~ AMAN Alumni Picnic 2016 ~
Here's the Skinny... we're having a good old fashioned AMAN Picnic in the park, that's free to everyone with NO COVER to get in. However.. our AMAN Society coffers are bare (down to $40 in the ole' bank account) so we are reaching out to our community (you), and asking for a donation (any denomination, large, medium or small), just let your heart and pocketbook be your guide! WHY you ask? In the immediate; a small part of the donations will certainly go to help cover the picnic expenses; renting a "Group Picnic/BBQ Area" at the park, security guards (city ordinance) plus a few minor picnic supplies. But more importantly, your generous donations now, will help us keep our wonderful weekend reunions (Spring 2018?), scholarships and other social programs ongoing. A bit of seed money for the future.. won't you help?
*All monetary contributions are tax-deductible through our
non-profit mother ship - the CMAI (California Multicultural Arts Institute)
About the picnic: We have reserved a large-group picnic spot at Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park (thanks to Tony Biedul), with picnic tables & shade trees, near clean bathrooms, free parking . There's a couple of BBQ pits we'll have fired up and available for your grilling pleasure (from noon). The committee will bring along some BBQ tools, cutting board & knife(s), and some leftover paper goods to share (plates, utensils, napkins, cups etc. from other events). Also available we'll make a big jug of Lemonade or Iced Tea to wet your whistle (or Balkan singing throat:), watermelons, ice-cold and ready for slicing, plus a pot of chili-beans on the back burner for anyone that would like to partake during the day.
You supply: your meat/meatless/veggie items you'd like to cook (on the hot grill we provide), a picnic lunch/sides for your group/family, and it's BYO Beer, Wine and Sodas (or other non-alcoholic drinks.. water anyone, it's sure to be hot!). There are plenty of picnic tables & shady trees, but you might also like to bring along a nice table cloth, camera, sunhat/sunscreen, perhaps some bench cushions or camping chairs for greater comfort during the day.
Plus.. seems many of our AMAN-ites have quite the "Sweet Tooth", and luckily, the cooking skills to back it up! So since our little family of alumni and friends are gathering in the park, we thought it would be fun (and tasty!) to have an old fashioned, blue ribbon competition for the best dessert(s).. done AMAN style of course, with a few nostalgic prizes thrown in for good measure! All that, plus the winners will have bragging rights on social media for a whole year! Look out, this could go viral.. ;-) CLICK HERE to enter your dessert in the competition (the more the merrier!), OR.. just bring your dessert (home made of course) with you to the picnic and check it in at the dessert table by 1pm. The best part of all this, is that after judging concludes, the dessert table will be open for all to share and enjoy... yummm!
And of course... don't forget to bring your instruments, AMAN100 Songbook, fun attitude and dancing feet for an informal, impromptu, music/singing jam session that will most likely happen whenever, and for however long, the spirit moves the masses ;-). So come one and all; AMAN alumni, friends and family. Lets enjoy each other's company, make a little music, have a good visit/schmooze and enjoy our wonderful picnic feast!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
- The Aman Alumni Committee