During the heyday of Edwards Place, many people celebrated the ancient spring festival of May Day. The festivities included dancing around the maypole, singing, crowning the queen of May, and cake. Some also practiced the more modern tradition of giving May baskets. The small, handmade baskets were filled with sweets or flowers and left anonymously on neighbors' doorsteps. The Springfield Art Association is reviving that tradition and inviting everyone to make some simple, filled baskets to leave on the doorsteps of their neighbors' or friends' homes to help build a sense of community and goodwill. You can decorate the baskets with everyday household items such as colored paper, stickers and ribbons, then fill them with flowers, treats and perhaps even a poem. Deliver the baskets on May 1. Hang them on the front doorknobs or leave them on the stoops, knock on the door and then leave. Remaining anonymous means that you can use social distancing to your advantage with this May Day tradition. You can find some examples of the baskets on the SAA's website.
Friday, May 1