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Hi-jinks is also known as high-jinks or high jinks and is derivative of the Bohemian Grove in San Francisco in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Reference can be found in Wikipedia under the following rubric:

Bohemian Grove

“Every year the club hosts an annual three week camp at Bohemian Grove, which is notable for its illustrious guest list and its eclectic Cremation of Care ceremony which mockingly burns "Care" (the normal woes of life) with grand pageantry, pyrotechnics and brilliant costumes, all done at the edge of a lake and at the base of a forty-foot 'stone' owl statue. In addition to that ceremony, there are also two outdoor performances (dramatic and comedic plays), often with elaborate set design and orchestral accompaniment. The more elaborate of the two is the Grove Play, or High Jinks, the more ribald is called Low Jinks. More often than not, the productions are original creations of the Associate members but active participation of hundreds of members of all backgrounds is traditional.”

Addendum: “On the last Saturday of each month, (1904) ladies were allowed to penetrate the famous rooms (of the Bohemian Club), and on rare occasions each summer they were admitted to observe the Jinks — High and Low — featured at their Bohemian Grove in what is now Muir Woods.” [1]

Simon concluded the topic: “The Jinks were theatricals not unlike collegiate revues, and the club's ambiance bordered on the giddy.Their redwood grove, sixty miles north of San Francisco on the Russian River, was depicted by one member as a midsummer night's dream.”

-- (talk) 00:46, 14 August 2009 (UTC)Graeme Waymark, Ottawa, ON

  1. ^ The Biography of Alice B. Toklas by Linda Simon, a Discus book, published by Avon Books (Hearst), 1978; page 31