Happy MayDay!

maypole_2003I was privileged to attend the Avery Coonley School for a number of years and one of our traditions was the May Pole dance. The fifth graders got to demonstrate the weaving of the maypole ribbons as part of the Spring Fair celebration in front of the reflecting pool. It was a fun, boisterous affair and the tipsy Maypole in the picture is exactly how I remember ours ending up. :)

All things considered, I preferred the solemn Thanksgiving festival at the opposite end of the year, when we would march in procession through the auditorium (the archway in the pic) by class, with each class singing a different song or hymn, every student wearing matching brown cloaks and each carrying fruits or vegetables of some kind,  that would be added to a Cornucopia display on the stage, and given to the Salvation Army afterward. It was simple and very moving.

 

Click here for the official Avery Coonley School site

And here for the Avery Coonley Wikipedia Article

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2 Comments on “Happy MayDay!”

  1. Kristine M. says:

    That’s really neat! I live a few blocks from Avery Coonley & didn’t know they celebrate these things.

    • Inga says:

      Back when I was a student, Headmaster Malach would have happily dragged you around the place for a tour and showed you the handmade tiles, carved beams and told you all about the festivals that were open to the neighborhood. They have an active FB page that you can join and also give them a call, I know Mr Malach isn’t still with us, but I’ll bet the current staff would still give a neighbor a tour!


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