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May Basket making at the library
in Gays Mills

Who can resist a cheerful May Basket discovered on May Day morning? While the official beginning of spring is March 21, most of us in the Northern Hemisphere think of May Day as the true beginning of spring.

Who, also, can think of a holiday less commercial than May Day? The making of May baskets is usually done by hand. Traditionally wild or cultivated flowers were assembled in a handmade receptacle and placed on a neighbor or friends doorstep. You ring the doorbell and run and hide so no one knows who left the basket.

Let’s bring this wonderful tradition back to our communities. The Gays Mills Public Library will host a drop-in May basket-making workshop on Monday, April 28, Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 during regular library hours.  

This drop-in program is designed to fit into your busy schedule. Come for 15 minutes or spend an hour. The library will supply folded baskets to decorate, a pansy seedling and ribbons for participants. Build new memories, spread good cheer and keep this lovely tradition alive.