- Our rain-day backup location will be Panera - please check here for changes if the weather looks iffy. No picnic if we go to Panera.
- Just push the gate open and let yourself in to the grounds. There is street parking, and also a very small lot directly across the street at the school. The Homestead staff have said visitors can park there. Quincy Center T is nearby.
- Please write in the comments what you will bring.
- Can someone volunteer for plates, napkins, and cups? Plastic utensils if it sounds like we'll need them?
- Can someone volunteer to bring beverages? Maybe a Dunkin' Box of Joe or some apple cider?
- Other suggestions: cheese and crackers; chips and dip; sandwiches; salads; a fall dessert. If the menu is looking sugar-heavy, please consider bringing something savory.
- Thanks in advance!
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be.
It's a picnic at Dorothy Quincy Homestead. Home to generations of Quincys, including the wife of John Hancock. The house won't be open for a tour, but the grounds are open to the public. There's a very large yard, garden, picnic tables, and a little brook in the back. Off Hancock St. in Quincy Center.
October - Shirley
November - Jessica
December - Alex
January - Dwain
February - Barbara
March - Zaida
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