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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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It offers swimming, surfing, boating, water skiing, volleyball, picnicking and fishing.
With Pack-A-Picnic Week, we're inviting Americans to get a jump start on the summer season and to rediscover the fun of picnicking," said Allen.
The picnicking fun is scheduled to last 10 days with the Babyplane mats available at the following locations from 11am to 5pm: Jesmond Dene (August 18); Blackfriars, Newcastle (Aug 19); Bill Quay Farm, Gateshead (Aug 20); Exhibition Square, MetroCentre (Aug 21); Old Eldon Square, Newcastle (Aug 22); Ouseburn, Newcastle (Aug 23); Northern Playing Fields, Saltwell Park (Aug 24) and Baltic Square (Aug 25).
MOTHERPLANE an 85ft grassed site in the shape of an aeroplane, will be open for10 days for mass picnicking.
Some ideas are appropriate for spur-of-the-moment jaunts, while others are good for more elaborate picnicking plans.
The event aims to encourage picnicking in more unusual places to highlight the importance of outdoor public space and features an 85ft grassed site in the shape of a plane in Baltic Square.
These people apparently declare picnicking to be a basic human right for their fellow urbanites.
But the three members of the Tokyo Picnic Club who were on Tyneside over the weekend were themselves the perfect advert for picnicking.