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Annual Picnic 2015

  Lois' 64th Annual Stepping Stones Family Groups Picnic

June 6, 2015, Rain or Shine, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Picnic Day Times for Historic Home Viewing & Speaker Meeting

Noon - 2:00 p.m. & 3:30-4:15 p.m.- Historic home & writing studio open for viewing


2:00-3:30 p.m. - A
l-Anon (Peter S., Long Island), Alcoholics Anonymous (Susan U., NYC), and a member of Alateen from CT

The ticket lottery results will be emailed soon. The ticket lottery is now closed.

Due to a new attendance cap for the picnic, ticketing is through a lottery process. From May 1 to May 14, 2015 entries into the lottery were accepted (one per person, once per email address). Lottery entries were randomly picked and winners were notified on May 22. Winners have until Mon. June 1 at noon to follow instructions provided via email to order their tickets. If tickets are not claimed/processed/ordered by Mon. June 1 at noon, they will be released to wait list members. In consideration of all who would like to attend, we have asked that all seeking tickets please request only the number of tickets they will need if an entry is selected. If a ticket holder must cancel, please contact Stepping Stones. Lottery entries that are not selected will automatically be added to the wait list for 2015 and the mail list for future announcements. If you did not enter the lottery and wish to be added to the end of the wait list after those who entered the lottery, please email info@steppingstones.org.

Ticket lottery website: http://picnic2015lottery.eventbrite.com/


Guarantee your space at the picnic by volunteering while positions last! Sign up now for one of the remaining volunteer positions! To volunteer and receive a volunteer ticket, please email your contact infoavailability and preferred volunteer tasks to info@steppingstones.org while shifts remain available.

2015 Picnic Speakers: Susan U. of New York City; Peter S. of Long Island; and an Alateen from CT. Susan and Peter may share some recollections of meeting Lois.

National Historic Landmark Marker - At the picnic be sure to see the National Historic Landmark Marker on the front porch of the Wilsons' home, which will be revealed for the very first time publicly during this picnic. Gather in Lois' garden at 10:30 for presentations from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. and the unveiling. Please note, members of the media will be present from 10 a.m. until noon to cover the unveiling ceremony.

Nominate an A.A., Al-Anon or Alateen Speaker for 2016! Do you know an AA or Al-Anon member in the region who knew or met Bill or Lois and has not been a picnic speaker in the past? If so, we encourage you to send us an email with your speaker nomination for the 2016 picnic along with their contact information.

Notification of Upcoming Medium and Large Events Reserved by Groups 

(Updated May 1, 2015)

In addition to the ticketed Annual picnic listed above, the following are days when Stepping Stones has group reservations of more than 50 visitors:

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Note: If you are interested in tour on a date listed above when a Medium or Large Event is already scheduled/reserved by a group, please contact Stepping Stones to check availability by sending an email to info@steppingstones.org or by calling (914) 232-4822.



For Regular Tour Visits See Our Visiting/Directions Page

For tour visits, please see our Visiting/Directions for complete tour reservation information. An overview follows.

Contact us to check availability for your desired tour date by using the Tour Reservation System below. Guided tours are available Mon. through Fri. at 1 p.m. All access to the historic buildings is by guided tour only. A very limited number of special requests for other times and dates may be available by appointment based on schedules of staff and volunteers. We encourage you to make a reservation well in advance of your trip. The Welcome Center, which houses a orientation display, shop and the restrooms for guests, is open Monday-Saturday from 12 noon - 3:00 p.m. On your tour date, we encourage you to arrive by 12:40 p.m. for your 1 p.m. tour. Reservations are strongly recommended for everyone and required for groups of 10 or more. Groups are encouraged to contact us 6-12 months in advance.

Our Tour Reservation System is as follows:

Please use one of the following methods to request a reservation indicating date, contact information, number in party, and type of vehicle you will be traveling in to the site as oversized vehicles are not permitted. Once submitted, you will be contacted about your request to confirm availability and provide details.

OPTION 1: Complete the ONLINE FORM at very bottom of the following page: http://www.steppingstones.org/visiting.html

OPTION 2: EMAIL info@steppingstones.org

OPTION 3: CALL 914-232-4822 and leave a detailed message and your contact information (name, email, and phone number).

We can make suggestions for a daylong or overnight excursion to the area, with discounted group rates on transportation, off-site lodging and dining, and more. Stepping Stones does not have any on-site lodging, food service or camping. For more information, see our visit/directions page or call (914) 232-4822, or email info@steppingstones.org.




































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