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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed through the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for details; you will be given payment instructions after you sign up. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

AOC Annual Picnic 2015 - Van Pugh North Park on Beautiful Lake Lanier!

The Basics:
Event Type:AOC Picnic
Event Location: Near Flowery Branch, GA, ~25 mi NE of "Spaghetti Jcn"   AOC Picnic: AOC Annual Picnic 2015 - Van Pugh North Park on Beautiful Lake Lanier!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 18 2015  11:00 am >> Sat, Jul 18 2015 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, May 27 2015 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 17 2015 12:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
John Stirman
Charlie Cottingham
Larry Cooper
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Member Cost:$15.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:200
Minimum Group Size:40
Number Registered So Far: 62 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



Come Celebrate the 2015 AOC Annual Picnic with us!

This picnic will be a special one, the first at a NEW LOCATION!
- Beautiful Van Pugh North Park on the shore of Lake Lanier!
30 min. NE of "Spaghetti Jcn"- See easy Directions below. 

See suggested list of items to wear and bring below!  

FOOD: We'll have hot-off-the-grill hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers prepared by Master Chef Larry Cooper and his able side-cook John Stirman.  

DRINKS:  Non-alcholic beverages only. . .  water, Powerade will be provided.  Please bring your own cup to drink from to help us to be green and cut down on paper goods 
GAMES:  Charlie Cottingham is planning some entertaining competitions with all participants eligible for valuable prizes!  Games will include Tug-o'-War (sturdy shoes needed!), No-Hands Volleyball Race, Egg Toss for Distance, Scavenger Hunt, & Balloon Busting Race.
Also enjoy these "play-'em-yourself" games: Volleyball, Badminton, Frisbee and Horseshoes.
 **When you check in at the Picnic see Charlie Cottingham and the Games Committee to sign-up for specific games and registration times.

Thanks for your help!
REGISTRATION (6 volunteers - 3 shifts)Two or three reliable folks to man the picnic registration table, checking in folks as they arrive and reminding them to register for the games. 
GAMES (10 volunteers):  As usual we could use about a dozen volunteers to help with games registration, refereeing, setting up and taking down the games.
PICNIC SET-UP (3 volunteers):  We need folks to help set up the food area for lunch.
PICNIC CLEAN-UP (4 volunteers):  A vital element for the success of the picnic.  Our policy of "Leave no Trace"  applies to this event, too. We need 4 - 5 willing hands to clean up the pavilion and surrounding area.
PRIZES:  We'd appreciate donations of various prizes that members may have - - for example new or like-new outdoor gear.  Please let Charlie know of any items you'd be willing to donate.
Bring your boat and enjoy the lake - - kayaks, canoes, motor boats. Parking available by the boat ramp for cars and trailers.
PFDs required for all vessels!
Swim &  Sunbathe on one of the two lovely white sandy beaches:  
Bring towels, hats, beach chairs, sunscreen, water bottles, and a change of clothes.  (Restrooms available for changing)
Plan to have a great day! 

This is an ADULT ONLY activity just like all AOC events. Georgia state parks do not allow alcohol. The AOC is not responsible for any alcohol you bring.  Sorry, no dogs allowed at this event.

Entry fee into the park is $4 per vehicle!!

Required Items to Bring:

A good attitude, a bag full of cheerful spirit, and smiles.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Sunscreen, hat, bathing suit, beach towel, camp chair, kayak (with PFD), water bottles, water shoes, sturdy shoes for tug-of-war game, change of clothes.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take I-85 north to I-985 north. Get off I-985 at exit #8 (Friendship Rd). Turn left, and go 1.5 miles on Friendship Rd. Turn right onto McEver Rd and go 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Gaines Ferry Rd and go about 2.4 miles to Van Pugh Park North.  Bring $4/vehicle for parking.

Arrange-Your-Own-Carpool from your part of town or from either of these two convenient free parking lots near Lake Lanier:

Publix Super Market at Golden Park Village, 4840 Golden Pkwy, Buford, GA

OR:  I-85 Indian Trail Road Park & Ride -- From Atlanta, proceed north on I-85 to Exit 101 (5 mi. NE of Spaghetti Jcn).  At the end of the ramp turn left onto Indian Trail-Lilburn Rd.; go over I-85, and at the next traffic light turn right and then right again into the parking lot.  We suggest that you meet your fellow carpoolers in the upper lot, which will be to your left going in. 


Please make payment within 5 days of registering for the event.  After the cut off date of July 5th, you will be on the waitlist and if moved over, payment will need to be made within 24 hours. 

Here's Mark Reffett's map of the area:

A good photo web site is:

Important information for paid events in which payment is managed through the AOC:

     - Payment must be received by the payment due date and prior to participation in the event.

     - Some paid events require a minimum number of registered participants. If that number is not met, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued to those who have already paid.

     - Third-party vendors often require damage deposits. Each registrant agrees to be liable for and required to reimburse the Atlanta Outdoor Club for any withheld deposits due to the actions of or damages caused by that registrant.

     - No partial payments. All registrants must pay the posted Member Cost regardless of any agreement you may have with any party involved in the event.

     - Read the event description carefully for additional information, and contact the trip leader(s) with any questions.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$15.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Everything mentioned in the itinerary. It does not include the $4 entrance fee (per car) into the park.

 Members accepted as Volunteers should NOT pay the $15 fee. We will keep a list of the volunteers to alert the treasurers that their fee is waived.

PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY JULY 5TH.   Sorry, there will be absolutely no refunds on this event. If you cannot attend after making payment, consider your $15 a gift to the AOC!  

Members can use the PayPal button to pay even if they don't have a PayPal account!

(If payment by PayPal is impossible, a check for $15 can be mailed to Deb Riecke, 45 Long Circle, Roswell, GA 30075.  Payment by check involves a much more complicated process for our treasurers and is strongly discouraged.  Checks must be received by July 1st in order to be processed.)




Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Jul 17 2015.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Sorry, there will be absolutely no refunds on this event. 

This event takes place rain or shine.