#MayDay @LedZepplin @JMU May 1


I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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May Day

May Day is a holiday that many Americans have celebrated, but relatively few can explain. Photo below from 1911 on the campus of Ohio State.

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May Day is an ancient spring festival in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s an astronomical holiday, one of the year’s four cross-quarter days, or day that falls more or less midway between an equinox and solstice – in this case the March equinox and June solstice. The other cross-quarter days are Groundhog Day on February 2, Lammas on August 1 and Halloween on October 31.

Originally, May Day was an ancient pagan holiday celebrating the start of summer. As time went on, different groups adapted the celebration to their specific cultures or beliefs. Europeans and Americans often celebrate in a more secular manner with diversions like Maypole Dancing and Flower Crowns.

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There often was a crowing of May Queen on May Day in many communities and schools. That term May Queen was part of the lyrics of the 1970’s hit by Led Zepplin on their song  “Stairway to Heaven”

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If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.

Just to avoid any confusion Mayday” the distress call is not related to May Day Celebrations. It is French for m’aidez, which means “help me.”

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At dozens of colleges in the early 20th Century, May Day was an important spring custom. Between 1910 and the entry of the United States into World War I, Elizabethan May Day celebrations were very popular, especially at women’s colleges including what is now known as James Madison University.

Photo of James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA

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