GRALE’s Kinky Kamping

PLAINWELL, MI – This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Grand Rapids Alternative Livestyle Enrichment’s (GRALE) annual camping event. Held in the outdoor portion of the Academy for Adult Art, GRALE provided a weekend of fun, education, & community.

Friday night’s focus was on registration where you were greeted by GRALE Treasurer Jude. After the sun went down the focus turned to the skies and the release of Japanese lanterns to remember those in the Michigan community who had passed away in the last year. Friday evening also featured a potluck style dinner and the playspace (held in a large tent) was open for those in attendance to enjoy.

Saturday started off with donuts and coffee. Campers gathered around the fire pit to relax and enjoy the morning air before the days activities began. Saturday featured classes on Age Play & Pet Play in the “Littles & Pet Land” area hosted by Bratty & GRALE Event Coordinator Mel Kitty, Rope End Finishing presented by Scribe, a class titled “Bloody Rope Things” hosted by BuckyKat, Devils Fire by GRALE Adviser Mr J, Needles presented by Sir Craig, & Wax Play presented by GRALE President Mistress M.

After all the classes GRALE put on an old fashion cookout with all the fixings. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, & a wide selection of sides were provided to those in attendance. During dinner it was announced that there was a fundraiser for a long time community member who had fallen on hard times. Bootblacking for donations was set up as well as a spanking booth. GRALE President Mistress M was kind enough to offer to take a couple hits for the cause if $200 could be raised.They managed to raise $204 and true to her word Mistress M took a couple swats in the name of charity.

Saturday evening featured a Fire Flogging & Fire Whip demo by Xtra Special Tom. Those in attendance sat back and enjoyed the bright display as the fireflies danced in the back ground. Many of the campers also took advantage of the play space as the evening progressed. Marshmallow’s were roasted and s’mores were made as attendees sat around the fire and shared stories and enjoyed the conversation.

Sunday morning was all about packing up and saying your goodbyes as the GRALE board and the weekend volunteers started tearing things down.

As I think back to the weekend there are things that this reporter found especially pleasant. I enjoyed the very laid back atmosphere GRALE created with this event. The class schedule was light enough that you had time to relax a little between classes and for someone who attends some of the larger events, this isn’t always a luxury one can afford when you want to get the most out of your weekend. I also enjoyed the fact that I could sit down around the fire and enjoy a sip of bourbon and a good cigar while sharing in conversations with other members of the community.

I’m sure everyone in attendance found the numerous portable toilets & shower GRALE provided to be beneficial to the enjoyment of their weekend. Also the large tent that acted as a playspace was open all day allowing everyone to get a chance to play, even those that prefer a more intimate scene found times where the playspace was less crowed.

If anyone has the oppertunity to check out a GRALE event I would highly recommend doing so. They are the longest running pansexual monthly play event in West Michigan. For more information on the GRALE organization you can visit their Official Web Page or visit their Fetlife Group. If you wish to find out more information about the Academy for Adult Art you can contact the owner via his Fetlife Page.