young ladies on their way to a pie supper

These young ladies may well be on their way to a pie supper, in the hopes that certain young men will bid on their pies! Photo Courtesy of the Sibyl Parrish Collection

For years, pie and box suppers were a common venue for courting couples, where the young, and not-so-young, man could bid on a pie or box in the hopes that it had been brought in by the girl of his dreams. Participants at the White River Valley Historical Society’s upcoming pie supper and jam session will be able to enjoy this experience, as well as traditional music and a short program on other courting customs.

The event, held in conjunction with the Society’s current “Ozark Romance” exhibit, will be held at the Taney Center on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 6:30 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pie or dessert, which will be sold to the highest bidder by Rick Findley of Mountain Country Auctions, with proceeds to benefit the WRVHS. Following a brief program on courtship traditions in the Ozarks, the auction and musical jam session will take place, and will run through 10:00 pm. For more information, call 417-546-2210.