The Mother's Circle meets next Wednesday night at the Centre school, with Mrs. Harry Munsey, Mrs. Ernest Cole and Mrs. Robert Brown as hostesses.
The Parent-Teachers' Association held its annual meeting at the close of the school demonstration. The officers elected were: president, Mrs. Wilson Olney; secretary, Miss Etta Blake; treasurer, Mr. Edgar Howe.
The Monday club will hold its annual outing Monday next, May 25. The plans are a trip to Magnolia, each member taking a picnic lunch. Mrs. Wilson Olney has charge of the automobiles and each member is requested to notify her before Saturday noon, if she is able to go.
Mrs. Mary G. Chipman, of Somerville, Mass., with Miss Martha Chipman and Mr. John Chipman were weekend guests of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Ward Sunday afternoon.
The brothers and sisters of the Godfrey family held an informal reunion, as Mrs. Marcia York of Kensington was also a guest in town.
Tuesday, Mr. William Cash passed another milestone in his life, so a party of ten young couples extended to him a surprise party to celebrate the occasion. The party was also a farewell party to Mrs. Fred Eldridge, mother of our district nurse, Miss Dorothy Eldridge, who is returning to her home in Maine after an extended visit here, in Boston, Mass., and New York. The evening was spent in dancing and games. The party presented to the host a smoking set filled with all the necessities of a smoker.
Memorial Day the Visiting Nurse Association is to have a tag day, which will cover the town and beach. The proceeds will go to pay the expenses of a Free Baby Clinic, which the district nurse is anxious to carry on through the hot summer months. There are enough babies in town and the mothers should feel very glad that our health guardian in the person of Miss Eldridge wants to keep the well babies well and give the sickly ones a chance to gain. The plan is to have the babies brought to the clinic once every two weeks, where their weight and height will be recorded and a general examination will be given by the doctor working with Miss Eldridge. The future of our town rests on the young babies. Give them a good start in health and they will later show their appreciation. Memorial Day will be tag day and please be as liberal as you possibly can.
Saturday night an entertainment was held in the school, which took the form of a Theatrical Booking Agency. Mrs. Eva Dennett was the office girl who received the aspirants for a booking on the circuit. Master Joe Raymond was her able assistant as a typical office boy. The first number was a selection by the Mandolin and Guitar Quartette, which called forth remarks by the office boy. This number was followed by a short play, "A Large Order". Mr. Russell Leavitt and Mrs. Arthur Ward took the parts of Mr. and Mrs. Benedict who were still living in the glow of honeymoon days, while Mrs. Everett Nudd took the house by storm in her part of the Irish maid who tried her best to start a fight. Mrs. Wilson Olney then read two humorous selections from Jerome K. Jerome's works. The final number was a song fest with Mrs. Wilda Bernard and Mr. Chester Grady as the stars. Each sang a number of selections separately, then together they gave "The Refrain" and "I Will Give You the Gates of Heaven." Mr. John Chapman was their accompanist. Both have very powerful voices, but in the power the sweet qualities are not lost and the blending of the two voices was a rare treat, which those who were privileged to hear will not soon forget. Mr. Grady gave a short talk on his interview and tryout before Madam Shuman-Heink and read a letter he had received from her wishing him every success in his musical future. The entertainment netted $50.25, which will be used to buy silver for the dining room.
Friday night, May 22, the double quartette of the High school and the orchestra are giving a musical evening at the Centre school at 8 P. M. The tickets will be 25 cents. The young people under Mrs. Coombs' efficient leadership have worked hard all the year and the affair Friday night is one everyone in town should hear. The money will go to buy additional music supplies for the orchestra.
Miss Alice Day, the County Home Demonstration Agent will be at the Grange hall on Tuesday, May 26, at 10:00 A. M. to help the Ladies in basket making. At noon a basket lunch will be served. In the afternoon at 2:30, in the school building auditorium a bread making demonstration will be held. All ladies are invited to both meetings.
Hampton is in the list of winners in the Boston Post Cross-Word Puzzle Contest, one prize (said by some to be the grand prize of $500) going to Mrs. E. A. Page of Hampton Beach.
A meeting was held at the home of Rev. E. E. Eno on Monday evening, with the object in view of organizing a Junior Christian Endeavor Society. Seventeen young people were present. Frances Drew was elected president for the first six months; Roger James, vice-president; Allan Cleveland, secretary; and Luella Hobbs, treasurer. Mr. Ball was elected chairman of the devotional committee; Charles Collins, chairman of the lookout committee, whose duty it is to lookout for new members. Owen Redman was elected to take charge of the social committee. The first regular meeting will be held on Sunday evening, May 24, at 6 o'clock.
Perkins Post, G. A. R. and W. R. C. with all other organizations who will come, are invited to attend service at the Baptist church on Sunday next, where Rev. Mr. Eno will preach to them. All are cordially invited to attend. On Friday afternoon, there will be exercises in the schools after which the children will march to the cemetery to place flowers on the soldiers' graves. There will be no exercises in the hall this year, as the few remaining soldiers are not able to attend, but at 2 o'clock there will be some exercises in the cemetery and the usual decoration of the soldiers' graves by Perkins Post. Mr. Grady has kindly consented to sing at that time and there will be other exercises. All interested are invited to be present.
Friday evening the Centre school was ablaze with light and enthusiasm, as the first annual demonstration of the actual workings of the school was held. School was dismissed at noon not to meet again until 7:30 P. M. The classes entered the building in their usual manner and at the signal from the bells the work was begun. As the spectators and interested parents entered the building "time-tables" were handed them which had been printed in the school print shop by the students. Full information was given as to the rooms and studies going on. The domestic science class prepared and served a supper to the visiting school-boards from Newcastle, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton Falls, Seabrook and the board of Hampton. The teachers and students carried on their work in a most admirable manner, for the occasion was unusual. The dismissal bell was rung at 9 o'clock and though the littlest tots were rather tired the routine was carried out.
Mrs. Harry Moore entertained a party of ten on Thursday evening. Whist was the game of the evening, after which the hostess served ice cream and cake.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Yeaton entertained at a dinner party, Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Frank V. Brown and family of Newburyport, Mass.
On next Friday evening, May 22 at 8 o'clock, the Musical Organizations of the Hampton schools will give a concert in the auditorium at the Centre school. The programme will consist of selections by the school orchestra and the Academy double quartette, assisted by Mrs. Doris Cowden Currier, soprano soloist. The proceeds from the concert will be used toward purchasing additional instruments for the school orchestra. A large attendance is desired and a pleasant evening of music is assured.
Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Arthur Sears entertained at a tea she gave for Mrs. Drew Bernard and the teachers. A very pleasant afternoon was spent with sewing and the cordiality that goes with a friendly cup of tea.
The H. T. G. Club was entertained by Mrs. Frank Coffin as hostess at Mrs. Hobb's Tea Room Thursday afternoon. The winners of the afternoon were Mrs. Frank Brooks, Mrs. William Cash, with Mrs. Ruth Palmer, carrying off consolation honors. A very lovely supper, for which Mrs. Hobbs is justly famous, was served by the hostess.
A splendid opening service is being arranged at the Community church, Hampton Beach, for Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, May 31. The sermon will be by Rev. Moses H. Lovell. There will be good music. The dedication of the church will be on July 5 at 10:30 A. M.
An apron social will be held in the Methodist vestry on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, under the auspices of the W. C. T. U. This is the regular monthly meeting and Mrs. Millie Hobbs of Portsmouth will be present and speak and sing. Light refreshments will be served. All women are invited. There is no more worthwhile organization in the world and because the scope of its work is so wide and far reaching it should include every woman in one or more of its great activities.
A surprise party was given Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hobbs on Tuesday evening. It partook of the nature of a housewarming and was attended by members of the Baptist parish and S. S. of which Mr. Hobbs is superintendent. Vocal and instrumental music. An original poem was read by Eloise Lane, and two selections recited by Mr. Eno finished the entertainment. Before leaving a fine rocking chair was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs, to which they both responded in words of thanks and appreciation. Refreshments of ice cream with strawberry sauce and cake brought to a close a very pleasant evening.