Lot 64 was brimming with social activities in the early 1900’s. Sometimes events were purely social, but often they had an element of work to them as well. Farmers would have barn raising parties and “stumping frolics”; women would have spinning parties or quilting bees. Gatherings like this ensured that everyone got their work done in good time and with good company. Neil MacNeill of Little Sands caught the tail end of stumping frolics in the community, attending just one in his day:
Stumpin’ had gone out about …1920. People stopped stumpin’ then and there was just one stumpin’ frolic in my time, and that was a property I owned after that, they had quite a gang o’ men come in to stump, but uh, that was the tradition that they always had lots o’ rum and the fella showed up too early an’ they didn’t get much done after that…22.
And in terms of ladies gatherings, Salome MacLeod recalled community spinning parties:
…each woman would take their spinning wheel and spin all day. The different sizes of yarn would be available for each ones need and such delicious meals would be served. How we enjoyed the chatter and laughter of our friends.”23.
Church based activities were a close second to work based ones, with church picnics and teas bringing people out in their Sunday best. The annual boat races at the tea party were a community favorite! But there was something else going on in the community as well...