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Friends and family gather for a picnic in a public park in Columbus, Ohio, c. 1950
Friends and family gather for a picnic in a public park in Columbus, Ohio, c. 1950

In contemporary usage, picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally, taking place in a beautiful landscape. Picnics are often family-oriented but can also be an intimate occasion between two people, a romantic picnic, or a large get together, company picnics and church picnics. Image File history File linksMetadata Picnic_in_Columbus. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Picnic_in_Columbus. ... Nickname: The Arch City The Discovery City Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area    - City  212. ... For the coarsely ground flour, see flour. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


On romantic and family picnics a picnic basket and a blanket are usually brought along. Outdoor games or some other form of entertainment are common at large picnics. A picnic basket is a basket or other container intended to hold food and tableware for a picnic meal. ... GAMES Magazine is a United States based magazine devoted to games published by GAMES Publications, a division of Kappa Publishing Group. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although, for example, in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ...


Formerly, picnic meant a potluck, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table for all to share. The first usage of the word was traced to a 16th century French text, describing a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. The word picnic is based on the verb piquer which means 'pick' or 'peck' with the rhyming nique meaning "thing of little importance". A potluck or potluck dinner is a gathering of people for a meal where the participants are expected to bring food to be shared among everyone at the gathering. ... An example recipe, printed from the Wikibooks Cookbook. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to order, to be consumed on the premises. ... A glass of red wine This article is about the alcoholic beverage. ...


The 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Françoise de Ménage, which mentions 'pique-nique' as being of recent origin, marks the first appearance of the word in print. The word picnic first appeared in English texts in the mid-1700s, and may have entered the English language from this French word or from the German Picknick. Events February 13 - Massacre of Glencoe March 1 - The Salem witch trials begin in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony with the charging of three women with witchcraft. ... Events and trends The Bonneville Slide blocks the Columbia River near the site of present-day Cascade Locks, Oregon with a land bridge 200 feet (60 m) high. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

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A tone mapped HDR picture of a typical picnic setup on the ground with picnic basket and red plaid sheet.
A tone mapped HDR picture of a typical picnic setup on the ground with picnic basket and red plaid sheet.
  • In British and American English, the phrase "no picnic" is used to describe a difficult or trying situation or activity. For example, "Driving in rush hour traffic is no picnic."
  • In the late 1990s an e-mail hoax spread around the internet claiming that the word "picnic" was actually derived from racist term for a lynching. This claim had no basis in fact. See: Snopes.com urban legends reference page
  • In established 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.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1021x766, 270 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Picnic Picnic basket User:Jersyko ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1021x766, 270 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Picnic Picnic basket User:Jersyko ... In computer graphics, the tone mapping solves the problem of reproducing the appearance of high dynamic range images on the media with a limited dynamic range such as hard-copy prints, CRT/LCD displays, and projectors. ... An example HDRI image of the Tower Bridge in California. ... A picnic basket is a basket or other container intended to hold food and tableware for a picnic meal. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... E-mail spoofing is a term used to describe fraudulent email activity in which the sender address and other parts of the email header are altered to appear as though the email originated from a different source. ... The picnic tables at Marling School, Stroud, Gloucestershire. ... It has been suggested that Gas grill parts be merged into this article or section. ... A water tap In most developed nations drinking water is piped to homes and is available on tap. ... Flush toilet A toilet is a plumbing fixture devised for the disposal of bodily wastes, including urine, feces, menses and vomit. ...

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After the French Revolution in 1789, royal parks became open to the public for the first time. Picnicking in the parks became a popular activity amongst the newly enfranchised citizens. i heart kate young The French Revolution was a period of major political and social change in the political history of France and Europe as a whole, during which the French governmental structure, previously an absolute monarchy with feudal privileges for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy, underwent radical change to... 1789 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Suffrage (from the Latin suffragium, meaning vote) is the civil right to vote, or the exercise of that right. ...

A Picnic infront of the Orangerie Kassel, Germany, c. 2003
A Picnic infront of the Orangerie Kassel, Germany, c. 2003

Early in the 19th century, a fashionable group of Londoners formed the 'Picnic Society'. Members met in the Pantheon on Oxford Street. Each member was expected to provide a share of the entertainment and of the refreshments with no one particular host. Interest in the society waned in the 1850s as the founders died. Image File history File links Discursivepicnic. ... Image File history File links Discursivepicnic. ... This article is about the city of Kassel in Hessen, Germany. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wyatts Pantheon in Oxford Street, London The Pantheon is a building on Oxford Street in London. ... Oxford Street, with Centre Point in the background Oxford Street in 1875, looking west from the junction with Duke Street. ... // Events and Trends Technology Production of steel revolutionised by invention of the Bessemer process Benjamin Silliman fractionates petroleum by distillation for the first time First transatlantic telegraph cable laid First safety elevator installed by Elisha Otis Science Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species, putting forward the theory of evolution...


The image of picnics as a peaceful social activity can be utilised for political protest too. In this context, a picnic functions as a temporary occupation of significant public territory. A famous example of this is the Paneuropean Picnic held on both sides of the Hungarian / Austrian border on the 19 August 1989 as part of the struggle towards German reunification. August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) German reunification (German: ) took place on October 3, 1990, when the areas of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, in English commonly called East Germany) were incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, in English...


In the year 2000, a 600-mile-long picnic took place from coast to coast in France to celebrate the first Bastille Day of the new Millennium. In the United States, likewise, the 4th of July celebration of American independence is a popular day for a picnic. In Italy the favourite picnic day is 'Angel's Monday', also known as Pasquetta (= 'little easter'), the day after Easter. This article is about the year 2000. ... The Champs-Élysées decorated with flags for the 14 July. ... A copy of the 1823 William J. Stone reproduction of the Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence was an act of the Second Continental Congress, adopted on July 4, 1776, which declared that the Thirteen United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that... Easter, also known as Pascha (Greek Πάσχα: Passover), the Feast of the Resurrection, the Sunday of the Resurrection, or Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed between late March and late April (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity). ...

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (812x642, 103 KB) Édouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur lHerbe Other versions= Manet, Edouard - Le Déjeuner sur lHerbe (The Picnic) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (812x642, 103 KB) Édouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur lHerbe Other versions= Manet, Edouard - Le Déjeuner sur lHerbe (The Picnic) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are... The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur lherbe), originally titled The Bath (Le Bain), is an oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet. ...

Picnics in the fine arts

Perhaps the most famous depiction of a picnic is Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, painted by Edouard Manet in 1862. Fine art refers to arts that are concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste (SOED 1991). ... The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur lherbe), originally titled The Bath (Le Bain), is an oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet. ... Édouard Manet (portrait by Nadar) Édouard Manet (January 23, 1832 - April 30, 1883) was a noted French painter. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


In literature

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In film

  • The film Picnic was a multiple Oscar winner from 1955.
  • With Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Peter Weir constructs a film of haunting mystery. Three girls and one of their teachers on a school outing mysteriously disappear. The only one that is later found remembers almost nothing.
  • Baji on the Beach, Gurinder Chada (1993). The German version of the film is titled Picknick on the Beach. Nine Indian women of various ages flee away from their everyday life into a joint excursion to the English resort town of Blackpool. A rather unharmonious journey because conflicts between generations raise emotions to a fever pitch.

Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... DVD cover for the 1955 film, showing stars William Holden and Kim Novak Picnic is a 1955 Cinemascope color film which tells the story of an ex-college football star turned drifter who arrives in a small Kansas town on Labor Day and is drawn to a girl whos... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Picnic at Hanging Rock is the title of a 1967 novel by Australian author Joan Lindsay, and the 1975 film adaptation directed by Peter Weir. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Peter Lindsay Weir (born August 21, 1944) is an Australian film director. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... It has been suggested that South Shore, Blackpool be merged into this article or section. ... Blissfully Yours (Thai: สุดเสน่หา or Sud sanaeha) is a 2002 Thai romance film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. ...

In music

  • In 1906 the British composer John William Bratton wrote a musical piece originally titled "The Teddy Bear Two Step". It became popular in an 1908 instrumental version renamed "Teddy Bears Picnic", performed by the Arthur Pryor Band. The song regained prominence in 1932 when the Irish lyricist Jimmy Kennedy added words and it was recorded by the then popular Henry Hall (and his BBC Dance Orchestra) featuring Val Rosing (Gilbert Russell) as lead vocalist, which went on to sell a million copies. Teddy Bear Picnic resurfaced again in the late 1940s and early 1950s when it was used as the theme song for the Big Jon and Sparkie children's radio show. This perennial favorite has appeared on many children's recordings ever since. lyrics and audio from the BBC
  • "Stone Soul Picnic", by Laura Nyro (released in 1968) It was a major hit for the group Fifth Dimension. cover version by Swing Out Sister

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Picnic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (987 words)
In this context, a picnic functions as a temporary occupation of significant public territory.
A famous example of this is the Paneuropean Picnic held on both sides of the Hungarian / Austrian border on the August 19, 1989 as part of the struggle towards German reunification.
The utopian novel Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, which was written in 1972, was the source for the film Stalker (1979) by Andrei Tarkovsky.
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Language (Picnic Pique) (885 words)
  'Picnic' was a shortening of 'pick a nigger' and referred to an outdoor community gathering during which families ate from box lunches while a randomly-chosen fl man was hanged for the diners' entertainment.
This element was picked up in other 'picnic' terms, such as 'picnic society,' which described gatherings of the intelligentsia where everyone was expected to perform or in some other way contribute to the success of the evening.
Nowadays one thinks of a picnic as a casual meal partaken in a pastoral setting, not as a repast enjoyed either indoors or outdoors but which was contributed to by everybody.
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