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October 17, 2013

Hungarian Society to host Oct. 26 dinner and Harvest Dance

Terre Haute’s First Hungarian Working Men’s Society will host its annual Hungarian Harvest Dance fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26, at the Hungarian Hall, at 22nd and Linden streets, one block south of Maple Avenue. Admission at the door is $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 12 years old and free for those under 5.

A Hungarian dinner of stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, green beans and other dinner selections will be available for $7, or $3 for an entree only. Hungarian pastries will be featured, as well, and a cash bar will be available.

Food can also be purchased for carryout, which will not require an admission ticket.

Ambush will provide entertainment from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. A silent auction, which will include handmade items from artisans in Hungary, will also take place during the dance.

“Hungarian Recipes,” a Hungarian cookbook, will also be available for purchase. This is a collection of family recipes that have been handed down through the generations and have not been published before. It was compiled by Whitney Pope and published by Penfield Books, and includes several recipes contributed by Hungarian Lodge members.

The tradition of a harvest dance was started many years ago in Hungary. Most Hungarians lived off the land, and after working in the fields all summer, tending to the grapes and orchards, they celebrated harvest time with a dance and get-together.

A feature of the harvest dance is fruit hanging above the dance floor; dancers try to steal the fruit while dancing. Children in attendance are recruited to watch the dancers and catch them in the act.

The dancers are then taken before the “judge” and fined or sentenced to “jail,” where friends and relatives must bail them out.

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