PICNIC AT WASHINGTON CANOE CLUB IN GEORGETOWN

  • May 11, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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This has been changed to a picnic only IF its not raining tomorrow evening. We will not be providing any food since we are refunding all the money. Please bring your own meat to grill and something to share. Post on the page if u can come!

The historic Washington Canoe Club is the oldest existing Canoe Club in the United States.  The boathouse was built in its present location by Club members in 1904.  Throughout its 108-year history, WCC has established itself as one of the preeminent Canoe and Kayak racing clubs in America.  WCC has sent numerous members to the Olympics over the years, and has brought back several medals, including two gold medals.


But WCC is more than just a racing club.  The club is equally represented by recreational paddlers, and more recently, the club has added stand-up paddleboards (SUP's) to the mix.  Equally important, WCC is a social club with organized club events scheduled year around (oyster roasts, crab feasts, and the Frank Havens chili cookoff are favorites).  Club members also bring family and friends down to enjoy the river and to socialize around the barbeque and on the docks.  Bill Woodruff, a member of Over 40 and The Club, is pleased to host this meetup, and to share the river and a sunset with friends.

UPDATE:  NO MORE BOATS ARE AVAILABLE TO BE BORROWED.  IF YOU SIGN UP YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN BOAT

Those who bring their own boats can unload at the front gate, from which there is a very short carry down to the dock, where we will be launching.  The floating dock has room for several dozen kayaks.

THE PLAN: Please arrive no later than 3:00 pm, with a plan to be on the water between 3:30-4:00.  We will head upstream for about 2 1/2 miles to Fletcher's boat house.  Along the way, with a bit of luck we may see eagles, osprey, and herons.  Also, we are likely to see some of our resident ducks teaching their new ducklings to stay together as they grow and learn to hunt along the river banks.

We will get back to the docks around 5:30 - 6:00, and it will be time to put boats away, and fire up the grill. Sunset is just after 8pm, so anyone who really needs to get home can have a bite to eat, and still drive home in daylight.  The rest of us will be able to finish off the burgers, dogs, kielbasa, etc, and then relax as the sun sets over the water to our right, with Key Bridge catching all of the color to our left.  We can finish the evening with a glass of wine as we watch the lights of Arlington frame the Virginia shore.

MEAL: Your contribution will cover the picnic supplies (paper, utensils, etc), hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa.  PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE -- EITHER APPETIZER, SALAD, SIDE DISH, OR DESSERT, and beverages (your water, soda, and post-paddle adult beverage).  We are collecting in advance so we can make a Costco run a couple days in advance.

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

DIRECTIONS: The address is 3700 Water Street, NW, Washington, DC.  GPS usually gets it right until the final half mile; because Water Street is underneath the Whitehurst Freeway, GPS receivers often go crazy once you are on the Georgetown Waterfront.

From Virginia via Key Bridge: Cross the river via Key Bridge, and take a right on M Street on the DC side.  Take M Street to Wisconsin Avenue, where you will make a right turn.  Wisconsin will take you about two blocks to the waterfront.  When Wisconsin ends at a "T" intersection, turn right; you are now on Water Street.  From there, you just go straight until Water Street ends, and turns into a bike path.  At that point, you will see a chain link fence just ahead and to your left.  That is the Canoe Club.

From Maryland (North): take your preferred route to McArthur Blvd, and take McArthur South to M Street.  Take M Street South to Wisconsin Ave.  When Wisconsin ends at a "T" intersection, turn right; you are now on Water Street.  From there, you just go straight until Water Street ends, and turns into a bike path.  At that point, you will see a chain link fence just ahead and to your left.  That is the Canoe Club.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good food, great company and, a unique view of the City. Thanks to Heide and Bill for sticking with it.

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great evening! Maybe we should cancel these things more often.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The BEST meetup that never happened! Great friends, food and a piece of heaven! Can't wait for the reschedule date. Thank you Heide! Thank you Bill!

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was the best meetup ever cancelled to happen! Thanks to everyone for coming out for the picnic. We enjoyed a great meal, and a beautiful evening on the river. Thanks to Bill our host for sharing his piece of heaven with us! Once bill confirms the date for our reschedule we'll get it posted! And get those flapper dresses and straw hats ready for Great Gatsby night!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will need kayak.

    May 11, 2013

  • Gregory D.

    Too far for me for just a picnic. See everyone at some other time.

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was really going for the paddling so will catch you at the next one for sure. Too bad, all those donuts I bought will now go to my neighbors! :)

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this event canceled?

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there, boat or no boat. (I might put-in, earlier in the day, on the Canal, up at Fletcher's. Weather permitting.) The red pepper salad is already made. I'll bring along something for the grill. Hope to see some of you on the River tomorrow!

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello paddlers -

    This is just a short note to let everyone know we are watching the weather carefully. Right now there is a high probability of rain forecasted for Saturday -- but we don't know what time of day.

    With Washington weather, it could blow over by noon and we could have a beautiful afternoon and evening - or have no rain at all.

    By Friday evening, we should have an hourly forecast for Saturday, and should be able to call the event.

    Here's hoping to a fast moving front and great weather on Saturday!
    Heide

    May 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heide, would you kindly buy a few veggie burgers to go along with the hamburgers, hot dogs and kielbasa? If you remember to pick some up while you are at Costco, it would be much appreciated. :)

      May 9, 2013

  • Cindy G

    As much as I was hoping to attend, between my son's schedule and the weather, I have to bow out.
    I hope the weather cooperates for you!

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lime Pie

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Bruce

    potato salad

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute plans to visit my Mom in NC this weekend, have fun!!

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're bringing a double kayak that I've never seen and a stoker with no river experience. This is going to be fun.

    May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You might be on your own, I didn't get a spot yet! :(

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring along my go-to salad of grilled red pepper/artichoke/feta/calamata/fresh herbs.

    I gave up on renting a boat and bought a kayak.

    Are there arrangement for locals to drop off boats earlier in the day at the Canoe Club?

    May 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds delicious!

      May 7, 2013

  • Dawn

    Heide, do you think we will need to wear some of that neoprene stuff? Seems like it may be really cold out there on the Potomac.

    May 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dawn, The river is in the mid 60's right now. We have several warm days coming, so the river should be right at 70 on Saturday, which is cool, but not dangerously cold. I recommend that you dress to be comfortable for the paddle. Even for the very most safety conscious paddlers, the most I would even consider would be a lightweight shorty suit.

      May 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm wearing my shorty. It really depends on outer ware. Cotton, especially fleece, will stay wet. Technical fabrics are recommended.

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not staying for the picnic.

    May 7, 2013

  • Clay

    I'll bring some mixed fruit.

    May 6, 2013

  • Stacey

    will bring salad. hope for no t-storms

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If a boat or place in a boat becomes available, I'd love to come. Thanks.

    May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dorsey - if anyone drops off the list, we can start to add those who don't have boats. Thanks for your patience.

      May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heide - Sorry, I guess there was planning going on behind the scenes that I was not aware of. I did not realize my extra boat had already been committed. I apologize for any confusion I caused with my previous post.

      May 6, 2013

  • Andy

    I'll bring my famous marinated green beans.

    May 5, 2013

  • Cindy G

    Not sure about my son's plans, still don't have a method of transport for my kayak - will let you know for sure closer to next weekend, if that's ok...

    May 2, 2013

    • Dawn

      I'm interested in carpooling from Purcellville/Round Hill! That would be great!

      May 2, 2013

    • Cindy G

      Greg, would love to do this if you have room to haul me & my kayak! As soon as I know what my sons plans are, will let you know - ok & will email you.
      Hope you're enjoying Gonzos Nose tonight :)!

      May 3, 2013

  • Dawn

    Hi Heide, I took a 3.5 hour beginner kayak lesson today on Lake Audubon with KAPCO. It was great and we just missed the rain. Can't wait to get out there and practice some more.

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For anyone hoping to rent a kayak for the 11th, Bad News/Good News. Jack's Boathouse has been evicted by the NPS and replaced by Key Bridge Boathouse. ( http://www.keybridgeboathouse.com/ )

    This news was posted yesterday.
    ( http://dcist.com/2013/04/jacks_boathouse_is_gone_its_now_key.php )

    Their website says they will open April 20th. This would give anyone interested an opportunity to get some practice time in on the water and scout out the options for May 11th.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heide, I have my own kayak and would love to paddle with the group!

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to sign up for the event, but not the paddling. I can set up picnic/ party area , keep the drinks cold and cook for all you boaters. I have no experience paddling but am adding this to the bucket list this year. Please let me know if this is ok?

    March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Debbie - I'll change your RSVP to attending -- then you'll be able to hit the "pay online" button. We appreciate the offer to keep the drinks cold and the coals hot and look forward to introducing you to kayaking!!!

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All - Thanks for signing up. At 6:30AM TODAY, I changed the meetup announcement to announce that there were no more boats available for borrowing. If you signed up after then, we do not have a boat available. Please read the list to see if you have a boat:

    BOAT RESERVED FOR: Janis, Kathleen, Clay, Mark, Greg, Gail H., Bruce, Elaine +1, Jo, Dawn, Rex + 1, Amy, Ana.

    If your name is not on the list, you can check into either:
    a. Renting elsewhere (see 501sGeorge note below) and bringing one
    b. Borrowing a boat from a friend
    c. Coming to the event, and enjoying the dock and the picnic, but not paddling
    d. Cancel your RSVP and receive a refund.

    We're sorry to disappoint folks, but we have a limited number of boats, and did update the meetup when we ran out.

    Thanks!
    Heide

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As of 0630 on Friday March 1, all the boats are reserved. If anyone else signs up, they must have their own boat. Thanks everyone for signing up! It's going to be a beautiful afternoon and evening.

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just RSVP'd for two, but it says that the payment is processing. One boat please! (Thanks so much!) And thanks, Bill, for inviting us!

    March 1, 2013

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