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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Fall Festival Hungarian Dance, circa 1944

Fall Festival Hungarian Dance, circa 1944

Every fall in Cleveland, Ohio, there would be a harvest festival sponsored by a Catholic Church. The hall would be decorated with grapes and other fruits and vegetables. For several weeks beforehand we had to learn the steps to two or three dances that would be performed on festival day. My mother made my costume - we rented my brother's costume. That's me in the top row, third from the left. My brother is the boy at the end of the second row on the right. View full size.

I Remember It Well

Not only the Catholic churches, but the First Hungarian Lutheran Church on then East Boulevard and Buckeye Road also had these "fall dances". I no longer remember how many years I, my cousins, and my friends all participated. And, yes, my mother also spent hours pleating my organdy skirt, hand-beading my red velvet vest and crown with seed pearls and sequins, as well as embroidering the sleeves of my blouse and apron. I always wanted a pair of knee-high red boots like our teacher wore while she called out the steps we were to take--in Hungarian, of course.

Wish you had identified where this picture was taken. but thanks for the memory.

 
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