Potluck Picnic & BBQ at Ringwood State Park (Shepherd Lake)

  • August 11, 2013 · 11:15 AM
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Hello Everyone!

Anyone interested in joining us for a day of Food, Fun, Music, Outdoor Games and Swimming etc..?

We will be barbecuing at Shepherd Lake which is right next to the Botanical Gardens in Ringwood, NJ. It is an amazing location that has a swimming area, boat rentals, fields for playing outdoor games, and tons of picnic space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost to get into the parking area is $10.00 per car for NJ residents and $20.00 per car for people from out-of-state. To save on parking we will be meeting at the CVS in Ringwood and then caravan over together.

We'll meet in the CVS parking lot at 11:15am (leaving promptly at 11:30am). Address: 115 Skyline Dr., Ringwood, NJ 07456. From there, we can car pool to the park. This will not only help split the cost of entry but will also help reduce the number of cars because, sometimes the park prevents cars from coming in due to over capacity after a certain hour. Please keep this in mind if you're planning on joining us later.

*How to find us* Look for a balloon tied to the roof of a SUV in the CVS parking lot. I'll park near the lot entrance. If you meet us at Shepard Lake, look for the balloon tied to a chair. We're on the far side of the open field near the playground.

Please note: If you are not able to meet at 11:15am to carpool, come anyway!! It is a small price to pay for parking, access to the beach, and hanging out with a bunch of very cool people! Please try to come early though. The park rangers sometimes stop letting the people in if the park gets too full. This usually happens after 12pm if it does.

Since this is a "potluck picnic" we ask that everyone bring either a food item or supplies to share. Below is a list of possible items to bring. Please post a comment on the event to indicate what you will be bringing. **Before posting your item please read through the comments to see what everyone is already bringing to avoid duplication.

If you cannot bring a dish and want to join us, please contribute $10.00 towards items we'll need to purchase.

Recommended items:
- hot dogs & buns
- hamburgers & buns
- anything else to grill
- condiments (ketchup, relish, mustard)
- lettice, cheese, onion, tomato & pickles for burgers
- chips/dip
- appetizers
- veggie dishes
- salads
- snacks
- fruit
- desserts
- "s'mores ingredients"
- paper plates & cups (no styrofoam please)
- napkins, paper towels, towelettes (hand wipes)
- disposable knifes, forks, spoons
- picnic table cloths
- charcoal
- water
- other beverages
- Ice
- Cooler
- portable grill

Other items you may want to bring include:

bathing suit, towels, sun block, bug spray, change of clothes, portable chairs, blanket, hammock, Frisbee or your favorite outdoor game, etc. If you would like to rent a boat to take on the lake make sure you bring cash! They do not accept credit cards.

We look forward to seeing you all!! This is going to be a really fun event!!

Melanie and Faith
Faith#[masked] / Melanie#[masked]

 

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  • Michael

    Hi I lost my, OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel spatula at the picnic. Has anyone seen it? It’s part of a collection. Contact me if found
    Thanks
    Mike

    It looks like this:

    http://www.lifeandhome.com/oxo-good-grips-stainless-steel-turner.html?gclid=COm89smFj7kCFaXm7AodUAkAWw

    August 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think I might have it. Does it have circular holes in it?

      August 21, 2013

  • Patrick

    I can pick up some vegetables for grilling. Either that or buy a few pies. OK maybe both.

    August 9, 2013

    • Rinkesh

      The grilled veggies were great and corn was delicious. Great recipe Pat.

      August 12, 2013

    • Anuj

      Yeah..loved the veggies! And the dogs too, as well

      August 13, 2013

  • Rinkesh

    You know you had a great event, when people still talk about it 2 days later in the comments section. ;-) is nizeee

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pics are awesome. Thanks Dave and Ken.

    2 · August 12, 2013

    • Dave B

      Thanks man.

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • Jami

      Ditto on the pics! They came out great

      August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To all my language people...I totally forgot that English isn't the only language I know! Remind me to teach you guys some sign language. I can def teach you to say "I love you" and a couple of phrases. :)

    August 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can u say here in sign language ;)

      August 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm saying it right now...can't you see it? :P

      August 13, 2013

  • Joe

    In a word: FUNTASTIC! Many props to Mel & Faith for yet another great event.

    2 · August 12, 2013

  • Michael K.

    Excellent group. Lots of fun.

    August 12, 2013

  • Mishelle

    I will also bring sliced tomatoes for the burgers. Not sure if I saw that anywhere?

    August 10, 2013

    • Mishelle

      VERY locally grown. They came from my boyfriend's cousins garden. I picked them Saturday just for the picnic! Talk about FRESH!

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • Mishelle

      Oh yeah, did anyone happen to get the container they were in? I totally forgot!

      August 12, 2013

  • candace

    It was my first meetup with this group. I felt so welcome because everyone was so warm and friendly! I have to say that is was one of the most organized picnic events I've ever seen. Everyone co-operated and brought what they were supposed to bring and THEN some! There was a surplus of delicious, healthy food! Melanie, and Faith are AWESOME organizers. Job very well done! Perfect weather and location!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Faith and Melanie for organizing the picnic. It was great seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Dave B

    Great event, hope to see everybody again ASAP!

    August 12, 2013

  • Jinxin Z.

    Ty for a day of fun, food, and great company!

    August 12, 2013

  • Rinkesh

    Everyone in the pictures look so photogenic and natural. Amazing and great pictures. :-)

    August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What can I say? We've got the best looking meetup group in NJ! :)

      2 · August 12, 2013

    • Rinkesh

      I was going to say that, you had mentioned that at a diner one time..haha Look at your picture waving hair, ms. model you. :p

      August 12, 2013

  • natalie

    Had a wonderful time.

    August 12, 2013

  • Anuj

    Awesome picnic, good food and amazing fun--Faith & Melanie are the best!

    August 12, 2013

  • Melanie

    Oh & btw Laura, Your cinnamon raisin bread pudding was AMAZING!! ;-)

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I loved this pudding. I need to ask her recipe or same dish for next potluck. ;)

      August 11, 2013

  • Lorenz F.

    I had a great time today with a terrific group of people!!! Couldn't have asked for better weather or friends to hang out with!! Melanie and Faith did an outstanding job as usual and everyone brought such great food and other stuff!! Thanks Ken and Melissa for grilling up all of those burgers and hotdogs!!

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Michael K.

    Had a great time at my first meet up. Thanks everyone for making it such a good one.

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Steve

    I had a great time today. It was nice meeting everyone!

    August 11, 2013

  • Ken

    Great event as always!!

    August 11, 2013

  • Melanie

    Special thanks to everyone that made this event a fun success! :-) I had an amazing time with a wonderful group of people. Faith couldn't have said it better. Thank you again for all your contributions and we can't forget the most important person of all...Ken for being our grill master! Thanks Ken, couldn't have done it without you.... Melanie & Faith
    PS. and thanks for the redbull ;-)

    4 · August 11, 2013

  • Mishelle

    Great Sunday everyone! Glad we made it out!

    August 11, 2013

  • Patrick

    Great time! Thanks to the organizers.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This may have been the best event I've ever been a part of...and that's saying something! I wanted to thank everyone for coming out and bringing so much food! Extra special thanks to Melissa, Albert, Lorenz, and Denis for helping to set up early! It really was a perfect day! :)

    5 · August 11, 2013

  • Jami

    Great time today! Hope to see everyone again soon!

    August 11, 2013

  • Melissa

    Fabulous time! Great meeting new peeps. Everyone time to do the Birdie Dance :)

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Denis

    Had a great time meeting everyone, I look forward to many more events with this group.

    August 11, 2013

  • Kristian

    Great time as always. Enjoyed the food, the company, the Frisbee, and of course the hoolahoops! Looking forward to more meetups in the future.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Rinkesh

    Ich liebe dich (angry voice) Haha

    4 · August 11, 2013

  • Rinkesh

    Super awesome people, old and new. Great food And drinks. Loved hanging out with everyone, playing sports, learning I ♥ yous and Hoola hooping. :-) I enjoyed and thanks for everything to everyone.

    August 11, 2013

  • Fatima

    Great people, perfect weather, lots of delicious food... what more can you ask for? I had a great time! Thanks Mel & Faith, for organizing a wonderful event. :)

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Katrina W.

    Battery died this morning. Have a blast in our absence.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late by 30 mins

    August 11, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Hey everyone! We just go here and it's a beautiful day! The parking lot is already crowded though so I'd suggest trying to take as few cars as possible with the carpools. See you all soon!

    August 11, 2013

  • natalie

    I saw that we need deserts. Will bring something yummy.

    August 11, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    We won't be at the carpool because we're going to get to the park early and hike before the BBQ, but we'll meet you all by the lake!

    August 10, 2013

    • Melanie

      Hi Sarah, ok no prob. Just in-case you don't know thou. Most of the trails around Shepard Lake are closed due to the contruction of the pipeline. There might be a couple open but You'll have to ask when you get there. Also, if you go to the Botanical gardens & park somewhere else, they will charge you at both places, the lake & gardens although, The tails by the gardens are open and it's a great area to hike. Just wanted to let you know. have fun & see you tomorrow ;-)

      August 10, 2013

  • Steve

    I'll bring iced tea and lemonade

    August 10, 2013

    • Melanie

      Hi Steve, Albert & Mishelle already commented on bringing those two items below...can never have too many fruit or desserts?

      August 10, 2013

    • Steve

      Ok sounds good

      August 10, 2013

  • Melanie

    If there's anyone left that isn't sure what to bring, I think we're well covered as far as food goes :-) However, if you'd like to contribute $$ toward other items & supplies that Faith & I purchased for this event, would be greatly appreciated. Some of the items your contribution will go toward include: saran wrap, aluminum foil, picnic table covers, trays, hand wipes, cooking spray, balloons etc.

    Thank you,
    Melanie

    August 10, 2013

  • Rinkesh

    Hey Faith & Mel, I would go but since I'll be on motorcycle, I can't bring/carry anything with me. Maybe I can help buy plates, cups, etc by CVS and put it in the carpool car as my contribution. Let me know if that's fine?

    August 10, 2013

    • Melanie

      Hi Rink! Where have you been? I was wondering if you were ever going to RSVP ;-) I think we're pretty well covered but if you'd like to contribute $ torward the rest of the supplies Faith & I picked up, that would be great! Thank you & see you tomorow :-)

      August 10, 2013

    • Rinkesh

      Hey Mel Yah just busy with work hun, sure that sounds fine. I'll drive my bike there, so I'll see you there. :-)

      August 10, 2013

  • Fatima

    I will bring grapes and some berries. :)

    August 10, 2013

  • Jinxin Z.

    Since we're short on fruit, I'll bring a watermelon. Does the park allow knives? If i bring it whole I'd need something to cut with. I could pre-cut but then how much I bring is limited by container size.

    August 10, 2013

    • Melanie

      Hi Jinxin, Thanks but We've already got watermelon covered. veggies, other friut, desserts, deviled eggs?? ;-)

      August 10, 2013

    • Jinxin Z.

      sure i'll bring a fruit salad then

      August 10, 2013

  • Avi

    any pies yet?

    August 10, 2013

    • Avi

      and maybe another salad

      August 10, 2013

    • Melanie

      either one sounds good Avi. Altough, you can never have too many desserts ;-) Thanks!

      August 10, 2013

  • Melanie

    Hello Everyone,

    Thanks so much for replying with all your contributions.
    Just a couple reminders: Meeting at CVS at 11:15am (leaving promtly at 11:30am). This will not only help split the cost of entry but will also help reduce the number of cars. Sometimes the park prevents cars from coming in due to over capacity after a certain hour. Please keep this in mind if you're planning on joining later.

    *How to find us* Look for a balloon tied to the roof of a SUV in the CVS parking lot. I'll park near the lot entrance. If you meet us at Shepard Lake, look for the balloon tied to a chair. We're on the far side of the open field near the playground.

    Other items you may want to bring: portable chair, hammock, beach blanket, bug spray, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, camera, bathing suit, towel, change of cloths and cash.

    *Items we still might need*: fruit, desserts, ice tea, lemonade, ice bucket

    Thanks & see you tomorrow,
    Melanie & Faith :-)

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also picked up two gallons of iced tea.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Mishelle

    I've got lemonade!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Kristian

    Not sure what to bring, maybe more hamburgers (I eat a lot). How about corn on the cob? I'll also have a Frisbee and hackysac. Let me know.

    August 9, 2013

    • Melanie

      Hackysac sounds great! ;-)

      August 10, 2013

    • Avi

      ill bring my aerobie

      August 10, 2013

  • Mishelle

    Sorry for the last minute RSVP.. I'm bringing the boyfriend with. What can we bring!?

    August 10, 2013

  • Katrina W.

    Then I will bring drinks. Water and crystal light packets. Also bean dip.

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone is looking for something else to bring I would suggest more sodas, iced tea, or water. We have a couple people bringing some but our group is getting bigger and bigger! Haha

    August 10, 2013

    • Michael K.

      I can bring more soda too. I will see what else I have.

      August 10, 2013

  • Katya K.

    I will bring a cheese platter and some grapes

    1 · August 10, 2013

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