atheists in the Smokey Mountains This July May 12, 2015

An Outdoor “Advance” for Atheists in the Smokey Mountains This July

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the FFRF-sponsored Lake Hypatia Freethought Advance (because atheists don’t “retreat,” dammit) in Talladega, Alabama. Between the softball game (atheists vs. Agnostics), picnic-like atmosphere, great talks, and moment of bedlam (because we need to stop being silent), it was a fantastic weekend.

So I’m sad to hear that, due to some personal matters, the organizers needed some time off this year — though they will hopefully be back in 2016. But the Rationalists of East Tennessee will be hosting an alternative event in its place with FFRF’s (secular) blessing.

It’ll take place in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Townsend, TN on Fourth of July weekend.

Organizer Aleta Ledendecker sends along this information:

The cost will be $120/person (children under 18 are free). Meals are à la carte at an additional fee.

Lodging is at Tremont Lodge and Resort with a 10% discount if RET is mentioned as the Group. A block of rooms will only be held until May 29, so reserve soon!

There is a stunning list of speakers already confirmed with more to come, plus there will be the traditional “Freethought Jeopardy” and fireworks.

Feel free to contact me for more details.

If you’re in the area or looking for a getaway in the Smoky Mountains, it’s a great way to spend a holiday weekend.


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