2012 Region IV Picnic and Rock Swap
Hosted by The Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club
And Carl Miller, EFMLS Region IV Vice President
When : Saturday, August 25, 2012, 9am-3pm
Where: Gilbert Run Park, 13140 Charles St, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Schedule: 8:00 a.m. — pavilion available for our use / 9 – 3 — swapping / noonish– picnic lunch for all / After lunch — doorprizes drawn followed by the auction / 3:00 p.m. — picnic over / cleanup area / drive home safely
*(all attendees are kindly requested to donate labeled mineral/lapidary/ fossil specimens for doorprizes and the auction —- this raises cash for next year’s picnic.)
Directions: 1. Recommend “Mapquest” to La Plata on U.S. Rt.301, then 2. Turn EAST on MD Rt. 6 (Charles Street) thru town and go 9.0 miles 3. Look for brown “Gilbert Run Park” sign — Park Entrance is on LEFT. 4. Pay $4 vehicle Entrance Fee and continue STRAIGHT BEARING LEFT 5. Go 0.3 miles to a reserved paved parking area on RIGHT for “Hill Top Pavilion” 6. You may drive your vehicle to the top to unload and then re-park in the paved parking lot below the Pavilion.
“Treasure Box” — As before, there will be a Treasure Box that everyone can take stuff from — for FREE. The theme has always been: “One person’s “extras” may be another person’s treasure.” Please bring lots of your “extras” (i.e., minerals/lapidary/fossils) — with labels — and other rock related items to put in the Treasure Box. Thank you.
This is a Potluck — Please bring a dish (side/main/dessert) to share. Hotdogs/burgers/plates/utensils/drinks (no alcohol in park) will be provided.
Guests are welcome.
Venue is a shaded, hill-top pavilion with 15 picnic tables in the woods above a 60 acre lake with full restroom facilities on site. Other activities in this Park include: 2 mile walking path around the lake/fishing (license required)/boat rental/playground/horseshoe pits (one by our pavilion)/volleyball/concession stand
Bonus field trip info: Several excellent fossil hunting sites (open to the public) are within 30 miles of the pic-nic location. **Low tide on the Chesapeake Bay at Matoaka Beach Cabins is 3:18 pm (Fee: $4/adult, $2/child under 12). ***Low tide at Purse State Park on the Potomac River is 7:58 pm /sunset is 7:49 pm. Free.