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GRADUATION OPEN HOUSE

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONIES AT TEN BROECK
ACADEMY IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, SOME PARENTS HOLD
OPEN HOUSES. FACULTY AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED FOR
DRINKS AND SANDWICHES, AND GIVE THE GRADUATING
STUDENT PRESENTS IN RETURN.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CARTELATTE

IT IS THE CUSTOM IN SOME ITALIAN HOUSEHOLDS TO MAKE A SPECIAL
KIND OF PASTRY AT CHRISTMAS TIME CALLED CARTELATTE. THE ENTIRE
FAMILY USUALLY PARTICIPATES IN THIS PROCESS. DOUGH IS FLATTENED
VERY THIN, THEN FRIED UNTIL CRISP. IT CAN BE COVERED WITH
HONEY AND SUGAR.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY MAKES THIS EVERY CHRISTMAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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MAGIC OF SPEECH

TO KEEP SPOOKS AWAY WHEN WALKING PAST A CEMETERY, YOU MUST
WHISTLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LIVES NEXT TO A CEMETERY AND DID THIS EVERY TIME I
WALKED HER HOME.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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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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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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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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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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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

MEMORIAL DAY IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK IS CELEBRATED BY A PARADE
OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS. THE PARADE FIRST GOES TO ELM STREET
BRIDGE, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS DROPPED INTO THE ISCHUA CREEK.
THE PARADE THEN MOVES TO THE CEMETERY, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS
PLACED BEFORE THE "TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER." A CLERGYMAN MAKES
A SPEECH TO MARK THE END OF THE FORMAL CEREMONY. THE PEOPLE THEN
GO TO THEIR OWN HOMES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

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GAME SUPERSTITION

IF A PERSON HITS MOST OF HIS SHOTS IN A BASKETBALL
WARM UP, HE WILL MISS THEM IN A GAME, AND VICE VERSA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EXPLANATION OF NAME, "MURDER HILL"

THERE IS A STRETCH OF NARROW, WINDING ROAD ON THE SIDE OF A HILL
JUST OUTSIDE OF LITTLE VALLEY, NEW YORK. SIGNS AT EACH END OF THIS
LONG ROAD CALL IT "MURDER HILL."
ONE EXPLANATION OF THE NAME IS THE FACT THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT
COULD EASILY HAPPEN THERE.
ANOTHER EXPLANATION IS A LEGEND THAT A MAN KILLED HIS WIFE AND
THEN HIMSELF IN A HOUSE NOT FAR FROM THE ROAD.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): Murder Hill ; Origin of Name ; Tale ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- S478

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SONG

DRUNK, DRUNK, DRUNK, DRUNK,
DRUNK, DRUNK, DRUNK, DRUNK,
DRUNK LAST NIGHT, DRUNK THE NIGHT BEFORE,
GOING TO GET DRUNK TONIGHT, LIKE I'VE NEVER BEEN DRUNK BEFORE,
FOR WHEN I'M DRUNK, I'M AS HAPPY AS CAN BE,
'CAUSE I AM A MEMBER OF THE SAUSS FAMILY.
OH THE SAUSS FAMILY IS THE BEST FAMILY,
THAT EVER CAME OVER FROM OLD GERMANY,
THERE'S THE HIGHLAND DUTCH,
AND THE LOWLAND DUTCH,
THERE'S THE ROTTERDAM DUTCH,
AND THE OTHER DAMN DUTCH.
SINGING GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS
ONE KEG OF BEER FOR THE FOUR OF US.
SINGING GLORY BE TO GOD, THAT THERE AIN'T NO MORE OF US,
SO ONE OF US CAN DRINK IT ALL ALONE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; CHEEKTOWAGA

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.447

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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LENTEN CUSTOM

IN THE CATHOLIC RELIGION THERE WAS A CUSTOM THAT ADULTS (PERSONS OVER
21) MUST FAST FROM EATING IN BETWEEN MEALS AND WERE NOT ALLOWED TO
HAVE THE EQUIVALENT OF 2 FULL MEALS DURING THE DAY FOR THE PERIOD
FROM ASH WEDNESDAY TO EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Lent
663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE LAST MAN IN THE GRADUATING CLASS AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
ACADEMY RECEIVES ONE DOLLAR FROM EACH GRADUATING SENIOR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST POINT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THE REASON THAT HANUKAH IS CALLED THE FEAST OF LIGHTS IS BECAUSE
A LONG TIME AGO WHEN THE JEWS WERE AT WAR, THE PRIESTS WERE
GUARDING THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM DURING A SEIGE. THEY ONLY HAD
ENOUGH FUEL TO LIGHT THE LANTERN IN THE TEMPLE ONE DAY. BUT
MIRACULOUSLY THE LANTERN STAYED LIT FOR EIGHT FULL DAYS UNTIL
MORE FUEL COULD BE GOTTEN AND THE CITY WAS SAVED. SO NOW AT
HANUKAH IT IS TRADITION TO LIGHT THE MENORAH FOR 8 FULL
DAYS IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE BRAVE JEWS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

James Callow Keyword(s): HANUKKAH

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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THE JEWISH LUCKY NUMBER IS 17. THIS IS BECAUSE 17 IS THE JEWISH
SYMBOL FOR LIFE

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE JEWISH PEOPLE CONSIDER IT VERY GOOD LUCK IF YOU HAVE 17 CENTS
IN YOUR POCKET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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IN THE JEWISH CULTURE, THE GREETING SHALOM IS GIVEN.
THIS WORD MEANS HELLO OR GOOD-BY AND PEACE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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HIDE THE MATZAH

MATZAH IS UNLEAVENED BREAD
THE MATZAH IS PUT IN A LITTLE POUCH AND HID SOMEWHERE IN THE HOUSE.
ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE MUST LOOK FOR IT. THE ONE WHO FINDS IT
GETS TO EAT THE MATZAH AND RECEIVES A PRIZE

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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A JEWISH GAME IS CALLED DREIDEL. A DREIDEL IS A TOP MADE FROM CLAY.
THE DREIDEL HAS FOUR SIDES, EACH WITH A DIFFERENT HEBREW NUMBER.
EACH HEBREW NUMBER HAS A DIFFERENT VALUE. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS
TO SPIN THE DREIDEL AND GET THE HIGHEST SCORE

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN,, NEW YORK
ALSO SEE MY ITEM NUMBER THREE FOR A RELATED VERSE

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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DREIDEL, DREIDEL, DREIDEL
I MADE IT OUT OF CLAY
AND WHEN IT IS DRY AND READY
OH DREIDEL I WILL PLAY

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN,, NEW YORK
A DREIDEL IS A CLAY TOP USED IN A JEWISH GAME CALLED.
SEE MY ITEM NUMBER FOUR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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