It was Joe McEnroe bringing them homemade ice cream as they rebuilt a one-room schoolhouse in the heat of summer that created the After School Boys Club in Amenia, New York. After that project was complete the septa- and octo-genarians continued to meet weekly to ponder the present and reminisce about the past. When member Bill Burke bought a tattered 1915 farm journal at a yard sale, a glorious new project began. Identifying the author as Ed Dean was not difficult. Reading and discussing the journal sparked their own memories and led to long conversations about the farm work most Club members had known so well. Forays were made to explore every aspect of the vanished world captured by Dean - beekeeping, ice cutting, milking, stump-blasting, wood-cutting, apple-growing - and aspects of the community life he recorded - the Grange, baseball, blizzards, the movies, sleigh-rides, weddings, funerals. The more that Club members talked about farming and its dramatic transformation during their lifetimes, the more they realized that much of importance has been lost with the passing of the old ways. Publishing Ed Dean's journal, along with their commentaries on it, offers readers both a lesson and a gift - a lifeline back to a time some readers will remember and some will wish they had known. "The most valuable thing we have in life is time," notes Class Secretary Julian Strauss, "and this book is a study of how people used to use their time."
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Book Description Fencepost Productions, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0982453043