Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 16: EVENTS
EVENTS May Day 1945
TAGS: May Day, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Harlan County, KY, Dancing Green, Dr. Willis A. Sullivan, Reader’s Digest, guest lecturers, English Country Dancing, Abby W. Christensen, Arthur W. Dodd, Mary Rogers, block print, rapper sword dance, dancing
INTRODUCTION: EVENTS May Day 1945
This year, the annual May Day event at the Pine Mountain Settlement School was held on April 27, 1945. Soon after, on May 8, victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) was celebrated. Great Britain and the United States, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe rejoiced in the defeat of the Nazi war machine during World War II.
GALLERY: EVENTS May Day 1945
TRANSCRIPTION: EVENTS May Day 1945
Cover with title “PINE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL” and prints of dances, flowers, and the words “MAY 1945 DAY.”
PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL
PINE MOUNTAIN KENTUCKY
Friday, April 27th, at 2 o’clock
On the Dancing Green
(If rainy the dancing will be in Laurel House)
Dancing directed by Miss Abbey W. Christensen
**Dr. Willis A. Sutton will speak to the audience before the dancing begins. We acknowledge with thanks our warm appreciation to Dr. Sutton and to READER’S DIGEST who made his visit to our campus possible.
Grateful acknowledgement is here made to all the who have contributed to make this day a success, — to teachers who sacrificed class periods for dance practices; to Mr. [Arthur W.] Dodd for innumerable hours of accompanying; to Mrs. [Mary] Rogers for the wood-cuts and to the print shop staff for the program; to all the students who worked for good dancing that this might be a beautiful as well as a happy occasion.
[** Dr. Willis A. Sutton was the superintendent of the Atlanta public schools from 1921 until 1943. He served as the executive officer of the Georgia Education Association in 1944 and, from 1944 until 1954, he was a lecturer for Reader’s Digest. The publication paid for his lecture at Pine Mountain Settlement School.]
GISBURN PROCESSIONAL – Enter the dancers, “Bringing in the Spring.”
MOLLY BROOKS – An early American square dance collected in Virginia by Richard Chase.
HAXBY – A sword dance from the village of Haxby in Yorkshire
GRIMSTOCK – Class dance by Freshman I
RUFTY TUFTY – Class dance by Freshman II
(these two dances are from john Playford’s English Dancing Master, published in London in 1657)
YORKSHIRE SQUARE EIGHT – A traditional country dance recently collected in England
ESCRICK – Long sword dance from a Yorkshire village
KENTUCKY RUNNING SET – Danced by the Co-ops
THE BROOM, THE BONNY, BONNY BROOM – Danced by the juniors and seniors.
DANISH CONTRA DANCE – By the Festival team
PIPER’S FANCY – An American traditional dance
THE MORE THE MERRIER – Longways for as many as will, from Playford’s Dancing Master
JOCKEY TO THE FAIR – Morris Jig
LADS A BUNCHUM – Danced by the boys’ Morris side
THE 29th OF MAY – Danced by the girls’ Morris side
EARSDON – A rapper sword dance from village in Yorkshire
THE SWEDISH MASQUERADE – Swedish country dance
THE WAGON WHEEL – American square dance figures