Pig Roast 2011!

It's all Good Holy Moley! You need to mark your calendar because it’s time once again for us to build a grill in the alley behind the house and spend an afternoon-into-evening munching barbecue pork and washing it down with quality beverages. And, of course, you’re invited to join in the festivities!
Pig Roast 2011 is taking place on July 16 this year, beginning at 5:00.

As usual, other food will be available for those who don’t like the pig. We can’t emphasize this enough, since a few people have gone the “I can…’t eat this for (insert a reason)” route. You will NOT go hungry because you’re a fussy eater! We do reserve the right to point at you and laugh a little, though.

The “official” start is listed as 5:00, but we realize that some of you will be traveling some distance for this event. You’re more than welcome to come early and “tailgate the pig” with us. Don’t be surprised if we put you to work now and again, though. <wink>

UPDATE 3/17: Joyce and Charlie, our across-the-street neighbors, are once again making their in-ground swimming pool available to youngsters and whomever else wants to play. They do insist that 1) you bring your own towels, and 2) an adult swimmer is on-hand at all times.(You don’t have to be in the pool, just be able to swim.) Which, you know, is only fair.

PigRoast6percentWhiteBackground Kids are welcome to attend but monitoring them is going to be up to you. Unruly children will be fed to the dogs down the block. (Tim, please keep those dogs hungry this time–a couple of kids got away last year!)

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“WHAT CAN I BRING?”

Heh. We turn down nothing, but here are the basics:
–You should bring your own adult beverage. There’ll be some here, but no more than enough to get things started.
–If you have a BBQ/Picnic specialty, feel free to volunteer it. Please to be letting us know in advance, though, so we don’t wind up with 75 pounds of potato salad or whatever.
–If you’re at a loss, by all means drop Shannon or me a note. We’ve got a little list…

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DIRECTIONS:

—From I-95 in either direction:
Take the Beltway Exit 64 (at the north end of town) WEST toward Towson. It’s just a couple of exits to Exit 31 South (Harford Road). About 1-1/4 miles to Orlando Avenue. Turn Left onto Orlando. Then follow the directions below.

—From in Town:
Take Harford Road north until you cross Northern Parkway. (If you’re coming from eastbound Northern Parkway, turn left onto Harford Road.) The fifth available right turn is Orlando Avenue. Turn right onto Orlando. Then follow the directions below.

–The Directions Below: Once on Orlando, go down one long block to Glenoak, turn right. One block and right again onto Woodhome. #3005 is almost all the way back to Harford Road, on the left side.

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LODGING IN THE AREA:

White Marsh–Rooms average about $130/night. This area is closest to us.
—–Hilton Garden Inn
—–Fairfield Inn & Suites
—–Hampton Inn

Towson–In the $110 range but a 5-10 minute longer drive.
—–Sheraton Baltimore North
—–Best Western (formerlyTowson Place Hotel & Suites)–These guys aren’t taking online reservations but I just heard from someone who called the hotel directly and got a great (i.e. <$100) deal.

Places to AVOID:
—–Comfort Inn, Towson
—–Ramada, Towson
—–Welcome Inn, Parkville