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Pageant Exhibition Panel 02 - May Pole Dance
TitlePageant Exhibition Panel 02 - May Pole Dance
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SubjectMay Day; Maypoles--Folk dancing; Folklore; Historical drama; Lancaster (Mass.)--History--1575-1625--Drama; Fourth of July celebrations--Massachusetts--Lancaster; Library exhibits--Massachusetts--Lancaster
DescriptionThe May pole dance performed during Episode I, Early English Fete, in the Lancaster, Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant. The May Pole dancers, with flowers in their hair, dance around the pole holding the ribbons. The May Pole dancers were all girls from the Lancaster Industrial School for Girls in Lancaster. Meanwhile, the men in white caps and the woman all in white were Morris Dancers who also performed during the Episode. The identified Morris Dancers were Helen E. Brown, Lyman B. Sanborn, Jr., Edna Hardy, John Mahan, Ruth [Pilling], Walter J. Burke, A. Daniel Heald (blank, Marion C. Brown, Ethel Schumacher, Beatrice Tedford, Beatrice Lewis, Blank, Dorothy Erskine, Helen Rowell. The photograph is mounted on heavy cardboard and has text describing the activity and history depicted in the photograph. The text for this image has been transcribed.
TranscriptionPageant at Lancaster, Massachusetts, July 4, 1912 Early English Fete, 1575-1625 Synopsis Villagers enter the scene, ready for the sports and pastimes of the May-games; they visit the booths and are presently joined by a group of girls dressed alike; these are the May-pole dancers. Then come in the morris-dancers, followed later by a group of milkmaids. The Lord and Lady of the May, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, and their group, consisting of Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, and the others, now come into the scene, and all are ready for the games to begin. As a foil to the merriment and holiday spirit, a group of Puritans stalk solemnly across the field, looking with reproving eyes at all they see. A knight and his lady, with a small following, enter from the left and receive salutations from the company. The dances begin, when the knight seats his lady. In the middle the May-pole dancers, on the right the morris and on the left the milkmaid group. During the dances the villagers engage in various sports: throwing of quoits, wrestling, single-stick, running races, and other games, and at the same time Robin Hood and his merry men show their skill in archery.
CreatorSears, Richard
ContributorsThayer Memorial Library
TypeImage, Text
SourceImage is the second photograph in the Lancaster Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant Exhibition created by the Thayer Memorial Library.
RelationFrom the archives at the Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, Massachusetts.
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