Mayday, “somour games,” was a popular holiday in the middle ages, a celebration of “Sumer is i-cumen in.” Bringyng in the May was the traditional form of this celebration. Young folk and others would venture into the woods before daybreak, or the night before, to gather wild flowers, greenery, and hawthorn boughs. Sometimes the young men would carry back a tree trunk, stripped of its branches, to be redecorated with flowers and long ribbons. Many towns had a year-round Maypole fixed in their village square around which villagers would enjoy dancing, games, contests, choosing a May Queen, and feasting.
Come join us in our 15th annual festival of merriment, feasting and the beauty of Spring in the countryside. Medieval clothing is encouraged, but optional. Greens, yellows and a chaplet for your hair are preferred on this occasion. Clothing rentals are available at the Clothier Shoppe.
Craft Shops & Booths will open at noon. Crafters will demonstrate garland weaving, wool dyeing, blacksmithing, shoemaking, and timber hewing.
. May games and entertainment begin at 1 pm. Come join in jou de boule, quoits, nine-man-morris, and village dancing; you may enjoy the harmonious medieval music of Bawderie & Blisse and the wonders of Paynes Magykes.
Learn more about Camlann Village at www.camlann.org
We will meet at AFK for carpooling at 11am.