Club history lore is that the founding of the California Writers Club (CWC) emerged in part from picnics and companionship of Jack London and his writing friends up in the Oakland Hills home of Joaquin Miller. Over the next few decades, CWC helped to build the Woodminster Amphitheater, Writers Memorial Grove, and the Cascades stairs in the park. Thus we have a long and wonderful relationship with Joaquin Miller Park.
So it feels just so right to have our second annual picnic at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland on Saturday, July 30, 2011. We can start the picnic at 1:00 pm and close around 4:00 pm. We have to be out of there by 5:00 pm. The picnic will be held at the Fire Circle Picnic Area, same place as last year. The Club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, paper plates and such, and condiments. Please bring a side dish with extras to go around. Bring your own liquid refreshments, but no hard liquor. Sodas, water, beer, and wine are okay.
We will have a dessert decoration contest, so if you want to participate decorate a cake, or cookies, or whatever with a literary theme.
There are bleachers at the Fire Circle, so we can also have an Open Mic, sans a mic, session, so bring something to read to your fellow picnickers.
We are also thinking of a walking tour of the Cascades, Woodminster, and the Writers Memorial Grove.
The picnic is open to all CWC members and their guests. So feel free to bring along friends, spouses, significant others, etc. Please share the part of this message about the picnic with the membership of your branch.
Directions to the Picnic:
Take Highway 13 and get off at the Joaquin Miller Road exit and head up the hill. The park will be on your left. You will see the Cascades Stairs part way up the hill. The Fire Circle is close to Joaquin Miller Road and next to the Tot Lot in the area of the base of the Cascades. There is plenty of parking along JM Road. We are planning on having a couple of people holding signs pointing you to the picnic. If you feel that you really have to park in the parking lot inside the park, be advised that it is a long hike from the parking lot to the picnic site. The interior roads in the park are closed to the public beyond the ranger station.
For those coming from Socal, please get in touch with Joyce Krieg. She is arranging transportation for you to the picnic from the Oakland Airport Holiday Inn Express, (site of the CB meeting on Sunday), but she needs a head count so she can plan how many hot dogs, etc. to bring.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP Margie Yee Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org