Fall Picnic

September 11, 2014

A Pic Nic Party

19th century American landscape painter Thomas Cole was commissioned by a wealthy New York banker to create this painting titled “A Pic-Nic Party” in 1845, according to the Brooklyn Museum. Historical accounts of picnics are found in literature and art with references to sharing a meal outdoors in an attitude of respite and leisure.

While the etymology of the English word “picnic” is disputed among scholars (Is it French? Is it English? Is it from the Middle Ages? Is it more recent?), most everyone can agree that Walden School’s annual Fall Picnic is a “pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, al fresco or en plein air, ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, and usually in warm weather.”[1]


Over two hundred people gathered on Sunday, September 7, 2014 to celebrate the start of a new school year together at Walden. Parents, children, alumni, faculty, and staff all brought their picnic blankets and suppers to eat together on a warm late summer afternoon at Eaton Blanche Park.


Walden School’s diverse families and faculty reflects our commitment to honoring the uniqueness of every person and building an intentional community. Through events like the Fall Picnic, we are fostering a shared commitment to developing, sustaining, and supporting an inclusive community.

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Current Walden School families may log on to The Pond to see more photos here.

[1] Wikipedia contributors. “Al fresco dining.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 Jul. 2014. Web. 11 Sep. 2014.

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