Actualize is an invite-only lesbian gathering that takes place in Southern California every year in May. I just got back from the last one, and these were some of the highlights:
THE POOL PARTY
This year, we kicked the pool party off with a race across the pool. The winner got a “Lesbians Don’t Owe You Shit” T-shirt. We also tossed water balloons around until they broke, and played a game of basketball while still in the pool. The first team to score ten points won.
We wrote a song as a group during a workshop that was led by Kimber Springs. The lyrics included lines like “pack up your flannels, put on your boots” and “a bunch of lezzies in subarus.”
BULLDAGGER SWAGGER / PERFORMANCE BY PHRANC
Phranc attended and performed at Actualize this year. The last song of her set was the very catchy Bulldagger Swagger. She had everyone get up, form a dance circle, and well, do the bulldagger swagger. We had a lot of fun with it.
This year, the workshop with the highest attendance rate was “Electrified Embroidery.” The aim of said workshop was to “weave art and science together by creating embroidery that lights up.” Some people quit because it was kind of complicated, while others stuck it through, and had the pleasure of seeing their designs light up.
STORIES BY THE CAMPFIRE
On both nights, we sat around a campfire, ate s’mores, and told “ghosting” stories and more.
RANDOM JAM SESSIONS
With all the instruments lying around, not a day went by without someone getting on the drums or picking up a guitar.
Overall, this was a fun-filled weekend that still allowed room for deeper connections to be made. Next year’s gathering can’t come soon enough.
Actualize is an intentionally-small, lesbian focused gathering. Tickets are not available to the general public. If you’re interested in attending the next one, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 28, 2018 at 12:14 pm
Actualize was great!
It’s good to get away from the constant device communications clamoring for my attention. Being in a place without cell reception or wifi allowed me to stay present, in the moment, and to connect with and make new friends.
The rural setting felt rejuvinating. I live in a large city, and breathing the unpolluted country air felt like I was getting an ‘air cleanse’???
As someone who flies in, I appreciated getting to sleep inside, on bunk beds , since packing full camping gear would’t have worked.
What a fabulous weekend.
Thanks for creating Actualize!
May 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm
omg, “ghosting” stories. hahaha, love it.
November 4, 2018 at 10:47 am
How do I get a “Lesbians don’t owe you shit” shirt? I need it for Pride, it’s so good.