Mayne Island Conservancy Society

May Day

Photo of the 2012 MaypoleAt the Maypole in Miners Bay Park - 2014
Photo credit:Tom Hobley

A Little History

The Mayne Island Conservancy began thinking about staging May Day Celebrations on the island almost twelve years ago and they quickly became the biggest draw, and a significant fund raiser for the Society's more down-to-earth activities. The Morris Dancers, a Piper, Buskers of many sorts, a skilled Master of Mirth and a Queen of the May, complete with Consort and Attendants have engaged and delighted Mayne kids and the inner child of most everybody else.

Puppets, Dancers, Drummers and Alle Kindes of Musick got the community out and down to Miners Bay Park, wearing their May Day best, once again....

May Day 2016

The crazy May Day event on Mayne Island this year is our 11th – a fundraiser for our many worthwhile projects. This year MICS May Day will be on Saturday May 21st starting at the first Farmers’ Market of the year.

During the event, enter into the spirit of things and:

  • Buy raffle tickets
  • Get yer face painted
  • Flaunt flower garlands, masks & wands - bring yours or make'em
  • Carry the Maypole to Miners Bay Park
  • Dance around it (the Pole, the Park or both!)
  • Get refreshed
  • Cheer the kids’ games
Outrageous costumes recommended, but not necessary!
Schedule of "happenings" for May Day 2016 here

Tributes, Thanks and Pictures here

May Day 2015

Our 10th May Day celebration was a roaring success. Three months worth of preparation made for a great day: Face Painters International (M.I. Local), the Wand & Garland Makers Alliance, members of the ATBU (Amateur Treat Bakers Union) and various well known members of Raffle Sellers Anonymous really pulled it out of the hat, and that was just the commercial side of the Photo of the May Day giant puppetsoperation. As for entertainment and diversion for the masses in attendance, there was the Second Giant Puppet, the Dance on Mayne troupe, The Mayne Island Singers and the Drum Circle. One of the charms of the day, year in & year out, is the "look" of the crowd - everyone who was able glued, pasted or sewed wild and wonderful outfits just for the day.

May Day in Years Past

Because so many Conservancy members and supporters have contributed to May Day in past years, older stories about May Day have been archived together with links to the photographs of the fun and games then unfolding. Click here to visit our "Programme Archive."

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