Thursday, May 07, 2009

May Faire 2009

Friday, May 1, was sunny and warm. Sunday, May 3, was fairly pleasant as well. On Saturday, May 2, the day of May Faire and the May Pole dances, it rained for almost the entire day. It takes a lot to rain out a Waldorf school event, so everything went on as planned. We made garlands in the morning:



Then, each grade did their May dances. Here is a video screen capture of Lucia dancing:



I presented a story and song performance in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I can't share the video clips because there are recognizable children's faces in the video shots. For blogs, backs of heads are best. It was a wonderful storytime because the audience was so responsive. They laughed in all the right places and they sang along with all of the songs, even the ones I had made up. This was the first gig in which I've actually worn a flower crown akin to to the one I'm wearing on my website:



Lucia was wondering about books that had Maypoles in them. Just from memory, I could think of two:
Ellen Tebbits, by Beverly Cleary, in which there's a Maypole in the class play about the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and Blue Willow, by Doris Gates.

Do you know of others?

May 8 Addendum: In the comments, LoneStarMa refers to a particular picture of my childhood in which I am wearing a garland of yellow flowers. Here is a copy of that photo:

11 comments:

tanita davis said...

It looks like you guys had a fabulously fun day, despite the rain! I'm surprised you'd never worn a garland while doing your gigs. Perhaps you need to invent a storytelling tiara or something....

jama said...

Beautiful -- thanks for sharing some of the festivities!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

What a wonderful May Day celebration! I love your crown, too (Camila wore hers to Shakespeare's birthday party last week). And thank you for reminding me of the Maypoles in two fondly remembered books! Have you seen The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora (picture book)?

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

And maybe On the Morn of Mayfest by Erican Silverman; illustrated by the marvelous Marla Frazee? I wish our library owned that one, too.

Lone Star Ma said...

I don't know any! (I'm ashamed!)

What a gorgeous day it sounds like y'all had.

Saints and Spinners said...

LSM: Don't be ashamed! They're hard to come by, which is why I don't just rattle off titles.

Anamaria: Those two definitely ring bells. I've just requested them from our library. Many thanks.

Jama: You're welcome. I'm so glad you stopped by.

Tanita: Even though I own two tiaras, I've never worn them to storytimes. Generally, it's a matter of overstimulation. I wear the lightest watch possible (I found a great new one that's barely there and cost me very little), no makeup unless it's required, and nice earrings when I consciously remember. It's odd, because as a teen, I used to wear so many earrings and necklaces. I was like Aree in The Girl Who Wore Too Much.

mamakopp said...

I love this. Everyone looks so festive in their garlands! Looks like you had so much fun and I can tell you love what you do. That is so wonderful!

Lone Star Ma said...

I still remember that photo of little you: "Farida has made a garland." Bet your mom does, too.

Saints and Spinners said...

LSM: I scanned that photo of which you speak! I added it to this blog post.

Mamakopp: Thanks! It really was a fun day.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

HOW ADORABLE is that pic of you?!!!

Lone Star Ma said...

Oh1 There you are again! Beautiful!