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Posted on May 2, 2019 at 9:53 AM by Jan Molinaro
The Origins of May Day
May Day, in medieval and modern Europe, is a holiday on May 1 for the celebration of the return of spring. The observance probably originated in ancient agricultural rituals, and the Greeks and Romans held such festivals. Although later practices varied widely, the celebrations came to include the gathering of wildflowers and green branches, the weaving of floral garlands, the crowning of a May king and queen, and the setting up of a decorated May tree, or Maypole, around which people danced. Such rites originally may have been intended to ensure fertility for crops and, by extension, for livestock and humans, but in most cases this significance was gradually lost, so that the practices survived largely as popular festivities.
The best known modern May Day traditions, observed both in Europe and North America, include dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the tradition of giving of "May baskets," small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps.
In the 20th century, traditional May Day celebrations declined in many countries as May 1 became associated with the international holiday honoring workers and the labor movement.
Posted on April 5, 2019 at 1:49 PM by Jan Molinaro
Mayor’s Message for April 2019
It is spring time in Enumclaw and with the change in weather comes time to spruce up and repair what winter weather damaged. Getting out early to prune trees and shrubs as well as enhancing the lawn makes for a wonderful activity with everyone of all ages. This also will provide the wildlife with great places to nest and gather, not to mention shelter during wind and rain storms. So get on outside, enjoy the sun when it comes out and become active.
Posted on March 1, 2019 at 1:45 PM by Jan Molinaro
Mayor’s Message for March 2019
Another journey begins this month regarding the aquatic center. City council will be holding a workshop after the regular city council meeting on Monday, March 11. The council meeting will be starting at 6 PM instead of 7 PM to accommodate the workshop which will follow the council meeting approximately 45 minutes afterwards. The Community Service Committee should be presenting their recommendations to the full council on what they have researched on the direction of the aquatic center. I expect the city council to fully vet each recommendation, generate questions and hopefully be that much closer to deciding on what direction to move on the pool
If you have an interest in learning more about the recommendations and listen to the discussion of city council I encourage you to attend the March 11 meeting.