Sandy from Richmond, Virginia, says her mother would fondly recall the bacon bats she participated in while a student at Smith College. A bacon bat was a festive outdoor picnic that featured bacon and other savory treats cooked over an open fire. The bat in bacon bat is an old term that meant “spree” or “debauched activity,” but by the time Smithies and other college kids were enjoying bacon bats, they were just good clean fun.

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