May Day Festival in Drake Park
2012-04-26 · By Editor
May Day Festival in Drake Park is an annual celebration that brings Willmore City Historic District residents, friends from throughout Long Beach, and various community groups together to enjoy a fantastic Long Beach afternoon in the park.
In honor of May Day, there will be May Pole dancing led by the Dalmation-American Club and Narodni Folk Dancers. Attendees young and old are encouraged to participate. Mexican Culture Ballet Folklorico will also be on hand to present an impressive dance showcase.
The May Day Festival will also include several free activities for children: a bounce house, games led by Long Beach Parks and Recreation & Marine, and fun crafts to take home. Friend’s House at Drake Park is hosting a free book give-away.
Long Beach Heritage’s Bembridge Homesite is offering house tours from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for a $2 donation. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. The house is a magnificent and highly ornate example of late Victorian architecture, and both the exterior and interior exemplify the finest accomplishments of turn-of-the-century architectural designers and craftsmen.
It is the single most important example of this style of architecture remaining in the Long Beach today, and is considered by many to be the most significant residential historic landmark structure in the City. Amazingly, the house is in almost pristine original condition, and contains many of the original furnishings dating from the early 1900’s which were owned by the Rankin family when they purchased the house in 1919.
A Health Fair offers information and screening services.
The May Day Festival will take place Saturday, May 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Drake Park at 951 Maine Avenue (9th & Maine).
The May Day Festival in Drake Park is sponsored by: Long Beach Heritage and the Bembridge Heritage Homesite, Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Dept., Willmore City Heritage Association, The Dark Park Community Center, Beacon House, St. Mary Medical Center, Friends’ House at Drake Park, The Dalmation-American Club, Narodni Folk Dancers, Community Partners Council, Mexican Culture Ballet Folklorico, and Robert Garcia 1st District Council Office.