House parties around Central Lot 16 | Bowing Down Home


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LF – Leo Farrell

KP – Curator Ken Perlman

KP: Tell me about the house dances in your community?

LF: Well, put the table in the woodshed or outside in the summertime, haul the chairs all out and dance in the kitchen. Then they’d pass the hat around, after lunch, around lunch time; sometimes you'd get a dollar and a half, sometimes you'd get a dollar ten, sometimes you'd get a dollar, sometimes you'd get 85 cents, sometimes you’d get 90 cents, but mostly you got a dollar. It was a days work at that time.

KP: That’s not too bad.

LF: Sure, it was good! Because I could come home and make another dollar perhaps hoein' turnips for you that day, or you'd be cuttin' grain and I'd be stuckin' for you. Them times, you had to stuck1 your grain, eh.

KP: What happened at the house parties?

LF: Oh nothin', just dance and there'd be a lunch, the same as a hall dance. Everybody'd keep dancin' all the time, and the fiddler, the fellow who was hired, he'd play for all the dancin'. If you were there and if I knew you played the fiddle some, I'd ask you to come play a reel for me, and you'd come over and play a reel, or a couple of reels probably.

KP: What kind of dances?

LF: Square dances

KP: Do you know what kind of square dances?

LF: Quadrilles. Left and right and swing around, right hand to your partner.

1 As Farrell later explained, to stuck grain (pronounced stuke) means to lean the sheaves against each other, like an A-frame, so they'd dry out.