In Rhode Island we have something that I think may be unique to this little state of ours - well, actually we have lots of things that make us unique, but the one I am referring to is "a time."
Sooner or later everyone in Rhode Island ends up going to a "time." By that, I mean an event, usually a fundraiser of some sort. Typically it's for someone who is running for office or is down on their luck. Maybe they had an illness, or an accident of some sort and their bills are piling up.
I think that it is mostly our Italian-American population that coined the term "time," though I am not completely sure of it. I am pretty sure that the meaning is that when you go to "a time" it means that you will spend some time with that person and his or her family and friends. There may be raffles to up the amount of money raised.
Friends and families get together and plan this "time." It may include a dinner which is usually chicken, but always has pasta in the menu. Or it could be cocktails and appetizers only - to keep the overhead down, of course. Most times, though, the location has been donated because a family member or a friend or a friend of a family member or a friend of a friend of a family member or a friend of a friend of a friend owns it. It's a small little world here in the Ocean State, that's for sure.
Example: My brother Michael turned in his license plate a few years ago when he bought a new car. Sometime after that I went to a friends party that was not "a time" although they are a political family. I saw Michael's old license plate on a car that I didn't recognize. Parked in front of it was Michael's car. When I got in the house I found out that Dave, my brother's best friend from high school, now had Michael's old license plate!
So anyway, I am going to a "time" later this month. It's a fundraiser for my god daughter, Rachel, who is running for Cranston City Council - Ward 6. Rachel, who I am quite proud of, has become quite the activist since she has married and had a child. And she has a strong passion to keep the quality of life in her city. I am hoping that the "time" that is being held raises lots of money for her to be victorious in her campaign. This "time" will take place at the Kelley-Gazzaro Post on Plainfield St. in Cranston on August 21st at 6:30 pm, which, coincidentally I used to go to for dances and singles parties! (Again, small world here)
I hope all who know about it come to it with their checkbooks. Remember there is a $2,300 limit for any contributions.