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September 22, 2011

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Bring Old Photos to Picnic for Major Prizes

by Karen Neale and Pan Duncan


The AOTB History Project is sponsoring a tent at the community picnic and will award prizes to the folks who bring in the best historic photos and artifacts in various categories from the 1890s to the present.


Do you have a photo, memoir, or artifact from "the old days" to add to our AOTB History Project?  


We think many property owners and residents have items that could help tell the story of our community. 

Accordingly, between now and Sept. 24, the day of the Family Picnic, you can enter a Contest for the best photograph, artwork, or other depiction in the following categories:

  • Gatherings of Residents
  • Most Amusing Depiction
  • Oldest Standing Structures
  • Architecture from Yesteryear
  • Art-Work Depicting Life at AOTB
  • Photo or Video Depicting Life at AOTB
  • Maps of AOTB
  • Water Scenes Identifiable to AOTB
  • Miscellaneous (you pick the topic).

It would be ideal if before the 24th you could lend the item to the History Project for consideration; items should be labeled with your name, address, telephone, and e-mail and sent to Marc Apter at l292 Magnolia Avenue. Or else scan a photo, map, or picture of an artifact, architecture, or standing structure and e-mail it to Marc at, phone 301-904-3690. You can be sure that your items will receive the utmost care!  They will be returned within one week after being copied via scanner.


Prizes for "Best" in each category are awarded at the picnic on Sept. 24; winners will receive $25 gift certificates courtesy of Homestead Gardens, Wine from Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits and locally crafted jewelry. 


You can also bring your entry to the picnic from 2-5 p.m.  There will be a History Project tent. Contestants need not be present to win.





After the Hurricane AOTB Community Picnic 

Music! Monster Water Slide! Moon Bounce!


Beer and Grilling on the Beach! AOTB T-Shirts & Hats in a Rainbow of Colors on Sale!


Old Photos in Your Attic Worth Big Bucks!


Saturday, September 24  

3 to 7 p.m. 



The hurricane and earthquake are behind us so the AOTB Property Owners Association is throwing a great community picnic on the Magnolia Avenue beach this Saturday, September 24, from 3 to 7 p.m.


A DJ with a high-end sound system will preside over dance contests for all ages (with great prizes). The largest water slide (21ft. high) in the county will cool off adventurers of all ages. A moon bounce will warm up the kids. Food and drink will be in abundance. Volleyball contests on water and land with teams representing streets in the community will vie for major prizes, as will the best AOTB historic photos.


Our DJ will have music for every age group with a kickin' sound system. His mixing and scratching skills will have everyone up and dancing. There will be dance contests for every age group with valuable prizes.


The AOTB History Project will sponsor a tent and $50 prizes for the folks who bring in the best historic photos etc. in various categories. Read more below. 


We will be selling AOTB T-shirts and baseball caps with new colors and designs under the leadership of Committee Chair Roxanne Veal. The colors for the t-shirts are green, red, ash gray, pink, and white. Hats are in similar color combinations. The prices of the tees are $17 for sizes small through XL and $19 for 2XL. Hats are $13. We are having a sale on purchases of a hat and t-shirt - $3 off. You can special order t-shirts in other colors for the same price. Call Roxanne at 410-268-7220.


AOTB will provide two kegs of high quality beer and will have the beach grills all fired up. Main course folks (see below) are encouraged to bring hamburgers or hot dogs with buns for 10 people. Covered dish main courses are also welcome.


Every family is asked to bring a dish to be shared based on the first letter of their last name.   

  • Last names starting with A through F should bring a main course (hamburgers or hot dogs with buns for 10 people are suggested, although other main courses are welcome). 
  • Names starting from G through M should bring a dessert.
  • Those with last names starting with N through S should bring bottled water, soda and other non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Folks whose last names start with T through Z should bring hors d'oevres. 

Each family will be charged $10 for ice, glasses, plates, condiments etc. as well as to offset the cost of the DJ, Moon bounce, tents and Water Slide at the event.   


The association needs to make these events come close to breaking even to insure we can keep doing them in the future.

We will be providing a porta potty, tables and some chairs but you are encouraged to bring your own folding chairs. We will have some tents for shade and protection from showers. There is no rain day planned. The party goes on rain or shine.  


Please RSVP to by Sept. 23 so we may plan accurately for the size crowd to expect. Most importantly, if you are a party person and would like to help plan games like volley ball tournaments with teams based on the street you live on, dance contests or water balloon toss with real prizes for the winning teams contact Marc Apter, Social Committee Chair, 301-904-3690 or