The Northwest Neighborhood Association (NNA) is pleased to announce a May Day Celebration and Maypole Dance to kick off the official opening of the Boardman Arts Park for 2018. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1st from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
St. Mary School of Delaware, Ohio is partnering with the Boardman Arts Park for the event. Forty-two fourth graders from John Blakeslee’s music class will provide a Maypole Dance demonstration, which they have been diligently rehearsing since mid-March. Dances will include Wrapping and Unwrapping the Maypole, Plaiting the Maypole, and the Gypsy Tent. Community members will also be invited to participate in a dance. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the cultural significance of May Day and to witness the talents of our local youth. Creative Foundations of Delaware has also been hard at work, designing flower toppers for the poles.
“The tradition of the Maypole dates to Medieval times,” says music teacher John Blakeslee. “Young people ushered in spring with the exuberant dances around the Maypole. This year I have installed a temporary Maypole in my classroom so we may practice, rain or shine. I am excited that our children are able to contribute to this worthwhile community event.”
Roxanne Amidon, President of the NNA speaks on behalf of the Boardman Arts Park board when she says, “We are so pleased to have the St. Mary children and families in to celebrate the official opening of the Arts Park. We truly want to see people from all parts of the county enjoying our unique community space.”
This event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Boardman Arts Park, 154 W William St., Delaware, Ohio. Seating is limited, so it is recommend that you arrive early or bring your own chair if you would like to sit. The Kona Ice truck will have cold treats available for purchase.