White House Picnic Full of Itself -- and America!

We've received the menu for today's Congressional Picnic at the White House. What's for supper? Red state. Among the performers: "The Dukes of Hazzard's" own Tom Wopat and Shirley Jones, late of "The Partridge Family." That's all frightening in its own way, but check out the lead first course: "Baked Cowboy Beans." That's a euphamism for something, right? And "An Old Fashioned Pie Stand"? Like a keg stand? Don't get in Hastert's way!

Menu and whatnot after the jump.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   June 15, 2005


Congressional Picnic Menu


Large Displays of Fruits and Cheeses, Breads, Crackers, etc.


Baked Cowboy Beans

New Potato Salad with Dill Vinaigrette

Cold Garlic Aioli Penne Pasta with Pinenuts

Jicama Slaw

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad


Cold Sugar-cured Ham, Mustard and Mango Chutney

Cold Roasted Herbed Chickens

Grilled Beef Back Ribs

Grilled and Smoked Plank Salmon with Juniper and Herbs

Hot Dogs and Condiments


An Old Fashioned Pie Stand

Fresh Summer Strawberry Pie

Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie

American Apple Pie

Michigan Blueberry Pie


Ice Cream Cone Station


Slices of Watermelon                                             

Tollhouse Style Cookies


Cotton Candy – made on site

Candy and Caramel Apples

Old Fashioned Lemonade


Congressional Picnic Performers



Harolyn Blackwell

Soprano Harolyn Blackwell is lauded for her expressive and exuberant performances as well as for her radiant voice.  She was recently featured in the PBS 2005 National Memorial Day Concert from the U.S. Capitol.  Following study at The Catholic University of America in her native Washington, D.C., Blackwell began her performing career on the Broadway stage in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.  She has appeared in numerous productions and recordings and is particularly celebrated for her performances in Porgy and Bess and Candide.


Shirley Jones

Whether on Broadway, in Hollywood or on television screens in living rooms nationwide, Shirley Jones has been one of America’s brightest stars for more than 50 years.  She so impressed composer Richard Rodgers in her first Broadway audition that she landed the role of Laurey in the film version of Oklahoma!  A string of Hollywood hits followed, including the film versions of the musicals Carousel and The Music Man.  Ms. Jones won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Elmer Gantry.  She turned to television in the four-year smash series The Partridge Family, and she has continued to wow television, movie and theater audiences.


Cartier Williams

Tap dance sensation Cartier Williams has been performing since the age of four.  The Washington, D.C. native has toured with dance impresario Savion Glover in a 21-city revival of the Broadway hit, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. He was also a member of Savion’s dance troupe Ti Dji and appears with Savion in the Spike Lee film, Bamboozled. This is the second White House appearance for this talented young D.C. public school student.


Tom Wopat

Versatility is the hallmark of Tom Wopat’s career.  A classically-trained singer and actor, he has excelled on Broadway, on television and as a recording artist.  Best known as a star of the television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Mr. Wopat earned a Tony nomination for Annie Get Your Gun in 1999.  His most recent release is a tribute album to songwriter Harold Arlen.  Mr. Wopat is currently starring on Broadway in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross.



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