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May 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Early May brings the RWS Annual May Faire Celebration. Open to the public, this event brings members of the larger Richmond community to RWS to celebrate. Children decorate wreaths with fresh spring flowers, dance around the Maypole, and sing songs of spring. Children’s activities, stories, and delicious treats are available for the whole family.
May Day was in ancient tradition the celebration of the beginning of summer in Celtic lands, and by Roman tradition sacred to Flora, the goddess of spring. The Maypole is thought to represent the tree of life and fertility. In the modern context it provides an opportunity for festivity and a reminder that warmer days are ahead. Children and adults have traditionally worn flowers when dancing around the Maypole. A single blossom in the buttonhole or hair, or an actual May Crown, or wreath of flowers for the head, symbolizes the full arrival of spring.