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May Day Traditions Shine Bright on Cloudy Day
Posted 05/01/2019 05:34PM

Children dressed in spring attire sang and danced around a Maypole as part of the traditional May Day Celebration at Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences.

As is the long-standing tradition, Lower School children opened the program by singing Unite and Unite. The processional was led by the “Hobby Horse” and its teaser who skipped in figure-eights around the Maypole. Music Teacher Anna Pollitt played the keyboard and guitar, leading different grade groups in songs and dances, including a Morris dance with sticks and the traditional weaving of ribbons.

Retired music teacher Nancy Taylor nurtured the May Day celebration of folk music and dance over the years at Barnesville, and her husband built the Maypole. Ms. Pollitt has maintained traditions while also adding new elements like poetry.

The celebration closed with the entire Lower School singing the May Day Carol, with each student leaving a "Branch of May" under the Maypole.

Clouds and a few sprinkles did not damper the springtime spirits of families who enjoyed a picnic lunch after.

Photos are on Facebook.

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