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August 10, 2012 | By Michael Klein
PHILLY.COM It's combination flash mob and pop-up picnic, intended to provide a midsummer night's communal experience to 1,300 people who have signed up to dress in white and dine and dance till midnight. Dîner en Blanc, which a whimsy-seeking Parisian launched in 1988 with just a handful of friends, will make its Philadelphia debut Aug. 23; it sold out last week. Dîner en Blanc's location is secret until just before mealtime, when guides lead attendees - carrying their own tables, chairs, food, wine, and picnic fixings - to the outdoor venue, selected because of its visibility and access to public transit.
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September 27, 1989 | Inquirer photographs by Amy Huntoon
Saturday was a blustery day for a picnic, but that didn't keep folks from digging in and having fun at the fifth annual Apple Festival and Pride Day at Overington Park in Frankford. The neighborhood picnic was thrown by Frankford United Neighbors, a group that is working to revitalize the community by attracting new businesses, trying to rid the streets of crime and enhancing community pride. The picnic included a bazaar and was flavored by food, music and demonstrations. Children played games while adults searched the flea market for bargains.
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June 22, 1997 | Inquirer photographs by David M. Warren
A good time was had by all - students, teachers, parents, business owners, school board members and police officers - at the Edgewater Park school picnic last week. The event thanked those who worked with students this last year. The volunteers included officers, who visit kindergarten classes, and business owners, who offer career counseling.
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July 1, 1990 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
A key factor in having a successful Independence Day picnic is choosing the right spot for the outing. And the right spot invariably depends on the size of the gathering and the type of planned activities. Whether it's one person looking for a quiet, shaded spot for reading; a couple in search of a space for throwing a Frisbee; or family members and friends looking for a softball field, Delaware County offers the picnic planner a variety of good spots. All are within easy reach and provide a relaxing green area that is essential for outdoor eating pleasure.
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July 27, 1992 | by Edward Moran, Daily News Staff Writer
When John S. "Pest" Wilson and about 300 of his neighbors were forced to move because of the expansion of University City in West Philadelphia in the late 1950s, he lost touch with his friends. Only when someone from the old neighborhood died did he ever see some of the people he had grown up with in the place known as "Black Bottom. " So Wilson and several friends decided to throw a picnic. They got the news around that there would be a gathering in Fairmount Park at Belmont and Parkside avenues.
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May 20, 1989 | By Laurie T. Conrad, Special to The Inquirer
Organizers have nicknamed it "Steal This Picnic. " It is a memorial for the late radical activist Abbie Hoffman, and it has been scheduled for June 10 at Washington Crossing State Park despite the opposition of some of the park's administrative commission members. Del-AWARE Unlimited Inc., an environmental group, organized the Hoffman memorial as a "celebration of his life and the spirit of his endeavors," said Mark Allen, chairman of the Del-AWARE board of directors. Speakers, music and a picnic are planned from noon to 6 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion in the park's lower section.
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July 13, 1988 | By Cheryl Baisden, Special to The Inquirer
More than 200 years ago, the Red Bank Battlefield hosted its first historic event, namely the sound defeat of the British. Last Thursday, the lush green field in National Park witnessed another first - the Deptford Elks' first picnic for the handicapped. A slightly quieter event than Red Bank's Revolutionary War battle, the picnic began with an energetic parachute game on the knoll overlooking the Delaware River. Following the game, the picnickers gathered around weathered picnic tables in a wooden pavilion for lunch.
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August 13, 1989 | By Diana Cercone Harris, Special to The Inquirer
The Falls Township supervisors voted 3-1 to approve a township picnic at Waterfront Park over the Labor Day weekend, even though the park and recreation advisory board earlier this month said it was a bad idea. Park board member Wayne Rogers said members worried that the park is not a safe place for such a big event. Supervisor Dick Trimble echoed those concerns in casting the dissenting vote. Supervisor Richard Goulding was absent. All the ingredients for a "good old-fashioned fun picnic are there, except for the main one: the safety factor," Trimble said in an interview earlier Thursday.
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July 15, 1988 | By Jonathan Sidener, Special to The Inquirer
There is a place at Island Beach State Park, in Ocean County, where the logjam of tanning and burning bodies covering nearly every grain of sand of the Jersey shore comes abruptly to a halt. Nearly 100 yards of open beach separate the crowd from the first post- logjam beachgoers, a group that has been playing and lolling in the relentless sun so long that they have been rendered unaware they are sitting in one of the prime picnic locations for people in the Philadelphia region.
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June 11, 1987 | By Kery Murakami, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven women swiveled their hips and twirled in synch. From the stage behind them, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" blared from a stereo. The dancers giggled, looking as if they were more accustomed to the fox trot. The members of the audience, like the dancers, were all senior citizens. About 2,500 strong. From all over the city. They converged yesterday in Fairmount Park, off 33d and Dauphin Streets, to dance and sing, to eat and to chat at the city's 34th annual picnic for the elderly.
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August 16, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Help kick off the 40th season of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the teen flick Mean Girls with Emmy award-winner Tina Fey in person. Screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Fey, who graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1988, wrote the screenplay and starred in Mean Girls , loosely based on her experience as a student. She was also an active participant in the school's Summer Stage program. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Fey. Summer Stage is one of the longest-running children's theater programs in the nation.
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August 10, 2014 | By Concha Alborg, For The Inquirer
My father considered himself a Don Juan, although it's questionable if he really was that much of one, since he was married to my mother for almost 35 years and to his third wife for 30 more. But, like the literary Don Juan, my father also redeemed himself from the grave. He died four years ago and I find myself appreciating his most endearing traits. For example, I love to travel and I know it's because when I was a little girl growing up in Madrid, I treasured going with my dad on his Vespa motorcycle to some historic Spanish towns: Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca.
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July 3, 2014
  B UZZ: Hey Marnie, what kind of red should I get for our July Fourth block party? Someone said malbec is good with burgers. What do you think? Marnie: Don't get me wrong, Buzz - I love malbec, and Argentine wines are getting lots of love as the World Cup has all eyes on South America. Call me old-fashioned, but I think there's no better occasion than Independence Day for celebrating with American wine. Style-wise, merlot is perfect for barbecues, beaches and backyards.
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June 3, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Halfway through his set at the Festival Pier on Saturday night, after trading verses with Black Thought of the Roots on "Nuthin' But a G Thang," Snoop Dogg said a few words. "I'd like to thank the Roots for inviting me to be part of this prestigious event," said the lanky California rapper, resplendent in a red throwback Phillies cardigan that matched the knit cap worn by Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. "It's the seventh year, right? Lucky seven for me. " And lucky, too, for attendees of this year's Roots Picnic, the now-traditional start to the summer concert season.
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June 2, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia dropped a beach - and the beat - on Festival Pier on Saturday for the seventh annual Roots Picnic. The pier, blanketed in sand, with a boardwalk running between two riverfront stages and the smell of marijuana and suntan lotion in the air, drew more than 6,000 for the sold-out show. The concert, along with a Friday show, kicked off the summer music season at the river. While many enjoyed the beach feel (complete with Calypso band and man-made sand dunes along the Delaware)
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January 31, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
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September 11, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jean Davidson and the Ridley Township Democrats say they just wanted to have a picnic. Turns out that the Delaware County municipality has an ordinance that prohibits the use of parks by "profit-making organizations or for any religious or political purpose. " The Democrats' request to hold the picnic was denied. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has written to township officials challenging the constitutionality of the decision. The township is using the ordinance "to suppress political opposition," said David Landau, Delaware County Democratic chairman.
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August 23, 2013 | BY SUSAN M. SELASKY, McClatchy News Service
    THEY SAY life's a picnic. It can be if you heed our advice and fill up that basket, toss in a favorite quilt or vintage throw and head for the outdoors. Picnicking is a great way to relax, nosh on some terrific eats and enjoy a sun-filled afternoon lunch or early dinner. Picnics can be about the food, the venue, the company - or all three. With that notion in mind, here are some tips to help plan the perfect picnic. Unless you're planning for a crowd, there is no need to spend days cooking.
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August 16, 2013 | By Steve and Mia
Q: My husband and I were one of those couples. In each other's hip pockets. We did everything together. We cooked together, cleaned together and even shopped together. He worked from home and I didn't work. We made love every day. That job disappeared, and we had a rough patch financially. Now he has found a fantastic job. Tons of money and I should be grateful. I am not. He is gone 10 to 12 hours a day. He loves his new job, and I fill my day doing alone everything we did together.
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August 9, 2013 | By Anna Herman, For The Inquirer
From the byways to the beach, almost any summer meal is better out of a basket. A picnic repast can be as elegant as an orchestra concert under the stars, as simple as a seaside sunset, or both. All it takes is a little planning to fine-dine in your bathing suit. One of my favorite alfresco meals is a store-bought veggie hoagie with eggplant, sharp cheese, broccoli rabe, and roasted long hot peppers, served with a bag of chips and a beer. It's delicious, can be eaten with no plate, and holds up for several hours even in warm weather - considerations that guide me in planning home-cooked menus for meals away from home.
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