May Day 2012 Scheduled for Sunday, April 29

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 7:25 pm.


As finals week approaches and Bryn Mawr students bear down on exams and papers, the College’s traditional May Day celebration urges emergence from the library stacks and the lifting of noses from grindstones with a daylong moratorium on academic activity. For several years, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration has been held on the Sunday following the last day of classes. This year, the date falls on April 29.

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 the liberation of women from patriarchy through the symbolic releasing of thousands of flower petals into the air. The 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.

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 a.m. Ye Morris Dancers perform in front of Pembroke Arch RS=TGH.
9:15 a.m. Senior march to ye Senior Steps to watch the parade
9:30 a.m. Ye Grande Processional with the President of the College, the May Queen, Traditions Mistresses, Song Mistresses, Worthies, and May Pole Dances RS=TGH
9:45 a.m. May Pole Dancing on ye Merion Greene by the four classes, McBride Schollers and Graduate students. Ye President and ye May Queens deliver humorous speeches. RS=TGH
10:15 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.-1:30 p.m. A picnic lunch is served on ye Erdman Greene. Be sure to stop by and take a polaroid picture with Rocky, Betsy Rock, Ben Franklin Edgar Allan Poe, and William Penn. RS=Erdman Lobby, Living Room, and Dining Rooms.
11:30 a.m. Scottish Country Dancing on ye Merion Greene. RS=Goodhart Music Room
11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Crayon Melting on ye Pembroke West Greene with the Art Club. RS=Arnecliffe Studio

noon-5 p.m.

Traditions sales in front of ye Campus Center. RS=Campus Center Foyer

noon A Capella Concert on ye Carpenter Roof featuring Acabellas, Counterpoint, Lavender’s Blue, Bangs and Whistles, Night Owls and Extreme Keys. RS = TGH
noon-3 p.m. Graffiti/Mural Wall, Personacards, Face Painters and Caricature Artist in front of ye Canaday Library. RS=Lusty Cup
12:30 p.m. Greek Play in ye Sunken Garden. RS = Dorothy Vernon Room
1-4 p.m. Water Ice, Custard, Pretzles, and Cotton Candy available in ye Campus Centerr
1-4 p.m. UFO Laser Tag, 3D Twister, Moonbounce, Human Sphere and Rock Wall on ye Merion and Denbigh Greenes.
1 p.m. Hula Dancing on ye Thomas Greene. RS=Pembroke Dance Studio
1 p.m. Rugby Sing-Along on ye Denbigh Greene. RS=Denbigh Living Room
1:30 p.m. Ye Old Robin Hood Play at ye Taft Garden. RS=DVR
2-5 p.m. Concert on ye Merion Greene. RS=Goodhart Theater
2:30 p.m. St. George and the Dragon Play at ye Sunken Garden. RS = Gateway
2:30 p.m. Yalah! Belly Dancing on ye Pembroke East Greene. RS = Pembroke Dance studio
2:30 p.m. St. George and the Dragon Play at ye Sunken Garden. RS=Gateway Conference Room
3 p.m. Flute Choir performs in ye Campus Center Mezzanine.
4:30-7 p.m. May Day dinner on ye Erdman Greene. RS=Erdman Hall
5 p.m. Mujeres Performance on ye Denbigh Green. RS = Denbigh Dance Studio
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, on Merion Greene. RS=Thomas 110.

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