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Shepherdstown to celebrate the coming of spring

By Staff | Apr 27, 2015

The town of Shepherdstown distinguishes itself by setting aside a special day each year to celebrate spring’s time of beauty together as a community of children, dancers, music makers, poets and historians.

In a celebration that goes back hundreds of years, the town will gather to parade and dance a May Pole ceremony on Saturday, May 2 in the heart of downtown.

At 10 a.m., Morris Dancers start warming up on King Street. The Search for he Golden Arrow, which symbolizes the first ray of sunshine, commences at 11 a.m. at the Lost Dog Cafe. There, children will find their first clue. Gather clues, solve the riddles and a golden arrow is the prize.

At 11:30 a.m. parade participants gather along Church Street near the Episcopal Church to line up. All wanting to celebrate the coming of spring are welcome to participate. Newcomers may talk with May Day organizers at the rise of the hill to be include din the lineup.

At noon, the parade will commence and make its way down German Street to the lawn of McMurran Hall. Skateboarders led the way, followed by cake maidens, the Green Man, Morris teams from all around the East Coast region, the Traveling Wheelbarrows and wheelbarrow babies, musicians, dogs on leashes festooned with flowers, bike riders, flower bedecked maidens wearing white or the colors of spring, men shouldering a huge maypole, wee ones wearing wings, mother sand daughters carrying garland of flowers, fathers and sone and more. Unicyclists, stilt walker,s jesters, bubble blowers, jugglers, drummers, puppets and painted faces are welcome. Bounce a big ball, put on a homemade costume, don a cape or wear a mask. Carry greenery or a small maypole, or push a painted wheelbarrow full of flowers and vegetables. Come one, come all and welcome the spring.

At 12:30 the ceremony will begin with the green Man and the wrapping of West Virginia’s largest May Pole. Fiddlers and pipers and dancers young and old will being in the spring.

Live music continues on the porch at McMuran until 3 p.m. so bring a picnic and join in the delight.