The merry respite before finals week is upon ye Bryn Mawr students! The College’s traditional May Day Celebration will be held the Sunday following the last week of classes, on May 5.
At 5:45 a.m. seniors receive a sweet serenade and bouquets of flowers from sophomores kicking off a day of mirthful activities rooted in traditions old and new. The beloved dance around the May Pole and its complementary, feminist-minded May Hole dance are among numerous Elizabethan-era-inspired (with contemporary tweaks, updates, and modifications of varying degrees, of course) activities observing the rites of spring. As always, the event ends with a viewing of A Philadelphia Story starring one of Bryn Mawr’s most beloved alums, Katharine Hepburn. Final exams begin the following week.
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 schedule of the day’s activities, excerpted from the traditional May Day program (the abbreviation “RS” stands for “rain site”), is below. See the College’s online calendar for updates.
9:00 Ye Morris Dancers and ye Points of Etiquette perform in front of Pembroke Arch. RS=Thomas Great Hall
9:15 Seniors march to ye Senior Steps to watch the parade.
9:30 Ye Grande Processional with the President of the College, the May Queens, Traditions Mistresses, Song Mistresses, Worthies, and May Pole Dancers. RS=Thomas Great Hall
9:45 May Pole Dancing on ye Merion Greene by the four classes and McBride Schollers. Ye President and ye May Queens deliver humorous speeches. RS=Thomas Great Hall
10:00 Senior May Roll Hoop Race down ye Senior Row.
11:00 May Hole Dancing on ye Denbigh Greene.
11:30 Scottish Country Dancing on ye Merion Greene. RS=Goodhart Music Room
11:30 King Arthur play in ye Taft Garden. RS=Dorothy Vernon Room
12:00-5:00 Traditions sales in front of ye Campus Center. RS=Campus Center Foyer
12:00-3:00 Face painting, henna tattoos, caricatures, Personacards, and Roaring 20’s fancy dress photos in front of ye Canaday Library.
12:00 A Capella Concert on ye Carpenter Roof featuring Acabellas, Counterpoint, Lavender’s Blue, Chaverim, Night Owls and Extreme Keys. RS=Thomas Great Hall
12:30 Flute Choir performance on ye Campus Center mezzanine.
12:30 Greek Play in ye Sunken Garden. RS=Dorothy Vernon Room
1:00-4:00 Snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and soft pretzels available in ye Campus Center.
1:00-4:00 Screening of “The Artist” in ye Campus Center main lounge.
1:00-4:00 Inflatable boxing, moon bounce, giant slide, and rock climbing on ye Merion and Denbigh Greenes.
1:00 Rugby Sing-Along on ye Denbigh Greene. RS=Denbigh Living Room
1:30 Dance showcase on ye Carpenter Greene with Hula Club, Yalah! Bellydancing, African Dance Troupe and Rince na Mawr. RS=Pembroke Dance Studio
1:30 Ye Olde Robin Hood Play at ye Taft Garden. RS=Dorothy Vernon Room
1:30 We Sing! Gospel Choir performance in ye Thomas Great Hall. RS=Goodhart Music Room
2:00-5:00 Concert on ye Merion Green. RS=Thomas Great Hall
2:00 Shakespeare Performance Troupe play in ye Taft Garden. RS=Dorothy Vernon Room
2:00 Ye Olde Video Game Club in ye Lusty Cup Cafe
2:30 St. George and the Dragon Play at ye Sunken Garden. RS=Gateway Conference Room
7:00 Ye Bryn Mawr Renaissance Choir Concert in Thomas Great Hall.
8:00 The last Step Sing of the year on ye Senior Steps. RS=Thomas Great Hall
10:45 Traditional showing of “The Philadelphia Story” starring Katharine Hepburn ’28 on ye Merion Greene. RS=Thomas 110