Community Picnic in Sunrise Beach, TX
Today it's too stormy for a Memorial Day picnic, but 3 years ago Don and I enjoyed an old fashioned celebration right out of the books. It was warm and breezy in the small community of Sunrise Beach, an hour west of Austin. A couple hundred people gathered in McNair Park to eat barbecue, as a part of a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department. The crowds watched two Veterans raise the flag and a soloist sang the Star Spangled Banner from the shady pavilion. Besides the barbecue feast, there was special entertainment. The "Beachers Lawn Chair Brigade" marched with folding chairs and the fire engine created mountains of soapsuds for the children!
May 2014 in Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach is a pretty special place for a picnic, but I'm focusing on the mosaic table and chairs! I don't remember this cute Gaudi-style set up from when Don and I lived in Laguna over 30 years ago. But when visiting Laguna a few weeks ago, I fell in love with the spot. On our last day in town, Don and I picked up soft tacos from La Sirena Grill and hurried to Main Beach in hopes of catching the table for a lunch picnic. Despite the fact a school was having a field trip and some local men were hogging most of the benches...our table was free. Too bad we didn't have checkers or chessmen. Our table had a fine built in checkerboard on top!
Tallahassee, Florida in 1970?
I remember being at this picnic when I was about 12. When the photo was taken I was probably off escaping with a book or finding a dog to pat. I never felt comfortable mingling at my dad's cast parties, but I did like watching the crowds. This party was celebrating the closing of The Threepenny Opera, starring Lotte Lenya, who was in the original German production in the '20's. Here she is decades later after I believe her final performance in the play. But I wasn't a bit impressed with her. I was secretly in love with Norman Chase who played Mackheath. I loved his black hair and intense black eyes when he sang Mack the Knife. I loved him even better off the stage when his impish grin reminded me of Charlie Chaplain. I was terribly intrigued with how he wore a scarf around his neck at all times. I love this black and white photo with 7 people to study. But I like studying the table, too. Mmmm, gotta love that giant can of Charles Chips!
While drving from San Diego to Laguna Beach a few days ago, Don and I stopped and found a perfect sandy cliff above the beach in Del Mar. You can't see the beach below. And you can't see the train tracks below, carrying Amtrak passengers. But you can see Don pointing! We thought we were seeing dolphins but it turned out to be a pod of whales!
Mom's Picnic List
In honor of my mother on the first Mother's Day since she has passed, I dedicate a new list... Mom's Picnic List!
Mom loved picnics and she raised her kids to appreciate the simple pleasures of food, family and friends in the great out of doors.
I will spend a year reflecting on as many past picnics as I can remember. But, I'll also
appreciate the here and now by creating new picnic experiences. My goal is to share at least 60 picnic memories, since that's how many years Mom was a mom!
Let the picnics begin!