Went to an Entertainment

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

Tuesday, February 3, 1914:  We went to an entertainment in Watsontown this evening. At first I doubted whether we would really get there. It was inclined to be rainy. T’was very good, but I missed part of it because we occupied a back seat.

Here's a Watsontown Opera House Ticket. I'm not sure what year it is from.

Here’s a Watsontown Opera House Ticket. I’m not sure what year it is from.

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

Hmm . . . missed part of the show?  Who was “we”? . . . Since Grandma often did things with her sister Ruth, probably the two of them went to town, but the entry doesn’t really say that.

And, what was the “entertainment”? . . . a movie? . . . a variety show. . . a play? . . . a lecture?

Throughout the diary Grandma has only gone to movies and other “entertainments” occasionally—but only 10 days earlier, on January 24, Grandma went to a movie in Watsontown.

Grandma seems to be having a fun winter. Her social life was the busiest it’s been since she graduated from high school.

8 Responses

  1. Hmmm…..we do tend to try to read between the lines, don’t we??? Glad Grandma’s socializing a bit!

  2. I tried to find out more about Haydon. Couldn’t find anything definitive. But, this is interesting to note.

    • Interesting. . . Historically there has been a strong labor movement movement in central Pennsylvania. Maybe that was somehow connected to the Fabian Society

  3. Sometimes one wishes she could have been just a little bit more elaborate :)

  4. No longer considered a child and doing grown up stuff I suppose… :)

  5. Grandma’s social life is certainly sounding more exciting than mine! Note to self: get out more.

  6. Hurrah for Grandma! I suspect she had a boyfriend she didn’t mention in her diary ….. yet…..

  7. Good Girl!! Go for it and have some fun.

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