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Shepherdstown May Celebration Set for Sunday

By Staff | May 15, 2012

Shepherdstown Music and Dance and Shepherdstown Morris invite you to celebrate the magic of a traditional English May on Sunday, May 6.

The day includes 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 McMurran lawn.

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.

On Saturday, May 5, there will be a morris dance performance on King Street at 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., Contra Dance with English Deilidh Band Frog Hammer will be at the War Memorial Building.

A moonlight Maypole weave at the break will be held if weather permits.

On Sunday, events begin with morris dancing on the McMurran bricks at 10 a.m. followed by the 1 p.m. parade down German Street to the Maypole on the McMurran lawn.

Line up for the parade begins on North Church Street at 12:30 p.m. From 1:30-2:30, May Revelry will continue on the lawn with singing dancing and performances.

Morris dancers will perform at 3 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn with final show dances on King Street at 4:30 p.m.

Daytime events are free and open to the public. All are encouraged to perform or participate.

For more information visit www.smad.us or call Joanie Blanton at (304) 263-2531.