Spring activities in full bloom throughout the peninsula

April 30, 2014 

“April showers bring May flowers,” but sometimes, we wish the showers would hurry past so we can get out and tend the flowers.

End of April activities include a preschool story time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Key Peninsula museum for 3- to 6-year-olds, accompanied by adults. “Mrs. Wishy-Washy” is the book, and activities include exploring old-time washing implements and a related craft.

The museum is in the smaller building near the Orca whale at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. When we were in school there, it was called the Annex. What is now the museum has passed through several uses, including a library.

Two May happenings at the museum are in conjunction with other events at the KP civic center.

“Homestead Moms; the Way They Worked,” runs from 1-3 p.m. on May 3 in the museum.

Twin Waters Art Alliance’s Spring Splash Arts and Crafts is open at the same time, with nine artists demonstrating their specialties, activities for kids, an art boutique with gift items and a drawing for “artful prizes.” $5 suggested donation.

The museum is having an open house during the Livability Community Fair on May 10, 1-3 p.m., with Forest to Farm demonstrations. Music by The Rusty Roots, a local Bluegrass band, at noon. A new mini display honoring local veterans is in progress.

The Lakebay Fuchsia Society has its 19th annual plant sale out on the lawn that day, with much more than fuchsias in all sizes to purchase.

The Livable Community Fair fills the gym with tables of various nonprofit organizations to provide information (and sometimes some freebies to take home)

The Key Singers has its annual spring concert May 18 at McColley Hall, Key Peninsula Lutheran Church, at 3 p.m. “Over the Rainbow” is the theme, with a variety of music to share plus special raffle baskets. Tickets are $6 at the door or you can buy them from Singers members.

That evening from 6-8:30 p.m. is the Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session at Longbranch Community Church.

Later in the month on May 24, the Ashes, the Key Peninsula fire department auxiliary, offers a spaghetti dinner for $5 per person (children under ages 5 and younger are free) at the Key Center fire station from 4-7 p.m. A raffle will help raise money for the fire department.

Does anyone celebrate May Day anymore? Picking flowers from your garden, putting them into a handmade paper “basket, hanging it on a neighbor’s door, ringing the bell or knocking and quickly running to hide before someone answers the door.

May Day traditions began with pagans and druids of Europe, celebrating planting season and the approach of summer. Bonfires, maypoles, May queens and even kings with crowns constructed of twigs, leaves and flowers were common in many areas.

The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the Festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and similar events in various places.

In Britain, Morris Dancing is popular on May 1. In Hawaii, it’s been designated as Lei Day, a celebration of native culture.

In the Catholic Church, May 1 is the Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker, patron saint for laborers.

May Day has traditionally been for celebrations of spring, femininity, fertility (of soil and crops, livestock and people) and even the first day of summer in many cultures.

April showers help us be the Evergreen state, and we who garden can appreciate not having to set up hoses and sprinklers until later. Let’s accept the seasons as they come, be grateful for where we’re “planted” and look forward to those May flowers and celebrations that promise summer is coming.

Out Our Way columnist Colleen Slater can be reached by email at cas4936@centurytel.net

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