Bring Up the Sun, Bring In Summer!
It’s been a long winter. As if the post-election pall weren’t bad enough, we’ve broken the 122-year-old record for wettest winter, and another record for the sheer number of wet days between October and April.
How do you cope with such dismal weather? Take excessive doses of Vitamin D? Book a trip someplace sunny? Complain while binge-watching Netflix?
How about getting up before dawn on May 1st to bring in the summer!
It may sound crazy, but rising before dawn on May Day has a long and venerable tradition in olde England, a place with a climate familiarly moist and gray. Each year on May Day, the village Morris dancers task themselves with greeting the sunrise with song and dance to ensure a warm summer and fertility for the crops.
Luckily for Seattle, we have several Morris dancing troupes who participate in this ritual each year right here at Gasworks Park. If you arrive at Gasworks around 5:30 a.m., you can follow these beribboned and bell-laden dancers to the southern point of the park, where they will dance the sun up in a joyous celebration to the end of winter. The festivities will end around 7 a.m.
The celebration is free and family-friendly. You are advised to dress in layers, to bring blankets, thermoses and snacks, and to festoon yourself with ribbons and flowers if you are so inclined.