Chowder and Marching Society
SCHULTZ at COMPUSERVE.COM
Sun Nov 3 15:05:11 UTC 2002
Barry Popik asked about the above.
Generically (all l/c), the term "chowder and marching society" (or "club")
seems to be pretty widely used to denote any civic/get-together group that
combines community service with social interaction.
Groups so named formally ("Chowder and Marching Society") appear to go back
to the mid-19th century. A column in the Maine Journal for 3 July 2000
refers to a town's "Chowder and Marching Society band," described as "a
venerable institution founded during the Civil War..." The account goes on
to describe the group's activities during the 1880s.
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