Previously we explored a variety of different parties and celebrations around Elk River. The lemon party, an event for ladies with admission being one lemon. The lemons are used in various games. The highlight of the evening arrived when the ladies made lemonade out of the admission fees.
The Sherburne County Star News documented a variety of similar celebrations. On October 17, 1912, a particularly unique party invitation graced the pages of the newspaper: “The Christian Endeavor will give a necktie social this evening.”
The newspaper announced, “Ladies are requested to wear aprons and bring a necktie to match, sealed in an envelope. These will be distributed to the gentlemen and the wearer of your necktie eats supper with you.” The brief announcement guaranteed a “big supper” and fun for all. “Everybody is invited, the older people as well as the young folks.”
There are no reports for the success of the party, hosted at the home of Fred Nickerson. Yet, the unique nature of the event suggests the creativity of party planners flourished in Elk River.
1917 Concert Celebration at the bandstand in Elk River.
Photo part of SHC collections 1990.200.645