Charity Fete

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A photo of the Friendship Charity Fete Maypole dance in 1915.
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Ancient Faces
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We used to dance the Maypole and put flowers on doors (in May baskets) - did you, or do you, do anything for May Day?
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Esther Evans
I can remember doing the maypole in school as a child.....since then, nothing...
May 01, 2018 · Reply
AncientFaces
I miss May Day celebrations. Especially flowers on doors . . .
May 01, 2018 ·
Lois Stevens-Winn
We used to put flowers on doors, and I vaugley remember the maypole in school. They don't do any of it anymore.
May 01, 2018 ·
Dorene Benshoof
as a child in the 60's our grade school still had the maypole and we made flower baskets to take home.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Sharon Kay McNamara
My mom told me about what they did for May Day back in the 1920s. I don't think it's been done since. Sad!
May 01, 2018 · Reply
AncientFaces
We did in the 50s . . .
May 01, 2018 ·
Sharon Kay McNamara
I started grade school in 1960. I don't remember doing anything for May Day. I do recall making flower baskets out of construction paper but I am not sure what it was for.
May 01, 2018 ·
Judy Campbell Miller
We made May baskets at school and at home in the early 60s and there were maypoles around back then too.
May 01, 2018 ·
Sherry Pennington
AncientFaces
We did in the early 60's as well.
May 01, 2018 ·
Doris Krueger Buchmann
The American Legion put a stop to all of that! Dummies!
May 02, 2018 ·
Linda A. Alvira
Doris Krueger Buchmann Why did they do that?
May 02, 2018 ·
Linda Woody
When I was a kid, we always either did a Maypole Dance or a folk dance for our school's May Day celebration. I also was the May Queen of the May Festival at our local city park recreation center as a child of about 9 years old. This all was in the early and mid-1960's in Southern California.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Anita Creighton
I hot a May basket once when i was a kid
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Cheryl Julia
Every May at school we had the celebration of May with Maypole dance .
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Cindy Roll
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We had a huge party at school to celebrate and did the Maypole with our prettiest formal dresses on, it was a private school. I don't knnow what the public schools did back in the 60's and 70's.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Anita Hattaway
My birthday is May 1st, and for four years I attended an elementary school that held a special May Day celebration. Of course, I felt this was also a special day for me! Now that I'm 66 today, it is a precious memory.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Darlene Eldredge
I did the May pole thing in grade school. If you didn't follow directions, it was a big mess!
May 01, 2018 · Reply
AncientFaces
The mess was part of the fun! ?
May 01, 2018 ·
Jackie Young Lenarz
My Mom and I always made May Baskets and hung them on neighbor’s doors.... we even made May Baskets in school. .... late 60’s in Missouri
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Linda Susan Porteous
Strangely we have "worker's day" here in South Africa which is a public holiday and it fell on the 1st of May this year.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
James Turner
Long ago and far away.
Thank you so much for sharing.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Susan W. Milam
This is me at our school’s May Day celebration many moons ago!
May 01, 2018 · Reply
John Binfield
British History
Yesterday at 7:07pm
May Day originally a Roman festival which began on 28th April and lasted several days to mark the commencement of summer. In England, middle and lower classes would gather flowers - ‘go a maying’ - and the prettiest village maid was crowned Queen of the May, celebrated with dancing around the maypole.

•Here's a couple of good articles about May Day:

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May 01, 2018 · Reply
Gloria Holladay Harward
My mother did this as a child and would often mention it.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
David Phelps
I did not like May day at school Dance around a Pole How stupid..
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Brenda Bilger
i've heard of it but never celebrated it...
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Catherine Welsh
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Wendy Naranjo
Flowers on doors.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Carolyn Gibson Wilson
No. I don’t remember anyone ever celebrating May Day and never saw a Maypole. I feel like I missed a lot.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Joan Robertson
We did that at school k-4 when I went to Burbank. Loved it.
May 01, 2018 · Reply
Kathy Dunnavant
Ahh..the good old days!
May 02, 2018 · Reply
Fiona Sheffield
We did this in the 60's....
May 02, 2018 · Reply
Mollie Rhea
Was just talking to my hubby this morning about this.
May 02, 2018 · Reply
Karron Lundy
Love it, I got to wrap the Maypole one year!
May 02, 2018 · Reply
Josalyn Buchanan
Cinco de Mayo, Always a Festival, even as a kid in school in Texas!!
May 02, 2018 · Reply
Teresa Applegate
Favorite day at school! Dressed up for maypole dance then had field day and changed into shorts
May 02, 2018 · Reply
Helen Olchak Otero
At school we had May Day activities in the school yard. Every class did a dance and maybe other things.
May 02, 2018 · Reply
Dennis Mcavena
Yes, made cone shaped basket from wall paper, and filled it with flowers. Hung it on my grandmother's door knob. That was in the 1950's.
May 03, 2018 · Reply
Sharry Smith
I remember making May Day baskets with lilacs as a kid and delivering them to doorsteps.
May 03, 2018 · Reply
Cathy Pearson
I did maypole dancing at primary school. A local village had maypole dancing at dawn on May 1st too.
May 03, 2018 · Reply
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