Had Quite a Good Time

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, July 29, 1911: Carrie and I went to a festival up at McEwensville this evening. I had quite a good time. He was there. B.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

I especially enjoy posting the diary entries when there are parallels between events a hundred years ago and now.

Grandma and her friend Carrie Stout had quite a good time at the festival in McEwensville a hundred years ago. Last Friday I had quite a good time at the annual McEwensville community picnic.

2011 McEwensville Annual Picnic

I was in central Pennsylvania and my husband and I went to McEwensville to take photos to illustrate this blog. The car thermometer said it was 102. When I got out of the car, I immediately wilted and was soaked in sweat.

A woman I’d never met came out of a house and invited me to the annual community picnic later in the day. (Until she invited me I had no clue that McEwensville had an annual picnic–let alone that it was on a day when I was in town.)

My husband and I went and had a great time. Electric fans dissipated  some of the heat–and there was great food and lots of wonderful conversation.  We met many wonderful new people and renewed old connections. 

I think that Grandma and I would have agreed on at least one thing—McEwensville is a fun place!!

4 Responses

  1. [...] think that “him” refers to a guy Grandma liked. The previous day she’d written that she’d had quite a good time at a festival in McEwensville and that “He was [...]

  2. [...] diary entries for the past week have referred to a guy Grandma really liked. On July 29 she wrote, “He was there. B.” And the next day she wrote, “ Saw him today.” And now  the [...]

  3. [...] refers to a guy Grandma thought was cute. She never uses his name but referred to him as “him”,” B.”, and “B.G”. in previous [...]

  4. [...] The play practice probably was held at the McEwensville Community Center. The building has been a community center for more than 100 years–and it had a wonderful stage. In recent years part of the stage has been converted into a storage area, but when I was a child I can remember it being a regular stage with lots of rows of curtains.  I took these pictures in 2011 when I attended a community pot luck picnic. [...]

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