Essay

Half a Day on Sunday

The grocery cooperative became a social group as well as a business community. At annual banquets and beach outings, grocers and their families established and nurtured a sense of community. On Sunday afternoons, many stores closed, and families picnicked at Hains Point or in Rock Creek Park, or had a rare meal out at Solomons—a kosher restaurant on Kennedy Street, NW.

Annual DGS banquet, 1927

Annual DGS banquet, 1927

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DGS also organized outings to Bay Ridge near Annapolis, one of the few beaches open to Jews. At the time, almost all beaches on the Chesapeake Bay excluded Jews and other minorites. In the late 1940s, DGS-storeowner Paul Kerman gathered a group of Jewish grocers to purchase a large piece of beachfront property from the federal government on Drum Point, near Solomons, Maryland. DGS families bought lots there and built summer homes, and Drum Point became a resort for the DGS community.

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