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Good friends, good food, and good books … that’s what Thurber House’s annual Summer Literary Picnics are all about. And this year, they’re also about this fine city we all call home.

In celebration of Columbus’ bicentennial, Thurber House launches the picnic season with a salute to Columbus sports, Columbus history, and Columbus native son, James Thurber. The first picnic, Thurber House Celebrates 200Columbus, happens on June 13. Picnicking starts at 5:30 p.m. on the side lawn of Thurber House at 77 Jefferson Ave., with boxed dinners available for those who purchased dinner tickets ahead of time. Guests are also free to bring their own food and alcoholic beverages. Please bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.

At 7 p.m., the event will begin featuring staged readings of Thurber’s work by the irrepressible Thurber Chamber Theatre and presentations by Joe Santry, director of media relations/communication, and noted historian for the Columbus Clippers; local author and president of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Doreen Uhas-Sauer; and Jim Tootle, former Ohio State University assistant dean, author, and the city’s own Wikipedia on all things Thurber.

In addition, before or after the picnic, guests can tour a special bicentennial exhibit, Columbus and James Thurber: Past and Present, done in conjunction with the Rare Books Division of the Ohio State University Libraries. The exhibit includes artifacts and photos highlighting the history of Columbus and the Thurber family.

Last week we gave you a previewof Thurber House’s Summer Literary Picnics line-up, and this week you have the chance to win a pair of tickets (reading only) to the first event of the season, Thurber House Celebrates 200Columbus. To enter, share with us in the comments what you love most about Columbus, or repin the image in this psot on Pinterest. A winner will be drawn on Thursday, June 7!

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