Friday, April 30, 2010

May Mysteries & Morris Dancing

 "What potent blood hath modest May."- Ralph W. Emerson

Last year I posted a list of May Mysteries, and I'm updating that entry here. I  love May Day with its Morris Dancing and the Maypole, all dating back to more pagan Celtic times. And, although May may seem idyllic, it can actually be murderous! I will also have an updated list of Mother's Day mysteries which, of course, take place in May. Let me know if I've forgotten any May mysteries.

30 Days in May by Wayne Hancock
May Day by Jess Lourey
Five Days in May by Christopher Hartpence
May Day in Magadan by Anthony Olcott
A Hot Day in May by Julian Jay Savarin
The May Day Murders by Scott Wittenburg

For over 30 years at dawn on May Day, Berkeley Morris Dancing takes place at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park.  The Berkeley Morris Dancers will be performing later in the day at 12:15 at the University of California Botanical Garden. Here's a link to other May Day Morris dancing around the World.

Morris Dancing Mysteries: 
Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh
Dead Men's Morris by Gladys Mitchell

The Death-Cap Dancers by Gladys Mitchell 

Apparently some Morris Dancing took place in Oxford two weeks ago. Read about it in Martin Edwards' Blog.

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