Sunday, February 21, 2016

Save the date

March 6, 2016 is the Box Social in Arriba.

What is a box social? This popular social custom has its roots dating back into the 1930's and 1940's. Its function was to raise money for whatever community project was needed, whether a school, a church, or an organization. Ladies or girls prepared individually prepared and contributed box dinners to be auctioned off to the participants, the highest bidder in each case often having the privilege of sharing the meal with its preparer. 

What should be in the box dinner?  The box dinner should contain a complete meal for two, including dessert. Possible meals could be fried chicken, barbecue ribs or sandwiches along with a salad, i.e. green, potato or macaroni and a dessert such as cookies, pie or cake. Drinks of coffee, tea and water will be provided.


The decorated box can be very simple or very elaborate depending on a person’s style, personality and creativity. The variety of decorated boxes vary from that of a box such as for a pair western boots, to buttons and bows, apples and pills, John Deere toys, a John Deere combine, and a Mexican serape or whatever strikes a person’s fancy. Perhaps one could be a flower garden…
Bring your family and friends, along with a box dinner for auction.  Part of the fun of this event is to keep the decorated box’s maker a secret from the husband or special friend.  Hopefully, he will be able to guess which one is her box and outbid the others for the opportunity to have supper with the box creator. Jake Michal of the well-known Michal Auction Service will be the auctioneer for the event and one can anticipate lots of joking, teasing and good natured competition during the bidding process.  Families who will be bringing children are asked to bring a box dinner for them.

Please join us for a trip down memory lane on March 6, 2016, from 5-8 p.m. at the Fellowship/Activity Building of Bethel Church, 9 miles north of Arriba.  With funds raised the work continues on the repairs and restoration of the building and kitchen area.

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