Occasionally, there were little parties at school. Halloween--that sort of thing. But nothing too memorable.
|DD, doing Mexican Hat Dance|
Sadie Hawkins Day, 1961
Besides school dances in junior high there were also social events sponsored by our church youth group--Chi Rho--very tame events that involved fruit punch and vanilla wafers and much adolescent yearning for ... for what? I wasn't quite sure.
By high school, I was sure. But the dances and parties at Hiram High were awfully tame (by the standards of Superbad, let's day). Again, many of the events were sponsored by our church youth group--CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship). We had a New Year's Eve party each year (we all went home, sober and horny, about 12:05 a.m.). And a few other events. We had some cast parties, too, after the school plays. Also tame and booze-less.
I liked the parties in junior high and high school. I especially liked it when it was our class sponsoring the event. We got out of classes a couple of hours early to go decorate the gym--streamers from the basketball rims to the floor, tablecloths on card tables, record-player set up on the stage. Pretty exciting stuff. Lots of guys just sat in the bleachers and talked about (you know) and let the girls decorate. Women's Lib was a few years away.
And both proms I attended--junior and senior year--were tame affairs as well, at least among "my" crowd. No booze anywhere that I knew of. And even if there had been, I would not have taken any. I was still in the thrall of my religious upbringing (drinking was a sin--a sin, I discovered, that did not dissuade my parents, who had hidden some bottles of sherry here and there in the house; I found them--felt profoundly betrayed)--and I was an athlete (well, a Hiram athlete--there's a difference), and I thought alcohol would ruin my chances to play for the Tribe. (Actually, what ruined my chances of playing for the Tribe was my overall suckiness.)
I went to my first alcohol-soaked party at Hiram College, fall 1966. But let's put that one off till tomorrow.