Dancing Around a Spring Maypole
We’ve featured Kay Sidhamed’s home and office design on the blog and admire the creativity and DIY expertise she brings to her family life and interior design business, Oikasa. We’re thrilled to welcome Kay as a contributor to DIY Del Ray.
Maypoles are my all-time favorite feature of the spring season. With their colorful ribbons inviting children and adults alike to happily skip in the round, they are just a pure joy to watch. Maypoles appear in many European folk festivals, often on May 1 or midsummer. Accompanied by traditional music, dancers follow a routine that creates a beautiful braided pattern on the pole with the ribbons.
When my daughter Gaia was in her first year at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Arlington, I attended their sweet and simple May Day celebration, which manifested my love for maypoles. Watching the children with flower crowns on their heads and the sparkle of astonishment in their eyes dancing around the pole was one of these moments when as a parent you just wish it would never pass and they would never grow up.
This year we decided it’s time for our own maypole. We started out crafting a miniature version for our home. I used wooden peg gnomes, stitched up little coats of wool felt and needle-felted tiny flower crowns.
For our outdoor version, we used a sturdy cardboard tube, satin ribbons, and a Christmas tree stand. It is not as tall as the usual maypoles but works great for little people.
Do you enjoy maypoles as much as we do? One of our seasonal highlights is the Washington May Revel’s celebration of spring. This year’s festivities at Strathmore in Bethesda turned out to be a lovely day with activities for all age groups, delicious food, glorious music and of course a maypole.
You can also catch an autumn maypole at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
We will set up the maypole in our front yard on sunny days throughout the month of May. If you are strolling along Forrest Street in Del Ray, feel free to take a turn skipping around the pole!