Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Briefs: Picnic day is pancakes, history and bugs!

From page C16 | April 10, 2014 |

* Start your day with pancakes
Continuing a tradition that goes back more than half a century, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge will present its annual Picnic Day breakfast, open to the community.

Breakfast will be served at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. — right on the Picnic Day Parade route — from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The menu features pancakes, French toast, sausages, coffee, juice and oranges.

Tickets are $5 general and free for children under 5. Proceeds will be donated to local charities.
* A glimpse of Picnic Days past
Visitors will be able to see photos and other materials at “Picnic Day: A Century of Celebration,” an exhibit in Shields Library’s special collection display cases. The library will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Saturday’s event.

The Picnic Day board of directors will also show off Picnic Day posters, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia from years past on the second floor of the Memorial Union.

Shields Library is a fitting place for a look back on the history of the open house. That’s because Carolee Shields is credited with suggesting the May 22, 1909, picnic that started it all. On May 22, 1909, the “dedication basket picnic” celebrated the opening of the University Farm’s first dormitory, North Hall.

Peter Shields, Carolee’s husband and the library’s namesake, helped write the legislation for the creation of the UC Davis campus.

As part of the exhibit, created by manager Sara Gunasekara, Special Collections digitized 16 mm film footage shot during three Picnic Days: 1939, 1947 and 1953. The first, recorded by Remi C. O’Connor, contains the oldest known footage of the UCD campus.

The films can also be viewed online by clicking the Picnic Day photograph at

The library’s exhibit will remain on display through the summer quarter.
* Lots of bugs at UC Davis Picnic Day
If things look a little “bugsy” at Briggs Hall and the Bohart Museum of Entomology on Saturday, that’s because they will be.

Lots of fun and educational activities revolving around insects are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bohart Museum, in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, is home to nearly 8 million insect specimens. It also features a live “petting zoo” where visitors can hold Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a rose-haired tarantula and walking sticks.

At Briggs Hall, located off Kleiber Hall Drive, the popular events will include maggot art, termite trails, cockroach races and honey tasting, as well as displays featuring forensic, medical, aquatic, apiculture and forest entomology. Exhibits also will include such topics as fly fishing/fly-tying, insect pests of ornamentals, and pollinators of California. In addition, an exhibition of bug sampling equipment will be featured.

The UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) will provide a display in front of Briggs Hall. Visitors can learn about managing pests in their homes and garden. In addition, live lady beetles (aka ladybugs) will be distributed to children.

Plans also call for a “Bug Doctor” to answer insect-related questions from the public.
* Attend the FADS fashion show
The UC Davis Fashion and Design Society present Raw Edge, a runway fashion show featuring collections from students. The show will be at Freeborn Hall at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for UCD students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.



Enterprise staff

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