Loyal reader Jeff offers this tantalizing tidbit:
The Rainbow Family national gathering is supposed to be back in the southeast this summer. There are “elders” scouting locations. Some were in town recently and may still be here. The National Forest Service is NOT a fan of their camp outs.
Jeff is right on. This year’s annual Rainbow Gathering will be held July 1 through July 7, and according to www.welcome.org, the group is currently scouting locations in the following states: New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina.
What is the “gathering”? From the Rainbow Family web site:
Every summer since 1972, the Annual Rainbow Gatherings have attracted tens of thousands of people to a different United States National Forest. There a temporary city is created in the wilderness, complete with kitchens, plumbing, medical care, sanitation, and childcare. These Rainbow Gatherings culminate with an elaborate and graceful silent prayer for World Peace on the Fourth of July.
Jeff is also correct that the federal government doesn’t approve of the Rainbow Family gatherings.
The Rainbow Family held a gathering in WNC back in the mid 1990s, and the feds didn’t like it. They claimed the group didn’t have the proper permits to camp or something like that. Also, I recall that a number of people in the group got sick; shigellosis or something like that from a lack of proper hand-washing.
We’ll have to keep watch and see where the group decides to meet.
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