It advertised "Music by the Bethel Cornet Band and Ives' Orchestra; Refreshments of all Kinds." It also included the schedule of trains departing from Danbury and arriving at Brookside Park.

The caption writer is incorrect that this picnic was held at Bethel's Brookside Park since Brookside Park was located in West Redding not Bethel.

Brookside Park occupied about 30 acres across the street from the current and former train stations on Side Cut Road and Simpaug Turnpike. The stone pillars and heavy iron gates leading into the park still stand today and now lead into the parking lot of West Redding's Post Office.

In the mid-1800s, this park was a campground for Methodist revival meetings. Thousands of people gathered and sang gospel songs and hymns with George E. Ives (1845-1894), father of famous composer Charles E. Ives (1874-1956), directing.

George once commented to his son about the off-pitch singing of the revivalists, "Don't pay too much attention to the sound, for if you do, you may miss the music." Charles later recreated those sounds in Symphony Number 3, "Camp Meeting," written in 1908. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1947.

Years later the campgrounds would become a recreational park called Brookside Park. Because of its proximity to the train station, it was a popular destination for people from Danbury and for New Yorkers escaping the summer heat.

It was at this location in West Redding that the Firemen's Picnic was held, with music provided by the Bethel Cornet Band and Ives' Orchestra -- all directed by George E. Ives.