San Francisco is the home of the hippie movement of the 1960's. For our Thursday, July 24, 2008 dinner and celebration, you are encouraged to pack into your luggage your dancing shoes and a costume representing a hippie, and also to pack some food or drink from your region of the world. You are also welcome to wear clothing from your country's own culture as we celebrate, and share food, laughter and world music.
For a look at some hippies, see:
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
The hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960's and spread around the world. The word hippie derives from hipster, and was initially used to describe beatniks who had moved into San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. These people inherited the countercultural values of the Beat Generation, created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs like cannabis and LSD to explore consciousness.
In 1967, the San Francisco Human Be-In popularized hippie culture, leading to the legendary Summer of Love on the West Coast of the United States, and the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the East Coast.
Hippie fashion and values had a major effect on culture, influencing music, television, film, literature, and art.
The hippie legacy can be observed in contemporary culture in a myriad of forms—from health food, to music festivals, to contemporary sexual mores, and even to the cyberspace revolution.