April 12, 2017

Maypole Family Event Celebrates European Tradition at Cumming Nature Center

ROCHESTER, NY—Visitors enjoy a festive outdoor maypole celebration at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Cumming Nature Center this month. At this special family program, attendees discover the traditional maypole dance and make a May basket to give to someone they love. The event takes place at the Cumming Nature Center from 10am–12pm on Saturday, April 29.

At the celebration, guests are encouraged to dance around the maypole while wearing their springtime finest, perhaps with a European vintage outdoor theme—flowing dresses and hair ribbons. The maypole celebration is a tradition originally from Germany, England and Sweden, though no one knows for sure how far back maypole dancing dates. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a bag lunch for a picnic after the festivities. Hiking is also available on the 15 miles of trails complete with wetlands and forest.

Cumming Nature Center is a dynamic environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through hands-on learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Its 900-acre preserve includes 15 miles of trails complete with wetlands, climbing forest roads and hiking through the past. Attendees investigate the curious intricacies of nature with educational programs throughout the year.

Trails are open five days a week: Wednesday through Friday, 9am-3:30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4:30pm (closed Monday and Tuesday). The maypole celebration is $5 per person and $15 per family, including members.

The Cumming Nature Center is located at 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512. Phone: 585.374.6160. The complete Cumming Nature Center offering is available at www.rmsc.org.

For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC at 585.697.1962 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Press / News section of our website at www.rmsc.org/press-news.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Photo credit: Annette Dragon. 


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