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THE FACTORY + ALABAMA CHANIN | 18/52 | 2018

“The fair maid who, the first of May,
Goes to the fields at break of day,
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree,
Will ever after handsome be.”
– Mother Goose nursery rhyme from The Children’s Mother Goose

From its beginnings as an ancient Celtic ritual to modern day parades, festivals, and workers’ right protests, May Day—celebrated across the world on the first day of May—has embodied many sentiments and customs throughout time and changing societies. This week we discover some of those customs and look into May Day’s evolving significance.

The ancient Celtic festival of Beltane

Traditional May Day celebrations

May Basket Day

The Maypole, and if you are so inclined, Maypole dancing instructions

“May Day: America’s Traditional, Radical, Complicated Holiday:” Part 1 and Part 2

“How May Day Became a Holiday for Workers”

2017 May Day marches advocated for workers and immigrants

In Alabama: May Day in Gee’s Bend

P.S.: May 1st is also the start of Me Made May. Share your projects and follow along with other makers using the hashtags #theschoolofmaking, #memademay, and #MMMay18.

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@ The School of Making

Bring your friends and join us for the First Tuesday sewing group on May 1st at The Factory.

A few spots are still left for the Bicentennial T-Shirt Workshop on May 5th as we celebrate 200 years of Florence. Enroll here.

@ The Factory Store + Café

Our Sample Sale takes place in-store at The Factory Store Monday – Saturday with 70% off Collection samples and 50% off select machine-sewn styles.

Lunch + Saturday brunch menu (with new items like Ciabatta Toasthere.

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