cucas87 Posted September 22, 2006 Share Posted September 22, 2006 I’m speaking from personal experience when I say that I’m sure the upcoming donrockwell.com picnic will be a great party and I (along with my fellow donrockwell.com members and the picnic’s organizers) hope that everyone, especially our new and/or wayward members, will come and join the fun. Since I still feel somewhat new to this group, I volunteered (read: was volunteered) to start this thread to make it easier for people, especially our newer members and members-to-be, to find answers to basic questions about the picnic. We hope that these Qs and As, and any others that people may add to the mix will help everyone feel informed about -- and welcome to come to -- the picnic. General Picnic Information When is the picnic going to be held? Sunday, October 15th from noon – 6 p.m. Where is the picnic going to be held? The picnic will be held at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria, Virginia, just south of Old Town. As the date of the picnic approaches, we’ll provide additional information about where in the park (at which specific area in the park) the picnic site will be located. Will the picnic be held even if it is raining? We won’t let a little rain or clouds get in the way of our fun. But just to be safe, we've scheduled a rain date for Sunday, October 22nd (also from noon - 6 p.m, but with a location at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria). How do I register for the picnic? There are two steps. First, you need to be a member of donrockwell.com. If you are not yet a member, sign up here. Second, once you've joined donrockwell.com, you can sign up for the picnic by posting a message in the general picnic thread, here, stating that you plan to attend (with or without guests) and what you plan to bring. If you prefer not to post all of that information on the board, you can send a personal message (“PM”) to Zoramargolis and let her know. A link to general information about sending PMs is here. Just remember, you cannot post on the board or send a PM until you join the group. Once you come to the picnic, you will need to sign in (as will all members, since this is not a public event). Once I register for the picnic, will I receive any kind of tickets or confirmation? This is an informal event and there are no tickets (or other types of confirmation). Once you have signed up, all you have to do is check the board periodically for updates on the picnic here --and show up. Is there parking available at Fort Hunt Park? Parking is available (and free) at Fort Hunt Park. Is the park near a metro station? Fort Hunt Park is in Alexandria, but it is not within walking distance of a metro station. If you would like a ride to the picnic, or are willing to offer a ride to someone, please send a PM to Goldenticket, who will be coordinating rides. What should I wear? The picnic will be held outdoors, so it’s probably a good idea to let the weather be your guide. Need more advice? Virginia law prohibits indecent exposure. Is there a fee or cost to come to the picnic? There is no fee. However, we have had to pay for the use of Fort Hunt Park. Also, some members are purchasing supplies and food for the pig roast (the results of which will be available to all picnic attendees). If you'd like to contribute something toward the rental fee -- and/or costs of the pig roasting, we will be accepting voluntary contributions (of $1) to help cover those costs. I’m a little nervous about going to the picnic because I don’t know/haven’t actually met any of you. We understand, but many of us met and began friendships at a donrockwell.com event – and for many of us, a donrockwell.com picnic was the first time we ventured out to a donrockwell.com event. If you'd like to meet some of us before the picnic, there are a lot of happy hours and casual dinners scheduled between today and the date of the picnic. For example, there are a number of “$20 dinners” coming up here. Please come and join the fun. Is there an actual person named Don Rockwell? All we know is that some donrockwell.com members have made unconfirmed claims to have spotted someone lurking around various bars and restaurants around town who is rumored to be him. We can confirm that the Washingtonian's wine column is written under the pseudonym "Don Rockwell." Who/What to Bring to the Picnic Can I bring a guest? Can I bring my children? Of course! Many of us will be bringing others (of the adult and child variety) with us. When you sign up for the picnic, try to give us an idea of how many people will be joining you, so we can make sure to have enough supplies on hand. How do I know what to bring to the picnic? Do you like the food or drink you are thinking of bringing? Do you think other people will? If so, those are two good indications you are on the right track. Take a look at the general picnic thread here to get a sense of what other people will be bringing. If you don’t feel like -- or don't have the time to think of -- cooking, bring your favorite store bought item. If you still have questions about what to bring, you can also post a message in the general picnic thread and get some input from others. How much food/drink should I bring? You don’t have to bring enough to feed everyone; generally about 10-12 servings is a good amount. I want to bring my chili for the chili tasting, how do I sign up? Great, sign up here. I don’t know the first thing about making chili or roasting a pig. Will I be in over my head at this picnic? We will not roast you. People are bringing all sorts of goodies to the picnic, including snacks, side dishes, and drinks. We’re not all chefs or expert cooks or even cooks, although some of us are. We’re a group of people who like food and wine and beer and other delicious things and enjoy discussing and tasting (and at times overindulging in) them. I’m a vegetarian/vegan, will there be enough for me? No worries. Many of the dishes that people already have signed up to bring are vegetarian and/or vegan. Believe us, you won’t go hungry. Don't believe us? Come and find out. I really (really) cannot cook. What can I bring? Folding chairs are a good idea. Ice, bottled water, soda, wine and beer usually are appreciated, as are other (legal) elixirs of goodness, and you can keep your eye on the general picnic thread and Zoramargolis's posts for more guidance. Or bring your favorite store-bought item and let us in on the secret. I’d like to bring a cake to the picnic, but the last time I tried to make this particular cake, I had a baking disaster. What do I do if that happens on the day of the picnic? Come to the picnic! What if someone else already has signed up to bring the dish I wanted to bring? Bring it to the picnic, we’d love to try your version. We will have a number of people bringing chili and a few teams roasting pigs. There also are at least three people bringing their prized versions of deviled eggs. Is there anything else I should bring? Anything you think might make the picnic more fun (example: a Frisbee). Reminder: there may be children at the picnic. I still have a few more questions, who can I ask? Once you sign up as a donrockwell.com member, you can post your questions here in this thread or in the general picnic thread. If you’d prefer to ask your question privately, you can send a PM to me, here. If you send a PM, we’ll post what we hope are the correct answers to your questions (without identifying you) here in this thread. See you at the picnic. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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