…Cause a Detroit Party don’t stop!
The Detroit Drunken Historical Society hosts a book club and its current read is The Civil War of 1812 by Alan Taylor. Tasty beverages? History? Of course I started reading Taylor’s book as soon as I could get my hands on it. And in chapter one I came across this passage describing my home town around 1800:
The moral and pious Protestant sorts who kept travel journals also disliked the loose morals and abundant festivities of Detroit, especially in winter. A missionary concluded that Detroit habitants were “a thoughtless and wicked, a cheerful and good-natured people.” That good nature appears in their persistent hospitality to such censorious visitors.
It seems our love of festivities has deep roots!