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The play-party is a distinct kind of social entertainment, just as is the card-party or the dance. Yet it is unlike these amusements in extent, for it flourishes only in a certain environment. The conditions in Indiana have recently grown unfavourable and it is only in a few remote districts that the play-party has not been lost and even forgotten. I shall first give a brief description of the country and settlers of Ripley County, as this is a typical locality in which it survives; next, consider the social significance of this sort of party; then, try to picture it as my parents have known it, and finally as I, myself, have seen it. The southern half of this county is cut up by swiftly-flowing creeks and high hills, which have served to isolate the different communities and to disconnect the whole district from the outside world. For many years after the opening of the state, settlers did not come to this county in large numbers. The only inducement to labourers was agriculture, and much of the land was rocky and heavily forested, while the clay soil would not produce good crops without careful cultivation. Almost every road led over rocky hills, and for long distances followed the rough, limestone creek-bed, while those on the levels were appropriately called "mud roads." It is easy to see that the dwellers among these hills would be dependent upon their own resources for amusements. Towns of any size were far apart. In fact, there is, at present, in the southern half of the county, no town of more than seven hundred inhabitants and there are localities here eighteen miles from the nearest railroad line.
Note, this book makes frequent reference to the the book Traditional Children's Games Of England Scotland & Ireland by Alice Bertha Gomme which will also be found on this site under the children's songs section.
THE PLAY-PARTY IN INDIANA, Index Page.
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|Government funding of this book Publisher info Title Page Printers Notice Copyright Notice ACKNOWLEDGMENT CONTENTS CONTENTS The Play-Party in Indiana a Generation Ago - 0111 Page - 0112 Page - 0113 Page - 0114 The Play-Party in Indiana at Present - 0115 Page - 0116 Page - 0117 Page - 0118 Introductory Note, Glossary to Part II - 0119 Page - 0120 All Chaw Hay on the Corner. - 0121 All Go Down to Rowser's.... - 0122 Page - 0123 Billy Boy - 0124 Black the Boots. - 0125 Page - 0126 Captain Jinks - 0127 Page - 0128 Chase the Buffalo - 0129 Chase the Squirrel - 0130 Page - 0131 Cincinnati Girls - 0132 Coffee Grows in a White Oak Tree - 0133 Page - 0134 Page - 0135 Cuckoo Waltz - 0136 Page - 0137 Dem Golden Slippers - 0138 Down in Jay Bird Town - 0139 Down the River - 0140 Down to New Orleans - 0141 Farmer in the Well - 0142 Getting Married.. - 0143 Getting Upstairs.. - 0144 Page - 0145 The Girl I Left Behind Me. - 0146 Go in and out the Windows - 0147 Page - 0148 Go to Boston, Green-Leaf - 0149 Page - 0150 Hay-o-my-ivucy-o - 0151 Here Come Four Dukes A-Riding. - 0152 Page - 0153 Page - 0154 Here Comes A Queen from Dover. - 0155 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush - 0156 Page - 0157 I'm a Poor Old Chimney Sweeper. - 0158 Itiskit - 0159 Page - 0160 Jersey Boy, Kilamakrankie - 0161 King William Was King Jamie's Son - 0162 Page - 0163 London Bridge - 0164 Marching to Quebec - 0165 Melven Vine - 0166 Miller Boy. - 0167 Page - 0168 Page - 0169 Page - 0170 Molly Brooks. - 0171 Needle's Eye. - 0172 No Sir - 0173 Page - 0174 Nora Darling. - 0175 Old Brass Wagon - 0176 Page - 0177 Old Dan Tucker. - 0178 Page - 0179 Old Sister Phoebe - 0180 Pig in the Parlor. - 0181 Page - 0182 Polly Put the Kettle On, Pop Goes the Weasel - 0183 Page - 0184 Sailor - 0185 Sally Walker - 0186 Page - 0187 Six Little Girls A-Sliding Went - 0188 Skip-to-My-Lou. - 0189 Page - 0190 Star Promenade. - 0191 There Goes Topsy Through the Window - 0192 There Was an Old Woman in Ireland - 0193 Thus the Farmer Sows his Seed - 0194 Page - 0195 Tideo - 0196 Uncle Johnie's Sick A-Bed - 0197 Wait for the Wagon - 0198 Page - 0199 Walk Along, John - 0200 Way Down in the Pawpaw Patch, - 0201 Weevily Wheat - 0202 Page - 0203 Page - 0204 Page - 0205 Traces of British Influence in Play-Party Melodies - 0206 Page - 0207 Page - 0208 Page - 0209 On the Basis of Age of Players - 0210 On the Basis of Dramatic Features - 0211 Oy the Basis of Dance Formation - 0212 Page - 0213 On the Basis of Geographical Location - 0214 Page - 0215 Periodicals. - 0216 Page - 0217 Page - 0218 Page - 0219 Page - 0220|