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special events: smei's 8th annual statewide simple picnic!

Spend a day in the beautiful Maryland mountains... then join us for a potluck and simple conversation!
Reconnect with folks with whom you participated in discussion circles, or connect with like-minded folks from Maryland, DC and Virginia!

We've held picnics in Bethesda, Annapolis, Greenbelt, and Baltimore. This year we'll head to a different part of the state, where several discussion circles formed in the past year.

Fort Necessity Shelter

When: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 2pm-6pm

Where: Washington Monument State Park (Appalachian Trail), at the top of South Mountain, between Middletown and Boonsboro on Alternate 40 (border of Frederick and Washington counties). It's only 1 hour away from Bethesda, and 1 hour 10 minutes away from downtown Baltimore and from Greenbelt. Carpool with friends or family and make it an occasion! We'll be meeting, rain or shine, at the Fort Necessity Shelter (wheelchair accessible). Directions below (Google Maps).

Special for Children Ages 3-8: Gumption the [green] Dragon will visit at 3 pm!

Car Parking Fee: $3 for MD license plates, $4 for others.

Ride-sharing: If you wish to join a carpool, fill out this form or contact Marney, (301) 652-0492 or

Help us publicize this event! Forward this flier (PDF, 70 KB) to your friends, or print it and post it iin your workplace or neighborhood.

What to bring:

  • a chair or a blanket to sit on (though there are tables and benches in the pavillion)
  • a dish with a serving utensil, preferably vegetarian (but not required). We invite people to share the name of their dish and something about the ingredients (vegetarian/non-dairy/chicken/ etc.) on an index card or label.
  • a drink
  • your own reusable plate/utensils/cloth napkin, in the spirit of not having to throw out lots of plastic and paper.
  • entrance fee to the park
  • Yourself, your loved ones, or anyone who'd like to hang out with us!

Washington Monument State Park
6620 Zittlestown Rd
Middletown, MD 21769

(heading west on I-70, take exit 49 toward Middletown. Head straight for about 7 miles on Alternate 40, enjoying the coutryside -- don't miss the cows pasturing in the fields. The entrance to the park is on the right, at the top of South Mountain, across from the South Mountain Inn.

(click on the "A" below to get directions (move the map with your mouse) or visit google maps on the web)

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