Mid-Summer Thoughts: Concerts in the Park
A few weeks of concerts are now behind us - be it concerts at the parks, Kruger's farm concerts, Zoo concerts. In the past few weeks, we've seen triple digit temps and rain, which has definitely affected whether we pack the picnic or not. Last week on a rainy Wednesday, we decided to brave the weather and hope for the best: we hit Peninsula Park for some 'hot 20s jazz'. The rain decided to stay away, but the concert was cancelled for good measure anyway. It was just as well: we caught up with old friends and spent the evening picnicking right on the stage.
In the past few weeks, we have picnicked at Sellwood Park, Fernhill Park, Peninsula Park. We've had several evening jaunts at Jamison, too, of course! We have found that we all enjoy it most when: 1) the play area is within line of sight from the grassy area so the kids can play while parents catch up on the picnic blanket, 2) we are able to position ourselves in the spot that is just-so -- not too close to the music so we can still catch up with friends, and 3) we have enough provisions for the hungry picnickers. For these reasons, we have enjoyed our concerts at Fernhill - with the merry-go-round in plain sight from the parents' perch on the grass - even though Peninsula Park is more of our neighborhood park.
So, we ask: Which parks have been great for you and your picnicking family? What's in your picnic basket? (We typically have tofu slices, prosciutto, grapes, straweberries, baguette, cheese, water, wine) How many concerts in the outdoors have you hit so far this season? How early do you get to the park - a little early to score the perfect spot or after the first set has already begun?