A celebration and fundraiser for the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s
50th Anniversary

Sunday, September 12, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Carderock Pavilion, Potomac, MD

Featuring Individual Gourmet Picnic Meals by Corcoran Caterers

First look screening of the C&O Canal Trust’s 50th Anniversary Video

And more!


  • $250 per person. 
  • Tables for up to eight guests are available for purchase for $2,000. 
  • Sponsorship packages are available at various levels. View our Sponsor Packet here.
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About the Event:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). Join us to celebrate the Park’s historical, natural, and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities, and help raise funds to preserve it for future generations. 

We are happy to welcome you to Carderock Pavilion for a unique event featuring a gourmet picnic from Corcoran Caterers, libations, the incredible natural beauty of our Park, and more. We will also share a first look screening of a video project to commemorate the Park’s 50th anniversary. The video highlights stories from Park Superintendent Tina Cappetta, Trust leadership, and our partners about what makes our Park so special, and how we can work together to ensure it remains beautiful, safe, and welcoming into the future. The Carderock location will allow guests to spread out and socially distance, while enjoying individually-packaged meals at picnic tables in the pavilion.

Proceeds from the event provide vital support for the preservation and programs of the C&O Canal NHP, which interpret the 19th-century transportation canal from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, Maryland, and its associated scenic, natural, and cultural resources. The Park also provides visitors with a wealth of opportunities for education and outdoor recreation along its 184.5 miles and 20,000 acres. At 50 years old, the C&O Canal NHP is the eighth most visited park in the National Park system, with nearly 5 million visitors each year. Thank you for your support!

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Please Note: This is a rain or shine event. In the unlikely event the picnic is cancelled due to severely inclement weather, we will coordinate pick up for your picnic meal, and will provide you with a link to view the video. Revenue raised through the event  is critical to the Trust’s ability to support the C&O Canal National Historical Park. 

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