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Meeting Places (MOP 03)

A meeting place the “Northfield Hall”

Shortly after this photo was taken the Old Northfield Hall was demolished…..

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Memories of Northfield Center Town Hall By Vivian Burns Transcribed by Michaela Schoeffler

In the 30’s the Town Hall was a hub of action on Thursday nights. Mr. North, the traveling movie man came to Northfield. He traveled from small town to small town each night of the week.

In those days the Town Hall structure was much the same as it is today, with the exception of a balcony. I didn’t know when the balcony was enclosed for meeting rooms. The older people and young children sat on the main floor, and the teenagers occupied the balcony.

Every 20 minutes or so the reel had to be changed and the lights came on. Most of the young people made a run for the basement to the bucket of water. Everyone drank from the same water dipper. Ugh!

Also in the basement was a holding cell, and often when we went down for water we would harass the prisoner who was more than likely the town drunk.

Mrs. Alta Burns played the piano. While the horses raced across the screen her piano almost arose from the floor.

In the early 60’s and 70’s there was a group of about 24 couples that formed a dinner dance club one Saturday of the month. Groups of 6 would meet at an assigned home for a lovely dinner and then all groups met at the Town Hall for dancing.

The Town Hall interior was decorated by a different committee each month according to the theme of the month. (Holidays or special occasion) This group died out in the late 70’s.

These are fond memories of the old Town Hall.

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    • # Pete

      would love to see the pre edit version. looks like a great scene

      2010.12.09 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      Really nice edit... always sad when pieces of history are torn down.

      2010.12.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      such a deep post Artbee!
      I must confess these places always bring us memories..is a pity sometimes they have to be destroyed :(:(
      Loved the post process!

      2010.12.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Great meeting place for the theme! Thanks for the memories....and the photo is great! "If walls could talk...."

      2010.12.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Huiching

      This is just sweet. Thanks for sharing us your beautiful memory and great photo. Neat edit.

      2010.12.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jon Laysell

      Sad it was demolished - all those memories. I take it you took the photo when the local bicycle club were meeting there ;-)

      2010.12.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Karman

      Wonderful that you captured the old place prior to the demolition...nice.

      2010.12.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Redro

      Yes, I missed the commentary at first but I came back and read everything....It really made me imagine all those things....How strange...It seemed to happen hundreds of years ago but it was "only" 80 years ago.....How contrasting is to the present Movie Theatres and Dancing Clubs :))......If someone from that era would travel in time to the present, they will be so shocked...but so we would be if we could travel in the future ;)

      2010.12.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Redro

      ...Nice post processing...

      An awesome story about old times....too bad the building hasn't been preserved

      2010.12.05 Edited Reply Cancel

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