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There will be a May Day celebration in Walpole, N.H., on May 1.

WALPOLE, N.H. >> On Sunday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m., all are invited to the Walpole Unitarian Church on Main Street (with the clock tower) at the corner of Union Street to help us celebrate May Day with a spring fair for all.

There will be a traditional May Pole ribbon dance and music, led by Kathy Torrey, followed by a colorful performance by local Morris Dancers. A potluck brunch of salads at the Hastings Parish House will follow, as well as a community flea market and tag sale.

Based on an ancient Gaelic festival May Day, or "Beltane." is a spring celebration held halfway between the Equinox and the Summer Solstice, and is observed throughout Great Britain. The holiday has been traditionally celebrated with bonfires, dancing, ribbons, yellow flowers, and offerings to encourage fertility and a bountiful growing season in the coming months.

The flea market and tag sale will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Hastings parish house porch (big white building on Union St. behind the church). Participants can bring their own six-foot table to set up on the porch or front lawn of Hastings beginning at 8 a.m.; price tags need to be on items and participants need be present to sell them. There will be a modest charge for the table space.

To participate in the potluck, just bring a salad. Also bring a recipe for the salad (especially if there is a story behind it) which may be included in the next edition of our cookbook.

The flea market and tag sale ends at 1 p.m., at which time items need to be taken home or donated to Southeastern Vermont Community Action.


For more information, call Dorothy Read at 802-463-9333 or Virginia Carter at 603-756-3948.