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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Log Cabin Questers

Jun 09, 2014

Log Cabin Questers met at the home of Karen Lyons on June 5, 2014, for a “Wedding Party.” Eleven members and two guests, Pat Renaud and Denise Preston, were present. Roll call was answered by members and guests sharing wedding items: wedding photos, dresses, cake toppers, and bouquets.

Sheila Gerot, president, discussed applying for a grant from the State and National Questers for the restoration of Log Cabin in Sunset Park. Log Cabin member Sheila Gerot offered to open up her farm gardens for a tour this summer as a fundraising project. She will contact the other two Quester groups in Washington in order to apply for a Quester grant. Sheila Gerot and Sharon Hahn will be attending a Quester state meeting in Decorah June 6-7.

Dorothy Koehler presented the program “I Do, I Do.” Dorothy gave many interesting facts about wedding customs from around the world from 4,500 years ago to the present. The customs of today are celebrated from many of these origins, which included wild, rowdy feasts and much dancing. She told about the different expectations of the bride, such as dress, makeup, hair, and bouquets. Many customs included property rights, bonds, and pre-nuptials. In 1775 the marriage was void if the bride wore makeup. Flowers were always important and had different meanings. Wedding cakes were served in medieval times.

A fun time was enjoyed by everyone telling about their wedding and customs, such as throwing the bouquet, throwing of garters, honeymoons, going-away dresses, photos, and toasts to the bride and groom.

Wedding refreshments — wedding cake, punch, coffee, tea, champagne, nuts and mints — were presented and served by hostess Karen. A fun time was had by all present.

The July meeting will be at Riverside touring St. Marys’ church, with Billie Nickolan as hostess.

 

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