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The Crown Picnic really is the crown of picnics. I’ve been doing his picnic for many years and have posted about the most recent years. For the low down on my in-group there at the farm in Wauconda, see https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/?s=crown+picnic I draw new people every year.  But the regulars always want one more drawing for […]

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The tent seats 728. That was my calculation this year. Last year Peter also did the math but came up with a different number. Who’s Peter? Peter is one of my regulars at the Crown Picnic on the Wauconda farm. I’ve drawn him every year for the past twelve years, along with the others in […]

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I’ve done the Crown Picnic in Wauconda for at least ten years and, like the other five or six caricaturists there, I have my fans. The same people come to sit for me year after year and they bring their friends. More than that, we actually hug when we see each other and I hear […]

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  Held on the family farm in yes, Wauconda,  the Crown Picnic features a white tent that, I’m guessing after counting the long tables, accommodates five-hundred people, at least.  What else? Oh, fine food, glass stem ware, table cloths and table napkins, buckets of cherries and the best chocolate chip cookies this side of the […]

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… most generous, most appreciative, most kind, most celebratory… classiest…best.  Ever. It’s a six hour picnic. Here are a few of the dozens I drew that glorious afternoon.                                                       […]

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The Crown Family Picnic is an annual event and I’ve been drawing caricatures there for the past seven years.  There are always six caricaturists with each artist developing a “following,” meaning a group of fans who come back year after year to be drawn.  People collect the drawings and, I’m told, frame them at home […]

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I feel privileged to have been part of the entertainment at this annual even for about ten years.  At the Crown picnic on the family’s Waukonda farm, nothing comes in plastic.  The table cloths are cloth, the plates are earthenware, the tableware is stainless steel and the glasses are glass. Imagine hundreds of people enjoying […]

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Picnics

Picnic season is upon us.  And there are lots of them.  Yeah! There’s a special variety of picnic that comes up every year, you might call it “perennial.”  While I’ve never met a picnic I didn’t like—every picnic lives up to its name—the perennial variety has one special feature.  And that is, we get to […]

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The summer months are all about company picnics, kids’ camp, birthday parties, cook outs, and weddings.  I love it.  I love all that fresh air, dimpled smiles and calypso by the pool.  But there’s another kind of party and I’m not going to say, it’s the dark side, it isn’t, it’s just that I need […]

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This summer, when I head out to do a picnic, I make sure I pack enough blue markers. Not Electric Blue, not Peacock Blue, and not Indigo.  It has to be Cerulean Blue, a new skin color, categorized along with boring old Peach, Salmon Pink and Light Walnut.  You never know, this may just be […]

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