RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Jul. 3, 2008 at 8:51am

RR's Open Source July 4th Hoax Ideas @ Frost Park Chalk Challenge


Dear Friends,
This friday is a federal holiday and most working types will be away with friends family looking at pretty tall ships and in general having a pretty lousy time at the Freedom Fair.  Query: So how do we get our little event to compete?  Answer: HOAX.


Benedict Arnold

The Pitch (Come Fire Walk With Me)

Ok so how about this? We send the usual Frost Park Chalk Challenge over the listserve only this time we have created a few FAUXsponsors...

  1. Sons & Daughters of Benedict Arnold  (S.D.B.A.)
  2. British Loyalist Association of America (B.L.A.A.)
  3. Naval Enthusiasts Off Put by The Impracticality of Tall Ships in Modern Times (N.E.O.P.T.I.T.S.M.T.)
  4. Association of Bunker Oil Producing Companies (A.B.O.P.C.)

things we'd need:

  1. Basket Ball player or very tall person of high reach to help fly a british flag from the frost park flagpole
  2. British Flag (i have one)
  3. More Absurd Acronyms
  4. Paper Hats or Felted Tricorns

Possible Prizes:

  • Title(s) of Nobility/Lordship
  • Protection under the Magna Carta
  • Love of King and Country


comments [18]  |  posted under chalk, fringe, hoax, open source, performance art, tacoma


by dawntown on 7/3/2008 @ 9:38am
God save the Queen!!!!!!!!

Im not really into public disturbance, but this is very intriguing...

Could we possible reenact the Boston Tea Party, but dump oil (well, chocolate syrup), and declare our independence from oil states? Monty Python style...

At least it's a relevant statement

by NineInchNachos on 7/3/2008 @ 9:42am
we could do a reverse boston tea party. were we retrieve soggy tea bags from the water!

by dawntown on 7/3/2008 @ 10:56am
black or green tea?

by jamesstoweart on 7/3/2008 @ 11:03am

rooibos tea is the rooi-boss of all teas.

by scout on 7/3/2008 @ 11:37am
I'm down - I engaged in a rebellious act of civil disobedience a couple of weeks ago without even knowing it…

I washed my car in the A St. alley behind my building and was promptly and severely reprimanded by the local clean bay, eco-cop group "A Street Saviors’ Crappy Little Organization Which Needs A Life"

Don't get me wrong. I know that keeping enviro-terrorists like myself from polluting Commencement Bay with a capful of dishwater is right up there with more than 50 years of Asarco depositing an estimated 15 million tons of slag releasing arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc into the soil, air and the bay.

by Erik on 7/3/2008 @ 11:43am
This is a good time to reflect on Tacoma's rich history....in the last year...and where we are today.

Lets' not forget Tacoma's roots.

The beginning:

The color guard:

The conveyance of Tacoma historical events by city (county) leaders...the "teach ins"

The early sponsors

The always present commitment to fashion

The cutting edge technology and media

"Take back the park" historical photos and records:





Happy Tall Ships and 4th of July everyone!

by Dave L. on 7/3/2008 @ 11:49am
You say you want a revolution? Maybe Mad Hat Tea can help sponsor this no-sponsor contest. I like this whole idea and will give it some more thought. First, I suggest all s's be replaced with f's like they used to do back then in the Pennfylvania Gazette, and such. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6...
Then perhaps subtle encouragement for Froft Park like CHALK OR DIE upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9...

by Thorax on 7/3/2008 @ 12:32pm
Well, if we're gonna do a hoax, we may as well do it right, and with some style.
Why not make our own fake Declaration of Independence, founding the sovereign city-state of the Republic of Tacoma? Have folks dress revolutionary-style (if they have access to said clothing). The tea party is a great addition.

I already got a great tagline:
"In Chalk We Trust"

by NineInchNachos on 7/3/2008 @ 1:20pm
Vote Mike Lonergan

Lets think Micro Nation Scale. Declare Frost Park an international chalk district, and her own sovereign nation.

by NineInchNachos on 7/3/2008 @ 1:22pm
nice one dave

Froft Park Chalk Challenge!

by NineInchNachos on 7/3/2008 @ 1:26pm
Prize: winner shall receive a working TURTLE SUB

just in time for tall ships

by Dave L. on 7/3/2008 @ 1:30pm
HAHA - I was also thinking we could sink some tall ships with that turtle sub! And I knew you'd like that cartoon, since it's often considered the first political cartoon and all. Could we have our own Frost Park Currency? And elected officials? It would be the best slate of candidate since Red Kelly's OWL Party. www.secstate.wa.gov/oralhistory/timeline...
There are a few people I'd like to tar and feather, but only if we used cool tar.

by NineInchNachos on 7/3/2008 @ 1:33pm
we'd need to trade in a material of greater value than the dollar to be an attractive alternative.

Maybe lumps of charcoal or gypsum?

by NineInchNachos on 7/3/2008 @ 1:40pm
let'f fend a meffage to the political leaderfip of America:

unemployment ifn’t working

(i too am a fan of the owl party)

by Dave L. on 7/3/2008 @ 1:58pm
With few natural refourfes, we may need to rely on tourifm. In which cafe we will be fafed with thinking up a tourifm flogan again. But maybe we can just tax the people from the buf ftop.

by Angela Jossy on 7/3/2008 @ 4:35pm
we'd need to trade in a material of greater value than the dollar to be an attractive alternative.

Two words: Cowboy Charcoal

by tacomachickadee on 7/3/2008 @ 10:11pm
See you at noon.

by deeble interactive on 7/3/2008 @ 11:42pm
this is just messed up.


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