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Sellwood youngsters enjoy Maypole celebration

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Around the maypole dance Aiva Briggs and Anders Sundholm.The youngsters at Sellwood’s Violet Garden Waldorf Preschool may not have known the history of the Maypole – or why the meaning of its symbolism has been continuously debated by folklorists for centuries.

But, at the event for students, family and friends held on May 7, it was clearly fun for all.

“Today, we’re dancing our maypole; we have lovely live music, and were celebrating spring,” said the school’s headmistress Jody Bothe.

It's important to the school to have a celebration like this, she said, because it gives children a sense of the changing of the seasons.

“We at the Violet Garden like to keep the children in touch with seasonal festivals are not necessarily religious-based,” Bothe said. “These events are more based in tradition, and what is happening in nature.”

Because the students are very young, the program was age-appropriately brief – and followed with a potluck brunch – as the youngsters gamboled in the pre-summer sunshine.