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Washington Apple Picnic, June 19th 2004

[See accompanying note about cancellation of the June Expo.]

The Washington Apple Pi will host a picnic for members and guests on June 19th 2004 at Lake Accotink Park near Springfield. VA. The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm. Advance sale tickets will cost $5 and they will be available at the April and may General Meetings of the Pi. For those who can't make it to a General Meeting, advance tickets are also available if you send an addressed, stamped envelope and appropriate funds to the office, or you can call the office and order tickets in advance (301-984-0300) if a volunteer is available to take your order. Tickets at the event will cost $6.50. Children 7 and under are admitted free in the company of their parents.

picnic flyer

Grab a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) picnic flyer on the event, in a Web-friendly small size (63K) or a larger printer-friendly size (3MB).

Lake Accotink Park

Figure 1 - Lake Accotink Marina area

This special social event is intended to allow Pi members to learn a few more names and faces of fellow members. It is being held in lieu of an indoor General Meeting for the month of June and will also serve as an informal reception for newly elected Board of Directors members.
The picnic format is "modified pot luck." Each family is asked to contribute a dish that will serve four people. In order to assure a modest level of variety we have assigned categories according to the first letter of your surname according to the following table:

The $5 admission fee covers the cost of hamburgers, hot dogs, dinnerware, ice, beverages, etc.

Large lake shelter

Figure 2 - Large Lake Shelter

The picnic setting is "suburban rustic" in a park with a pleasant lake (See Figure 1). We are using the "Large Lake Shelter," (See Figure 2) which overlooks the lake and has room for 200 people, so that inclement weather should not be a problem.

When preparing and transporting your food please take heed of the advice offered by the U. S. Department of Agriculture at:


Further information will be available on the Pi website.

Information about the park is available at



From the I-495 Beltway or I-395 (Shirley Highway) southbound:
Take I-95 south towards Richmond. Take the next exit to pick up Old Keene Mill Road westbound. Pass Garfield Elementray School on your left and then look for a right turn onto Hanover Ave. Follow Hanover north to Highland St. Turn left on Highland and head west. Then...

From Braddock Road, Route 50, Route 236, or Duke St.: From the intersection with Backlick Road, turn south. Look for the intersection with Highland St. shortly after crossing under the Beltway. Turn right (west) on Highland St. and head west. Then...

From westbound on Highland St.: Watch for the sign to Lake Accotink. Turn right onto Accotink Park Road which soon forks left (south) and becomes the Lake Accotink Access Road. Do not continue straight as the road becomes Southern Drive which leads to an industrial area with no exit.

Continue on the access road until you see a parking lot on your left and a high railroad bridge ahead. The picnic pavillion and marina are around the bend to the northeast another 0.1 to 0.2 mile, depending where you park, so park as near the railroad bridge as you can to shorten your walk.

MapQuest map of area

There is a turnaround at the marina where you can unload passengers and picnic supplies, but very little parking.

Contact: John D. Barnes, vpprograms@wap.org