Picnic and Rock Swap

This year’s Picnic and Rock Swap will be Saturday, June 25th at the “Trailhead Pavilion” in Monte Sano State Park, 5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801.  We’ll start gathering at 10am, and lunch will be delivered at 11:30am.  We usually wrap up about 3pm or 3:30pm., but park hours are 8am – 5pm, so you’re welcome to arrive early and/or stay after to enjoy the park.

FREE PARK ADMISSION:  Tell the gate attendant you’re with Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society or HGMS, and you won’t be charged park admission fees.  (But you’re welcome to make a donation at the gate.)

DIRECTIONS:  The Trailhead Pavilion is located at the Biker Trailhead near Cabins 1-5.  Enter the park on Nolen Ave off Monte Sano Blvd.  Stay on Nolen Ave, then bear to your right just before the Park Campground Store.  Continue on Nolen Ave past the Trailhead Parking area on your right.  Then turn left onto Cabin Drive SE, and you’ll shortly see the pavilion on the right.  Turn right and park in the Biker Trailhead Parking area.  GPS 34.7441989,-86.5085011 or 340 44’ 39.05”, 860 30’ 28.92”

LUNCH:  We’ll have box lunches at $4.00 each.  Lunch consists of sandwich, chips, and a cookie.  You have a choice of Pulled pork, Chicken, or Turkey sandwich from Ted’s BBQ, or Vegetarian sandwich from Panera.  Please bring your own drinks (non-alcoholic).  Guests are welcome to join us!  Watch for email in June asking you to let us know whether or not you will attend, how many lunches you want to order, and your lunch choice(s).

SWAP AND SALE:  Members are invited to bring your items (rough, display rocks, gems, jewelry you have collected, cut, polished, and/or created, and so on) for swap or sale and cash or check to make purchases.  There won’t be a fee to sell your items, and any proceeds will be your own.  You’ll need to bring your own chair and portable table for displaying your wares.

AMENITIES:  There will be tables and benches under the Pavilion, and you’re welcome to bring your own chair(s).  There are restrooms in the back of the pavilion and a kids’ playground under shade trees.   Caution:  There’s poison ivy at the park, and you’ll likely want to have bug repellent and sunscreen!