Some Colonial Activities

These 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.

Untangling the Maypole Colonial Games Around the Maypole

Several games that the colonists played, like tossing a wooden hoop, and this bottom picture shows the first childs fishing game.

Wooden hoop game Colonial childs fishing game

And there were the old folk songs being played on the guitar. It was a very enjoyable time.

More Pictures of the Mayfest

- larger picture of the Maypole... maypole wrapped
-another pictures of the ribbons for the Maypole.. Maypole unwrapped
- the first fishing game... fishing game
- Pickles 5 cents... pickles 5 cents

Shelton History Center is located at 70 Ripton Road Shelton, CT Phone: 203-925-1803.

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