BNE Annual Picnic on Saturday, 22 August, 2015
Our annual Picnic will be on 22 August, 2015, at Castle Island, Boston. As always, it will be a day filled with fun and food !
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Did You Know?
The first usage of the word "picnic" is traced to the 1692 edition of Tony Willis, Origines de la Langue Française, which mentions pique-nique as being of recent origin; it marks the first appearance of the word in print. 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 of the Gallicized Lord Chesterfield in 1748 (OED), who associates it with card-playing, drinking and conversation, and may have entered the English language from this French word. 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.
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, the 4 July celebration is a popular day for a picnic, whereas in Italy, the favorite picnic day is Easter Monday.