What’s in Your Wooden O Picnic Basket?


Part of the fun for many Wooden O theater-goers is spreading out a feast on a picnic blanket to dine on the lawn before the show. We’ve seen everything from elaborate set ups with wine glasses and cloth napkins to buckets of fried chicken and a can of soda. After a mishap last summer, we can definitely tell you that fondue is not picnic food.

With our Wooden O productions of “Julius Caesar” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” starting performances on July 10, it got us thinking, “What’s in your picnic basket?”  Do you have a tradition of bringing the same foods to the park each summer?  Are you ambitious and try to create show-themed meals? (Julius Caesar Salad, anyone?) Or do you make a quick run through the grocery store on the way to the show, grabbing any item that looks portable and tasty? (Guilty as charged!)

Tell us about your Wooden O picnic traditions (or ambitions) and give us a peek at what’s planned for your picnic basket this summer. Let us know in the comments section.

A Shakespeare Picnic


  • Blanket
  • Picnic basket or cooler
  • Plates, glasses, cups, cutlery, napkins (handi-wipes are helpful)
  • Serving spoons, forks and knives.
  • Bottle opener
  • Wooden cutting board  – totally useful even if you’re not cutting items
  • Small plastic bag for trash
  • Jackets and blankets (it is the Pacific Northwest, after all)
  • Your best behavior … remember you are dining with others in close proximity.


Here are some ideas to get you started on creating your own perfect picnic

  • Cheese.  Make it your favorites!  Brie is always a safe choice, but try some of the great local cheeses being created. It’s the perfect time to splurge a little and be adventurous.
  • You gotta have something for that cheese to sit on. Grab a baguette or some crackers.
  • Dips. Hummus is a favorite, or try spinach dip or smoked salmon spread. Good with cut up veggies
  • Sandwiches or sandwich rolls make things easy. Make them up at home with what you like.
  •  Salads. Caprese salad is an easy favorite. Potato salad, coleslaw, mixed green salad; just make sure it’s not too complicated to eat, since you want to enjoy the show and your food at the same time.
  • Fruit. We’ve got a bounty of it at this time of year. Strawberries, melon, cherries, apricots, blueberries.


  • Bring your favorite cookies and enough to share
  • Brownies or cupcakes can be fun
  • Pre-sliced banana bread or zucchini bread

Have we got you hungry yet?  Pick a play and park and load up your basket.  We can’t wait to see what you bring.