The barge left New Hope and headed upstream at three in the afternoon. On board were the Palmer Squares, the Plainfield Revelers, the Suburban Squires, and a group of singing wives who, later that evening, made their first appearance as the Opposite Sextet. Sixty-five people made that barge trip, a maximum load for the boat. In the barge’s front hold was a huge supply of ice and beer. The party was well underway by the time it arrived at its destina- tion. On the way, some enthusiasts, inspired by the canal water, had swum a length or two, others jumped in, some might have been nudged. The barge was anchored in an isolated grove, and hamburgers, hot dogs, grills, and charcoal were taken ashore for a cookout.
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