In support of the LA Art Walk held in Auburn locations, the City of Auburn and its Recreation Department invite the community to a RED TABLE PICNIC, to be held on Friday, August 18th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Festival Plaza, located in downtown Auburn. Come experience Auburn, its great restaurants and shops while enjoying art and the park.
Although modeled after the diner en blanc concept founded in Paris almost 30 years ago, Auburn’s pop up picnic will be uniquely Auburn- the hometown of the “Red Eddies”. Maybe the inspiration were the small “bistro sets” (tables & chairs) in Festival Plaza which provide an opportunity to spontaneously sit, socialize, be near the beautiful water fountain feature, and enjoy the public space that is Festival Plaza.
Red Table Picnic is a unique community dinner party. The soiree on Friday functions much like the Paris experience except diners, dressed in red, attend the picnic-style evening meal. Everyone brings his own food, tables, chairs and glassware to one of Auburn’s best public location- Festival Plaza. The festivities always occur in a public space, which diners are expected to leave just as clean as it was before they arrived. Of course, anyone coming to the picnic could pick up delicious local takeout food from these conveniently located restaurants.
The Red Table Picnic will give guests a chance to experience a public space in their city- but in a unique way. You will likely be surprised at what’s in your own back yard- so to speak. The company of diners is meant to be integrated into the community and the Art Walk.
Guests set up their own belongings for a magical night in our magnificent city! Anything goes; it’s really your participation that’s desired. Here are some of the guidelines- but make up your own. Participants bring the following items from home.
Tables and Chairs-- any size is acceptable- but hopefully it will be covered in red. No table? No problem- bring your favorite red blanket.
Food-- Although we dine al fresco, keep the elegant spirit of the event in mind. Whether you bring a splendid creation from home or pick-up from your favorite gourmet counter, plan to enjoy an appetizer, main course, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. You must also bring your own trash bag and dispose of any waste at home Once at home, you’re encouraged to recycle!
Tableware--The overall effect of your table should be red, elegant, and chic- or offbeat and kooky. Some may bring fine china, others dramatic paper place settings. Feel free to bring flowers and other charming extras.
Dress Code-- guests' are encouraged to “see red”- pants, shorts, shirts, skirts, dresses, and jackets. Hats and creative attire are encouraged.
If you would like to be involved in planning/organizing this event please contact the Auburn Recreation Dept. at Auburnrec@auburnmaine.gov or 333-6601 ext. 2101. We will be happy to provide more information or answer questions. Let’s fill Festival Plaza!