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June 18, 2010
So when's the last time you had a picnic?
I thought so.
This being picnic week, and with prime picnic season upon us, I thought picnics were worth picking as a topic.
Since picnics make us feel good and help us remember things, like the joy of bonding and sharing, like "you'll get the pâté, wine, pâté knife, corkscrew, plates, board games, plastic champagne flutes, some smoked salmon and crème fraîche, strawberries and a red plaid tablecloth, and I'll try to pick up a baguette."
It's a place to study nature:
"Are those carpenter ants, leafkiller ants or the dreaded Marabunta?"
(You remember the "Naked Jungle" don't you?)
Food historians will tell us, if we ask, that medieval hunting feasts, Renaissance country banquets, and Victorian garden parties are the foundation for today's al fresco dining.
There was actually a Picnic Society in London in the early 19th century, set up by a group of the fashionable elite, that devoted their lives to picnicking.
Nice work if you can get it.
Picnics have been favored by writers and artists.
Here's Dickens from "The Mystery of Edwin Drood:"
"Miss Twinkleton (in her amateur state of existence) has contributed herself and a veal pie to a picnic."
In what order do you think?
Perhaps the most famous and scandalous depiction of a picnic is "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe," painted by Edouard Manet in 1862.
There's nothing like a rustic idyll to get the juices flowing.
Who can forget William Holden dancing with Kim Novak in one of the more erotic movie scenes ever (with your clothes on) in "Picnic."
That's what picnics can do to people.
Jean Renoir's impressionistic, "Picnic On The Grass," is also quite wonderful if you ignore the plot and just concentrate on the grass and food.
Speaking of the French, you would be wise to study their methods since "piquenique" originated in their language.
And they did throw the largest picnic in history— a 600-mile coast to coast celebration of the first Bastille Day in the new Millennium.
Imagine catering that affair.
No matter what you're celebrating, the good news is that practically anything qualifies as a picnic these days, as long as it's outside. Dining on the porch? It's a picnic. A sandwich on the bench in front of your office? It's a picnic.
Still, there is something about unfurling a blanket in your neighborhood park, communing with nature and all that.
So...what's in the basket?
America's Best Picnic Spots travelandleisure.com/ Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Checklist of Things You Need for a Picnic allwomenstalk.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
What Are Some Good Foods to Take on a Picnic? wisegeek.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Favorite picnic spot?