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How My Neighborhood Has A Picnic

Updated on December 22, 2016

Family Picnics Are Great, So Why Not Invite The Whole Neighborhood?

One of the things I love about the neighborhood where I live is that we go all out for social events. And that includes picnics!

The community looks forward to this event in late spring every year and turns out in droves to relax, socialize, and listen to great music in the cool spring air.

After spending more time indoors than we prefer over the winter months, this shindig gives us an excuse (as if we needed one) to stretch out and have a party!

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Beautiful Surroundings

Part of a planned community, the picnic is held in a jewel of a park which features a huge pond which is well stocked with fish (and a couple alligators), walking trails with plaques describing the details of life in the area from days gone by, spectacular live oak trees and still occasionally blooming azaleas, and a super cool playground with a pirate theme.

We can't help but celebrate the arrival of warmer weather in a setting like this!

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Concert Music

This is always billed as a Concert in the Park, so no concert is complete without a great band. Prior years' acts include the local city symphony orchestra and more local bands with more of an orchestral feel.

I remember the first year we lived here, laying back on the simple blanket spread out on the newly awakening grass, gazing up as the stars came out and listening to classical music. There were even fireworks that first year and they were timed to match the last song! Have you ever seen anything like that just a short bike ride from your house?

Everyone should have the opportunity to experience an event like this!

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Unique And Creative Spreads

As part of the Concert In The Park, area residents are encouraged to design a spread that combines a theme with the food that they bring. This is where I see how innovative my neighbors can be. Really elaborate settings are created to represent themes such as Main Street USA, a ping pong league, and even a Duck Dynasty motif this year complete with facial hair!

The preparation for these can take hours, and some people start getting ready the night before! Several families will pool their resources to really take these spreads to the next level. Have you ever done something like this at one of your family picnics?

Judging for these sets is held with prizes being awarded in several categories, but I think the real reward is the right to brag among the community through all the other events for the coming year!

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The Loch Ness Monster?

No, this is one of the residents of the lake, an alligator. I have seen as many as 4 in this particular lake on any single visit. But don't worry, they don't like attention and didn't make an appearance at the picnic. I took this picture on an earlier date when there weren't nearly as many people around.

Vendors Are Welcome Too!

Local vendors support the event as well. The kids particularly like the ice cream, italian ice, and kettle corn vendors.

Among others, I also spotted this Rewined display this year. These are really cool and a popular local vendor. Not to mention handy at the picnic once the sun goes down!

Click Here for Rewined Recycled Wine Bottle 60-80 Hour Soy Wax Candle - Pinot Noir

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After The Sun Goes Down

Another Well Known Concert In The Park

What's Your Favorite Picnic Food?

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      Cheryl Paton 

      3 years ago from West Virginia

      Sounds like a fun place to live. It's so great to have a get together for the neighbors.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Everything works for me, if the company is right:)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Family picnics truly bring about bonding or warm relationships! (I love burgers and potato chips!)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Family picnics truly bring about bonding or warm relationships! (I love burgers and potato chips!)

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      othellos 

      4 years ago

      Very nice lens. The neighborhood gets together once a year during the summer and you have some nice ideas here for a better get together time...

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      4 years ago

      I like seafood - crab boils, crawfish, corn on the cob, key lime pie...could go on forever here! Good article. Haven't had a neighborhood party in years. Sounds like its time to start planning.

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      Anja Toetenel 

      5 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      What a great idea to organize a picnic for the entire neighborhood, it sure looks like a lot of fun. I loved your Lens, great job! Happy writings!

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      MissRubyStars 

      5 years ago

      A really great pasta salad

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      LauraCarExpert 

      5 years ago

      Corn on the cob! Yes i'm pretty simple.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      spring rolls .yum

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      mina009 

      5 years ago

      I love picnics as most of the people I guess. Very nice lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I always look to see if someone made a Devils Food layer cake with chocolate icing. Yummy. I do love a picnic and your neighborhood picnic sounds wonderful. We always enjoy visiting in Charleston. My hometown of Pendleton is in the upstate and is sometimes referred to the "Charleston of the Upstate" or "Little Charleston" because in the early 1800s Charleston plantation owners would move to Pendleton in the summer to get away from the malaria. Did you know that? It is always great to see another South Carolinian on Squidoo.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I definitively would love to check out that picnic - my sister raves about Charleston, South Carolina. Pinned to my new "community" board. My favorite picnic food is guacamole and chips. I also like iced tea - with Stevia these days.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I definitively would love to check out that picnic - my sister raves about Charleston, South Carolina. Pinned to my new "community" board. My favorite picnic food is guacamole and chips. I also like iced tea - with Stevia these days.

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      My favorite picnic food has to be fried chicken. My husband is from South Carolina too - I bet you had some wonderful food!

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      pawpaw911 

      5 years ago

      Looks like it would be a pretty neat event to attend. Fun neighborhood you live in.

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      Digory LM 

      5 years ago

      A burger cooked just right.

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      happynutritionist 

      5 years ago

      I actually make a big pasta salad with lots of vegies in it, some hard boiled eggs, and other finger foods for picnics.

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      ryokomayuka 

      5 years ago from USA

      hot dogs and maybe hamburgers.

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      Aquamarine18 

      5 years ago

      Hot dogs! Nice work. I enjoyed reading your lens

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Unfortunately, I haven't been on a picnic in ages, but I'd have to say potato salad is my favorite picnic food. Sounds like you live in a great community. I enjoyed my visit here today.

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      Family picnic is great always. I enjoy it very much, actually last couple months ago we had one :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We used to have occasional neighborhood picnics with standard hamburgers and hot dogs. Can't go wrong with that!

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      audrey07 

      5 years ago

      A picnic is nice after those cold months. It's a change indeed to be up and about outdoors without feeling too cold for once!

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      ColettaTeske 

      5 years ago

      Potato salad! Nice work. I loved reading your story.

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      Klaartje Loose 

      5 years ago

      Fruit and salads!

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      cheese, bread, fruit, and a big container of iced tea! No - seriously, I like wine too, and I love your candles. It's a great idea.

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      BarbsSpot 

      5 years ago

      @Lensmaster...What an enjoyable way to make a neighborhood special! Love those brownies, and never pass up the main entrée of fried chicken!

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      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Chicken salad on croissants!

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      nifwlseirff 

      5 years ago

      Too hard to decide! Probably a variety of baked goods, sweet and savoury.

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      Birthday Wishes 

      5 years ago from Here

      Watermelon it is... :-) Thanks a lot for sharing another wonderful lens!!! Keep the good work coming... ;-)

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      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      Sounds like a fun event, I like community activities

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      Rick King 

      5 years ago from Charleston, SC

      @hovirag: sorry to hear it rained but interested to know what gulyas are!

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      hovirag 

      5 years ago

      today I went to a community gardening picnic - but the weather wasn't great - even rained so it didn't go as planned but that's life - we love to prepare gulyas outside over a fire - enough for 20-30 people :)

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      techsavvy123 

      5 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Looks like you have a great time at your picnic, it takes a lot of planning to pull something like that off.

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      goldenrulecomics 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      I love corn on the cob and watermelon at a picnic!

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