Potluck Picnic and Kickball in the Park

-Posted by Amanda L.-

Summer is near, which means kickball is back! Let's enjoy the great outdoors over some yummy vegan food and a friendly game of kickball at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, Sunday, May 25.


The park has a large picnic area with grills. Bring an appetite and vegan dish of your choice to add to the potluck. After we nosh on some awesome vegan food, we'll head to the field for kickball. The more the merrier so bring your veg-curious family members and friends.

For those who want to explore the park afterward, paddle boat rentals are available, as well as 7.6 miles of trails throughout the park for hiking, walking or biking. Dogs are allowed, but not technically in the picnic area. There are also two playgrounds.

Parking is $8 per vehicle, or free with the Empire Pass.

***In case you need to reach me the day of the event, my cell is[masked]-3119. My email address is [masked].

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  • carol

    Next time I will bring a recycle bin . . I am Willing to help the person who organizes. Just let me know what you need

    May 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very nice to have met all of you! And the food was great!

    2 · May 27

    • Amanda L.

      Thanks for coming, Rachel! I'm so glad you had a good time.

      May 28

  • Amanda L.

    Thank you everyone for coming out, bringing such delicious food and playing ball! It was so nice seeing so many new and old faces. I had a blast and I'm thrilled so many of you did too. I'm planning to host a few more picnic/kickball events this summer so stay tuned!

    1 · May 28

  • David A.

    great time - great people!

    3 · May 25

    • Amanda L.

      Thanks for coming, David! I'm already planning the next one :-)

      May 28

  • Frank G.

    Great food, great game, great company,, let's do it again soon.

    1 · May 25

    • Amanda L.

      Thanks for coming, Frank! It was great meeting you and I'm so glad you had a good time.

      1 · May 28

  • Jennifer G.

    Amanda, thank you so much for putting this together! It sounds like folks had a wonderful time, and I'm so glad the weather was beautiful for y'all. Yes, please set up another one soon—and thanks again for being an awesome event organizer. ♥

    2 · May 26

    • Amanda L.

      We couldn't have had a better day. The weather was beautiful. I love this event: food and fun. Can't get better than that! I am looking to do about three picnic/kickball events this summer. Hope you can make it to the next one :-)

      May 28

  • Silvia

    Thank you everyone for the fun filled afternoon, great company and tasty food.

    1 · May 26

    • Amanda L.

      Thanks for coming, Silvia! I'm so glad you had a good time.

      May 28

  • carol

    Wow what a great picnic. Thank you Amanda for putting this together GREAT JOB. If someone will do it for June I will help The food was great and nice meeting new and old friends. Next time we need to have a volley ball that soccer ball was rough on the hands, BUT we had a lot of fun. Hope to see you all again soon. I brought Michael with me he is a meat eater and he was so surprised of what great food was there. Who knows maybe ........ a light bulb went off went off. See you soon
    Carol

    2 · May 26

    • Amanda L.

      I'm so glad you had fun, Carol! I love when meat eaters get a chance to try vegan food (and like it!).

      1 · May 28

  • Laura

    Those of us cleaning up at the end were talking about ways to help eliminate all the waste that we left behind. Can we please remind people to bring their reusable plates and forks and water bottles at the next picnic?

    3 · May 27

    • Jennifer G.

      Thanks, Laura! I'd love to see everyone get in the habit of bringing our own nondisposable plate/utensils/water bottle to potluck events, to avoid creating garbage. :)

      1 · May 27

    • Amanda L.

      Good idea Laura :-)

      1 · May 28

  • Audrey M.

    Must say I had a great time... Met some wonderful people ... and had great food!.. Thanks Amanda

    2 · May 28

    • Amanda L.

      So glad you had fun! Your curry was delish!

      May 28

  • Michael S. L.

    Please see comment below and thank you everyone for the great treats and getting together. I'm glad the weather was good and we were able to play ball.

    Sincerely,
    Michael S. Levy

    1 · May 26

  • dominic

    It was nice seeing some old friends & meeting some new ones too. I look forward to another Potluck here in June? because we all had fun & got to eat well too! BTW have an insulated blue bag (Mike) & Charlotte your water bottle. Thanks to U AMANDA OX. B:) all

    2 · May 26

    • Amanda L.

      Thanks for coming! I'm looking to do it again soon!

      1 · May 26

    • Michael S. L.

      Thank you Dominic. Please forward bag to Jennifer if feasible, or let me know how I could get the insulated bag back. I'm glad we all had a good time in any event, and second the thanks to Amanda.

      May 26

  • Laura

    Perfect day! If anyone is missing an insulated Stop and Shop bag I have it.

    2 · May 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't find the group. I am near the restrooms, wearing turquoise shorts, at a picnic table by myself. Would someone please bring me over? Thanks!

    May 25

    • Melissa F.

      I'm sorry you had trouble finding the group. The food you brought was delicious! To think we would have missed out. I'm looking forward to your talk on June 8th.

      1 · May 25

  • Amanda L.

    If anyone is having trouble finding us, please look for the signs as you drive through to the second parking lot.

    May 25

    • Jennifer G.

      (I just called your phone, left a voicemail message.)

      May 25

    • Melissa F.

      She found the group.

      2 · May 25

  • Melissa F.

    Had a great time! Everyone brought interesting and tasty vegan dishes I haven't had before. Beautiful day! Wish I had time to go to the lake. Next time. :)

    2 · May 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would someone please call me and tell me how to find you?[masked]

    May 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't find the group. I am near the restrooms, wearing turquoise shorts, at a picnic table by myself. Would someone please bring me over? Thanks!

    May 25

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, I'm going to walk back through the parking lot and look for signs.

      May 25

  • Ashlee

    I won't be able to make it! Sorry I will miss it, and hope to see you all soon!

    May 25

  • Matt

    I'm bringing sun dried tomato pesto/farfalle and brownies. :-)

    2 · May 25

  • carol

    I made a pasta salad and vegan egg salad

    2 · May 24

  • Melissa F.

    I'll be bringing Brown Rice Pasta with Cauliflower Alfredo-like Sauce and Baby Spinach. Sorry it's so similar, Amanda. I just made a huge batch of the sauce and I won't be able to eat it all.

    2 · May 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking foward to meeting all of you!

    3 · May 24

  • Gary S.

    I'm bringing a vegan lasagna

    2 · May 24

  • Jennifer G.

    AWESOME, Amanda! Thank you so much for organizing this! xoxo

    3 · March 30

    • Gary S.

      I'm bring a vegan lasagna.

      1 · May 24

  • Audrey M.

    Help new to this .... want to bring curry vegetables and rice... is this too much ? Only dish I get complements with lol

    4 · May 21

  • Deb H.

    Sorry to miss this. Sounds like fun!

    1 · May 21

  • Amanda L.

    I'll be bringing roasted red pepper pasta alfredo (gluten free) and a watermelon.

    2 · May 20

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