May Day to be celebrated Sunday, May 3

Posted April 29th, 2009 at 10:40 am.

mayholeBryn Mawr College will host its annual May Day activities, a campus tradition since 1900, on Sunday, May 3, from dawn until late evening. Many of the day’s events, including Maypole dancing, hoop race, concerts, plays and colorful Renaissance pageantry, are free and open to the public.

The celebration begins at 5:45 a.m., when sophomores awaken seniors with flower baskets and song. A mix of old and new traditions, the day includes a Hoop Race that predicts who will be the first to earn her doctorate. In addition to the traditional Maypole event, students in the mid-1980s added a distinctly feminist May Hole Dance, celebrating women’s liberation through the symbolic releasing of thousands of flower petals into the air.

This daylong re-enactment of the Elizabethan rite of spring ends with the screening of The Philadelphia Story, starring Bryn Mawr’s most famous graduate, Katharine Hepburn ’28. The next morning, final exams begin.

The schedule of the day’s activities, excerpted from the traditional May Day program (the abbreviation “RS” stands for “rain site”):

5:45 a.m. Sophomores prepare May Day Baskets and wake the Seniors with “The Hunt is Up” written by King Henry VIII.
7 a.m. Seniors gather at ye Rockefeller Arch and proceed to Pen-y- Groes to wake President McAuliffe. Ye Taylor Bell rings until 7:05 to welcome in the May.
7:15 a.m. Seniors sing ye Magdalen Hymn to the Sun from Rockefeller Tower.
7:30-8:45  a.m. The classes breakfast together on Strawberries and Cream: Seniors in Wyndham, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshwomen on ye Erdman Greene.
8:45 a.m. Convocation in ye Thomas Great Hall, where academic awards are announced.
9 a.m. Ye Morris Dancers perform in front of Pembroke Arch.
9:30 a.m. Ye Grande Processional with the President of the College, the May Queens, Traditions Mistresses, Song Mistresses, Worthies and Princes and Princesses of the Court, May Pole Dancers, Juggler, Fire Eater, Stilt Walker, Balloon Artist, Unicyclist, and Marching Band
10 a.m. May Pole Dancing on ye Merion Greene by the four classes, McBride Schollers and Graduate Students. May Queens are crowned, and ye President and ye May Queens deliver humorous speeches.
10:30 a.m. Senior May Roll Hoop Race down ye Senior Row.
11 a.m. May Hole Dancing on ye Denbigh Greene.
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. A picnic lunch is served on ye Erdman Greene. RS=Erdman Lobby, Living and Dining Rooms
11:30 a.m. Scottish Country Dancing on ye Merion Greene.
noon-5 p.m. Cotton Candy, Funnel Cake and Popcorn available in ye Campus Center. T-shirt sales in front of ye Campus Center (RS=Campus Center Foyer)
noon-3 p.m. Henna and Air Brush Tattoos, Personacards, Carnival Photos and Face Painting in front of ye Canaday Library. RS=Lusty Cup
noon A Capella concert on ye Carpenter Roof featuring Acabellas, Chaverim, Counterpoint, Extreme Keys, Humtones, Lavender’s Blue, Looney Tunes, Night Owls, and S-Chords. RS= TGH
12:30 p.m. Greek Play in ye Sunken Garden. RS= Gateway Conference Room
12:30 p.m. African Dance Session in front of ye Canaday Library. RS=Campus Center
1 p.m. Rugby Sing-Along on ye Denbigh Greene. RS=Denbigh Living Room
1 p.m. Hula Dancing in front of ye Canaday Library. RS= Campus Center
1:30 p.m. Robin Hood Play at ye Taft Garden.  RS=DVR
1:30 p.m Bi-Co Jazz Ensemble Performance on ye Carpenter Roof. RS=TGH
2 p.m. Belly dancing in front of ye Canaday Library. RS=Gateway Conference Room
2 p.m. Flute Choir performs in ye Campus Center.
2:30 p.m. St. George and the Dragon Play at ye Taft Garden. RS = DVR
2-5 p.m. Concert on ye Merion Greene
4 p.m. Performance by the cast of HAIR on ye Carpenter Roof. RS=TGH
4:30 p.m. “School for Scandal” as presented by the Shakespeare Performance Troupe at ye Taft Garden.  RS= DVR
4:30-7 p.m. May Day dinner in Erdman Hall.
7 p.m. Ye Bryn Mawr Renaissance Choir Concert in Thomas Great Hall.
8 p.m. The last Step Sing of the year on ye Senior Steps. RS= TGH
10:45 p.m. Traditional showing of “The Philadelphia Story” starring Katharine Hepburn ’28 in Thomas 110.
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