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Picnic en Blanc 2019 - Join us Saturday, Aug. 24 at... August 23, 2019

(We sent this email to all registered emails on Thursday night, but as of this morning, some didn't receive it, so we are sending again.)


The wait is over!

 

Come celebrate Picnic en Blanc on the beautiful grounds of Shinnyo-En Temple! 

 

PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END.

 

PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO YOUR GUESTS SO THEY HAVE ALL OF THIS INFORMATION. 

 

ABOUT SHINNYO-EN TEMPLE:

Shinnyo-En Temple is a place offering meditation and study on Shinnyo Esoteric Buddhism.Shinnyo Buddhism is rooted in the 1,100 year old Dharma lineage known as Shingon Buddhism, one of the main forms of esoteric Buddhism in Japan. The name Shinnyo means “a garden without borders, where all who desire to can bring forth their innate, true nature and be welcome as they are.” 

 

ABOUT PICNIC EN BLANC:

Picnic en Blanc is inspired by the whimsical Diner en Blanc tradition of friends meeting to dine and dance in a non-traditional, outdoor, public location. Diner en Blanc started in France in 1988 with attendees dressed in white so they could locate one another; now, the tradition has been recreated in over seventy cities across the world. The Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation invites you to join us for a similarly-styled picnic experience. 

 

In addition to serving as a fundraiser to support community murals, in particular, a mosaic tile mural inside Magical Bridge Playground Redwood City, scheduled to open in Red Morton Park in 2020, Picnic en Blanc is an opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. We hope you enjoy this private dining and dancing experience.  

 

The picturesque venue will be transformed by a sea of tables draped in white linen and topped with umbrellas. Bring your picnic dinner to enjoy and share, toast with our complimentary beverage in your signature Parks and Arts Foundation glass and visit with friends old and new. After dinner, dance to the music of Brickhouse as night falls and the stars light up the sky.  

 

DATE: Saturday, August 24, 2019

TIME: 5pm-9pm

LOCATION: Shinnyo-En Temple

ADDRESS: 3910 Bret Harte Dr., Redwood City, CA 94061 (Driving directions below.)

 

RECOMMENDED ATTIRE:

Dressy casual white or ivory clothing with a splash of color. Khaki is also acceptable. 

 

WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE:

Tables, chairs and umbrellas: As a general rule, it is open seating. We hope you take this opportunity to sit with strangers and leave as friends! There is reserved seating for Event Sponsors and Table Hosts. 

One commemorative stemless wine glass per guest.

One drink ticket per guest for one beverage of your choice. 

Beverage Bar (cash and credit cards accepted) (See Beverage Bar info. below.)

Selfie Photo Station

Live Musical Entertainment (Sandra Moore, harpist, will play early in the evening, and Brickhouse, our dance band, will play from 7pm-9pm)

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:

A photo I.D. (It’s a 21+ event)

A picnic dinner(If this is your first time to attend Picnic en Blanc, please note that we do notprovide food.)

Plates, napkins and cutlery. 

Table décor. (optional) (Battery-operated candles or votives are acceptable.)
Consider bringing sunglasses or a hat for the early evening and a wrap or light jacket for after sunset. 

 

PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME:

Outside beverages (Remember: This is a fundraiser and all proceeds benefit community mural projects.)

Candles or sparklers

Pets, except guide dogs

Smoking/vaping products (No smoking/vaping on the property).

 

HANDICAP ACCESS:

There are 2 handicap parking spaces. Please email info@rwcpaf.orgASAP should you need a handicap parking space so we can designate additional spaces as “handicap” parking, if necessary.

There are 20 steps to go up from the parking lot to the lawn area. If you have difficulty climbing stairs, please email info@rwcpaf.orgASAP so we make other arrangements for you. 

 

CHECK-IN:

Check-in will take place just off the parking lot and begins at 5:00pm and will stay open until 6:30pm, so there’s no need to rush.

There are 2 check-in lines. Check-in at the table identified with the first initial of your last name. If you registered for other guests, please make sure we have their names as we are preparing name tags. To provide names of guests, email us at info@rwcpaf.org.

 

NO TICKET OR RECEIPT REQUIRED FOR CHECK-IN:

You do not need a ticket or receipt to enter. Bring your photo ID for check-in.

If you are more comfortable bringing your registration confirmation, you can search your inbox for the email info@rwcpaf.orgor the title “Thanks for supporting Picnic en Blanc 2019 by Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation!”

 

TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED. NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR:

Ticket sales are now CLOSED. Please note: We do not offer ticket sales at the door. 

 

SATURDAY’S WEATHER FORECAST:

A high of 84’F and low of 60’F. Sunny. Wind 8 mph. Sunset is 7:50pm. 

 

GET THAT BASEBALL CAP: 

Finally, if you're feeling "magical" and would like to make an additional donation to this worthy cause to help us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000, you will have an opportunity to make donations at the bar. With a donation of $30 or more, we would like to give you a "Magical Bridge Redwood City" baseball cap as a way to say "thanks" for your support! A limited number of hats will be available at the bar. 

 

 

OUR THANKS: 

We want to express our gratitude to this year’s Event Sponsors for their financial support: Anonymous Donor, Box.org, Lyngso Garden Materials, Neighborhood Kid’s Corner, Old County Cellars, the Port of Redwood City, Seaport Industrial Association, Towne Ford, and W.L. Butler. 

 

We want to thank YOU for choosing to join us this year. And, finally, we want to thank the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept. and staff for their tremendous support of this event! 

 

Please reply if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

 

Sincerely, 

Pamela Estes

President, Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation

 

Board Members:

Pam Beard 

Sheila Cepero

Steve Cortez

Tricia Hall 

Mac Hart

 

 

Cary Kelly 

Beth Mostovoy

Susie Peyton

Barbara Pierce

 

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

FROM NORTH OF REDWOOD CITY: 

From Highway 280: Drive south on Highway 280, Take Farm Hill Blvd exit; Turn left on Farm Hill Blvd. and pass Cañada College; Travel down Farm Hill Blvd. until you reach Emerald Hill Rd. at a 3-way stop sign; Turn left onto Emerald Hill Rd. Turn left onto Bret Harte Dr. The entrance to Shinnyo-En Temple is at the end of Bret Harte Dr. 

 

From Highway 101: Drive south on Highway 101; Take the Whipple Ave. exit; Turn right on Whipple Ave. and travel 1.5 miles; Turn left on Alameda de las Pulgas; Turn right on Jefferson Ave.; Where Jefferson Ave. makes a sharp right turn at a traffic light, continue straight on Farm Hill Blvd.; Travel up Farm Hill Blvd. until you reach Emerald Hill Rd. at a 3-way stop; Turn right onto Emerald Hill Rd.; Turn left onto Bret Harte Dr.; The entrance to Shinnyo-En Temple is at the end of Bret Harte Dr. 

 

FROM SOUTH OF REDWOOD CITY: 

From Highway 280: Drive north on Highway 280; Take the Farm Hill Blvd. exit; Turn right on Farm Hill Blvd.; pass Canada College until you reach Emerald Hill Way at a 3-way stop sign; Turn left onto Emerald Hill Way; Turn left onto Bret Harte Rd.; The entrance to Shinnyo-En is at the end of Bret Harte Rd. 

 

From Highway 101: Drive north on Highway 101; Take the Whipple Ave. exit; Turn left on Whipple Ave. and travel 1.5 miles; Turn left on Alameda de las Pulgas; Turn right on Jefferson Ave.; Where Jefferson Ave. makes a sharp right turn at a traffic light, continue straight on Farm Hill Blvd.; Travel up Farm Hill Blvd. until you reach Emerald Hill Rd. at a 3-way stop; Turn right onto Emerald Hill Rd.; Turn left onto Bret Harte Dr.; The entrance to Shinnyo-En Temple is at the end of Bret Harte Dr. 


 

 

 

BEVERAGE BAR INFO.

Upon your arrival, you will receive one stemless wine glass and one complimentary drink ticket. You may use your drink ticket for one of any of the items identified below:

 

Old County Cellars is our exclusive wine provider for Picnic en Blanc. They are providing 6 select wines. 

 

OCC Premium White/Rosé Wines

Albarino

Semillon

Cabernet Franc Rose

 

OCC Premium Red Wines

Merlot

Pinot Noir 

Barbera

 

We will also offer:

La Marca Prosecco

$10 per glass

 

We will also offer 2 beers on tap:

Redwood City IPA from Freewheel Brewing and 

Stella Artois

Beer is $7 per glass

 

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Selections: 

Sodas – Limonata, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, LaCroix - $3 per can

Water – sparkling and flat - $5 per liter bottle