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Somerville Growing Center Celebrates May Day with Traditional English Dancing

Several Morris Dance Teams performed last Saturday to a delighted audience.

The Somerville Growing Center welcomed spring last Saturday by showcasing several traditional English dance teams from the region, possible long-term plans for the garden and its mint and strawberry seedlings. 

Dancers wore colorful costumes and bells on their legs; some swung handkerchiefs and other beat wooden sticks as they sang and shouted. After their performances, they invited the audience to dance around the maypole. 

Meanwhile, students from the Boston Architectural College presented their preliminary plans to restructure the garden to make it a more open-aired, user-friendly space. Student Aaron Stoddard-Tetzlaff said he would like to create more sunny spaces so that the garden could increase its yield, build raised beds that elderly volunteers could easily use and nooks for children to explore.  

"For as beautiful as this site is, it needs organization," he said. 

As the dancing and presentations carried on, volunteers also accepted donations for mint and strawberry seedlings that a few local children had planted one day on a visit to the garden. 

The Somerville Growing Center opens to the public Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This center invites people with gardening skills to tend the garden and teach others how to do so.

This Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., the center will teach those interested in composting how to turn food and yard waste into a soil supplement. Contact Tai Dinnan at 617-628-9988 to learn more about the workshop. 

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