Going Out Group

Summer BBQ & Picnic! – 30s & 40s Going Out Group


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Ok, it’s time for a BBQ and picnic!

Summertime and BBQs go together hand in hand, so I’ve reserved a large covered picnic pavilion for us right along the beautiful Potomac River! The area comes complete with a softball field, horseshoe pits, and plenty of grounds to play on.


We’ll enjoy food, sides, drinks, and games. We’ll meet new people, and hang out with old. Come join us and enjoy our only BBQ of the year!

  • Food: We’ll have hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken (veggie burger and dogs can be substituted upon request… see the “Special Needs” section of the event posting and please message me through my Meetup profile)
  • Drinks: We’ll drink beer (Yuengling & Miller Lite), soda (Coke), diet soda (Diet Coke), and water
  • Sides: We’ll have chips, cookies, pie, watermelon, and potato salad
  • Condiments: We’ll have ketchup, mustard, mayo, and cheese to choose from
  • Games: We’ll compete in a 3 legged race, a sack race, and a tug-of-war contest!
  • (We reserve the right to make food substitutions if need be)

(Potato sack races)

Feel free to bring any additional beverages (e.g. wine), side items, toppings (e.g. lettuce, tomatoes), or anything else you’d like to grill!


If you’ve never been to the Carderock Recreation Area before, it is a 100 acre park that is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and is well known as a destination for its outdoor activities. It also provides free access to the Billy Goat Trail (typically $10 when entering from the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center side).


We’ve got an early bird special for this event of $15 (the price of an entree at most restaurants)! The first 65 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sun. June 24th (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, it will go up to $20. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting.

Bring a Frisbee (or any other games), bring some friends, and bring your fun and friendly self!

– J.T.


The location does NOT have a physical address, and is not online mappable or GPS-able. If you are able to punch GPS coordinates into your GPS system, please use 38.970469, -77.198781. Otherwise, please use the directions below. Don’t forget to account for traffic delays.

From 495:

  1. Take exit 41 toward Carderock / Great Falls
  2. Merge onto Clara Barton Pkwy
  3. Continue 1 mile. Take the Naval Warfare / Carderock exit and at stop sign, turn left to cross over Clara Barton Pkwy.
  4. Follow road until you reach second stop sign. Turn left for parking lot A or turn right for parking lot B (the covered pavilion is in between the 2 lots).

From Washington (Georgetown):

  1. From intersection of M Street and Key Bridge, go west for 0.5 miles and bear left on Canal Road
  2. Stay straight on Canal Road, which turns into Clara Barton Pkwy
  3. Continue 9 miles. Take the Naval Warfare / Carderock exit and at stop sign, turn left to cross over Clara Barton Pkwy.
  4. Follow road until you reach second stop sign. Turn left for parking lot A or turn right for parking lot B (the covered pavilion is in between the 2 lots).


If you need a ride, I suggest posting in the event comment box. Likewise, if you can offer a ride, please also post in the comment box with number of people you can accommodate.


PayPal account not required. Please follow the steps below (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your RSVP is not guaranteed without payment, and your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). You can also log into your PayPal or credit card account online to verify payment. Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out. Our events do sell out, so I recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

  1. Select “Yes” under “Are you going?” (or select “Change” RSVP to add more guests if you’ve already purchased ticket(s))
  2. Enter the number of guests coming and click “Finish RSVP”
  3. Click “Pay Now” (or “Pay Online Now”) at the top of the event posting near the ticket price per person
  4. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you’re paying for. Modify if appropriate, click “Pay Now” or “Check Out” button
  5. If you don’t have a PayPal account, click “Pay with a Debit or Credit Card”
  6. If you have a PayPal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via PayPal


Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 1pm, you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for some or all of the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in.


Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Thanks for understanding. =)


Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale / transfer. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message through my Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile link (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile link, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the link from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 9am on the day of the event.


If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!


Since the pavilion is covered, this event is rain or shine!

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