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Gobble Talk: Take a look back at a Thanksgiving activity from Charleston's past
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Let's take a trip back into the past to check out how some Charlestonians celebrated Thanksgiving through a love of reading.
The Book Lovers' Club of Charleston was founded in 1927 by African-American women who wanted to create a literary culture and social improvement for African-Americans in Charleston. The club operared from 1927 to 1969, working to combat racism and sexism through community projects across Charleston.
In one of those years, the club put together this "Gobble Talk" activity with a fill-in-the-blank poem, and the instructions to the "Going on a Trip" game. As the page reads, "let's have fun!"
There was a fine young man named Gurkey
Who went hunting for a ______________
He possessed a need distressing,
For he yearned for a fowl and _____________
His trusty shotgun filled with head
Soon found its way to turkey's ______________
He mourned the turkey, but its loss
Delighted him with cranberry _______________
Now Gurkey frowned on sliced tomato
But he did like his sweet ________________
When in the oven Gurkey whiffed it
He thought it turkey, but was ______________
While peans and beans soon went to beg,
Our Gurkey grabbed a turkey _____________
The teapot then began to sing
And Gurkey dived in for a __________________
Though Gurkey watched the others eat
He kept on gobbling good white ______________
With rolls that made the butter fly
Duear Gurkey longed for pumpkin ____________
At last when all the diners puffed,
'Twas Gurk' not turk' who then was ______________.