Some Colonial ActivitiesThese are some of the activities and games of these colonial settlers at the Mayfest in Shelton, CT.
Since ancient times, May 1 has been a day for outdoor festivals and flowers.
The settlers brought this tradition of the May pole from England with them.
People used to get up at dawn to go a-maying.
They would return with flowers and branches of trees to decorate their homes.
A May Queen was crowned to reign over the games, dancing, and festivities.
Several games that the colonists played, like tossing a wooden hoop, and this bottom picture shows the first childs fishing game.
And there were the old folk songs being played on the guitar. It was a very enjoyable time.