I guess it's safe once again to walk to the neighbor's house without wearing orange -- not that I do that often, but still, it's nice to know.
Do you know what the old-time Mainers believed would happen to a person who whistled in the kitchen? Upton's annual Christmas party is this Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the school house. Local children will be putting on a Christmas play and some will play musical instruments. Everyone will be singing! There will be goodies to eat and bingo to play. Santa just confirmed that he'll be there as well and he's bringing gifts galore! Hope you don't miss it!
The Swingin' Bears Square Dance Club (of which we're members) entered a float in the Christmas parade in South Paris. Whew! It was a long walk. We won third prize and have heard from folks out of town that we "made the news on television" as we danced down the street -- but nobody in Upton saw it because the electricity was off for hours Saturday night due to someone hitting a pole in the 13-mile woods.
A partridge flew through one of the windows of the doors in the school building. The grange hall has had broken windows by the same method. There must be something wrong with these Upton birds, eh?
If you whistled in the kitchen "back in the day" it would sour the milk, keep the bread from rising and "work" the freshest cider. The tea kettle whistle was the only one allowed in kitchens.
Have a wonderful week. Selah