For years, picnics have been a key part of summertime fun. What better way to enjoy the summer sun than spreading a blanket over the grass, pulling out the sandwiches and potato salad, and spending an afternoon snacking with loved ones? That’s probably why August is National Picnic Month. Since 1952, when the American Bakers’ Association established National Picnic Month, it’s been a great way to celebrate how good weather and even better food can bring people together.
Looking to celebrate National Picnic Month here in Williamson? Williamson Forward put together some ideas of ways to celebrate!
Finding the Perfect Spot
Given the natural beauty of the region, there’s no shortage of great picnicking spots. Around every corner and in many backyards, there’s a great spot to spread your blanket or pull up a chair to the ol’ picnic table. If you’d rather hike to the best spot, why not check out the Tug Valley Area CVB Hiking Guide? There are plenty of great overlooks and scenic spots that are perfect for a picnic.
If hiking isn’t your style, or you have little ones who might not be ready for a hike, there are still plenty of great places to have a picnic. Laurel Lake WIldlife Management Area in Lenore, West Virginia has some great picnicking spots.
What to Eat?
So, you've decided on the perfect spot for your picnic, but what do you want to eat? You can’t go wrong with picnic staples, like cold salads and sandwiches, but you might want something a little more creative. Try out a cold dessert soup, like this cold mango soup, or a simple cucumber and tomato salad. If you’re feeling fancy, you could grab a couple fancy cheeses, crackers, meats, and grapes, and have a charcuterie-style meal.
A picnic can be a great way to celebrate the end of summer. If you have kids, you could make a day of it by bringing a ball or frisbee, or taking them to the lake or creek afterwards. If it’s more of a date-night for you and your special someone, follow up the picnic with a walk around the area to really take in the beauty of nature.
If you’re picnicking with friends, and you want it to feel a little more like a party, why not spice it up? Pick a friend’s backyard and add a theme. If your friend has a pool, slice up your favorite tropical fruits and picnic poolside. If you prefer the finer things in life, make your picnic into a tea party, and bring along your favorite tea.
Don’t feel like you have to go out with someone else to enjoy a picnic. Fill up your lunchbox, grab a book and enjoy a solo picnic in the sun if that’s your thing. Bonus points for getting to pick the whole meal out on your own!
No matter where or how you decide to celebrate National Picnic Month, we hope you enjoy it, and end summer with a smile!