Ferragosto Potluck Picnic at Lake Needwood Park

Buona estate a tutti!

"Ferragosto" is a major summer holiday in Italy. Except for roaming tourists, Italian cities become ghost places as the locals travel to outdoor destinations such as beaches or mountain resorts. Come enjoy a nice summer picnic with us at Lake Needwood just east of Rockville, MD in Rockcreek Park.

Lake Needwood is surrounded by hiking trails through forests and along lake-shores, includes picnic areas, boat rentals, fishing and the beginning of the 12 mile Rock Creek hiker/biker trail into Washington DC. There's also a treetop adventure called "Go Ape" with a zip line course.

The treetop adventure course is made up of numerous rope ladders, 34 crossings to include the Giants Leap and Cacapon Crossing, 2 tarzan swings and 5 zip lines.  There are 5 individual sections within the course, each section taking you higher into the forest canopy and finishing with a zip line more exciting than the previous one!

Here are the costs for the treetop adventure should you decide to participate:

Adult (18+yrs) $55

Kids (10-17yrs) $35


Please indicate in your RSVP if you'd like to participate in the GoApe Treetop Adventure.

  • All members + significant others + children + friends are welcome!
  • What to bring : A prepared dish, beverages, snacks, or something for the grill. On your RSVP please indicate what you're bringing.
  • What's being provided: A grill, plates, cups napkins and eating utensils, and an ice chest for drinks are provided.

Spero di vederci tutti li'!

Cordiali saluti,

Keith, Umberto e Vincenzo

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  • Charles De M.

    Great fun, fantastic weather and excellent food - not to mention the best of friends!

    August 20, 2012

  • Rosaria F.

    Beautiful day and wonderful people!!! Thanks for organizing!!!! :)

    August 18, 2012

  • Les

    We need to have more events like this one. What at wonderful day!!!!!

    August 18, 2012

  • Anna S.

    Buon divertimento, Needwood lake is so nice and fun, but....

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, dogs on a leash are allowed.

    August 17, 2012

  • Maria

    Are dogs allowed?

    August 17, 2012

  • Veronica

    Ciao tutti,
    I have to work until 12:30 so I'll be there soon there after (!)
    I'll bring a vegetable try, some type of dessert and a Volleyball to play at the court. Ci vediamo domani!

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning to secure a couple of tables next to the lake under the shelter. This location is close to the boat rental office. They have paddle boats, etc. If tables are NOT available in the area next to the lake, I'll go the first picnic area that you see when you enter the park. Note: The picnic area next to the lake does NOT have a grill which means I'll need to bring my grill. They told me it's not a problem to bring in a grill but my grill is very heavy. If someone has a more portable grill that you can bring, please let me know. My email is [masked]. Please also note that NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. Thanks to Teresa for bringing bocce ball. I'll bring my Italian cards for a game a briscola. There is a volley ball court in the park if anyone has a volley ball. Grazie mille! -- Keith

    1 · August 16, 2012

  • Les

    I plan on bringing a watermellon fruit mix, plus paper plates and forks/spoons/knives/ napkins. Please advise if you need anything else. Could someone bring an outdoor game to play for those of us who will not be zip-lining.

    August 12, 2012

    • Teresa B.

      Hey Leslie, I'll bring Bocce Ball. Not sure yet what dish to bring. See you there!

      August 13, 2012

  • Charles De M.

    Not sure yet what I'll bring. Probably an appetizer sort of thing (mix of meats, cheeses, olives ecc.).

    August 6, 2012

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