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picnic,

social gathering at which each participant generally brings food to be shared. The Picnic Society was formed in London early in the 19th cent. by a group of fashionable people for purposes of entertainment. Each member was expected to provide a share of the entertainment and of the refreshments, and this idea of mutual sharing or cooperation was fundamental to the original significance of the picnic. Later the word took on the additional meaning of an outdoor pleasure party. The word as now used includes almost every type of informal, outdoor meal or festivity, such as clambake, barbecuebarbecue
[West Indian or South American], in the United States, traditionally an open-air gathering, political or social, in which meats are roasted whole over a pit of embers and food and drink are liberally enjoyed.
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, or fish fry. The custom of cooperative dining is ancient; Greek men held symposia where the guests ate and discussed important matters.
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I can't cook, as you know, Marilla, and--and--I don't mind going to a picnic without puffed sleeves so much, but I'd feel terribly humiliated if I had to go without a basket.
She is going to wear it to the picnic. Oh, I do hope it will be fine next Wednesday.
But for the rest of the week she talked picnic and thought picnic and dreamed picnic.
On Sunday Anne confided to Marilla on the way home from church that she grew actually cold all over with excitement when the minister announced the picnic from the pulpit.
I don't think I'd ever really believed until then that there was honestly going to be a picnic. I couldn't help fearing I'd only imagined it.
Frequent Harvest Picnic performer Sarah Harmer spoke with A\J years ago about the impact of music on the environmental movement, an idea that rings true throughout the picnic.
Now, granted, we live in Scotland - and the weather is notoriously unpredictable - but given a choice of days out, my family will more often than not pick a picnic.
"As sheriff, hosting the annual senior picnic is one of the biggest highlights of the year; it's always a great honor to give back to our seniors who have given so much to their communities.
The Lea Specialty Picnic Table Covers enables its users to quickly and effortlessly cover a picnic table.
It's the last remaining Georgian Square in the city and was voted one of the UK's top urban picnic areas by the Independent.
We''ve sourced some of the best non-foodstuffs to improve your picnic experience and arouse just a little envy from fellow alfresco eaters.