May Day

When:
May 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2019-05-04T10:00:00-04:00
2019-05-04T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Historic St. Mary's City
47414 Old State House Rd
St Marys City, MD 20686
USA
Cost:
$10 adult; $9 senior; $6 youth; free to children ages 5 and younger, and to Friends members
Contact:
Visitor Center
(240) 895-4990

Celebrate the arrival of spring — colonial-style!  Take part in a Maypole dance, play games, make a craft to take home.

10:00 a.m.—2:30 p.m. Chapel Field  Try your hand at archery over by the Woodland Indian Hamlet.  (weather permitting)

11:30 a.m.  Storytime with Miss Anna (20 minutes)  Join Miss Anna for fairy tales over by the fairy garden.

12:30 p.m.  Foggy Bottom Morris Dancers.  Morris Dancing is a form of English folk dance performed by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins.  They may ask you to take part! 

1:00 p.m.  Dance around the Maypole with the colonists as you take part in this traditional fair activity.  The Master of Ceremonies will be choosing a king and queen of the fair – will it be you? 

2:00 p.m.  Foggy Bottom Morris Dancers.  Morris Dancing is a form of English folk dance performed by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins.  They may ask you to take part!

2:30 p.m.  The Salter Trial.  The best days to hold court were days when a majority of the local population was in one location.  Fair days, like May Day, were such opportunities.  We invite all to come and witness  the trial.

3:00 p.m.  Storytime with Miss Anna (20 minutes)  Join Miss Anna for fairy tales over by the fairy garden.

3:00 p.m.  Join St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s vocal ensemble, PING, as they perform in the Brick Chapel of 1667, under the direction of Professor Larry Vote.

Ongoing Activities (locations subject to change due to weather):

The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary:  Peruse our shop filled with everything from fine pottery to finger puppets.

Margaret Brent Garden:  

Fairy Garden – Help create a fairy garden to decorate the boxwoods. 

Bubbles

Town Center

Natural crafts:  May Day garlands, and sweet bags

17th-century Games:  Trap ball, graces, hoop and stick