Hillcrest Grangers learned interesting New Year's traditions that are observed in other countries during their New Year's program held Jan. 9 in the community room of the Berlin office of Somerset Trust Co.
The David and Kathy Onstead family presented the program which featured New Year's traditions followed in Spain, China, Italy and Thailand as well as in the USA. In Thailand the New Year Festival of Songkran is celebrated by visiting family, parading statues of Buddha, and throwing water on passers-by.
Grangers also learned that the Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah and those following the Jewish religion eat apples and honey to symbolize a sweet New Year.
David Onstead narrated the program and called upon Hillcrest members to share remembrances of what they were doing in the early hours of Y2K (2000). Others members were asked to share highlights of their most memorable New Year's Eve celebrations.
Winners of the quiz on the New Year's traditions representing different countries were Virginia Hay, Beverly Truscott and Fay Walker.
The group was challenged to use each letter in "Happy New Year" to share what they hope to do or accomplish in the new year. The meeting also provided a good time to share news of the Grange families as well as happenings in local communities. Leon W. Paul, Master, conducted a short business meeting.
Hillcrest's next meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the home of David and Patricia Sue Paul at "Clover Hill Farm" in the Pine Hill area. The evening has been designated as "Toy Night" with members encouraged to display "toys" they have played with, collected, or added to their collections through the years. In charge of special displays are David Paul, Mike Walker and Colton Custer.
The program is planned to commemorate an event 40 years ago when David Paul and Mike Walker displayed their farm toys at an exchange program presented jointly by Hillcrest and Valley Granges at the Hyndman Grange in Bedford County.
The evening also features a cake and ice cream party.