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St. Peter & Paul Picnic (July 26 & August 23)
At Hickory Grove picnic grounds in California, Kentucky, you are truly in “God’s country.” City folk might imagine these rolling green hills are in the middle of nowhere, but you’re a mere 24.4 miles from Fountain Square. The church has been holding events here since 1902. The dinner and the visiting are the main attraction, for good reason. Behold, a country-cookin’ smorgasbord. Choose from half a chicken, chicken livers, gizzards, or roast beef, then add your sides: mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, bread, hot slaw, cucumber salad, sauerkraut and sausage, cole slaw, peppers and tomatoes, dessert, and a drink. If you can even lift your tray, maneuver it out to one of the green picnic tables lined up on the lawn (we couldn’t find a seat inside the dining hall, but we didn’t mind). Make friends with your neighbors, coo over a cute baby, and share your dessert with that nice lady sitting next to you. Maybe she’ll invite you to play a round of Bingo in the dance hall. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping a beer, listening to a country band play, and making plans to come back for the Homecoming in August. We’ll save you a seat. 2780 Wagoner Rd., California, Kentucky, stspeterpaul.catholicweb.com