Tag Archive | holiday

Decking The Halls!

We’ve been busy with making the yuletide bright! We even got ourselves a little something for the bandstand! Thanks to Ann H. and Nance for the pictures.

Spiffy New Sign for the Bandstand!

Spiffy New Sign for the Bandstand!

DYI Snowmen made at the Make It & Take It event held in early December

DYI Snowmen made at the Make It & Take It event held in early December

A delicate operation...

A delicate operation…

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Keeping busy at the Make It & Take It party.

 

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Arranging greens at the Historical Society

Decorating the sign with a little help from our friends!

Decorating the sign with a little help from our friends!

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Makin’ a wreath.

Pretty Entranceway

Pretty Entranceway

 

 

Community Service

The Civic Beautification Committee Has Been Busy!

Mel, Diana and Becky planted at the Veterans’ Garden at Stratham Hill Park last week and then returned in the morning on Memorial Day to make it spic and span for the ceremonies. Thanks to Becky for the photos.

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Mel & Diana spiffing up the place.

Becky makes a clean sweep!

Becky makes a clean sweep!

Nance, Abby-Jane, LuAnn, Lynda, Helen, Nancy, Pat, Donna, Jill and Rita joined in to fix up the bandstand in Exeter. Thanks to Nance for the photos.

The Crew

The Crew

Keep digging!

Keep digging!

Such happy gardeners.

Such happy gardeners.

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Feeding the bushes.

 

Spring Into Summer

It’s May Day!

Dancing 'round the May Pole

Dancing ’round the May Pole

What of it? It is the ancient holiday of Beltane, a day when the veil between worlds is thin and people may see fairies or other spirits. Beltane is what is called a corner holiday. It falls halfway between the equinox and the solstice, and is the calendar opposite of Halloween. Corner holidays mark the beginning of the seasons, while equinoxes and solstices mark the middle or height of the seasons.

One of the ancient and quaint customs for the celebration of May Day was dancing around a May Pole.  It is believed to be a survival of an early pastoral festival that accompanied the first turning of the herds out to wild pasture. The dancing was intended to increase fertility in the herds, fields and homes. May Day celebrations are still practiced  extensively  in the UK. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep.

So get out there and build a fairy garden, bring a neighbor a basket of flowers or dance around a tree!

May Day Baskets

May Day Baskets