May Day is the perfect holiday to celebrate during our time in quarantine. All you need to do is leave someone a May basket and then be on your merry way! Often overlooked, the May Day holiday (this Friday) used to be celebrated in communities across America. The fun (and timely) point in anonymously leaving a May basket at the door of a relative, friend or neighbor is to trot away without having been seen. Bringing May baskets back is a perfectly inspired way to let your peeps know you're thinking about them from a safe distance.
The May 1st tradition of welcoming the arrival of warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere dates back many hundreds of years and has been observed in different ways. In Medieval times people danced around a maypole, a pole decorated with ribbons and streamers, and placed baskets of flowers at the base in what historians believe was a fertility ritual. A more recent way to celebrate is by leaving a May basket. A May basket is something to be hung on the door or left on the porch. Made of paper generally, it can contain almost anything. Some ideas are to fill it with small presents such as flowers, candy or notes. May baskets are a sweet way to convey your best wishes and love. It is hung at the door of anybody you want to spread cheer to. When done the hanger simply knocks and departs.
To create a May basket you can use a basket you have on hand, or make one out of paper. If you have little ones at home get them involved too. Decorate the basket with crayons, markers or paint in bright colors. Then fill the basket with whatever small presents you'd like. Flowers are a traditional favorite. You can pick dandelions or any other flowers in your yard that are springing up now. Next simply deliver your basket to your loved one's door. Happy May Day!
Check out these books released this May featuring titles based on actual science and data, whether that involves the chemistry of yeast or the reality of immigration. The fiction, meanwhile, provides portals to worlds more coherent than our current one. There are so many good excuses to keep reading!
Mother's day is less than two weeks away and this year the celebrations will be a little different than usual. Here's some ideas on how you can celebrate mom while still staying safe at home.
With May upon us, and hopefully sunnier weather, folks will be heading outdoors to work on their lawns and yards. Following are some helpful tips for lawn & yard maintenance. Remember to follow social distancing guidelines while working on your yard.
Since we can't host any stargazing programs this Spring, here's some tips on how to do it on your own. Remember to follow social distancing guidelines while stargazing.
Here is where you can find information about local places
Cotuit Federated Church Holy Week at Cotuit Federated Church
GOOD FRIDAY -contemplative How Can I Keep from Hymn Sings with Megan at noon on Facebook Live. EASTER DAY: Sunrise Service, 5:50am on Facebook Live at 5:50am (prerecorded). Please watch it from home and do not gather at the beach. Festival Worship on Facebook Live at 10am.
Cotuit Fire District Prudential Committee find news, meeting minutes & budget reports.
Cotuit Fresh Market open to the public 7 a.m.-6 p.m. phone (508) 428-6936. Call ahead for curbside pick-up. Deliveries made within the Cotuit area.
Cotuit Post Office open M-F 9-4, Sat. 10-12, & closed Sunday. Expect to wait in line and obey distancing rule of 6 feet apart per person. Neon foot placement signs are taped on the floor to help.
Cotuit Historical Society explore your local history
Cotuit Fire Department find news, meeting minutes, personnel & contact info.
CVS Marstons Mills open M-F 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. phone (508) 428-9638. Expect to wait in line and follow social distancing rules. Please enter wearing a face mask if possible.
Stop & Shop Marstons Mills open every day 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. phone (508) 428-1278. Expect to wait in line for entry into store. Directional signs on floor to follow social distancing rules. Please enter wearing a face mask if possible.
The British Museum, London
Adventure! Children’s Museum (Eugene, OR) (Lynchburg, VA)Boston Children's Museum Bucks County Children’s Museum (New Hope, PA)Building for Kids Children’s Museum (Appleton, WI) (San Francisco, CA)Children’s Discovery Museum (Normal, IL)Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine (Portland)The Children’s Museum in Easton (MA)Children’s Museum of Atlanta (GA)The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (OH) (CO)The Children’s Museum of Evansville (IN)Ipswich Public Library (MA)
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