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May Day plans underway

April 18, 2014
Shepherdstown Chronicle

Shepherdstown Music and Dance and Shepherdstown Morris invite all to celebrate the magic of a traditional English May on Saturday, May 3. The day's big event starts with a processional parade down German Street with the Maypole by musicians, morris dancers, mythical figures, may dancers, costumed people, floats, wagons and other (non-motorized) celebratory vehicles to the Rumsey Monument Park. There, all will be invited to join in the revelry of country dancing, maypole dancing, and singing; as well as watching performances of morris dancing, mummers play, spring dances and other related revelry.

The schedule for the May events is as follows: 10 a.m., Morris Dancing performance on the McMurran bricks; 11:30 a.m. line up for May Day Parade on Church Street; 12 noon, parade processional down German Street to McMurran lawn; 12:30-2 p.m., May revelry on McMurran Lawn with performances, dancing and singing; 3:30 p.m., dance performance at the Bavarian Inn; 5 p.m., show dances on King Street; 8 p.m., Country Dance a the War Memorial Building with Adina Gordon calling to the music of Stringrays with Rodney Miller on fiddle, Max Newman on guitar and Stuart Kenny on bass. Beginners Workshop at 7:30 p.m., all dances will be taught. Admission: $10,adults; $7, SMD members; $5 dancing kids under 12. More information available at or email

Be part of the Magic of May Day in Shepherdstown. May Day is Saturday, May 3. Volunteers are needed to help make this day run smoothly. Call Joanie at 304-263-2531 for information on participating or volunteering.



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