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SMITH: The splitters at the Bohos' gate

The funniest movie scene ever? Maybe in "Life of Brian," when insurgents with the People's Front of Judea scoff at "Splitters!" their rivals within the Judean People's Front and the Popular Front of Judea.

It comes to mind because a group rallying a protest Saturday at the Bohemian Grove Encampment calls itself the Bohemian Grove Action and Resistance Network, and Mary Moore is not amused.

She's the veteran activist who three decades ago co-founded the Bohemian Grove Action Network (BGAN). It organized many demonstrations at the gate of the men-only midsummer retreat at the Bohemian Club of San Francisco's vast redwood camp near Monte Rio.

Bohemian Grove Through The Years

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Moore's point has been that the public should know who's inside the grove and what's said at the Lakeside Talks because many of the men of the encampment are influential and the talks can float ideas that become policy of national or global importance.

Moore doesn't know what the Bohemian Grove Action and Resistance Network believes or what the point of a demonstration Saturday, if it happens, will be. But she's not protesting this year and she wouldn't want anyone thinking BGARN is BGAN.

UP RIVER ROAD from the Grove is the hideaway that was long the Cazanoma Lodge and is now CazSonoma Inn.

Its owners, Rich and Renee Mitchell, bring in world-class artists and thinkers for special events, including one Saturday afternoon to raise scholarship money for the fine Cazadero Music Camp.

Some seriously accomplished pro musicians will perform and the Mitchells will serve local wines, meats, cheeses, chocolates — but no catch-it-yourself trout.


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