May Day 2011

Photos by Myron Shapero and Jacqueline Dyson   ·   Click the images for a larger view

Santa Barbara Revels presents its third annual May Day celebration on Sunday, May 1st, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

The Pacific Sword Company starts off the festivities with a Long Sword Dance from the village of Kirkby Malzeard in Yorkshire, England.   ·   Video of the Dance


Gene does a Fieldtown dance to “The Nutting Girl” (left), and Fred is The Fool (right).


Songleader Ken Ryals leads the assembled in traditional songs, including “Hal An Tow,” which originated in Helston, England and is part of their annual May Day celebration.

Everyone is invited to form a circle around the May pole for a traditional English country dance taught by Gary Shapiro.

Then, it is time to weave the ribbons ’round the May pole. Participants walk in two circles going different directions, moving inside and outside each other in passing.

At the end of the celebration, dancers and singers lend a hand to unwind the May pole and put it away until next year.

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