SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1972



SOOT IN THE FLUES

Well, it's here the Reunion time is in full swing now good times are a daily diet as the folks tour from one show to another renewing friendships and making new friends. Do hope you all get the enjoyment you seek through this medium.

Had occasion recently to attend a beautiful Polish wedding in Shamokin and would like to share the experience with you. Our daughter, Dana Fortenbaugh, was one of the bridesmaids and the bride was a long time friend of Dana's throughout the school years. The wedding was held in St. Joseph's Church in Shamokina very modern looking church and proved to be very mod. Mrs. Kenneth Moraski was a bridesmaid while Mrs. Michael Swartz was matron of honor. Brother Ken was best man and brothers, Zigmund and John Moraski were ushers. The music in the service was all by guitar and was lovely, and of course accompanied by singing. A huge banner up front proclaimed: I TOM take thee KAREN to be my wife also on the banner was a cross and two wedding rings. It was here that Karen Beers and Thomas Moraski were united in matrimony.

They received communion, although Karen was not Catholic and also did her bridesmaid and escort. (This is quite unusual as I know that many churches do not allow this personally I think Father Casey will draw more folks into his fold by being this generous.)

Following the ceremony there was great rejoicing and partying at a Hall in the area where a sit-down dinner was served to 230 and the band started its numerous polkas, mod music and some hits of the Big Band Era. Highballs, beer, and sodas were a-plenty but no one abused the privilege. The wedding party was so pretty in their peach and white gowns outdone only by the bride's ensemble. Brides always have that extra beauty don't you think? They had the traditional bouquet throwing, the garter tossing and then the Bride's dance in this case the bride and groom took turns dancing with anyone who deposited money in the apron held by one of the brides maids it netted $126. to be used on the honeymoon.

Another little different custom was a man came to the house and followed the bride out to the car before the wedding playing the Polish Wedding March on an accordian. There was great joy, many gifts, including way over $1000. in cards with money.

Later in the evening a huge buffet was again arrayed and the guests ate as though they had not just consumed a large meal several hours previous.