More than a week ago, when Morgan Fryer hosted Thanksgiving on her Reed Street home, the celebration brought them the taste of Halloween.
Fryer introduced her 1950s to her menu and outfits, inspired by her late grandmother, Virginia Smith.
Fryer lives in 188 Reed St., formerly her grandparents Ed and Virginia Smith. She has a good memory of celebrating the festival at that home during her growing up.
“Oh, God, yes – this is always the house we go to Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she said.
There is also a strong connection between Freire and her grandmother in the kitchen she is cooking now that pulls the roast turkey out of the oven.
“I have always seen this photo and have always liked the 1950s,” Flair said. “She talks to me, I want to do that.”
So she did it.
Frell bought a popular green chemise dress from the 1950s and consulted the recipes of that era on the Internet to add some family favorites.
She invited her guests to participate in this fun dress to prepare for the traditional Thanksgiving of the 1950s.
Her sister Holly Manslank is wearing a floral dress, and her brother Adam Fryer is wearing a bow tie and vest. Another guest was wearing a houndstooth jacket filled with a pipe; the other was a 1950s tanker.
Her aunt, Gail Tompkins, was unable to participate in Florida – but was impressed by the memories of her family who had contacted her in the past.
“[She did everything from roasting turkey to making the squid mousse appetizer of the 1950s,” Tompkins wrote. “She looks like the cover of a Good Housekeeping magazine.”
In addition to the squid mousse, Flair also prepared Manhattan, sidebars and old-fashioned traditional drinks – playing Cab Calloway music in the background.
People stop to drink, and the Thanksgiving dinner itself consists of eight people.
In addition to turkey, stuffing and bread rolls, Fryer’s menu also has her family’s favorite corn casserole (called “burial corn” because they always cook during bereavement); multi-layer strawberry gelatin (20 No stranger to the 1950s; mung bean casserole; sweet potato baked; and pineapple upside down cake dessert (hungry?).
There is no doubt that preparing for such a meal is a lot of work, but Flair, who moved into the house last year, is very happy to do so.
“I just want to continue to have this family tradition every holiday,” said Flair, who hopes that the theme of the 1950s will also be part of the celebration next year. And her aunt Gail Tompkins can also participate.
“I mean I bought that dress,” she said with a smile. “I want to get some consumption from it. Maybe this will become a new tradition.”