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THE FEAST OF THE LORD'S BODY {CORPUS CHRISTI}

IN MAY OR JUNE ALTARS WERE SET UP OUTSIDE. THEY WERE SET UP
IN THE NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST. A PROCESSION WOULD BE HELD
BY THE VILLAGES WHICH BELONGED TO ONE PARISH.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED IN POLAND. THIS FEAST IS CORPUS CHRISTI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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REMEMBRANCE LOG

DURING VACATION WE PICK UP A LOG FOR THE FIREPLACE BACK HOME. ON
NEW YEAR'S EVE THE LOG IS BURNED AND ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT
HAPPENED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ARE RECALLED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FAMILY STARTED THIS CUSTOM.

James Callow comment:

BOGGS NUMBERS FOR SUMMER HERE HAVE BEEN ADDED ON THE
ASSUMPTION THAT THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY'S VACATIONS
OCCUR IN THE SUMMER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Summer
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GOOD LUCK

DURING THE SUMMER PUSSY WILLOWS WOULD BE PUT IN TO A VASE AND PUT
ON THE MANTLE. THIS WOULD BRING THE FAMILY GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY DID THIS WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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POLISH CUSTOM--FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

THE WOMEN TAKE FLOWERS FROM THEIR GARDENS TO GET THEM BLESSED.
AFTERWARDS, THEY DRY THEM AND PRESS THEM. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, IF
ANYONE GETS SICK, THEY TAKE THESE FLOWERS AND MAKE TEA OUT OF THEM
FOR THE PATIENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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LAWN FETE

ST. PHILOMENA'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, HOLDS A
LAWN FETE EVERY AUGUST. THIS IS A ONE DAY FAIR. BOOTHS ARE SET
UP IN THE AMERICAN LEGION PARK WHERE WOMEN'S HAND-MADE GOODS AND
REFRESHMENTS ARE SOLD. GAMBLING GAMES AND RAFFLES ARE ALSO HELD.
A CHICKEN DINNER IS SOLD ALL DAY IN THE LEGION HALL. THIS ATTRACTS
MANY PEOPLE FROM A 50 MILE RADIUS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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PLAYGROUND FAIR

EVERY SUMMER, FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK HOLDS A "PLAYGROUND CARNIVAL."
CHILDREN FROM AGES OF 8 TO 15 MAKE THEIR OWN FOOD AND GAME BOOTHS
AND SELL THEIR WARES. A GREASED POLE CLIMBING CONTEST IS HELD
WITH A FIVE DOLLAR REWARD. PRIZES ARE GIVEN OUT FOR THE BEST BOOTHS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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FIREMEN'S CARNIVAL

EVERY SUMMER, THE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN OF FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, HOLD
A "KIDDIE CARNIVAL." THE FIREMEN RENT SMALL AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES
SUCH AS A SMALL TRAIN. REFRESHMENTS CAN BE BOUGHT, AND THERE ARE
GAMES FOR SMALL CHILDREN. THIS LASTS ONLY ONE DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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HOME SHOW

EVERY SUMMER, IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, A DAY IS SET ASIDE FOR A
HOME SHOW. THE LOCAL MERCHANTS DISPLAY THEIR WARES ON TABLES ON
THE SIDEWALKS OUTSIDE OF THE STORES. PRICES ARE GREATLY REDUCED.
THEY DISPLAY HOUSEHOLD MERCHANDISE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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FOLK BELIEFS

A SORE WILL NOT HEAL DURING DOG DAYS. DOG DAYS ARE FORTY
DAYS DURING LATE SUMMER. IT USUALLY STARTS THE LAST OF
JULY TO LATE AUGUST.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT ALWAYS SAID THIS DURING DOG DAYS. TO A CERTAIN EXTENT IT
WAS TRUE. SORES TOOK A LONG TIME TO HEAL.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOOD BELIEFS

IF YOU BOIL ANYTHING GREEN DURING DOGDAYS IT WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT DOES NOT COOK ANYTHING GREEN DURING DOG DAYS. THIS
INCLUDES COLLARDS, TURNIPS, BEANS, AND PEAS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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CORPUS CHRISTI FESTIVAL

ON CORPUS CHRISTI WE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE A PARADE THAT STARTED
AT THE CHURCH AND PROGRESSED AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO
ALTARS SET UP ON THE PORCHES OF PEOPLE IN THE PARISH.
THE FAMILY CHOSEN TO HAVE THE ALTAR DECORATED THE HOUSE
ON THE OUTSIDE WITH FLOWERS, LOTS AND LOTS OF FLOWERS - MY
MOTHER USED TO CUT DOWN HER WHOLE BED OF PEONIES AND BRING
THE FLOWERS TO THE CHURCH; THEY REALLY NEEDED AS MANY AS
THEY COULD GET. THE ALTAR WAS JUST A STURDY TABLE COVERED,
AND THERE WERE FLOWERS ALL AROUND. THE MEN CUT BRANCHES OFF
TREES AND NAILED THEM UP TO MAKE A GREEN BACKGROUND. ANYWAY,
THE PROCESSION STARTED AT THE CHURCH, STOPPED AT EACH
ALTAR AROUND THAT BLOCK, AND ENDED AT A CHAPEL. THE PARADE
WAS A MASS, AND A DIFFERENT PART OF THE MASS WAS SAID AT
EACH ALTAR. THE BLESSED SACRAMENT WAS CARRIED IN THE PARADE,
AND THE PRIESTS LED IT WITH THE SERVERS WHO CARRIED CANDLES.
BEHIND THEM, THE CHILDREN MAKING THEIR FIRST COMMUNIONS WALKED
IN THEIR DRESSES AND VEILS AND SUITS. THEN CAME THE CHURCH
CLUBS, AND THE REST OF US GOT TO WALK IN THE REAR. EVERYONE
SANG WITH THE CHOIR AS WE WALKED FROM PLACE TO PLACE, AND
THE LINE WAS SO LONG THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE END WOULD BE
LAGGING IN THE SONG, OUT OF PACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 11-00-1983

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Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

Our town has a four-day celebration in honor
of the fishfly. We have a carnival and top
it off with a parade on the last day.
This always takes place in June. Fishflys
originate in the Anchor Bay, which is the
bay next to New Baltimore.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT ; June Bug ; May Fly

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 00001971ca

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THE FOLLOWING IS IN THE INFORMANT'S OWN WORDS.
"SOMEWHERE IN THE FORMATION OF MY DAD'S FAMILY TRADITIONS,
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN AUGUST BECAME FAMILY REUNION DAY. ALL THE
KINFOLK WOULD GATHER AT THE ANCESTRAL FARM ON STATION CAMP CREEK
SOUTH OF IRVINE, KENTUCKY FROM ALL POINTS OF THE COUNTRY.
EVERYONE WOULD ARRIVE LADEN WITH BASKETS OF FRIED CHICKEN, POTATO
SALAD, GREEN BEANS, CORN BREAD, APPLE, BLUEBERRY, BLACKBERRY,
POTATO, AND CHERRY PIES, JUGS OF ICED TEA, AND COOLERS OF POP.
BUT BEFORE ANY OF THIS BANQUET WAS SET OUT, WE HAD TO HAVE
SERVICE. THE OLD TOBACCO DRYING BARN BECAME OUR TABERNACLE. ANY
OF THE MINISTERS AMONG US, AND THERE WERE USUALLY THREE OR FOUR,
WERE CALLED UPON TO HANDLE PRAYIN' AND PREACHIN'; AND EACH FAMILY
WAS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE WITH A "SPECIAL NUMBER." BY MY TIME,
THESE "SPECIAL NUMBERS" HAD BECOME STANDARD HYMNS HEARD ANYWHERE
IN THE COUNTRY. BUT MY UNCLE TAUGHT ME ONE WHICH HAD BEEN A
FAVORITE WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG-UN:

"IN A LONELY CHURCHYARD MANY MILES AWAY
LIES A DEAR OLD MOTHER NEATH THE COLD, COLD CLAY.
MEM'RIES OFT RETURNING OF HER TEARS AND SIGHS
IF YOU LOVE YOUR MOTHER, MEET HER IN THE SKIES.
LISTEN TO HER PLEADING, "WANDERIN' ONE COME HOME,"
EARNESTLY ENTREATING, "DO NO LONGER ROAM."
LET YOUR CONSCIENCE WAKEN, HEAVENWARD LIFT YOUR EYES.
IF YOU LOVE YOUR MOTHER, MEET HER IN THE SKIES."

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; IRVINE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Emotion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 00001940S

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When my mother was approximately 10 years old she was told by
her mother that white shoes were never to be worn before Memorial
Day or after Labor Day. My mother, in turn, told the same thing
to my sister and I as we grew up and to this day we still follow
the rule of the white shoes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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Father's Day

Confussion is Father's Day in Harlem, because people don't
know who their father is.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): Confusion?

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

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JAPANESE FESTIVAL--RENDAI-WATASHI

RENDAI-WATASHI (CARRYING A RENDAI ACROSS THE RIVER OHI)
IN FEUDAL TIMES THERE WAS NEITHER BRIDGE NOR FERRY BE-
TWEEN SHIMADA ON THE EASTERN BANK OF THE RIVER AND THE
OPPOSITE TOWN. TRAVELERS HAD TO FORD THE STREAM OR BE
CARRIED EITHER ON THE SHOULDERS OF WATERMAN OR IN A SORT
OF SEDAN CHAIR CALLED RENDAI, WHICH WAS CARRIED ON THEIR
SHOULDERS. IN MEMORY OF THE EVENT, SUCH A SCENE IS
REVIVED ANNUALLY IN EARLY SUMMER.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F664

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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JUST BEFORE THEY LEAVE FOR HOME FROM THEIR YEARLY
VACATION IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN, THE INFORMANTS' FAMILY
THROW A PARTY FOR EACH OF THE RELATIVES AS THEY LEAVE
FOR HOME. THIS IS MORE COMMON TO THE YOUNGER
GENERATIONS OF THE FAMILIES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER FAMILY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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REUNION

AN OLD ITALIAN CUSTOM IS THAT EACH YEAR, USUALLY SOMETIME
DURING THE EARLY SUMMER, AN ENORMOUS FAMILY REUNION
(CONSISTING OF 100-200 PEOPLE) IS HELD AT THE OLDEST
LIVING MEMBER'S CITY. THE FAMILY COMES FROM ALL PARTS OF
THE UNITED STATES TO ATTEND THIS EVENT WHICH USUALLY LASTS
THREE DAYS IN A LODGE-TYPE MOTEL. MUCH PARTYING IS DONE
THE FAMILY CATCHES UP ON THE LATEST NEWS, AND AFTER A FUN
THREE DAYS, THEY DEPART

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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