MSDA 2022 Members’ Pool Party

Saturday, July 16, 2022
Sunday, July 17, 2022
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

8809 Slate Quarry Rd
Dickerson, MD 20842
Hosted by Alex and Steve Roth

This event is for MSDA club members, their families, and their guests. Dogs, too, of course!

(You know you are a member if: you received the dues notice email in January and have paid your dues for 2022, or you were more recently notified that your membership application was accepted. Not an MSDA member? Learn more about us and how to join. If you’ve attended one of our events, you’re probably eligible, and it’s not too late to join in time for Summer Pool Party!)

We’re trying something different this year: instead of a date and a rain date. “Pool Party” will be open for both Saturday and Sunday. Choose to attend either (or both) days. If something comes up, or you don’t like the weather forecast for one day, just switch to the other one! But, sorry, no overnight camping.

Much more information about this event is below the RSVP form, so scroll down to learn more.

Planning to attend? RSVP using this form so we know how many to expect.

    Total number of people attending on Saturday, July 16th:

    Total number of people attending on Sunday, July 17th:

    Check out the photos from last year’s party.

    MSDA will provide grilled hamburger & chicken and cold non-alcoholic drinks. Attendees should bring a side dish or dessert to share for lunch. Other than bringing food to share, there is no fee for attending.

    For field-trained dogs, or those who might be interested, there also will be opportunities for informal field training on the property. For all dogs, it’s just a great place to run around, sniff, play and swim.

    In July, it can be be Hot! For cooling off, we’ll have the pool, of course, but also plenty of shade, extra cooling tubs for the dogs, plus hoses and misters.

    The pool will be open all day both days. Dogs are allowed in the pool, subject to careful adult (human) supervision. Bring your floating dog toys and bumpers! To prevent damage to the pool’s edge, dogs should only exit the pool using the stairs at the shallow end.

    The Roth’s property is fenced but is not totally escape-proof and the gates must be opened when cars enter or exit, so please make sure you keep an eye on your dogs at all times and bring a leash to use as necessary.

    Whether on-lead or off, in or out of the pool, owners are reminded that they ultimately are responsible for their own dog’s behavior.

    The house will not be open to guests this year, but there will be a port-o-potty at the top of the driveway.

    Directions: From I-270, take exit 22 onto Rt 109 South toward Poolesville.  After about ¼ mile, branch right onto Slate Quarry Road.  It’s about 1 ½ miles to #8809 on the left. Slate Quarry Rd is paved, but it’s also narrow with curves and no center line. Stay to the right and drive slowly.

    It hardly ever rains on MSDA’s Summer Pool Party, but if the weather looks doubtful for one day, you can easily attend the other day. If you’ve RSVPed, we’ll let you know by e-mail or phone if the party must be entirely cancelled either day.

    Please contact Pamela DeSmidt via or Steve Roth via with any further questions about MSDA’s Pool Party.