Picnic 2016 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 11, 1 to 5 PM

Another great summer—this year with cloud and rain breaks and without rampant forest fires

Will the weather be on our side? Never know in September…

Picnic Information

Location...Same as always, the grass near the Eastern end of the park between the duck pond and the ocean. Scroll down for a picture of where we set up. The trees around the ponds have grown over the years and shade does creep in later so we may migrate toward the beach to reposition in sunny areas later in the afternoon. But it won't be far from where we start.

There is pay parking in the lot (and free street spots if you are lucky) near the concession at the end of Point Grey Road (coins are faster unless they upgraded their card system) and free parking up on 4th Avenue. Shortest walk from 4th is if you look for a spot as soon as you clear the residential buildings, see open grass, and walk across the Eastern corner of the park.

Weather...Too early to tell as of August 30th!

Food...As always, Potluck--bring a favorite dish or snacks to share, and beverages. At least one small portable barbecue will be available, but for fairly quick turnaround items as grill space is limited. There may be more bbqs or burners, depending on who shows and what they plan to cook and eat. A concession stand with beach food is a short stroll from our spot on the grass.

Plates, cups, utensils...I'll bring an assortment of reuseables and recycleables. You can bring your own. I encourage reuseable foodware. Let's try to minimize the garbage we create and haul away. Zero waste, almost impossible but always worth aiming for!

Nearby shopping at the last minute...the No Frills supermarket in the mall at 4th and Alma has plenty of picnic-y food. And a fully-stocked IGA two blocks East of Alma on 4th (North side) has everything you need including a full deli if you don't want to prep or cook.

Entertainment...Bring any games and sports gear you would take to the beach for the kids (of all ages) to play with. Frisbee, soccer, bocce, badminton, croquet, ??? Surprise us. There have been guitars for the musically inclined.

Things to Bring

Depending on who brings what and in what order, you may be able to leave some stuff in your vehicle if it looks like we're covered, but if you have it, doesn't hurt to load it up!

Picnic 2015 wrap up

I did most of the wrap on Facebook which doesn't help people not on the FB or who wouldn't go back in time to read about a past event. I'll get on transferring it over here…

Picnic 2015 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 13, 1 to 5 PM

Where did that summer go?!

Hope everyone had a great one! Looks like the weather is taking a turn for the better and Sunday is forecast to be sunny and warm. So bring sunscreen, hats, shirts with long sleeves and pants if you're not used to the sun! And if you have one of those collapsible awning things, please bring that down as I'm sure people will appreciate the shade. And its great if we can set up a table for more perishable food out of the sun.

Picnic Information

Location...Same as always, the grass near the Eastern end of the park between the duck pond and the ocean. Scroll down for a picture of where we set up. There is pay parking near the concession (coins are faster unless they upgraded their card system) and free parking up on 4th Avenue. Shortest walk from 4th is if you look for a spot as soon as you hit the Eastern corner of the park.

Weather...Promising forecast, won't need my Plan B of going for a paddle in the rain. No matter what, I'll be there rain or shine, with food, drink, and amusements. We may even have a paddle board or two depending who can make it and whether they want to bring their gear. I start out on the grass on the duck pond side of the gravel path but the trees have grown over the years and shade comes faster later in the afternoon so at some point we may pick up and make a quick move to a spot where it stays warmer longer.

Food...As always, Potluck--bring a favorite dish or snacks to share, and beverages. At least one small barbecue will be available, but for fairly quick turnaround items as grill space is limited. There may be more bbqs or burners, depending on who shows and what they plan to cook and eat. A concession stand with beach food is a short stroll from our spot on the grass.

Plates, cups, utensils...I'll bring an assortment of reuseables and recycleables. You can bring your own too. I encourage reuseable foodware, but it's up to you. Let's try to minimize the garbage we create and haul away. Zero waste, almost impossible but worth aiming for!

Nearby shopping at the last minute...the No Frills supermarket in the mall at 4th and Alma has plenty of picnicky food. And a fully-stocked IGA two blocks East of Alma on 4th (North side) has everything you need including a full deli if you don't want to prep or cook.

Entertainment...Bring any games and sports gear you would take to the beach for the kids (of all ages) to play with. Frisbee, soccer, bocce, badminton, croquet, ??? Surprise us. There have been guitars for the musically inclined.

Things to Bring

Depending on who brings what and in what order, you may be able to leave some stuff in your vehicle if it looks like we're covered, but if you have it, doesn't hurt to load it up!

Picnic 2014 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 7, 1 to 5 PM

2014 Picnic Recap

Obviously the weather was great today. Warm and sunny with an onshore breeze for a cooling effect. Patti, Christopher and I went swimming for a good twenty minutes. After the first shock, the water was cool and refreshing. I stayed out of the underwater somersault competition. Patti maxed at two rotations and Christopher did three. I wanted to go back in for a dip later but people got hungry, so it was time to fire up and tend the grill. We cooked about thirty sausages--a dozen from Jon T.--and Mark's kebabs and Jon's burgers. Noone went hungry or thirsty. The grilled meats along with multiple salads and veggie/dip platters people brought fed the whole crew. Never did make it back to the ocean for a second dip. Too busy cooking, eating, and circulating!

Before the memory fades, let me reel off the roll call and we'll see how many people joined us. There was me, Patti, Randi, Mark, Gwendolyn, Kirsten, Jonathan, Maria, Christopher, Andrew, Eleanor, Marina, Sue, Linda, Bill, Nicole, Kayla, Eric, Alice, Aimee, Steve, Sharon, Sam, Erik, Nikki, Kiana, Cathy, Michael...and I think that's everyone? Plus a lot of wasps and a couple of wandering dogs lured in by our food. Didn't see a few people I hoped could make it and got a surprise or two. That's how it always goes!

All in all, a good day. Some of the people who come to the picnic, I've known since I was a kid in elementary school. It's a special thing knowing people that long, more than forty (40) years. Growing up together, celebrating challenges overcome and goals achieved, losing family and close friends, watching each other build lives, families, businesses, and careers and then, after all those years, getting together and being instantly comfortable with people you love and care about. As always, good for the heart and soul.

Was this the last one? Not sure yet. At this point, the regulars know the drill and getting organized is not difficult. We had fun today like we have every year for the last ten. So stay tuned, maybe this whole picnic thing isn't done yet...

Last Update: Sunday, T minus 2 hours

Couldn't have asked for a better day. Veggies are chopped, salads are made. Relaxing with a cup of coffee before the final push to assemble and load the gear.

We were at Jericho Sailing Centre yesterday for stand-up paddling (big swells, wind and wakes!) and the beach is busy so be prepared for crowds.

Almost time to gather gear and get ready to load up. See you at the beach!

Update: Wednesday, T minus 4 days

Time's just flyin' by and I don't have a lot to say really! Picnic...Jericho...Sunday...and that pretty much covers it.

Weather--well, after the summer dry spell breaks, it gets less predictable and changes daily. But we seem to be in luck at this point with a high pressure system settling in through Sunday. I watch this page and look out the window a lot. As we all know, weather varies over short distances here, so feel free to call me Sunday morning to see how things are shaping up near the water if you're on the fence. No matter what, we'll be down there, hanging out!

10th Anniversary!

Not that 10 years is a big deal but when I had the idea to get friends together for my birthday back in...2004, I said to myself, I'll do this for 10 years then decide what to do next. And here we are!

Marriages have grown stronger. Careers and businesses have developed. Children have grown. Rockets have been launched. Ducks and urban wildlife have been fed. Relationships have crashed and burned (speaking for myself). People have drifted apart. People have popped up, seemingly out of nowhere and then disappeared again. Somehow, we're all still friends and I look forward to this chance to get together down at Jericho Beach. I won't say this is the last time we do this, but I'm thinking it may be time to change things up. For people I grew up and went to school with, Jericho is a part of our history and a comfortable place to hang out for an afternoon, and for people who don't know the beach and park, it's a good introduction! Nothing decided yet, 2014 is definitely on! Beyond that, not sure yet... Whether you're a returning guest or have never made it, join us, it will be fun.

Note to folks who haven't been to one yet: This is an all ages event and very civilized. People bring kids from crawling babies to too-cool high school teens. We've had infants less than a year old up to my Mom in her late 60s.

2013 was great. A long-time avoider showed up and had fun. Although I think she would have given it to me straight if she hadn't, so I'll stick with that story. Several of the usual suspects had life events that changed plans last minute or travel schedules that had them out of town. I'm hoping we'll get them back for this one.

That's all I have for now. I'll post more updates as we get closer to the date. This is shaping up so far to be the classic Vancouver summer we all know and love, and that usually carries into September.

2013 Picnic Wrap-up

I'd better get on this before I forget the details! Short story is we had a good afternoon at the beach. In no particular order except how my memory reads names back, I shared the day with Patti, Kirsten, Sharon, Steve, Sierra, Jonathan, Nicola, Christopher, Maria, Hugh, Sterling, Carol, Bernie, Diane, Sandhano, Patricia, Todd, and Michael. A few folks had unforeseen life events intervene and weren't able to make it so we'll catch up another way, another time.

The park was surprisingly uncrowded. Even the crows gave us our space. The weather wasn't smokin' hot and a few clouds did wander past but it was comfortably warm with a cooling breeze off the water. Warm enough that Patti and I went for a swim for fifteen minutes and could have stayed in longer without hypothermia!

We had tasty salads and snacks and I cooked up a few house-made sausages from Jackson's on 4th. Not much to it really...we talked, we laughed, we ate, we were entertained by Carol's dog Lucas, and enjoyed a sunny day on English Bay.

Picnic 2013 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 8, 1 to 5 PM

Update: 11:41 a.m. Sunday September 8th, West of False Creek

Almost loaded up, just packing into the cooler now...Still thin cloud cover but good chance it will burn off so bring sunscreen so you can protect yourself if we get full on sun! It's gradually warming up, but hasn't hit 20 yet, so bring an extra shirt or fleece just in case the cool ocean breezes kick in!

Couple of things...Bring a folding chair or beach blanket as we can't guarantee snagging a picnic table. I am bringing two folding tables to set food and dishes on. And if you opt for the pay parking lot (shortest haul if you have heavy stuff) bring toonies and loonies for the parking ticket machine. Unless they've upgraded, using a card was wickedly slow, we're talking minutes to process the transaction vs. seconds if you drop coins.

And that's it, time to pull ice out of the freezer and food/bev out of the fridge and get ready to roll!

Update: 11:02 a.m. Saturday September 7th, East of Jericho Beach

And now for today's episode of As The Forecast Changes. No showers in Kits yet today and mixed clouds and blue. And it looks like partial sunshine could win out tomorrow in this epic battle between the forces of high and low pressure systems...

For people who haven't been to a picnic before, or for a while, here's a visual orientation, followed by a few details. We will be right where the Folk Fest sets up if that helps. Maybe?!

Picnic Information

Weather...Looking promising, no Plan B if it showers. I'll be there rain or shine, with food, drink, and amusements. If by chance it rains again like three years ago, it will be a warm rain. Two years ago we had a roasting hot day, people were swimming in the ocean to cool off! I'll be going for a dip this year for sure. We may even have a paddle board or two if PMac (unconfirmed) can make it.

Food...Potluck--bring a favorite dish or snacks to share, and beverages. At least one small barbecue will be available, but for fairly quick turnaround items as grill space is limited. I'm leaning toward assorted sausages from Jackson's on 4th Ave. Easy to pack and grill. I'm not going overboard, as key carnivorous members of the Usual Suspects are unable to attend for various reasons. There may be more bbqs, depending on who shows and what they plan to cook and eat. A concession stand with beach food is a short stroll from our spot on the grass.

Plates, cups, utensils...I'll bring an assortment of reuseables and recycleables. You can bring your own too. I encourage you to bring reuseable foodware, but it's up to you. Let's try to minimize the garbage we create and haul away. Zero waste, unlikely, but worth aiming for!

Nearby shopping at the last minute...the No Frills supermarket in the mall at 4th and Alma has plenty of picnicky food. And a fully-stocked IGA two blocks East of Alma on 4th (North side) has everything you need including a full deli if you don't want to prep or cook!

Entertainment...Bring any games and sports gear you would take to the beach for the kids (of all ages) to play with. Frisbee, soccer, bocce, badminton, croquet, ??? Surprise us. We may or may not have rocket launches, up to the mad scientist (also unconfirmed, seems to be a theme!)...

As the weekend draws nearer...

The weather picture is getting clearer. I know, that could all turn upside down in a heartbeat. But for now, midweek, I'll take a dry day Saturday, followed by sun on Sunday.

I was asked about games. I say throw them in the car and pull them out if we need them. Better to have a couple of bocce sets than none!

We have no food theme this year apart from potluck. You know the drill, bring what you like to eat with extra to share! I will have a grill if you want to cook something.

Picnic 2012 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 9, 1 to 5 PM

2012 Picnic Wrap-up

After a shaky start due to weather uncertainties, we had a great beach picnic with 21 people who arrived and stayed for the afternoon. Sure, a few raindrops fell but nothing to think twice about. Close to 5, the clouds gave us a warning drizzle then opened up a bit. People were packing up to haul chairs and coolers back to cars so we just picked up the cleanup pace a bit in case it really poured. Luckily, it let up and didn't drench us.

We were blessed to spend an afternoon on a patch of familiar grass with a group of old and new friends enjoying food and beverages, laughing, playing, and catching up on busy lives and adventures.

Bocce ruled the lawn this year, and with badminton, dominated the games. I have one set of unused SkyDarts (how could they resist?!) in its original box for which I will entertain offers. I'm keeping the Nerf football...to squeeze and hurl during the BC Lions run to the 100th Grey Cup in which I hope to see them break the hearts of the Argonauts in Toronto. Did I say break? I meant crush, as in pulverize.

I have a few photos which I'll get to...tomorrow. I'm finished unloading and cleaning up gear and dishes, the leftover food is stowed away (this time, no meat came home, maybe my grill skills are more trustworthy now), and its time to cover the birds for the night so thank you life for giving me days like this one.

And here we go...

10:58 a.m. Sunday -- Car's half loaded and no rain so far in Kitsilano, so full speed ahead! Might be a good idea to bring a sweater or fleece and a rain shell just in case as who knows what will happen.

I'll be rolling from home a few minutes after Noon so call before then if you need to. Yes, I have cell phone. No, I do not have a plan. I will take the plunge and sign up with a provider this week. Time to join the rest of you in 2012.

Sky-darts!

1 more sleep!

Saturday afternoon -- I've been remiss in making updates but we're down to the wire here. Returning guests know where we at!

The Guest List...the Usual Suspects and I'm hoping some New Faces. I haven't done this yet without a mix of kids from crawlers to almost out of high school. All ages welcome. And if you can think of someone who'd enjoy a picnic at the beach, bring 'em along.

One year I brought my Mom down. She had a great time catching up with my friends and meeting new people. "Your friends are doing a lot of interesting things", she said. Amen. May we keep working hard, having fun, and doing cool stuff we can talk about when we get together.

Where...Jericho Beach Park--the grassy knoll near the NorthEast end of the duck ponds.

When...Sunday September 9th--1-5 PM, but you're welcome to arrive earlier to stake out the space and drag over a couple of tables or stay longer if that suits you.

Weather...as always, hoping for the best, no Plan B if it showers, I'll be there rain or shine, with food, drink, and amusements. If by chance it rains again like two years ago, it might be a warm rain. Last year we had a roasting hot day, people were swimming in the ocean to cool off!

Food...Potluck--bring a favorite dish or snacks to share, and beverages. At least one small barbecue will be available, but for fairly quick turnaround items as grill space is limited. There may be more grills, depending on who shows and what they plan to cook and eat. A concession stand with beach food is a short stroll from our spot on the grass.

Duck food... Although feeding the locals is no longer strictly a legal activity, healthy edibles may fall out of my pockets near the pond. Participation, I'll leave up to families and individuals.

Plates, cups, utensils...I'll bring an assortment of reuseables and recycleables. You can bring your own too. I encourage you to bring reuseable foodware, but it's up to you. Let's try to minimize the garbage we create and haul away. Zero waste, unlikely, but worth aiming for!

Nearby shopping at the last minute...the No Frills supermarket in the mall at 4th and Alma has plenty of picnicky food. And a fully-stocked IGA two block East of Alma on 4th (North side) has everything you need including a deli if you don't want to prep or cook!

Entertainment...Bring any games and sports gear you would take to the beach for the kids (of all ages) to play with. Frisbee, soccer, bocce, kites, ??? Surprise us. We may or may not have more exciting rocket launches, up to the mad scientist...

For maps, weather watch info, and miscellaneous updates, check in at http://www.krisobertas.com/picnic/. Questions? Call me or email me. 604-730-8478.

Picnic 2011 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 11, 1 to 5 PM

2011 Picnic Wrap-Up Monday, September 12th, 5:25 p.m.

After last year, we came back strong! From six people in the rain to well over 40, pushing 50 people enjoying one of the best September weekends we've had for years. It was sunny and hot, with a cooling breeze blowing in off English Bay. I shed my shirt on the second trip carrying picnic gear from the car and didn't put it back on until I was all packed up and heading home around 6.

We've had a few years when the kids outnumbered the adults but this time the youngsters were in the minority. Call it changing demographics, as children grow up and have other places to be! The games were limited, not a bocce ball in sight. The kids played soccer and wore out my nephew Andrew who volunteered to be goalie for Eric and Christopher.

We had a good turnout of old school friends and families along with a sprinkling of people met more recently. People brought a lot of food and snacks but the crowd wasn't ravenous so I didn't do as much grilling as I had planned for. Leftover turkey/chicken burgers are now a hash in a pan on the stove! Some burgers will go in the freezer tonight.

A highlight was the return of Jon's rocket launch pad. I think he sent four up. With the wind, tracking the drifting parachute was a challenge. I heard later Eric made a valiant retrieval effort in the mud on the edge of the duck pond. I'm not sure he was able to get the chute or just had fun trying.

I had a hard time falling asleep last night. Not for lack of weariness. I suspect I felt a residual buzz from the excitement of bringing a large group of people together I don't see often enough--including most of my best friends in the world. Maybe so much at once overcharged my batteries!

Until next year!

A couple of snips from Facebook for people not on there...We've had great picnics at Jericho Beach but this one topped them all. Perfect weather, great mix of people old and new, and more food than we could eat. We had easily 40 people come down to visit during the afternoon. I'll go on a limb and say 50. A good time was had by almost all. Thanks Maria for hanging out with us even when you weren't feeling great. And thanks to everyone for braving Vancouver traffic and weekend beach parking to join us. And bravest of all, thanks for trying my burgers.

And...I want to say thanks again to everyone at Sunday's picnic. After initial awkward moments, that was by far the most fun and relaxing Sunday afternoon I've had in a long time. I had trouble sleeping Sunday night still buzzing from all the love. Guess I'm not used to that many hugs, handshakes, and laughs in one day. Keep that weekend in mind on your calendar for next year. We'll be doing it again.

Last Pre-Picnic Update--South of English Bay
Sunday, September 11th, 12:14 p.m.

Phew! Just a few more things to load up and I'm ready to hit the road! Free parking close to the beach will be not be as plentiful as last year in the misty rain though, so consider parking on 4th Ave. and walk North 3 minutes to find us by the pond. If you're still not sure, I guarantee I will be there until 5 p.m. Come on down!

People will be arriving and making appearances throughout the afternoon depending on other things on their jam-packed weekend schedules. You're always welcome to hang out longer. If you haven't visited and wandered around Jericho Beach Park, it is a jewel on the Vancouver waterfront and worth a look.

Update--East of Spanish Banks
Saturday, September 10th, 12:18 p.m.

Well, we couldn't ask for better weather this weekend. The forecast has the temperature peaking Sunday afternoon right on target, before cooling down a bit through the week. So I'll mention again, don't forget the sun screen and portable shade--unbrellas or other camp and backyard contraptions.

And if it's not one thing, it's another. Weather's great, but we had a 6.4 earthquake on Friday. I haven't felt any aftershocks, but it's a reminder we're in the zone and due for a big one. Maybe I should add another just-in-case item to throw in the car along with all your picnic gear--boogie boards. You never know, we could be in for Tsunami Surfing action.

Update--South of Kits Beach
Wednesday, September 7th, 5:28 p.m.

Something you may not know about me: I grew up in the tourism industry courtesy of my Great Uncles' sport fishing lodge (which continues to this day, see: Gods River Lodge). That's one of the places I disappeared to for months or a year at a time. I've been around high volume kitchens since my early years, helping with prep, waiting on tables, and eventually graduating to cooking. My uncles were big on throwing us in the pool (deep end) and worrying about the swimming part later. They just expected we (including my brothers) would step up and handle whatever they asked of us.

They were kind enough to wait until after the busy season, but I literally learned my chops cooking and serving meals for up to 20 people at a time. I wasn't great, I was learning from a couple of worn cookbooks (Cooking for a Hundred or the like, wish I had kept that one--imagine scaling recipes down, waaaay down!) with my Uncles hovering and offering tips and encouragement about as helpfully as Chef Ramsay (sans cursing). Fortunately I was able to pull off passable, solid fare and people didn't complain or fall ill. It was a bush camp before the days of gourmet meals after all.

I didn't take cooking all that seriously after my time in Gods River and didn't impress anyone with culinary skill in my attempts at hosting friends back home (hockey game with the boys? Costco lasagna to the rescue!) But over the last few years, after a bleak period of vegetarianism, and minimal bachelor food, I've gradually been spending more time playing with food, trying new ingredients, flavours, and cooking methods. Blame the proliferation of food shows on cable and primetime. Bottomline, it's just not that hard! I still use recipes but its more fun to be creative and have fun trying ideas out from all I've learned over the years.

Combine that with a fine new grill and reduced risk of fireballs and singed eyebrows and I've had more fun cooking lately than in a long time. Hence my focus on burgers for this year's picnic. I promise at least four pre-tested burger styles in beef, pork, and turkey. Now with kids you may have locked and loaded food plans but I will have a whack of patties (paddywhack? hmmm based on the Wikipedia definition, don't think so...) for people to taste.

So, once again, don't be shy, swing that leg over and get off the fence, the forecast is awesome! Come on down to Jericho Beach and join us on Sunday!

Update--West of False Creek
Monday, September 5th, after 4 p.m., but don't hold me to that.

I know, I promised more info. The following image is one of the more important things to know about Sunday. Appears things are falling into place.

Picnic 2010 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 12, 1 to 5 PM

Update--Sunday, September 12th, 8:18 p.m.

So, was it...

or...

Maybe somewhere in the middle.

Alright folks, Picnic 2010 is a wrap. We topped out at this year at six soggy souls, lowest numbers ever. But ya know, after a five year run of weather luck, we finally got rain. There was no wind which made all the difference. I was comfortable in shorts and a fleece top under my cycling shell.

It started as The Loneliest Picnic Ever. Just me and the gulls, geese, pigeons, and crows. Maybe not so lonely. We shared a sandwich. But the elusive Bob Tate came over for the day from Sechelt, so we ended up standing in the rain catching up and munching on picnic goodies for almost three hours. He swears he will try to make more events.

Friends also drove in from Poco for a walk along the duck pond and down to the ocean with their young son. Into hour two the young fella was getting ready for a nap, unavailable in the rain, so they headed home. My hat was fully saturated and the water started running down the back of my neck. But it was a warm trickle, stemmed when I wrung the water out of the sodden felt cap.

Ironically, this year we were best prepared. Reuseable dishes. Tasty sandwiches (smoked turkey, pastrami, assorted salamis, and the palest black forest ham, allegedly preservative-free on three types of whole wheat rolls from Cobs with monterey jack or jarlsberg and mustard, mayo and tomatoes to top 'em off. Add pasta salad for, let's say, ten. Then lemon loaf to finish. Amazingly, all this shopped and prepared Sunday morning without a major fire drill.

I'll carry the lessons on to next year, when the sun will shine brightly, children will romp freely, bocce balls will fly, land, and roll with stunning accuracy, and a pleasant day will be had by all. Goodnight.

Update--Sunday, September 12th, 9:55 a.m.

The weather picture...is still not clear. Light vertical rain falling, not notably warm or cool. A co-worker is in the Coho Run 14k that started from Kits Beach this morning so we walked down, grabbed a coffee, and said hello. Cap, fleece vest, Co-op cycling jacket, shorts and I was comfortable milling about in the drizzle, which may be the scene later at Jericho Park. Forecast says the rain may stop later in the afternoon.

I'm off to pick up supplies to make up sandwiches, but won't be on the road to the beach until about Noon, so you can still call home for a while.

Still no real Plan B. Karate Kid at (PG) the Hollywood starts at 1:30, too early for us, we'll be hanging at the park longer, watching the rain fall, or maybe the clouds lifting? There's a muffin shop in the mall near 4th and Alma. Bet they make hot chocolate. Beyond that I haven't thought it out!

Update--Saturday, September 11th, 8:53 p.m., not far from Kits Beach.

Well. The weather guys picked a fine time to zero in on a forecast that actually happened after a week of predicting rain everyday then miraculously, the day of, the forecast changed and not a drop fell. Skill or broken clock syndrome? Could this be the first early September picnic rain out? We'll see what the outlook is in the morning.

We'll be out there for a while no matter the weather. Although if it's snowing or raining locusts and no one shows, it will not be for the whole four hours!

Stay tuned here for late-breaking updates or call me Sunday morning at home 604-730-8478 or Sunday afternoon on cell 604-768-6503, for live, up-to-the-minute coverage.

Three-way tie for image choices...

Update--Friday, September 10th

I promised parking info, let's start with a map. There's street parking on 4th (then a short walk North toward the beach and pond), a pay lot near the beach (then walk due West to the grass), and varied street parking along Point Grey Road near the Yacht and Tennis Clubs just East of the park.

Weather? Who knows!


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Update--Wednesday, September 8th

When I checked the weather forecast before bed last night, I saw a 40% chance of showers Sunday. And I had a clever thought: a 40% chance of showers means a 60% chance it WON'T rain. Sounds like good odds, right? So I wake up today and it's flipped around to 60 rain, 40 not. Grrrr. Well, we still have a few days of notoriously unstable and undpredictable late summer Vancouver weather to play out, so let's just see what happens.

I'll be adding a map with parking info tomoorrow for people not familiar with the area.

And we're hitting Canadian Tire today to see what sort of outdoor fun I can pick up. And recyclable or reusable picnic plates too, though they are proving less common than I thought.

Here we are, nearing the end of summer, so it's Picnic time.

And once again I roll the dice, pick a date, and hope people can carve a Sunday afternoon out of their busy lives to hang out at Jericho Beach for a few hours.

Already, key members of the returning cast have revealed a scheduling conflict. Off to Vegas, again...

For now, the program is the same as last year, as shown directly below. If anything substantial changes, I'll update it over the next few weeks.

Where...Jericho Beach Park--the grassy knoll near the NorthEast end of the duck ponds.

When...Sunday September 12th--1-5 PM, but you're welcome to arrive earlier to stake out the space and tables and stay longer, it being a public park and all.

Weather...hoping for the best, no Plan B if it showers.

Food...Potluck works--bring a favorite dish or two with extra to share, plus snacks, and beverages. Portable barbecues may be available, depending on who shows and what they plan to eat. A concession is nearby and is usually open.

Duck food...we'll bring enough to keep 'em happy, ducks and kids.

Plates, cups, utensils...we'll bring an assortment, but bring your own to take home and wash if you prefer not to add waste to the overburdened landfills.

Nearby picnic supply shopping at the last minute...the No Frills in the mall at 4th and Alma has the basics, also an IGA a bit further East on 4th (north side).

Entertainment...No scary clowns, guaranteed. Bring any sports gear you would take to the beach for the kids (of all ages) to play with.

And that's all I can think of at the moment.

Questions? Call me. Or email me. I'll check messages and respond. I do this regularly now that clients contact me trying to give me work and money.

Hope you can make it!


this was last year...

Picnic 2009 at Jericho Beach Park, Sunday September 13, 1 to 5 PM

Friday September 11, 2009 (P-2)

Weather is looking good...

And for first-timers, here's a map of the area. We'll be in the circle near the East end of the pond.

Thursday ! September 10, 2009 (P-3) -- makes more sense eh? P as in Pic-A-Nic, Yogi style.

Week's flying by as usual. Weather changes daily but looks like we're not in for rain at least.

Seems this is also a big soccer kickoff weekend, so people with tournaments may make it late or not at all depending on how their teams do and the scheduling. Drat! Done in by the odd fall of the long weekend or we would have dodged this and done it last weekend.

But we'll be there! And all are welcome. And if you're not, we'll figure that out shortly after you arrive!

At this point not sure who's coming with portable 'cues. So if you have one and want to pack it along as a community service, please do. And shoot me an email or phone to let me know as it might change people's food plans.

That's at overview@shaw.ca --- 604-730-8478.

Sunday September 6, 2009 (T-7)

Alright, better put something up before many people get the "page not found" page.

Here's a repeat of the email to start:

Where...Jericho Beach Park--the grassy knoll near the NorthEast end of the duck ponds.

When...Sunday September 13th--1-5 PM, but you're welcome to arrive earlier to stake out the space and tables and stay longer, it being a public park and all.

Weather...hoping for the best, could be unsettled, I have no Plan B if it monsoons.

Food...potluck has worked in the past--bring a favorite dish or two, snacks, and beverages--portable barbecues may be available, depending on who shows and what they plan to eat. Concession nearby and should be open.

Duck food...we'll bring some, but don't let that stop you.

Plates,cups, utensils...we'll bring an assortment, but bring your own if you prefer not to create trash.

Nearby shopping at the last minute...the BuyLow in the mall at 4th and Alma is now a No Frills Superstore variation, haven't been in it yet, but they probably have the basics, also a new IGA a bit further East on 4th (north side).

Entertainment...rumor has it that we may enjoy another rocket display, but bring any sports gear you would take to the beach for the kids (of all ages) to play with.

And that's all I can think of at the moment.

Questions? Call me. Or email me. I'll check messages and stuff. Really.

With the reunion coming up, I cast a wider net than usual, with Facebook people included. If you can think of someone else who needs a picnic at the beach, bring 'em along.

Kris Obertas

P.S. Sure enough, Hotmail (bane of online marketers and service providers) bounced four of the emails I sent. Others probably ended up in junk folders, maybe a few actually hit the inbox...