Ben and Eli talk about the multiple hats they were as part of their civic duties. Eli is the town sheriff, and leader of most town festivities. Ben is Fire Chief, and decides he wants to throw a Fireman’s Ball. Will support for the ball cause a shift in the social powers in town? Gossip flies over the small town social register. Cliff and Alice join the discussion of the political shift, then Cliff sings, Your Baby Days.
Ben wants his ball done proper, and arrives to discuss his plans with the group. What food should be served? Should the firemen wear uniforms? What about dance music? All his friends offer help, all but the jealous Eli. The choir sing, Just a Poem at Twilight. Who can predict whether the ball will be a sucess? Patience tries to use her hobby of astrology to make her own prediction.
After more details are hashed out, Ben sings, Over the Dark Blue Sea. Ben includes even dressing up in costumes, but has all his ideas failed? Will Eli get on board with his social skills to lend a hand? The choir sings the hymn, When the Role is Called up Yonder.
Moral of the story: Be kind to one another.