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68th Annual Stepping Stones Lois' Family Groups Picnic (6/8/2019)

The Stepping Stones Foundation

Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

68th Annual Stepping Stones Lois' Family Groups Picnic...

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Ticket Type Sales End Quantity
LIMIT 2 TICKETS PER EMAIL ADDRESS. You will receive an Eventbrite email attachment with your ticket(s) page(s) to print and bring to the event, and, if applicable, a donation receipt page to keep for your tax records. Bring the printed ticket(s) only the train station parking lot for shuttle and picnic access. Unique barcoded tickets are for one-time use. Tickets are limited to 2 per order/person/email address. Orders in excess will be cancelled.
Jun 8, 2019 Free  
DONATION (NOT A TICKET) suggested at least $10 per person to help make the Picnic self-supported (tax-deductible). Contributions help with costs of shuttles, supplies, security, port-o-sans, equipment, etc.
A donation receipt will be a page included in the ticket order email attachment from Eventbrite. Save the receipt page at home for your records. It resembles a ticket but it is not valid for entry. Donation receipts read "DONATION (NOT A TICKET). Picnic gifts and additional gifts for operations and preservation are encouraged. No goods or services were provided in exchange for this contribution. It is tax-deductible to the extent provided by U.S. law.
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Event Details

68th Annual Stepping Stones Lois' Family Groups Picnic

Sat., June 8,2019 (second Sat. in June)

Noon to 5 p.m., Rain or Shine 

Parking, shuttle & Picnic access is only from Bedford Hills Train Station.

Bring your paper tickets and lunch. See below for other tips and restrictions on what to pack.

A tent will be in place in the event of rain. 

A maximum of 1 order of 2 tickets is available per email address.

Multiple orders from the same email address are deleted/cancelled.

Free ticketing was launched in 2013 to ensure that the required limit of 500 Picnic attendees would be honored.Tickets are limited, so please only order the quantity that you need and let Stepping Stones know as soon as possible if your plans have changed. This gives as many friends as possible an opportunity to attend.

Groups needing more than two tickets can coordinate with members of their group to order via different email addresses (2 per email address). 


After ordering, check your email inbox and junk/spam folder for an Eventbrite email with attached Tickets and Donation Receipts (the email will refer to the donation in the ticket total but it is not a valid ticket). Leave the page(s) that read "Donation" (not a valid ticket) at home for your tax records. Print and bring the ticket pages, which have unique barcodes. Turn the paper ticket in at the parking  / shuttle area at the Bedford Hills train station and receive a wristband for shuttle and Picnic access. Each ticket is good for one use only. No "day of," "at the door," "on site", or "walk in" tickets are distributed at the lot or site on Picnic day. 

Help make the Picnic a Self-Supported Event!

Consider a non-refundable tax-deductible donation of any amount (suggested at least $10 per picnic guest) to Stepping Stones Foundation - a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt standalone organization that maintains, preserves, and operates Stepping Stones and has presented the Picnic for 31 years since Lois' passing. Receipts that read "Donation" and resemble tickets cannot be used as tickets. 

Cancellations / Ticket Return: 

If your plans change and you will not be using one or more tickets, please email with your name, order number, and number of tickets you wish to return.


12 Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Shuttles begin and guests may enjoy picnicking, fellowship, and visits inside the historic home and studio, the garden, and the Welcome Center with its shop and display based on Stepping Stones extensive archive

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Open Meeting with A.A., Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen Speakers 

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

More time to picnic, fellowship and see the home, studio, garden, shop, and display

4:30/4:45 p.m.

Last shuttle from Stepping Stones' property to parking lot

Free Shuttles & Free Parking: 

Ticketholders please carpool to the commuter lots at the Bedford Hills Train Station off 1 Railroad Avenue, Bedford Hills, NY, 10507 from Noon until 5:00 p.m. Do not use the lot on the other side of the train tracks by the stores and Post Office, so that shoppers and postal customers have a place to park. Shuttles must be used for ticketholder access to the Picnic. Shuttles run when full or close to capacity. To access the businesses on the other side of the railroad, use the footbridge. Make a day of it by visiting Bedford's other hamlets - Katonah and Bedford Village, hike Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, or see the John Jay Homestead or Katonah Museum of Art. For overnight accomodation information, see the visit page at

Accessible Parking: Parking for tickeholders unable to ride the shuttle can be arranged by emailing your ticket order number, name, and phone number to Please try to make your request by Monday May 27, 2019. If you have a special need but can ride the shuttle, please inform your shuttle driver when boarding if you require assistance. 

Picnic Guidelines & Suggestions - We ask for your kind cooperation with the staff, volunteers and police regarding the following:

  • Parking and drop off/pick up of passengers or supplies is not permitted at Stepping Stones or on the neighborhood streets. Park and use the free shuttles from the Bedford Hills Train Station commuter lots off 1 Railroad Ave., Bedford Hills, NY 10507. Shuttle runs noon to 4:45 p.m. Exchange paper tickets for wristbands for shuttle / picnic access. Only vehicles issued special needs parking passses by Stepping Stones may enter the Stepping Stones site.
  • Please do not linger on the roadside areas, entrances, or neighboring properties or driveways of Stepping Stones. Volunteers will direct you to the Picnic area.
  • Please pack light and wear comfortable walking shoes. Coolers are not reccommended.
  • Audio Devices - Devices that amplify sound are not permitted. Recording of the speakers is not permitted. Recordings will be available for sale. 
  • Restrictions - The following are not permitted: cooking/grilling equipment, candles, Sternos, fires, use of flying objects (drones, Frisbees, boomerangs, etc.), skateboards, scooters, roller skates or blades, bicycles, kites, hammocks, hoverboards, drones, and tree climbing.
  • Photography is not permitted by the street, nearby properties, or inside buildings unless specified or at the speaker meeting. 
  • Anonymity - In the interest of anonymity, please ask permission before including anyone in photos.
  • Refrain from photography and recording during the meeting. A recording will be availble for purchase.
  • Animals/pets are not permitted unless they are service animals.
  • Restrooms for people with special needs are located in the Welcome Center and an accessible port-o-san is also provided. Others please use the regular portable toilets and outdoor sink provided.
  • What to bring - Lunch, sunscreen, insect repellant, hats/visors and sunglasses, folding / beach chair (note - grounds are rocky and hilly; use caution to place chairs on a stable/flat areas), hand sanitizer, earbuds for a music player, and as plastic sheet to sit on are suggested. Some of our guests enjoy reading, sketching, and playing card and board games. A limited number of chairs (wooden, no arms) are available for use. 
  • Pack In, Pack Out: Please "pack-in, pack-out" all refuse and recyclables.
  • Soft drinks, coffee, decaf, and hot tea are available while supplies last.
  • Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of any structures. A designated area for smokers is at the back of the picnic area near the Welcome Center / two-car garage. Butt receptacles are provided. Vaping and e-cigarettes are not permitted inside any of the structures (buildings, tents, etc.), on the shuttles, or in the meeting area.
  • Public Wi-Fi is not avaialble.
  • Use caution as you enjoy the outdoor terrain of the site. Attendance is at your own risk.
  • Have fun!

Questions or Volunteer Inquiries: Email Volunteers for set up/clean up and event operations are needed. 

Have questions about 68th Annual Stepping Stones Lois' Family Groups Picnic (6/8/2019)? Contact The Stepping Stones Foundation

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Parking, Check-In, & Shuttle Access
Bedford Hills Train Station Commuter Lots
1 Railroad Avenue off Route 117
Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Stepping Stones Foundation

The Stepping Stones Foundation is a nonprofit, taxexempt organization that preserves and maintains the historic home of Lois Wilson (cofounder of Al-Anon Family Groups) and Bill Wilson (cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous).

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