attendees at all-day singings would bring their dinners (what
lunch used to be called) and at noon would spread them on cloths
outside the singing site (generally a church or a county
courthouse) on the grassy grounds. Hence "dinner-on-the-ground".
Many churches built permanent tables outside under the trees,
often made of concrete, and there were and still are made use of
by singers on singing days. Today, locals bring enough food to
feed themselves and all visitors, and at noon the singing is
stopped for an hour of glorious potluck. It's our hope that
whichever of the all-day singings in Washington or Oregon you
attend, when rising from the dinner table to return to the
afternoon singing, you will find your body well fortified and
your voice fully replenished!