Chapters 7-8 Summary

Chapter 7: "Centennial Summer—1935"

On Joe and Mary Alice's last annual summer visit to Grandma Dowdel's, the town is in the midst of a gala celebration commemorating "A Century of Progress." Although Grandma feigns disinterest, she tells the children that there will be a talent show that they just might "look in on" and a parade that they can view from the porch.

Grandma sends her grandchildren up into the attic again, this time to search for appropriate old-time attire for all of them to wear to the festivities. Mary Alice discovers a lovely white dress with seed pearls and a bustle; she also finds a dandy black waistcoat with drainpipe pants, a string tie, and a derby hat. She convinces...

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