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LIVE CRIB

EVERY CHRISTMAS SEASON SINCE ABOUT 1965, MEMBERS OF ST. PAUL'S
CHURCH IN MASSILLON, OHIO RE-ENACT THE FIRST CHRISTMAS. FOR ONE WEEK
BEFORE THE FEAST, AND LASTING THREE TO FOUR NIGHTS, THE ROLES OF
MARY, JOSEPH, AND THE SHEPHERDS ARE PORTRAYED BY CHURCH MEMBERS, WHO
DRESS IN THE COSTUME OF THE PERIOD, MADE BY WOMEN VOLUNTEERS
BELONGING TO THE CHURCH.
THE SETTING IS MOST REALISTIC. A STABLE, BUILT BY THE MEN OF THE
PARISH, IS ERECTED OUTSIDE ON THE CHURCH GROUNDS. A STRAW-FILLED
MANGER IS INSIDE, CONTAINING A BABY-DOLL WHO REPRESENTS JESUS.
(PEOPLE SAY THAT A LIVE CHILD IS NOT USED BECAUSE OF THE COLD WEATHER
OF DECEMBER NIGHTS.) ANIMALS, USUALLY A COW AND SOME SHEEP AND PIGS,
ARE LENT BY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH LIVING ON FARMS, AND STAY IN THE
STABLE DAY AND NIGHT DURING THE PERIOD IN WHICH THE PLAYS ARE
PERFORMED.
NO ADMISSION IS CHARGED, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC USUALLY STOPS BY
AND VIEWS IT. FOR MANY PEOPLE OF MASSILLON OF ALL FAITHS, GOING TO
SEE THE LIVE CRIB HAS BECOME AS MUCH A TRADITION AS THE PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: SINCE 1970, ANOTHER LOCAL CHURCH, THE FAITH MEMORIAL BAPTIST OF
REEDURBAN (ABOUT FIVE MILES AWAY FROM ST. PAUL'S), HAS PUT ON A
SIMILAR PRODUCTION
WITH STABLE, CLOTHES, ANIMALS, ETC., EXCEPT THAT THEY
HAVE THE CHARACTERS ACTING OUT A PLAY USING THE BIBLE STORY OF THE
NATIVITY AS A SCRIPT, WHEREAS ST. PAUL'S HAS NO ORAL PRESENTATION.
FAITH MEMORIAL DRAWS EVEN BIGGER CROWDS THAN THE ST. PAUL CRIB,
POSSIBLY BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION--ON THE MAIN ROAD ONE BLOCK AWAY
FROM A BIG SHOPPING MALL.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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TIPPY-ON-THE-ROCK, A GAME ONCE PLAYED IN ALLEYS,
IN NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE PLAYGROUNDS WERE FEW.
THE GAME WAS PLAYED WITH A CUT-OFF BROOMSTICK OF
WHICH ABOUT EIGHT INCES WAS SAWED OFF FOR THE TIPPY
AND THE REMAINDER USED AS A BAT. THE TIPPY WAS THEN
PLACED AT AN ANGLE ON A BRICK (ROCK), THEN TIPPED IN
THE AIR AND HIT WITH THE BAT. THE WINNER WAS DECIDED
BY COUNTING THE DISTANCE THAT THE TIPPY HAD FLOWN IN
FOOTSTEPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.

Date learned: 11-29-1971

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A VARIATION OF THE GAME OF "HIDE AND GO SEEK" IS A GAME
CALLED "NO WITCHES ARE OUT TONIGHT." IN THIS GAME
ONLY ONE PERSON IS SENT OUT TO HIDE. AFTER A FEW
MINUTES THE REST OF THE PLAYERS HAVE TO WALK AROUND
THE PLAYING AREA SHOUTING "NO WITCHES ARE OUT
TONIGHT." THE ONE WHO HAS HIDDEN PICKS THE BEST
OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP OUT AND GRAB THIS PERSON AND AT
THIS TIME THE GRABBED PLAYER IS OUT. WHEN ALL ARE
OUT THE GAME IS ENDED AND A NEW "WITCH" IS CHOSEN.

Submitter comment: I NEVER PLAYED THE GAME BUT I OFTEN WATCHED MY
SMALL COUSINS PLAY IT IN RECENT YEARS. IT IS THERE
THAT I LEARNED IT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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BLIND MAN'S BLUFF

A CHILD'S GAME THAT I REMEMBER PLAYING QUITE A FEW
YEARS AGO, WAS ONE CALLED "BLIND MAN'S BLUFF."
ONE OF THE PLAYERS WOULD VOLUNTEER TO BE "IT" FIRST.
HE WOULD SUBMIT TO BEING BLINDFOLDED AND THEN SPUN
AROUND IN A CIRCLE A NUMBER OF TIMES. HE WAS NOT
ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE BLINDFOLD. HE THEN HAD TO WALK
AROUND ATTEMPTING TO CATCH ONE OF THE OTHER PARTICI-
PANTS AND THEREBY MAKE THE ONE CAUGHT BECOME "IT."
SOUNDS EXCITING, DON'T IT?

Submitter comment: I DON'T REMEMBER WHERE WE GOT THE GAME FROM AND AFTER
A WHILE WE STOPPED PLAYING. TOO MANY FELL DOWN AND
GOT HURT WHILE BEING "BLIND."

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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GAME-ROCK SCHOOL

THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN STEPS WITH A TEACHER OR PLAY-TEACHER AT THE
TOP OF THE STEPS. SHE HIDES A ROCK (OR THIMBLE AS IT IS PLAYED
IN S.C.) IN ONE OF HER HANDS AND THE CHILDREN INDIVIDUALLY GUESS
WHICH ONE IT IS IN. PUPILS GET PROMOTED UP ONE STEP AT A TIME
WHEN THEY GUESS THE CORRECT HAND.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT PLAYED THIS AS A CHILD IN BELFAST, MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

Where learned: PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.

Date learned: 06-13-1972

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SINGING GAME

LONDON BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN,
FALLING DOWN,
FALLING DOWN.
(REPEAT) .....MY FAIR LADY.
TAKE ROCK AND STONE AND BUILD IT UP,
BUILD IT UP,
BUILD IT UP.
(REPEAT) .....MY FAIR LADY.
TAKE A KEY AND LOCK'UM UP,
LOCK'UM UP,
LOCK'UM UP.
(REPEAT) .....MY FAIR LADY.
AFTER THE CHILDREN ONE BY ONE ARE CAUGHT IN THE BRIDGE, THEY GO
BEHIND, ALTERNATING UNTIL THERE ARE NO MORE CHILDREN GOING UNDER
THE BRIDGE, THEN THEY PLAY "TUG OF WAR".

Submitter comment: IN SOUTH CAROLINA THE "TUG OF WAR" PART WAS NEVER PLAYED, AND IT
WAS CALLED "LONDON BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN".

Where learned: PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.

Date learned: 06-13-1972

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GAME-- MR. KNICKERBACKER

CHILDREN STAND IN A CIRCLE WITH ONE PERSON IN THE MIDDLE AS THE
LEADER IN SINGING:
"DR. KNICKERBACKER, KNICKERBACKER, NUMBER NINE,
JUST GOT DRUNK ON A BOTTLE OF WINE.
NOW LET'S GET THE RHYTHM OF THE HANDS. (CLAP, CLAP)
NOW YOU'VE GOT THE RHYTHM OF THE HANDS. (CLAP, CLAP)
NOW LET'S GET THE RYHTHM OF THE FEET. (STOMP, STOMP)
NOW YOU'VE GOT THE RHYTHM OF THE FEET. (STOMP, STOMP)
NOW LET'S GET THE RHYTHM OF THE EYES. (ROLL EYES TWICE)
NOW YOU'VE GOT THE RHYTHM OF THE EYES. (ROLL EYES TWICE)
NOW LET'S GET THE RHYTHM OF THE HIPS. (SWING HIPS TWICE)
NOW YOU'VE GOT THE RHYTHM OF THE HIPS. (SWING HIPS TWICE)
NOW YOU'VE GOT THE RHYTHM OF NUMBER NINE.
THE PERSON IN THE CENTER SPINS AROUND AND THE PERSON HE IS
POINTING TO WHEN HE STOPS IS "IT", NEXT TIME TO DO THE CALLING.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS PLAYED AT A GIRL SCOUT CAMP IN 1971 IN N.C., AND
IS THOUGHT TO BE FROM NEW YORK.

Where learned: PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 06-13-1972

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Entertainment: Game

Anti-Over Game:

Take as mall tennis type ball and throw it over the house. The person throwing hte ball calls "anti.' If the ball goes over the roof, the receiver calls "over." Keep repeating.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COOKEVILLE

Keyword(s): Anti ; Ball ; CATCH ; Entertainment ; GAME ; House ; Over ; Pastime ; Rook ; Throw

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.

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Bumble Bee Game

This game must be played where there are lots of bees.
Take an axe (because flat top)--swing
Objective--to kill as many bumble bees as possible by swinging the axe.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.

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Cork Ball

Bat--broom stick
Ball--thermos bottle cork wrapped in tape
Two people played: one batter, one pitcher
Specific distance gave a sinigle, longer distance a double, etc.
Pitcher caught ball--automatic out
Out--one strike or fly caught
Three outs an inning
Play nine innings
Object of the game is to outscore the opponent

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.

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