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30th Anniversary Club Picnic


On Saturday, June 23rd, from 3:00 – 6:00, RCA will host a picnic to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. We chose to hold it at Gabriel Park, where RCA’s star parties were held more than two decades ago, when light pollution was milder, the club was much smaller, the members much younger, and telescopes much smaller.  It’s been quite a ride!

What to Bring

Picnic chairs if you wish, or picnic blankets; potluck food to share (RCA will provide the drinks); things to play with like frisbees or wiffle balls, if anyone plays with that kind of thing anymore; and things that could be called vintage, memorabilia, historic, archival or otherwise having to do with the last thirty years of RCA’s life, to share on what I hope will become our Memory Table.

RCA will provide not only water and soda, but also cake and/or ice cream. I’d like to get a rough estimate of how many people are coming so I know how much to order. Let me know by response on the Forum or by email.

Special guests include our past presidents and any family and friends you may want to invite along. Children are welcome and there’s a play area right next to our area.


The picnic will be held at Gabriel Park, SW 42nd and SW Vermont, in Picnic Area C, next to the children’s playground, the bathrooms and the baseball field.

The park is along SW Vermont St. between 37th and 45th. Vermont coincides with SW Capitol Highway for a bit, but SW Capitol Highway veers off at Cider Mill and the Hoot Owl Market, and Vermont continues straight, if you are going east to west. Coming from the west side, it’s easy to pick up Vermont from Oleson Road.  The official address is SW 45th and SW Vermont, but drive slowly along Vermont until you get to what looks like a small side road, 42nd, turn into the park there, follow the gravel road to the parking area, which has two main sections, both okay.

Walk along the paved pathway a short distance up the grassy knoll and that’s where we will be. Seven picnic tables make up Area C. The letter C is painted on the tables, but they are so old and faded they are hard to see. We will be under leafy trees in the shade. I will see about placing signs or banners out to help us along.

I’ve been excited about this picnic since I first became president two-and-a-half years ago, and in spite of the last-minute information, I’m hoping this will be a really good time for our members both new and old. 

I truly am looking forward to it and hope we have a good turn out.

— Yours, Margaret

Earlier Event: June 20
Cosmology SIG
Later Event: June 30
Telescope Workshop