Maypole Madness

Apr 30, 2011

This weekend marks the end of April and the beginning of May.

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields uncovers the history of the Maypole.
Credit Mike Goren

Given the number of April showers we’ve experienced, we can only hope for a bumper crop of May flowers.

Years ago, May 1st was typically celebrated by dancing around the “Maypole.” It’s a tradition that is not as commonly practiced today, but that doesn’t mean it’s been forgotten.

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields went looking for the story behind the Maypole, and she sent us this feature.

Fields is a student of Material Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison.