|14th century Charivari|
And then there was the reception at Aunt Betty's house where the church ladies brought the best potluck any country community could have produced.
But Hal? Forget the wedding cake made by his mother. Forget the beef pot roast Aunt Betty made. Get me outta here.
When nightfall neared, Hal experienced an eagerness for this night with his new bride. For two months, Hal had dreamed of this night, when clothes came off, when he leaped into the bed with voluptuous Brenda. Oh boy Oh boy Oh boy.
Lights flickered off and darkness fell. Step one, step two, and then--oh boy--step three.
Step three was about to start until outside every window, the worst racket exploded.
Entire farming community was there, beating pots and pans with utensils. Every child raced around the house yelling and screaming as only children can do. It was a hell of a racket that could not ignore.
Barely pulling on clothes before the invasion, Brenda was bright red and Hal was as furious as any new groom could be when step three was about to commence. Then all his farmer friends and wives burst through the kitchen door, carrying leftovers from the reception.
When the newly wedded couple emerged from their rumpled bed, cheers went up. Men clapped Hal on the back saying vulgar obscenities. The women embraced Brenda and giggled, whispering unknown words.
When the laughing farming community left after a few hours, newlyweds dropped into their wedding bed. Looking fondly at each other, both agreed that tomorrow morning would be better for step three.
Here is a telling from a man earlier in the 1900s telling how the old shivarees were done:
|Time for a shivaree|
From early 1900s, one Kansan recalls when he married, he was "shivareed good":
"Those shivaree clowns and their wives busted right into our house and dragged us out by force. I fought, but it was no use.
They set my young bride in a wheelbarrow that hadn't been greased for years. And they made me push her in the wheelbarrow down our main street to a beer palace. It seemed like miles.
They forced me, and I mean forced, to treat all that crowd to beer and salami and rye bread and to cigars and candy and so on, in fact to about everything eatable and drinkable in the joint.Then they put my bride back in the wheelbarrow and made me push her home again..."
Oh, those good old days.
Ever been part of a shivaree? Give details.