may - maypole dancing

A 1930's Maypole,  Booklet from the Wilton Historical Society, used by permission

A 1930's Maypole,  Booklet from the Wilton Historical Society, used by permission

2015 Poster for the May Festival at High Mowing School

2015 Poster for the May Festival at High Mowing School

Toddler enjoying the ribbons

Toddler enjoying the ribbons

Dancing around a Maypole is a tradition from Germanic countries, ‘Merry Old’ England and even colonial America; it can be on May Day (May 1st) or Whitsun/Penteacost (7 weeks after Easter) or Mid-summer or any day in May. Wilton also has a tradition of Maypole dancing. A photo from May 1930 shows children in paper hats dancing around a maypole in Wilton in front of the original high school. For decades, there has been a May Festival at High Mowing School, the Waldorf high school in Wilton.  At A Child's Nature, the children do May songs at circle time, inside and then outside with the tall maypole, and finally have a special evening with parents, teachers and children all joining the dance.  Instead of complicated weaving, we do simple movements going in and out, around and around the pole.

We’re dancing, we’re dancing, around the Maypole high.
With colors of the rainbow, our ribbons do fly.
Dear children take a ribbon please.
Today May flowers all are we.
Hey diddle dee, hey diddle dee, come join me please.
Hey diddle dee, hey diddle dee, come join me please. 
Around, around, around, a garland we will weave. 

 
Practicing Maypole dances at circle time

Practicing Maypole dances at circle time