Free High Society Depression Parties
In January 1933 ice skating took over formal parties, replacing social affairs in Spokane.
Society spent its spare time, both day and evening, following the sport of winter fun.
Great indoor parties were now considered dull compared to the invigorating pastime of gliding over the ice.
The only kind of weather that kept people home was sitting by a crackling fire and thawing out.
The outdoor atmosphere added much to the enjoyment of ice skating. The snow-covered landscape, the sunshine turning the snow and ice into sparkling wonders, and the deep black sky filled with incredible stars- all gave the party a magical effect.
Colorful costumes, giant bonfires, and wonderful assorted sandwiches were all part of the outing.
For the elderly, there were sitting spots near the fire to just attend and gossip.
Women discovered this ideal new program was well suited for a daytime event. The wealthier liked to skate in the morning, have a no-host luncheon at some favorite restaurant, and then retire to an afternoon foursome of bridge back at the hostess's house.
In the evening groups of friends went to the ponds and rinks together.
The crowd mostly gathered at someone's home after their exercise for informal outdoor impromptu meals, winter games, and just exchanging news of the very poor economy and world events.
This was the new, inexpensive, and fun-filled way people entertained during the Great Depression.