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May Day
Iris L.
Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020 5:34 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
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It's May Day.  Does anyone remember dancing around a May Pole in childhood?  I remember doing that in the very young grades, about kindergarten and first grade, in NYC in the mid 1950s.

Iris


Stuck in the middle
Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020 6:58 PM
Joined: 6/4/2017
Posts: 641


Yes.  Same time, but in SW Missouri.  Colored ribbons were tied to the top of the pole, and we wove them around the pole as we danced.
ladyzetta
Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020 8:00 PM
Joined: 2/16/2017
Posts: 846


Yes, the same time in Sacramento, Calif.  One of our closed restaurants in town today put one up with the ribbons already woven around the pole and a basket of flowers at the bottom of the pole.
Michael Ellenbogen
Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:50 AM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 3413


This was before my time.
BethL
Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:49 AM
Joined: 3/25/2015
Posts: 685


We made May baskets which contained candy, and often popcorn and violets. We placed them on a doorstep, rang the doorbell, and ran. The recipient was supposed to run after us and kiss us!
jfkoc
Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:53 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18855


Irish May Day;

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Beltane


Unforgiven
Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:35 AM
Joined: 1/28/2013
Posts: 2661


LOL I was going to joke that I'm so old I remember celebrating Beltane.  It sounds a lot more fun than dancing around a pole.
zauberflote
Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020 8:52 PM
Joined: 10/24/2018
Posts: 1264


Oh Iris, thank you for that memory! The grade school I went to had a "kindergarten graduation" type affair which probably was held on May 1. Pretty little pastel organdy ankle-length dresses that the moms passed a pattern around for, boys in all white, a May Queen (I guess) who I think was a first grader, with court (organdy dresses, remember), processing around the perimeter of what we knew as the playground (actually the church parking lot!) to a march from Aida on a record player (you may imagine my feelings the first time I sat in the orchestra pit for that opera!!), and the Maypole, which was not only wound up by skipping children, but unwound too. I was so mad I didn't get chosen for that, I sat there fuming in the sun and critiqued every mis-step on the weaving that was going to cause the unweaving to be an utter mess! And I remember that music too-- I think the piano lady made it up. 

Thank you for this lovely memory, and the earworm of that Maypole music. I'll come sing it to you if you like!


Iris L.
Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 12:04 AM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16574


"Here we go 'round the Maypole, the Maypole, the Maypole..."

 

That's all the earworm that I recall, zauberflote.

 

Iris


jfkoc
Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:20 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18855


earworm??????

what a vision, organdy, church parking lot and Aida!


zauberflote
Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:11 AM
Joined: 10/24/2018
Posts: 1264


Iris, your memory is probably more reliable than mine on that May Day song. I am sure we must have sung, but all I remember is the tape of Mrs Lynch playing that same 16 measures of music over and over and over and over. She's have to play it live when we practised indoors! That poor woman. 

Jfkoc, you sent me on a merry whirl through linguistics onWikipedia just making sure I was correct when I told you "earworm" is of German origin. It's the song that gets stuck in your head and you can't shut it up. 

Iris, was your Maypole a performance, or something you did for fun? We also wove little paper baskets to put flowers in. There is a wonderful chapter in Little Women (or maybe Little Men) involving May baskets....


Iris L.
Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 5:55 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16574


Zauberflote, dancing around the Maypole was something that we children did as a class activity in school.  I don't remember much about those early years.   In the next month, June 14th is Flag Day and also Brooklyn Day.  We children were in a parade and we had to recite a poem about Brooklyn.  I don't think they do that anymore.


Iris


jfkoc
Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 5:31 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18855


In addition to getting support and "technical" information here I find I am learning a lot of things like vocabulary!
jfkoc
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 11:40 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18855


Brooklyn poem. Had to look that up. Seems there is more than one...lol.