I have a nostalgic love of May Day. And seeing as I didn't grow up in a pastoral 1880s New England, that nostalgia comes completely from books and movies (namely, Tasha Tudor's "A Time to Keep," a favorite childhood book, and the days and days worth of "Masterpiece" I've watched). So I was practically giddy when I dropped by A Date with Iris
on Western Avenue and was told about this Saturday's May Day festivities.
Yes, May Day
" as in a pole and everything. Do they make adult-sized pinafores, because I'm there faster than you can whip up the petit fours and lemonade. I'm there like Anne Shirley on Gilbert Blythe. (Did I seriously just write that? Someone better call in Marilla Cuthbert.)
Head to A Date with Iris this Saturday afternoon (I was told around 1 p.m. or so) for locally grown spring flowers like sweat peas and tulips, the aforementioned maypole and the crowning of the May Queen. There'll also be new jewelry from local artist Anna Chakola, who just got back from a trip to India, and May Day baskets.
The baskets are filled with spring flowers and small gifts and secretly left on someone's doorstep. You ring the doorbell and try to run away, but if the person catches you, you get a kiss. How fun is that!