February – June 1931:  Parties, Parties, and Parties

By Patricia and Edward Shillingburg © 2006


Page 32 of the Community Cookbook: Preserves were an important part of cooking in the 1920s as a way to serve summer vegetables in the winter. Every kitchen garden included onion, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and a grape arbor.

Unless otherwise noted, the source for this material is the Suffolk Times.
    The Valentine Party was postponed from February 14 to February 20, because of the Red Cross Benefit Basketball game, which was played by the American Legion team versus the Riverhead Phantom Colored team on February 13 in the Community Hall.
    The Chintz Cottage was presented by the Community Club in co-operation with the Mattituck Blue Triangle Club in Mattituck on February 6, and in Orient with the Orient Girl Scouts on February 9.
    The Community Club at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, February 10, held a Valentine Party for its members. Mrs. F. A. Myers planned the entertainment program. “During the reading of temperatures it was a surprise to members of the club to find that club members were suffering from high, low and exciting temperatures. A very pleasant and hilarious evening was spent. Delicious refreshments were topped off by a large and nicely decorated heart-shaped cake, made by Mrs. Savard.” 
    For the Valentine Party, “the feature of the evening was a baseball game played by six ladies vs. six men. Considering the fact that every known rule of baseball was broken, that the umpire was the husband of the star pitcher of the ladies' team, that bases were moved to suit the convenience of the players and several unusual and record breaking runs were made, it is not difficult to imagine the hilarity and genuine amusement with which this three inning game was received.”
    The Community Club met at the home of Mrs. William F. McDermott on Tuesday evening, March 3.  “A few articles prepared by the work committee were completed by the members present. These articles will be for sale at the various club affairs and because of their attractiveness are sure to be popular bargains. Mrs. McDermott served light refreshments at the close of the meeting.” This is the first hint that the ladies who made items at every weekly meeting sold those items at every chance they had, not just at the annual fair, which of course they did. They were raising money as fast and furiously as they could and had become quite sophisticated at it after nearly 10 years.
    “The Community Club will hold a Shipwreck Masquerade Dance at the Community Hall, on Wednesday evening, March 11. All manner of shipwreck costumes are in order, the mask being the only regulation requirement. Everyone is cordially invited to come and enjoy what promises to be unusually original costume parade and snappy dance. Mrs. William Dickerson, assisted by Mrs. Gardiner Dickerson, Mrs. Clarence Sherman and Mrs. Emil Savard are the committee in charge. There will be prizes for ladies' and men's costumes and music will be furnished by Elizabeth Burns, pianist; Mike Sabaluskus, and Philip Halsey.
    “The Shelter Island Legion Basketball team and the newly organized Girls' Town team played versus Cutchogue on Saturday evening, Feb. 28. The Legion game with the Riverhead Polish Club, which was scheduled for Tuesday evening, Feb. 24, was not played as originally planned. The Polish Club team did not arrive and so an impromptu game was arranged between the members of the regular and scrub teams. Dancing, which followed this substitution, was free of charge, music being furnished by Miss Elizabeth Bums, Mike Sabaluskus and Roger Walther. Preceding the game the Shelter Island Band under the leadership of Bandmaster Russell H. Conklin, gave an hour's concert, and Mike Sabaluskus played a saxophone solo, which had been composed by Benjamin Conklin, Despite the earlier disappointment everyone enjoyed the evening entertainment and dancing.”
    On Wednesday, March 11, “a merry group of sailors, sailorettes, and assorted bits of humanity on a ‘Shipwreck Isle,’ assembled at the Community Hall … for the Shipwreck Masquerade Dance held under the auspices of the Community Club. The ‘Isle’ was well represented by trees in every comer, a glowering and cannibalistic figure hidden in a corner by not too shady branches, weird decorations, and an upper deck, the stage, arranged for the service of rafts, waffles, life savers, doughnuts, and coffee. A blinking buoy attracted constant attention to this dining deck and after the grand march it was a popular spot. Prizes for costume were awarded to Miss Caroline Myers for the best; Miss Dorothy Dickens, funniest; Loren Littlefield, best, and Fred Sim, funniest consumes. Herbert Sherman won the Treasure Hunt, and the pillow, presented to the club for raffling by Miss Lillian Loper, was won by Miss Florence Coley. Mrs. William Dickerson, Mrs. Gardiner Dickerson, Mrs. Emil Savard, and Mrs. Clarence Sherman were in charge of the evening's entertainment and judges for costumes were Mrs. Elliott Dickerson, Mrs. Patrick McManus and Miss Elinor Smith. A very happy spirit prevailed, in spite of the ‘disaster of shipwreck,’ and everyone enjoyed the dancing, music for which was furnished by Mike's Orchestra.”
    The Community Club continued to meet weekly in the homes of members, and after the March 31 meeting, the ladies adjourned to the Community Hall for indoor golf. The Chamber of Commerce continued to meet at the Community Hall. A Bridge and Pinochle Party was held at the Community House on March 23.   
    On Monday evening, April 6 the Community Club held an Easter Bonnet Party. “The evening was a very successful one, and everyone present spent a very enjoyable time. The hall was attractively decorated for the occasion by the committee, which consisted of Mrs. William McDermott, chairman; and Mrs. John Oliver assisted by Mrs. F. A. Myers and Mrs. Burton Reed. Chiarimonte's Orchestra furnished music for dancing.”
    On April 17, the Club gave a Community Party at the Community House. The auditorium was made over into a nursery and grown ups were asked to come dressed in children’s costumes.
    On April 24 there was a Band Concert. It was "the most successful benefit affair held for some time.” The Band played numerous selections. Between numbers the Community Club program was presented. It consisted of various acts. “This thoroughly enjoyable program was followed by a dance, the music for which was furnished by Chiarimonte's Orchestra. Candy and soda were on sale and a satin pillow, which was made by Mrs. Savard and was raffled off, was won by Edward B. Payne. The Committee in charge of the evening's program consisted of Miss Belle Bowditch, Mrs. Burton Reed, Miss Anna V. Behringer, and Mrs. William Dickerson.”
    During the early Spring, the Community Club received various gifts: a donation of dishes from Mrs. George Crook, a china closet from Mrs. Edna Walther, and a gift of an electric Victoria from Mrs. Alfred Gibbs of Montclair Colony. Checks were also received from Mrs. Thorne and Mrs. William Lyons, of Dering Harbor.
    On April 29, the Club gave a Community Party. “The evening was spent in dancing and community games, among which were one paper bag relay, peanut races, and the necktie relay. Several members of the Community Club demonstrated musical housework, much to their own discomfort when they were not able to keep time with the music. The committee in charge of the evening's entertainment consisted of Mrs. M. B. Griffing, chairman; Mrs. Oscar Anderson, Mrs. William R. Capon, Mrs. John Oliver, and Miss Lillian Maurey. During the evening Fred Sims sang When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver, and Whistling in the Dark.”
    “The last Community Club dance of the season was held at the Community Hall on Wednesday evening, May 6th. A very pleasant evening was spent by everyone. Music was furnished by Mike's Orchestra, and refreshments of coffee and hot dogs were sold. Mrs. William E. Dickerson, Mrs. William McDermott and Mrs. T. T. Young were the committee in charge. This dance concludes a series of well-patronized and popular dances held throughout the winter months under the auspices of various committees, and all for the benefit of the Community Hall.”
    The regular club meetings were now being held on Tuesday evening in the Community Hall meeting room.
    “The Community Club will give a free party Wednesday evening, June 3rd, at the Community House for all who helped by donating work for the construction of the Community House. If anyone's name has been omitted, will he please speak to one of the club members about it. Joseph Mack, E. O. Payne, Herbert Sherman, Charles Capon, Albert Smith, William Capon, Frank White, Merton Byington, Thomas Young, Filmore Griffing, Wesley Congdon, Burt Reid, Manes McManus, Oliver Wells, Sr., C. W. Reeves, Robert Griffing, William McDonald, Albert Foster, Jr., Dudley Griffing, William McDermott, Charles Stroebel, Emil Savard, William Johnston, Clifford Clark, Everett Tuthill, C. D. Wood, T. D. Green, Jack Payne, Walter E. Clark, William Payne, Anton Blados, Abbott Lucas, Bud Simes, Eino Johnson, Leo Johnson, Edwin Salminen, Charles Smith, William Price, Caspa Avona, Robert Schweinsburg, Floyd Hallock, C. Wilcox, Jr., Richard Maury, Charles Raymond, Anton Lennox, Ezra Wade, Ollie Wells, William Dickerson.”
    “Decoration Day … began early Saturday morning when the Community Club's Flower committee decorated the soldiers' graves with flowers at 6 am. By seven-thirty the decorating of the Memorial Boulder was begun. The base of the boulder was banked with green and flowers and flags placed around. A large bouquet of purple and yellow iris was placed at the base of the boulder in memory of Comrade William Halsey, who passed away last January, the last one of out Island's G. A. P. (Grand Army of the Potomac) men. Later in the morning the Legion committee placed flags on all the soldiers' graves. In the afternoon Mitchell Post of the American Legion, held a parade and memorial service.”

1923 Community Cookbook