A wonderful afternoon was had by nearly 250 people who attended this year's Mayfest activities on the Fulton Mansion's lawn. Harmonious live music echoed throughout the grounds, Sarah Coquat of Coquat ranch made an appearance with her furry friends for "paint the pony" and colorful characters were spotted in period clothing. If you've wondered what the origin of Mayfest or "May Day" is it was "Primarily found within the nations of Germanic Europe and the neighboring areas which they have influenced, its origins remain unknown, although it has been speculated that it originally had some importance in the Germanic paganism of Iron Age and early Medieval cultures...It has been a recorded practice in many parts of Europe throughout the Medieval and Early Modern periods, although became less popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the tradition is still observed in some parts of Europe and among European communities in North America." Read more about May Day on Wikipedia here.
Synonymous with Mayfest and "May Day" is the dance around the May pole. "The symbolism of the maypole has been continuously debated by folklorists for centuries, although no set conclusion has ever been arrived at. Some scholars classify maypoles as symbols of the world axis." Read more about the history of the Maypole on Wikipedia by clicking here.
Thanks for sharing these wonderful shots, Kay!
Mayor of Fulton, Jimmy Kendrick & Mayor of Rockport, CJ Wax judge the "cake walk!"
- Image Courtesy of the Fulton Mansion -