Hard-Time Social

We’re not completely certain we understand the fun in a “hard-time” social, but if anyone knew how to enjoy themselves in 1903, the Royal Neighbors of Skidmore, Missouri, certainly did.  From the April 7, 1903 Skidmore Standard, page 4:

Royal Neighbors’ Hard-Time Social, Supper and Entertainment.

The Royal Neighbors will give a hard-time social, entertainment, and Easter supper at Cook’s opera house Saturday night.  They will have a nice decorated booth where they will have on sale Easter eggs of all colors and description.

Three prizes will be awarded to the tackiest dressers; one to the gentleman, one to the lady and one to the child that can dress themselves in the most ridiculous way.

A musical program will be rendered, consisting of music by the Skidmore orchestra and a number of vocal solos and duets.

No admission will be charged at the door, but to the supper you will have to pay the small sum of 25c.  This will be a mere trifle compared to the supper they will have.  You will certainly enjoy yourself if you attend.  Remember the date, Saturday night, April 11 — the next day is Sunday and you can sleep all day so don’t let being up late keep you from having a good time.