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Monday, December 13 2004 @ 02:17 AM GMT+4
Contributed by: Hank Herbidorfer

RumorsThere is a rumor circulating around town that the old Cluny farm out on Route 9 is going to be developed into a theme park. I've been authorized by Gerald Cluny, owner of the farm, to clarify the issue.

Gerald has been working on this plan for some time and has finally secured financial backing, as well as County clearance for a 60-acre entertainment complex. The theme of this so-called "Period Park" will be based on late 1960's counter-culture. Many are aware that when the hippie movement fizzled out in the mid-1970's West Coast hippies moved north and settled in or near the area of Eugene, Oregon. It is a lesser-known fact, however, that New England hippies chose southern Vermont, making Brattleboro Eugene's East Coast equivalent.

Because the area is well populated with authentic baby-boomer hippies, as well as younger second- and third-generation hippies, Gerald and his backers believe Brattleboro to be an ideal setting for America's first counter-culture theme park. "Someone has suggested calling it 'Six Bongs over Brattleboro,'" mused Gerald. "We're considering quite a few names, but the current front-runners are "Hippie World" and "Utopia."

Plans are under way for a number of interesting attractions, including: a full-scale replica of San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district, circa 1967, complete with street performers and actors in period costumes; an out-door amphitheater featuring rock groups from the late 1960's as well as nightly showings of Woodstock and other "rockumentaries;" and (perhaps the most controversial feature) what is being called the largest, most complete "Head Shop" in the western hemisphere.

The park will also be home to a vegetarian restaurant, a number of clothing stores, featuring (what else) bell-bottom pants, beads, tie-die apparel with anti-establishment slogans, and a commune-style hotel where everyone shares cleaning and cooking responsibilities.

Some residents of Brattleboro have suggested that the theme park will draw an undesirable element to the area. But, supporters of the project have pointed out that "Hippie World" has the potential to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists annually and will, most likely, prove a big boon to local business.

Regardless, ground will be broken this winter and the park is planning it's grand opening in the spring of 2006.

As Austin Powers would say, "Groovy, baby!"

 

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    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Estranged on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 11:46 AM GMT+4
    O.K. , let's give credit where it's due, this is good for a laugh.

    I'm still waiting for hank to respond to a comment I made in a recent post where I challenged him to compare the contributions by those in the blue states as opposed to those in the red states to this society. Anytime you want to have a serious conversation, hank, let us know.
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 02:17 PM GMT+4
    I thought April Fool's Day is in the Spring?
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Hank Herbidorfer on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 04:34 PM GMT+4
    Dear Estranged,

    Being computer illiterate, I hadn't even visited the iBrattleboro web site
    before last weekend. So, I'm afraid your argument regarding blue vs red
    states is with someone else.

    I'm certainly willing to answer any questions you might have about Hippie
    World though.

    Yours,
    Hank
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: toebeat on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 05:17 PM GMT+4
    I don't want to frighten anyone, but I work at Linda's Place and at least three customers metioned this to me last week.
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 09:26 PM GMT+4
    Ha!!! That proves it's a hoax. Linda's closed down on November 23rd, which was 4 weeks ago! So when you say you work at Linda's and heard something there last week, you are Joshing us, aren't you! Ha, ha, very funny!
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Hank Herbidorfer on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 09:43 PM GMT+4
    That person may be "joshing," but I'm certainly not. I got the story
    first-hand from Gerald Cluny and he has assured me that Hippie World is
    a reality. I'll be posting updates as the situation develops.

    Yours,
    Hank
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 10:48 PM GMT+4
    Well, I guess I'll go up to the attic and look for the old zigzags, and see ya there!
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Billy Budd on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 10:50 PM GMT+4
    Can someone tell me, what is meant by "amp" in the title? I have seen it on iBrattleboro before, and wondered what it is?
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Deus Ex on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 11:17 PM GMT+4
    Bad HTML coding. The ''i" means done on an iMac I think, so you'll have to excuse them.

    :) (Ducking and running)
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: Nikki on Monday, December 13 2004 @ 11:44 PM GMT+4
    This rumor's been floating around for months. Personally, I have a hard time accepting it. But, if Hippie World has to go somewhere, Brattleboro's a pretty good choice!
    West Brattleboro Future Home to "Hippie World" Theme Park
    Authored by: toebeat on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 12:45 AM GMT+4
    Umm.....would you believe I work at Carol's? ;-)
    Toebeat
    Authored by: lancer on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 01:08 AM GMT+4
    I saw Mr. Toebeat downtown, waiting for the chirping signal on Main and
    High Street. He was wearing a nehru jacket, a rasta cap (the knitted kind
    that flop down real low), and smelled like he needed a bath. He was
    picking his nose and humming "Strawberry Fields Forever." It wasn't a
    pretty sight.

    Toebeat
    Authored by: toebeat on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 02:53 AM GMT+4
    Hi lancer,

    Yes, I suppose I could use a bath. I've been homeless ever since Linda's Place closed.

    By the way, I meant to thank you for lending me the nehru jacket and rasta cap, but you were in such a hurry to get to your GLBT holiday party that I didn't have a chance.

    Take care old friend, and may your stomach be full this blessed season. Don't worry about me, I have enough bird seed and cigarette butts to last until January.

    Sincerely,
    toebeat

    P.S. That was Day Tripper I was humming (not advisable while picking your nose).
    Cluny Farm?
    Authored by: rapjr on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 04:23 AM GMT+4
    Where is the Cluny Farm? A local rock amphitheater
    out here sounds cool!
    Cluny Farm?
    Authored by: Hank Herbidorfer on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 05:00 AM GMT+4
    The property is located between Halladay Brook Rd. and Route 9,
    approximately five miles west of town.
    Toebeat
    Authored by: Nikki on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 05:42 PM GMT+4
    When you and lancer make fun of Rasta caps you make fun of an entire religion. Maybe you should be a little more sensitive.
    The Nose Knows
    Authored by: Floyd on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 07:00 PM GMT+4


    And when you make fun of nosepickers you are making fun of all Republicans, right?

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    Toebeat
    Authored by: toebeat on Tuesday, December 14 2004 @ 07:34 PM GMT+4
    Sorry Nikki, I didn't mean to offend anyone. Let's smoke a peace pipe over it.