May Day celebration in Wilton welcomes a long-awaited spring

Courtesy photo The 2016 May Day celebration at High Mowing School in Wilton is shown.

WILTON – The Abbot Hill community, including High Mowing School, Pine Hill Waldorf School and the Temple-Wilton Community Farm, will host its annual May Day Festival from 10-30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at High Mowing School, 222 Isaac Frye Highway.

This collaborative celebration of spring features Maypole and Morris dancing, live music and seasonal merriment for all ages. May Day is free and open to the public.

“May Day is one of my favorite celebrations. It’s an event where students, families and the wider community join together in welcoming in the spring with music, dancing, fun and games,” said Cary Hughes, dean of students at High Mowing School. “We are excited to once again have Pine Hill, High Mowing and the Temple-Wilton Community farm partnering together to put on this celebration.”

Maypole and Morris dancing will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the oval, with games, crafts, refreshments, live music, face painting and a pottery sale featuring pieces from High Mowing’s pottery studio.

The festival will also feature a performance by the Flying Gravity Circus, a community youth circus, and will include free interactive circus arts instruction for kids. An “itty-bitty-farm” will be set up by Temple-Wilton Community farm, to which it will bring baby farm animals to show visitors.

The May Day celebration will be followed by a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical “The Sorcerer,” performed by High Mowing students in the Pine Hill Waldorf School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, including a schedule of events and details about the musical, visit www.highmowing.org/mayday.

– Submitted by High Mowing School

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