TREVOR "The Games Man"


Personal Ribbon Dancer Pix

Using ribbon dancers NOT at work. I do that sometimes.

Pete Little & Amy Neuenfeldt's wedding
Almont New Church Assembly
Almont MI
[date unknown]
This game is called Monkeys Jumping Through a Hoop, and everywhere I go, the children just love doing this. This is also one of my lovely wife's favorite photos. Here's how it works: all the children stand in a line about where the boy in the dark blue t-shirts is. I make a big loop with Big Yellow, and all the children try to make it through before it hits the ground. Then they circle around and line up again. Two out of four made it. The boy on the right will make it. But the girl on the left obviously didn't! 

These six photos were taken all different years at May Pole, a weekend family camp-out celebration in Hardwick MA that I've been attending for decades. The top one is at the very beginning of the May Day celebration. All the kids in line by the man in the straw hat (our host) are about to carry the May Pole in a little parade through the lower field (2nd photo), across the stream, and through the upper field to the spot where it goes into the ground. There's a bit of whoop-la that goes along with this, including me leading the parade with ribbon dancers (3rd photo), adults ringing bells, and a little bluegrass band taking up the rear. Next, as they unwrap the strands from the pole, spread them out, and everyone grabs one, the band plays, and a few of the real characters in the group --- including me (5th photo), Dr. Bob in the jester suit, the Green Man --- prance around everyone just for the sheer joy of it. Then we all actually dance the May Pole, weaving over and under all the way down (5th photo). And at the bottom, it's the grand whoop-la after the May Pole (center, at angle) is finally completely wrapped up top to bottom.
Two more from May Pole.

Scarborough Beach State Park
Scarborough ME
August 11, 2011

 Rocky Neck State Park
Lyme CT
August 26, 2008

Pulaski Park
Northampton MA
May 1998 
Every once in while when I just need to get out of the house, I grab my two favorite ribbon dancers and head for Pulaski Park in Northampton, stake out some turf on the lawn, and just practice my heart out. This was one such time.

White Lake State Park
Tamworth NH
August 1994 (?)
I keep my two favorite ribbon dancers in my travel bag, which pretty much always goes to the beach with me. So I'm often using my big ribbon dancers on the beach. It often gathers a crowd of interested kids. (The adults always watch, too, they just keep their distance.) What I'm actually doing here is making a "tunnel" which the child on hands and knees is crawling through.  The kid in the dark trunks is waiting for his turn. The further along the "tunnel" you go, the smaller it gets. Wind really plays havoc with it, too. But these kids played this game for quite a while that day. By the way, that's my daughter in the black bathing suit.

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