Dear Sun Spots: I have two queries. Does anyone in the area accept used greeting cards of all types for recycling? I have a lot to give. Does anyone ever remember if the term “shivaree” was ever used in Maine long ago to describe a big surprise party or house-warming? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: We’re not aware of any groups in the area that accept used greeting cards at this time, but you can send the card fronts to St. Jude’s, 100 St. Jude’s St., Boulder City, NV 89005. If any person or group is interested in the cards, please contact the column.

In response to the second request, it seems you are correct. According to wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, a shivaree (or charivari or chivaree) is a term for a “clamorous salutation made to a newlywed couple by an assembled crowd of neighbors and friends. The shivaree was often conducted in the middle of the night with the party of friends and neighbors sneaking up on the couple’s home. They would bring pots and pans to bang on or other noise makers, and sometimes a few men would stealthily climb up on the roof.”

This would wake up the couple and when they would come outside to investigate the noise, the group would then wish them a blissful marriage, and the couple would of course be obligated to serve snacks and refreshments.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for cucumber seeds called “Long Green.” The Farmington Farmers Union used to carry them, but changed seed companies. Does anyone know where they can be purchased? – E.L., Vienna.

Answer:
They “Long Green Improved” seeds can be ordered through Heirloom Seeds, www.heirloomseeds.com. Orders for the summer and fall shipments can be placed online. One packet includes 60 seeds for $1.25.

We spoke with an employee at the Farmington Farmers Union who noted that they are using the same seed company, Ferry, but the company did not send those particular seeds this year. She noted that they have some comparable seeds from a different company, Bentley, which you might want to try. Look for Marketmore, Straight Eight or Burpless seed packets.


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