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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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EXPLANATION OF NAME, "MURDER HILL"

THERE IS A STRETCH OF NARROW, WINDING ROAD ON THE SIDE OF A HILL
JUST OUTSIDE OF LITTLE VALLEY, NEW YORK. SIGNS AT EACH END OF THIS
LONG ROAD CALL IT "MURDER HILL."
ONE EXPLANATION OF THE NAME IS THE FACT THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT
COULD EASILY HAPPEN THERE.
ANOTHER EXPLANATION IS A LEGEND THAT A MAN KILLED HIS WIFE AND
THEN HIMSELF IN A HOUSE NOT FAR FROM THE ROAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): Murder Hill ; Origin of Name ; Tale ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- S478

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GAME SUPERSTITION

IF A PERSON HITS MOST OF HIS SHOTS IN A BASKETBALL
WARM UP, HE WILL MISS THEM IN A GAME, AND VICE VERSA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EASTER CROSS

AN ITALIAN EASTER CUSTOM IS TO MAKE A CROSS OUT OF THE PALM LEAVES
RECEIVED IN CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY. THIS CROSS IS MOUNTED ON THE WALL
AND IS TO REMAIN THERE THROUGHOUT THE EASTER SEASON. THIS BRINGS
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER HAVE ALWAYS DONE THIS.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

MEMORIAL DAY IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK IS CELEBRATED BY A PARADE
OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS. THE PARADE FIRST GOES TO ELM STREET
BRIDGE, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS DROPPED INTO THE ISCHUA CREEK.
THE PARADE THEN MOVES TO THE CEMETERY, WHERE A WREATH OF FLOWERS IS
PLACED BEFORE THE "TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER." A CLERGYMAN MAKES
A SPEECH TO MARK THE END OF THE FORMAL CEREMONY. THE PEOPLE THEN
GO TO THEIR OWN HOMES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

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LAWN FETE

ST. PHILOMENA'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, HOLDS A
LAWN FETE EVERY AUGUST. THIS IS A ONE DAY FAIR. BOOTHS ARE SET
UP IN THE AMERICAN LEGION PARK WHERE WOMEN'S HAND-MADE GOODS AND
REFRESHMENTS ARE SOLD. GAMBLING GAMES AND RAFFLES ARE ALSO HELD.
A CHICKEN DINNER IS SOLD ALL DAY IN THE LEGION HALL. THIS ATTRACTS
MANY PEOPLE FROM A 50 MILE RADIUS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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PLAYGROUND FAIR

EVERY SUMMER, FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK HOLDS A "PLAYGROUND CARNIVAL."
CHILDREN FROM AGES OF 8 TO 15 MAKE THEIR OWN FOOD AND GAME BOOTHS
AND SELL THEIR WARES. A GREASED POLE CLIMBING CONTEST IS HELD
WITH A FIVE DOLLAR REWARD. PRIZES ARE GIVEN OUT FOR THE BEST BOOTHS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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FIREMEN'S CARNIVAL

EVERY SUMMER, THE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN OF FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, HOLD
A "KIDDIE CARNIVAL." THE FIREMEN RENT SMALL AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES
SUCH AS A SMALL TRAIN. REFRESHMENTS CAN BE BOUGHT, AND THERE ARE
GAMES FOR SMALL CHILDREN. THIS LASTS ONLY ONE DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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HOME SHOW

EVERY SUMMER, IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, A DAY IS SET ASIDE FOR A
HOME SHOW. THE LOCAL MERCHANTS DISPLAY THEIR WARES ON TABLES ON
THE SIDEWALKS OUTSIDE OF THE STORES. PRICES ARE GREATLY REDUCED.
THEY DISPLAY HOUSEHOLD MERCHANDISE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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MAGIC OF SPEECH

TO KEEP SPOOKS AWAY WHEN WALKING PAST A CEMETERY, YOU MUST
WHISTLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LIVES NEXT TO A CEMETERY AND DID THIS EVERY TIME I
WALKED HER HOME.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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CARTELATTE

IT IS THE CUSTOM IN SOME ITALIAN HOUSEHOLDS TO MAKE A SPECIAL
KIND OF PASTRY AT CHRISTMAS TIME CALLED CARTELATTE. THE ENTIRE
FAMILY USUALLY PARTICIPATES IN THIS PROCESS. DOUGH IS FLATTENED
VERY THIN, THEN FRIED UNTIL CRISP. IT CAN BE COVERED WITH
HONEY AND SUGAR.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY MAKES THIS EVERY CHRISTMAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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GRADUATION OPEN HOUSE

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONIES AT TEN BROECK
ACADEMY IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, SOME PARENTS HOLD
OPEN HOUSES. FACULTY AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED FOR
DRINKS AND SANDWICHES, AND GIVE THE GRADUATING
STUDENT PRESENTS IN RETURN.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN A VOLUNTEER FIREMAN DIES IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW
YORK, A BLACK BANNER IS DRAPED ACROSS THE FRONT
WHEN A PERSON DIES IN THE VILLAGE OF FRANKLINVILLE,
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES DONATE BOOKS TO THE TOWN
OF THE FIRE HALL.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WAR-DEATH CUSTOM

WHEN A RESIDENT OF FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK DIES, IN
THE SERVICE OR IS KILLED IN ACTION, HIS NAME IS
ENGRAVED ON A MEMORIAL PLAQUE IN TEN BROECK
ACADEMY, FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- War

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUGAR SHANTY

IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, IT IS CUSTOMARY IN THE SPRING
TIME TO MAKE MAPLE SYRUP AND CANDY. INDIVIDUAL
FARMING FAMILIES MAY SET UP THEIR OWN SYRUP FACTORY,
CALLED A "SHANTY." (BECAUSE OF ITS APPEARANCE). A
PERSON UNFAMILIAR WITH THE AREA MIGHT TAKE THE SUGAR
SHANTY TO BE A STILL, THEY LOOK EXACTLY ALIKE.
A SHANTY IS MADE OF LOGS, CONSTRUCTED ALONG THE
SIMPLEST LINES, AND CONTAINS A GIANT VAT WHERE
THE SAP IS BOILED. THE BEST EXAMPLE IS A SHANTY
ON THE BACK ROAD BETWEEN FRANKLINVILLE AND FARMERS-
VILLE STATION.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Spring

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FOLLOWING A MARRIAGE IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK,
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES OF THE COUPLE FORM A PARADE
BEHIND THE WEDDING CAR. THIS PARADE WEAVES THROUGH
THE TOWN TOOTING CAR HORNS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.082

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MAPLE FESTIVAL

EVERY APRIL, THE FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK JUNIOR CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE SPONSERS THE MAPLE FESTIVAL. THIS IS HELD AT
FRANKLINVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL. INSIDE THE SCHOOL,
BOOTHS ARE SET UP BY BUSINESSMEN, FROM FRANKLINVILLE
AND NEIGHBORING TOWNS TO DISPLAY THEIR WARES. MAPLE
SYRUP IS PREPARED IN A WOODEN "SUGAR SHANTY" OUTSIDE
THE SCHOOL. THE SAP IS COLLECTED BY THE JAYCEES, WHO
PUT BUCKETS ON ALL THE MAPLE TREES IN FRANKLINVILLE
(WHICH IS QUITE A FEW). THE AREA RESIDENTS WHO MAKE
THEIR OWN MAPLE SUGAR CANDY DISPLAY AND SELL IT INSIDE
THE SCHOOL. THE JAYCEES SPONSER A PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE
DINNER ON EACH DAY OF THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR. AN
ANTIQUE SHOW IS SET UP IN THE GYMNASIUM, WHERE ALL THE
ANTIQUE COLLECTORS AND DEALERS FROM THE AREA DISPLAY
THEIR WARES. CLASSES OR ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE SCHOOL
SET UP ICE CREAM, CANDY, SODA POP, AND HOT DOG STANDS
INSIDE AND OUT. A "MAPLE QUEEN" IS SELECTED FROM LOCAL
GIRLS AND IS CROWNED DURING THIS FESTIVAL. SHE LATER
COMPETES ON A STATEWIDE AND NATIONAL SCALE. A SQUARE
DANCE FOR THE ELDERS AND A ROCK AND ROLL DANCE FOR THE
YOUNGER PEOPLE ARE HELD ON THE FIRST NIGHT. THE
SCHOOL PLAY IS SOMETIMES PRESENTED THE SECOND NIGHT,
FOLLOWED BY A CONCERT FEATURING GROUPS SUCH AS A
BARBERSHOP QUARTET. ON THE THIRD DAY, ANTIQUE CARS FROM
ALL OVER NEW YORK STATE AND PENNSYLVANIA ARE DISPLAYED
ON THE FRONT LAWN OF THE SCHOOL. PRIZES ARE AWARDED IN
VARIOUS CATEGORIES.
THIS FESTIVAL DREW 10,000 PEOPLE IN 1971. FRANKLINVILLE
HAS A POPULATION OF 1800. THE ATTENDANCE INCREASES
EVERY YEAR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LUCK IN A BASKETBALL GAME

WHEN TAKING A FOUL SHOT DURING A GAME, I WOULD
DRIBBLE THE BALL EXACTLY FIVE TIMES BEFORE SHOOTING
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BEFORE PLAYING A REGULATION VARSITY BASKETBALL
GAME, I WOULD NOT TAKE OFF ANY WARM UP CLOTHES
UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT, OR IT WOULD BRING
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EXPLANATION OF NAME, "MURDER HILL"

THERE IS A STRETCH OF NARROW, WINDING ROAD ON THE SIDE OF A HILL
JUST OUTSIDE OF LITTLE VALLEY, NEW YORK. SIGNS AT EACH END OF THIS
LONG ROAD CALL IT "MURDER HILL."
ONE EXPLANATION OF THE NAME IS THE FACT THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT
COULD EASILY HAPPEN THERE.
ANOTHER EXPLANATION IS A LEGEND THAT A MAN KILLED HIS WIFE AND
THEN HIMSELF IN A HOUSE NOT FAR FROM THE ROAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): ETYMOLOGY ; Murder Hill ; Origin ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- S478

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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