Spring has arrived in Loudoun County again, with blooming flowers and trees almost as abundant as the historical homes and farms that dot the countryside.
Helping to showcase Loudoun’s rich heritage is Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, which is hosting two cultural traditions in one single event– a May Day Barn Dance on Sunday, May 1.
May Day has its origins in both the ancient European cultures and the Roman Empire, celebrating the arrival of summer and the blossoming of flowers. It continued into modern times as a popular secular celebration and made its way to North America during colonial times.
A good old-fashioned barn dance, or square dance, also has its roots in European tradition, specifically the British Isles, where it was a common community-oriented event featuring easy group dances that all ages could participate in, dancing to folk music such as Irish and Scottish jigs and reels, the musical ancestors of Bluegrass and modern country music.
Hope Farm’s May Day Barn Dance will run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Sunday, May 1, featuring a traditional May Pole and a quick tutorial on “How to Square Dance” before the Barn Dance Boogie officially gets started to the music of Catoctin County String Band. Admission is $10 per person, or $30 for families of four or more.
Hope Flower Farm near the historic village of Waterford is a floral and event design “retreat” that is frequently open to the public. Their website describes Hope as “a playground for floral design and teaching. . . a relaxing, educational environment for designers and non-designers alike. . . (with) farm-to-table dinners, styled shoots and workshops, Hope will be a Loudoun County destination for all creatives.”
May 1. 2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5-6:00 pm - Social/Learn to Square Dance
6-8:00 pm - Boogie Down
Hope Flower Farm
40905 Stumptown Road, Waterford VA