We have many people to thank. Starting with Ron’s (Willick) intercession with the weather Gods, the weather was good. Apart from behind-the-scenes organization, 2016 MD really started weeks beforehand. Fiona (Morrison) and Meagan (Cameron) helped students in Mayne School make gossamer fairy wings and Tina (Farmilo) and Kriss (Boggild) held a very creative workshop called “Things on Sticks”. All manner of silky pennants and colourful flowers on sticks were created for the procession. The mood was building.
Our fundraising efforts were well rewarded so a BIG Thanks to the generosity of local merchants, artists/authors and practitioners for their prize donations: Aqua Flora Spa, Baldwin’s Wood Creations, Bennett Bay Kayaking, Dave Ewanchuck Fitness, Donna Williams’ Studio, Farmgate, GG’s Salon, Meadowmist Farm, MI Naturopathic Clinic, Miners’ Bay Books, Nomads Essentials, Organic Grocer, Savasana, The Groove, Tom & Jerry’s @ The Ferry. Grant Buday, Amber Harvey, & Helen O’Brian. Deb Foote and friends assembled some really imaginative prizes and her ticket selling team: Carol (Polsky), Libbie (Bake), Tina, Mike (Nadeau), Dove (Lang), Michael (Dunn) sold tons of tickets. In the Farmers’ Market, we had tables where kids and adults enhanced their outfits. With the help of some dedicated volunteers including Vicky (Kenny), Tina (Farmilo), Lina (Losier), and our MICS summer students, Stephanie (Hurst) & Grayson (Mortimer), we had wand, garland & mask making, plus face painting all done in exchange for a donation.
Steffani (McBurney) and Jeff (McPherson) are our 2016 May Queen and Green Man and a very handsome couple they make. Tom (Hobley) took some great photos of them and almost everyone else. He took over 700 throughout the day! After the market, Jessica (Willows) & drum started the event. The Quicks Bottom Morris People in their usual great energetic style set the tone. I cannot imagine a May Day without them they are such an integral part of the event as is Tina with her ‘Pledge to Mother Earth’ a song involving all the children. After the prizes were drawn, Lael’s (Whitehead) singers gave us another harmonious call and response song. We are so lucky to have such talented artists on Mayne. Andrew (Smith) made a splendid town crier calling all the pole bearers to order making them swear to all sorts of things they never swore to before or may never do again. The procession was led by Malcolm (Inglis). Tania’s (Pearse) larger than life puppets including her newest addition, Sweet Pea added to the fun and creativity of the event.
In the park the children led by the outgoing Queen, Christa (Morin), the incoming Queen and her Green Man walked the grass mown labyrinth created by Don (DeRousie) and the new Queen was crowned. The crown was created by Kat (Fernyhough) and Famous (Empty Sky) and the lovely pillow came from Kris (Boggild). Our interns, Stephanie & Grayson helped with the kids’ games along with Diego (Guasco). Our lovely Mayne Maidens accompanied by children danced around the Maypole followed by Lael’s spiral dance - always so energetic. Liquid refreshments were served by members of the very hard working MI Lion’s Club – what would we do with out them! Cakes baked by Lael, Maggi & Vicky were served by another set of very hardworking volunteers, Vicky, Jeanette (Leitch), Brenda (Webster), Kathie (Warning) and a lovely young lady called Sarah who just appeared asking if she could help. She worked very hard to serve all the hungry dancers until almost all the cake had gone and then she disappeared. Thank you Sarah!
Now for the serious part. People tell us all the time that May Day is a wonderful event and we all know it. It is expanding every year as we add more colour and fun to it. It is run entirely by volunteers; however, the number of people volunteering every year is shrinking. This means that more work is done by fewer people. We want to keep this great event going so please, if you can spare some time, even an hour or 2 on the day, to help us continue the event we would be so happy. Email Maggi Cheetham (email@example.com) if you can help us.
Some contributed shots
A selection from Tom Hobley's Blow by Blow
At the Farmers Market
In the Park
Games & Cake
Thank you Tom Hobley for documenting all our fun & games over the years - to see more links and photographs of May Days past, go to our Programme Archive.