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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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Picnicking, restrooms, boat ramp, water sports, fishing.
uk, so you can enjoy our delicious gingerbread whether you're picnicking in Ambleside or Alnwick.
Whether it's a traditional picnic basket, a sporty tote, or a cooler on wheels, there's a picnicking product that's just perfect for anyone.
A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area for swimming, fishing, surfing and picnicking.
The event, created by Japanese art unit the Tokyo Picnic Club, set out to encourage picnicking in more unusual places and highlight the importance of outdoor public space.
It will be a fantastic event that will bring the art of picnicking up-to-date in unexpected and iconic urban locations during August Bank Holiday.
Below is one of his favourite recipes, which needs a little preparation for spontaneous picnicking.
On Friday, picnicking visitors and swimmers arrived at the lake slowly as compared with boaters, who police say filled the upper portion by morning.
Picnopolis is a collaboration between NGI and the Tokyo Picnic Club, who members have turned picnicking into a art form back home in Japan.
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.