Last year at this time, people were looking at the skies and hoping for rain. Gardeners, who lovingly tend their flowers, painstakingly watered their plants just hoping for the blooms. We don’t have that problem this year, as the old saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’ will ring true when the Public Works Commission of Fayetteville and the Junior League of Fayetteville present a May Day Celebration on Sunday, May 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden.
    "May Day is a celebration of spring and the Earth," said Angela Dennis, development officer of Cape Fear Botanical Garden. "Our focus is on the environment, recycling and the importance of certain things in the environment."
May Day is a popular event that has been celebrated for thousands of years throughout diverse cultures.
    The educational activities, which will take place throughout the garden, entail making May baskets, headbands, soil painting, face painting, pony rides, carriage rides, dancing around the Maypole, jumping castle, bubble activity, Polaroid picture cards, birding activity, rain sticks and other nature-related activities. The Maypole is the most familiar feature of May festivities. Children perform dances around the pole, weaving ribbons in and out to create a striking pattern.
    {mosimage}"One of the highlights of the event is our milk carton flotilla,” said Dennis.  “This activity teaches kids about the importance of recycling."
    Dennis said the kids will construct boats out of milk cartons, decorate them and launch their milk cartons in the Botanical Garden’s Pond.
    The Dogwood Queens will be on hand to paint the children’s faces. Dr. Waddle will be on site with a variety of snakes for the kids to play with and learn about."
    Local firemen will bring the fire truck and discuss fire safety with the children. The Fayetteville Mounted Police will use the festival as an opportunity to teach the children not only about safety, but also about the care of the animals who are their partners.
    "Kids will learn a lot about nature through these activities," said Dennis. "Everyone plays an important role in taking care of our Earth."
    Food and drinks will also be available for sale. The Boy Scouts will sell hot dogs in order to raise funds for their troop. There will be a bike raffle to encourage children to play outdoors, exercise and stay active.  
    "We encourage people to come early so they can enjoy all of the activities," said Dennis. "This family oriented event has always been a community favorite."
    Admission is free and the public is invited. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 486-0221.  

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