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  66th Annual Stepping Stones Lois' Family Groups Picnic

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 12 Noon (Speakers at 2:00 p.m.), Rain or Shine

Advance Tickets Required (Tickets are not available day of event on site or at the parking area.)


To join the wait list for tickets, which are free and first-come, first-served, click on the following link and then click "Join Waitlist" and follow the instructions:


Ticketholders, please print and present your tickets, and pack-in, pack-out your picnic lunch. (Food is not sold on site.) 

Coffee, decaf coffee, and tea are provided.

Picnic parking is at the Bedford Hills Train Station and shuttles are provided. (No neighborhood or street parking is permitted for picnic guests.) Guest parking, ticket check-in, and shuttles to the picnic are located at Bedford Hills Train Station off 1 Railroad Avenue, Bedford Hills, NY 10507. Picnic guest shuttles begin at 12 Noon at the train station and run throughout the day. The last shuttle from the picnic to the train is at 4:30 p.m.  (Volunteer parking shuttles begin at 8 a.m. and are for volunteers only.) Guests unable to ride the shuttle due to mobility impairments or other special needs may email info@steppingstones.org by Monday, May 29th for a special needs parking pass for the site.  

Read your ticket fine print for additional information.

Schedule of Activities

Picnic, relax, and fellowship, 12 Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Historic home and writing studio open for viewing, 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Speaker Meeting, 2:00 p.m.

Joan S., Thonotosassa, Florida & Speculator, New York, Al-Anon

Jack B., Coral Springs, Florida (formerly Ossining, New York). Alcoholics Anonymous

and a member of Alateen

Limited Chairs AvailableArmless wood folding chairs are available for many guests in the area of the speaker meeting. To guarantee a seat you may wish to bring a lawn/beach chair. If you plan to sit on the ground, you may want to bring plastic to sit on because the ground is damp. 

Donations are welcome to help make the picnic a self-supported event. Donations can be made at the time orders are placed and are non-refundable.  The suggested donation toward the Picnic is $10 or more per guest. 

 Volunteer for the 2017 Picnic!  Sign up by sending an email  with your contact information and the hours of availability between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on picnic day and  your preferred volunteer tasks to office@steppingstones.org. 

Nominate Picnic Speakers!  
If you know someone who knew or met Lois or Bill, we would especially like to hear from them. Send suggestions with name and contact information to info@steppingstones.org.

Speaker Recordings are Available

CDs of past speakers are available for purchase. Email info@steppingstones.org for more information.


Notification of Upcoming Medium and Large Events Reserved by Groups 

(Updated April 11, 2017)

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, May 13, 2017

As of April 25, 2017 Stepping Stones anticipates the above event will between 50 and 100 persons.

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. Please make advance reservations.

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.

All access to the inside of each historic building is by guided tour only. Contact us to check availability for your desired tour date by using the Tour Reservation System below. Guided tours are available Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. (A very limited number of requests for other times and dates may be available by appointment based on scheduling limitations.) If you are traveling to the region, we encourage you to make a reservation well in advance. The Welcome Center (the Wilsons' two-car garage), which houses a orientation display, shop and the restrooms, is open Monday-Saturday from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. On your tour date, we encourage you to arrive between noon and 12:40 p.m. for your 1 p.m. tour so that you will have time to see the orientation display in advance of the guided tour. Reservations are strongly recommended for everyone and are required for groups of 10 or more. Groups are encouraged to contact us 6-12 months in advance.


NOTE: If you do not wish to take a tour inside the structures, individuals may visit the outdoor areas of the property Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups must have reservations.

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 (passenger cars, SUVs, 16 passenger van, etc.) you will be traveling in to the site (oversized vehicles such as school and coach buses and RVs are not permitted). Once submitted, you will be contacted about your request to confirm availability and to provide details about the tour.

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,  phone number, requested visit date, vehicle information / transportation plans and number in party).

We can make suggestions for a daylong or overnight excursion to the area, including discount 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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