Put Simply:  A Gathering

Constitution of the State of California
Article I:  Declaration of Rights

Sec.  10

The people shall have the right freely to assemble together, to consult for the common
good, to instruct their representatives, and to petition the legislature for redress of grievances.

Réunion de dames, Abraham Bosse, 17th century

A Reading in the Salon of Mme Geoffrin, 1755

A Reading in the Salon out back of Jake's Machine Shop