By the storytellers of the Huntington
Once upon a time, there were ten lovely ladies who loved music. They met every Saturday to make music together.
I think that's their teacher in the middle - she doesn't have an instrument - lots of music books.
They're at the garden of Berkley High School.
Half of 'em play squeezeboxes (accordion), half of 'em play git fiddles - they look like banjos.
Long hair is in style - this is the bobby socks era.
It's the 1930s: spring in the afternoon - they are getting ready for the spring concert. They play country music.
They're all very happy. Well, about half of 'em: others came because their parents told them to.
They're in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
Left to Right:
Mary: left her little lamb at home - she's very happy.
Margaret: she's happy to be there too.
Madge: she's also happy to be there.
Beverly: likes to play Revelie on guitar (that should be interesting!).
Mrs. Smith: she's been teaching 42 years. She seems pretty happy with what she's doing. She also teaches etiquette to the girls. She feels tires. She plays "accordion" to the rules. She has a ring, quite a large ring, from Mr. Smith. He's in Washington. He's a senator and Mrs. Smith goes to Washington on the weekends (they made a movie about them). She wears stockings and all the girls wear socks.
Madge: she smiles, she's pretty happy.
Beverly: she really is happy - she has prettier socks than all the rest of 'em. It's certainly the skirt era.
Natalie: she's a happy girl. She's been playing to accordion 4 years.
Flossie (Florence): she's not happy: she'd rather be with the boys. She'd rather be any place but here. She's the only one who's really sad. She also forgot her pick.
Melissa: she has her guitar - she looks pretty happy.
They dream of men and marriage.
They're all excellent students: they all want to play with Lawrence Welk's orchestra.
The principal of the school took the photo for publicity for the concert.
First, they had breakfast: bacon, eggs, grits, yogurt, glass of milk.
They were in the classroom getting read for the picture. They were all honors students: that's why there were allowed to be in the musical group.
Some of the could be mothers.
They all sing country music.
A favorite request is "Your Cheating Heart."
They perform two concerts per year: one in the fall and one in the spring.
Their families are perhaps pretty proud of them.
People coming to the concert are parents and grandparents, classmates, siblings (some of them HAVE to go: "Mind your manners!").
Next, they went to class, they rehearsed, then they went home.
The concert is next Friday night.
The night of the concert, they are happy to be there. They are all ready to go.
They hope the boys will come.
The concert went perfectly: they were relieved to have it over.
They each left with a boy as a prize for doing well.
And they all lived happily ever after.