Today I continue with another excerpt from the July 4, 1953, souvenir program from the Fifth Annual Homecoming Day on Gwynn's Island.
Please hold down your
The booklet is loaded with old advertisements, like the one from the Farmers' Bank of Mathews, Serving the People For More than 50 Years (and remember this was in 1953). Or the one from Robert F. Lewis and his Poultry and Egg Farm which sold "live and dressed fowl." If you wanted
I remember when we only dialed four numbers and there were party lines, which were really anything but a party. We also
Sprinkled throughout the program are narratives such as this one:
WELCOME TO GWYNN'S ISLAND
To those of us who are privileged to call this beautiful island "HOME" we are glad to have you back on your native soil. We will also claim your children, for they too are really home folks. For you, to whom Gwynn's Island is a vacation spot, where you can spend many peaceful, carefree hours, we have cordial greetings. We are also delighted to have you, who perchance, are making your first visit with us. Here you will make new acquaintances and establish new friends; we hope you will be back. We trust you all will have a pleasant day, and enjoy this holiday with us, as much as we appreciate your being in our midst.
The schedule of events for the day included:
Afternoon Ball Game - 2:30 p.m.
Gloucester C.H. vs. Gwynn's Island
Dinner at 5:30 on school grounds
Address of welcome...Hugh Gwynn, Original Owner of Island
Response by the Son of an Island son, Stephen Marriner, Esq. Washington, Penna.
Skit by Mrs. Alice Lewis
Playlet, "A Day on Gwynn's Island"
Pie Eating Contest
First, before I talk about the pie eating contest, I'd like to focus attention on
Now, about this pie eating contest. In my time, I've been to various festivals where people entered pies, jams, cakes, etc. to be judged, but in all my
A chicken-wing-eating challenge? Yes.
Live goldfish? Unfortunately those savages in the fraternities back in the 1980s...
Well, anyway, have you ever witnessed a