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USS VIRGINIA BASE ANNUAL PICNIC

THIS PAGE HAS BEEN LEFT PRETTY MUCH 'AS IS' FROM THE 2016 PICNIC SO IT CAN BE USED AGAIN FOR THE 2017 PICNIC.
NOTE: SOME OF THESE DETAILS MAY CHANGE AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE NEXT PICNIC SO BE SURE TO STOP BY HERE IN THE FALL TO CHECK ON THE SPECIFICS!!
WHAT?USSVB ANNUAL PICNIC
WHERE?AL & MARY ANN PTASZNIK'S HOME
ADDRESS?6721 LAKE POINTE DRIVE
MINERAL, VA 23117-5007
WHEN?SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER DATE TO BE DETERMINED BY AL & MARY ANN
WHAT TIME?ARRIVE BETWEEN 11:00AM TO NOON
THEN WHAT?DIVE THE BOAT BY 12:15PM FOR THE INVOCATION AND TO BEGIN EATING
MEETING?YES - AN ABBREVIATED MEETING WILL BE HELD AFTER WE EAT TO INCLUDE OUR HONOR CEREMONIES, 50/50 RAFFLE DRAW, ANNOUNCEMENTS & BENEDICTION
THEN WHAT?SURFACE THE BOAT!!
DIRECTIONS
  1. Click on the "Directions" link in the map address box below.
  2. Type in the address you are departing from in the "Choose Starting Point" field on the page that comes up.
  3. This will build a custom map for you which includes driving instructions.
PARKING
There is some parking out front along the drive in a perpendicular fashion, then more along the road. See the red mark-ups on the aerial map below. Al or a volunteer can help by running the golf cart around to assist people in carrying things down back.
Annual Picnic Location Aerial
MENU, UTENSILS & SEATING
1. The Base will be sponsoring (i.e. paying for) the following:
John Lamsens will pick up the food from Extra Billy's BBQ and arrive at Al's house between 11:15am-11:45am. We estimate these quantities should feed around fifty people:
Eight pounds of Pork Pulled Barbecue
Four pounds of Chicken Pulled Barbecue
Ten pounds of Texas-Style Brisket
Twelve pounds of Coleslaw
Twelve pounds of Baked Beans
Twelve pounds of Macaroni and Cheese
Seven dozen Buns
Six bottles of Sauces

2. Kenn & Della McDermott had picked up a sufficient quantity of the following from Sam's Club for the 2014 picnic and we will restock our supplies at Al's as necessary - although we will always pick up some boss bottles of several types of soda:

Large Paper Plates
Small Dessert Plates
Napkins
Cold Cups
Hot Cups
Plastic Knives/Forks/Spoons
Small Plastic Party Cups (for wine, etc.)
Table Covers (pack of six)
Small Carry Home Containers (for any food left over)
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite & Bottled Water (for those that do not bring drinks of their own)

3. Members are NOT being requested to contribute ANYTHING if you don't want to or it is not convenient to do so since we'll have plenty of food for everyone without the ladies being requested to prepare side dishes. Having said that, the following EXCEPTIONS should be considered (if possible and feasible - but don't worry about it if you can't)
Salads - if you have a specialty you would like to share
Desserts - if you have a favorite you would like to share
Drinks of your choice (please note that the drinks the Base will be providing are not intended to serve everyone because we assume many of you will bring something you prefer anyway)
Extra Drinks for other guests if you feel so inspired.
Ice - both to put in drinks and to put around beverages.
Lawn Chairs if you have them. Al advises that they will have seating all around for about twenty with three tables plus three or four card tables - and there is also a picnic table down by the water.

4. Food Service Support will consist of a grill, two crock pots, a large roaster and a chafing pot with Sterno provided by Al & Mary Ann; The two tables the Base owns being brought by Bill Anderson, along with other tables as may be assigned/offered by others. We'll need a few large coolers with at least one to hold ice for drinks and the others to keep bottled/canned beverages cold. Kenn's son-in-law Glenn is bringing a large cooler full of ice.
If in doubt - let Al or Kenn know what you might be able to provide - preferably by e-mail by clicking on these links: Kenn McDermott or Al Ptasznik

PROGRAM
We typically socialize between about arrival time and Noon. We'll dive the boat about 12:15pm, offer the invocation and begin eating. We will hold our honor ceremonies after we finish eating - after which we'll announce birthdays for the month (to see if Mickey wins whether he is there or not), introduce guests, and make general announcements.
If we have any USSVI awards to announce we'll do that during this period.

NOTE: Ways & Means Committee Chair John Lamsens will run a special 50/50 raffle with tickets priced at: 3 for $2, 7 for $5 and 16 for $10. The 50/50 money is split with the winner as usual, with the other half going to our Base Treasury - so bring plenty of money with you!

We expect to start the self-serve food line around 12:15pm - so be there or be square (or stay hungry)

ACTIVITIES
The following activities will be available:
Lawn games such as Corn Hole, Frisbees, Jarts, Boccie Ball, etc - plus Bubbles. Feel free to bring any yard game you might have and enjoy. If anyone has a Badminton net and equipment that could also be set up in the yard.
Fishing from the pier (IF you have a current VA Fishing License)
Launching your own Canoe or Kayak right from the waterfront
Use of Al's Kayak as long as one of the two users is an adult

BRIEF HISTORY
Our Base Annual Picnic was initiated and hosted by Bill & Carol Wellner at their home in Amelia Courthouse for ten years beginning in 2004. At the 2013 picnic Bill announced that one would be their last since Carol would be retiring in 2014 and they wanted their calendar to be open for potential travel and other activities. We very much appreciated the hard work Bill & Carol put into each of our annual picnics and we thanked them very much for their dedication and support of our Base. Bill departed on Eternal Patrol on June 21, 2016 - but Carol remains on our Base mailing list and occasionally joins us for meetings and activities.
FUTURE PICNICS
At our July 10, 2014 meeting we voted to continue holding an annual picnic, but decided to let the date and venue float each year, voting for the specifics each year individually. Also at the July 10th meeting, and since no member volunteered to host the picnic, we voted to hold the 2014 picnic at Bear Creek Lake State Park on the third Saturday in October.

However, subsequent to that meeting new member Al Ptasznik and his spouse Mary Ann offered to host the 2014 picnic at their beautiful home on Lake Anna. We formally voted at our September 13, 2014 meeting to change the 2014 picnic venue to the Ptasznik home - and have the Base arrange for the main menu items to be catered.
Since we haven't yet quite destroyed their home at the the earlier picnics, the Ptasznik's have continued to invite us back again annually!!
Thanks Al & Mary Ann!!
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