Yes, I still try to say it on the first of the month. When did I first learn of this ritual? I can’t say for sure, but I think it was at Harand Camp — P&F year, when I was 15.
P&F was short for “Plain and Fancy,” for the cabins at Harand were named for musicals, with a few Western-themed exceptions. (Ponderosa and Rodeo.) The camp never mounted a production of P&F, which I believe is about New Yorkers among the Amish, but it did teach part of the score. Let’s see if I can remember what grows in Pennsylvania from A to Z. From memory, and I’m not going to cheat, unless singing to one’s self is a form of cheating:
Artichokes, Beets, Cauliflower, Dandelion Greens and Escarole. Fennel, Grapes and Honeydew Melons, Iceberg Lettuce for the salad bowl.
Juniper, Kale and Lovely Lentils, Melons, Nuts and Onions, too. Potatoes, Quince and Rutabagas, okay — I’ve completely run out of steam, and I was bluffing on a few of those. But I know there is some comedic wrangling over “X” and it ends with Zinnias! And I remember this verse:
All you need is field and a plow or two
And a bull who’s keeping company with a cow or two!
(Then you’ll have) Plenty of Pennsylvania!
Something, something meadows golden
And big red barns for holdin’
What goes to town on market day (on market day!)
Then you’ll have plenty of/plenty of/plenty of/plenty of
Plenty of Penn-syl-vane-eye-a!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hmmm. There was probably a reason we didn’t stage that show and I don’t think it was because Sulie and Pearl, the Harand sisters, were hostile to the Amish.
Which leads us to this question: What songs are stuck in _your_ heads?