Legend has it that on May Day (May 1st), small baskets (called May Baskets) are filled will treats or flowers and left by a suitor on a paramour’s doorstep. Upon ringing the doorbell, the giver of the basket flees. If caught by the intended recipient of the gift, a kiss is in order. (This traditional May Day activity has faded from popularity since the advent of Internet dating.)
May is loaded with other romantic activities, however, beginning with the 3rd Annual Chainsaw Sculpting Invitationalin Thomasville May 3-5. Nothing says “I love you” better than a sculpture of your beloved made out of a 6-foot pine log. Let the sawdust fly!
May 10-13 takes us to one of my favorite towns out west, Black Mountain, for the 34th Annual Lake Eden Arts Festival…or LEAF. Folk art, a poetry slam, gourmet festival food, and lots of great music. This year you can check out Taj Mahal, Seun Anikulapo and the Egypt 80, and the New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band…among many other performers.
Mother’s Day weekend kicks off with National Train Day on May 12. The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer has special events that day…as does the Halifax County town of Enfield, which is hosting an art and photography exhibit celebrating the train’s impact on that historic town…now best known for its peanut industry. (On Mother’s Day itself, May 13, every North Carolinian should do whatever Mom wants to do.)
The Got To Be NC Festival returns to the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh May 18-20. This three-day celebration features a Food and Wine Expo, Fiber Fair, carnival, antique tractors, draft horses, music and more. Gate admission and parking are free. Good (affordable) family fun!
More fun, particularly for those 21 and older, will be found at the 11th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival on May 19 in Elkin. Here’s an event where you can sample wine from all the great vineyards of the Yadkin Valley without having to drive all over the place. Designated drivers are encouraged! There will be a “grape stomp,” unfortunately just for the kids.
The month ends with the big Memorial Day weekend…the unofficial start of Summer. Time to load up on the sunscreen and charcoal.
What May activities are you looking forward to?
By Tom Gongaware (General Sales Manager, Triangle Region)