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BTCNJ Picnic

Sat, June 15, 2024
LocationPascack Brook County Park
Address150 Emerson Road, Westwood, NJ

Now that the weather is finally turning into Spring, our attention also turns to everyone’s favorite Club event. The annual BTCNJ picnic will be on Saturday, June 15, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Pascack Brook County Park in Westwood. Our Club Picnic is a great way to socialize with your BTCNJ friends as well as get to know other members.  All BTCNJ members and their families are invited. A special invitation is extended to new BTCNJ members and those who haven’t previously attended.


Rides of all levels will depart from Pascack Brook County Park in the morning before the picnic and return between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.  All rides will be posted in advance, so just decide on the level and distances you’d like, and picnic with us upon your return—or not ride and have more time for eating and shmoozing.

Rides will leave from the parking lot near the tennis courts. There are several parking lots at Pascack Brook Park. Please park close to one another so that we have room for all.  NOTE: parking is only in designated places in the park, and any overflow must find street parking outside the park. For those who may have forgotten from last year, the police are only too happy to issue parking tickets for those not in actual spots.


In order to ensure our picnic’s success, we need volunteers for different tasks. If anyone has a truck or large van and can help with getting bulky items from our storage facility - either the day of or the day prior to the picnic - it would be most appreciated. Also needed is help with set-up, clean-up, manning the food tables, and working the grill area. We thank you in advance for your assistance.  To volunteer, contact us at [email protected].

The Food

Our culinary experience has always been a combined effort on the part of BTCNJ and our members. BTCNJ will provide charcoal broiled beef burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, paper goods, as well as assorted cold beverages (alcohol is prohibited). As always, our own Meandering Mark Swanek will once again take the helm at the grill. 

Additionally, we encourage you to bring your favorite dish to the buffet table for sharing. If you are comfortable, please bring one potluck dish that will feed 6-8 people. Review the categories that follow, find the letter your last name begins with and the category of food you are recommended to bring; we have switched it around this year as to encourage rotation. Of course, if you have a favorite speciality outside of the categories below, bring it on!  Vegetarian dishes are welcome. Lastly, If you have a moment, send us an email at [email protected] as to what you intend to bring so we can fill in the gaps. 

A - G: Fruit and Desserts

H - K: Main dishes

L - Q: Salads, Pasta, Veggies 

R - Z: Snacks, Chips, Dips. 

The best way to keep food fresh for the picnic while you are riding is to bring a cooler or other container with ice and leave it in your car. Please don’t drop off food at the picnic site before you leave for your ride as there aren’t enough coolers to keep everything fresh. Do not bring raw meat that needs to be cooked.

The Swap

From jerseys to tire irons and beyond; do you have some excess bike related clothing and gear in good shape that other Club members might love to have? Marnie VyffMarnie Vyff will once again be holding the much-loved Gear Swap at a table set up for clothing and accessories, showcasing these treasures. Please bring your swap gear to the designated table prior to your ride in a bag with your name on it. We ask anyone who takes an item to make a reasonable, nominal donation.

Contact   Chris Nerrie