― Amy Leigh Mercree,
We are now back at Dick's parents' home. While we are there, all the neighbors throw us a shivaree. Now for those of you who are not familiar with the custom, shivarees were "celebrations" of marriage. Originally they could get pretty wild...usually a newly wed couple would be in their new home and the community would show up one night and mischievously wreck their home! Nothing malicious...all in good fun! The couple would expect this to happen so would have beer and snacks set aside for when the partiers would show up. Sometimes the bride would be "kidnapped" while the groom had to watch his domain being wrecked! Then all would get back together and help clean up and the party would begin. Crazy, I know! I wonder if they still do that anywhere?
|Dick and Jay after the shivaree with money tree|