Category: Maypole

A Look Back at Folk School May Day Celebrations

Wishing you a happy May Day! We’re looking forward to dancing around the May Pole together again, but until then, we put together this post filled with photos of years past, a video from 2011, and an excerpt by Nanette Davidson about May Day from The Folk School Cookbook. Enjoy!

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A Spring Tradition at the Folk School: Dancing around the Maypole

When winter fades and the trees and shrubs burst into glorious bloom, the Folk School tractor lumbers out of the shed and is given a circular turn to mow around the Maypole field. For the last dozen years or more it’s been Jan or John Clarke who climbs to the top of the twenty-foot pole and wedges there a wooden ring holding many pairs of colorful ribbons. As he lets each ribbon drop to the ground, the inevitable wind tangles them up faster than we can put them in the hands of eager children and “grown-ups,” ready to weave them around the pole to the sound of the fiddle, accordion, and banjo.

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Maypole Parade & Dance 2014

The Maypole Parade & Dance took place on May 3. Community folks gathered early to make wreaths, finish costumes, and prep puppets. The parade started at the Festival Barn. The motley and joyous procession marched through studio row to Keith House and ended by the May Pole. Nanette led the may pole dancers, including many local children, in several colorful and frolicking figures before the final weave. Then the Morris Dancers entertained the crowd with some lively dance numbers.

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