Massie Heritage Center
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Annual May Day Celebration 2018 in Calhoun Square
For 162 years May Day has been celebrated by Massie School. Even before there was a public Board of Education, students celebrated spring by holding a celebration for May Day with a Maypole Dance. The celebration has changed over the years to include dances representing cultures other than the original English settlers and their customs. Dances now include the LaRaspa, Irish Potpourri, Virgiania Reel, Cotton-Eyed Joe, the Mayim, the Circassian Circle, and the Bele Kawe. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Kim Gusby of WSAV who has participated in the Massie event for about fifteen years. Members of the School Board and administrators from the District Office also shared in the event. Superintendent, Dr. M. Ann Levett, School Board representatives and a representative of the Friends of Massie brought greetings to the large crowd celebrating in Calhoun Square.
May Day King & Queen with Steven Smith, Massie Curator