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LET'S HAVE A PICNIC! link
Timeframe: 6/1/15 to 6/30/15
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1. International Picnic Day, June 18, celebrates the gathering together outdoors to eat and enjoy one another's company. As an informal food holiday, there are few rules and lots of options. The location, the guests, the music, and the conviviality of the event are what really count. Have a picnic. Keep it simple. Take foods that don't require utensils. Prepare food ahead of time so you can relax.
* Read a book that takes place in the summer
Beach Town Andrews, Mary Kay
2. A picnic is defined as an excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors. A secondary definition of a picnic is something that is a pleasant or carefree experience, or an easy task or feat. A “k” is inserted to preserve the "k" sound before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (such as picnicking). “A few sandwiches short of a picnic” is a phrase used to describe someone who is not mentally together.
* Read a book whose author’s first or last name begins with “K”
Rock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick, #3) Ashley, Kristen
3. When the picnic is not also a cookout, the food eaten is rarely hot. Classic picnic foods include sandwiches, potato chips, lemonade, bread, fruit salad, cheese, wine, fresh vegetables, iced tea, cold fried chicken, and cole slaw. Outdoor games or some other form of entertainment are common at large picnics. In established public parks, a picnic area generally includes picnic tables and possibly other items related to eating outdoors, such as built-in grills, water faucets, garbage containers, and restrooms.
* Read a book with some kind of food on the cover (show us the cover).
Rock Chick Revenge (Rock Chick, #5) Ashley, Kristen
4. Picnics are often family-oriented but can range from an intimate occasion between two people or a large get-together such as company or church picnics. In the U.S., families and groups enjoy picnics to celebrate just about any event, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and family reunions. In Italy, the favorite picnic day is Easter Monday. In Romania, May Day is the preferred day for a picnic.
* Read a book where family is important
For You (The 'Burg, #1) Ashley, Kristen
5. The first use of the word in print is traced to the 1692 edition of Tony Willis, Origines de la Langue Française, which mentions pique-nique. The term was used to describe a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. The concept of a picnic long retained the connotation of a meal to which everyone contributed something. The word picnic first appeared in English in a letter by Lord Chesterfield in 1748, who associates it with card-playing, drinking and conversation.
* Read a book set in England
Promised (One Night, #1) Malpas, Jodi Ellen
6. After the French Revolution in 1789, the Royal Gardens were opened to the public for the first time. It was the new common pastime for the French to visit the gardens and take along a meal. Early in the 19th century, a fashionable group of Londoners formed the 'Picnic Society.” Each member was expected to provide a share of the entertainment and of the refreshments with no one particular host. Picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality. They date back to Medieval times when outdoor feasts were held to celebrate a successful hunt. They then grew in popularity during the Victorian Era in England.
* Read a book set in a country other than the United States - England
Denied (One Night, #2) Malpas, Jodi Ellen
7. In the arts, perhaps the most famous painting of a picnic is The Luncheon on the Grass by Édouard Manet. The most well-known lines of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzGerald contain the words:
"A Book of Verse beneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
Oh, wilderness were Paradise enow!”
In music in 1906, British composer John William Bratton wrote a piece originally titled "The Teddy Bear Two Step,” but it became popular in a 1908 instrumental version renamed "Teddy Bears' Picnic", performed by the Arthur Pryor Band, then later regained prominence in 1932 when words were added, and it was recorded by Henry Hall and his BBC Dance Orchestra, which went on to sell a million copies.
* Read a book with a musical instrument on the cover (show us the cover).
Rock Chick Reckoning (Rock Chick, #6) Ashley, Kristen