Wednesday, 1 May 2013

May Day, May Day

It's May Day and around the world people are celebrating the grounds gained by the labour movement over the centuries. People in Ottawa celebrated with a hootenanny at a local community centre and many fine musicians and singers were featured. Since Jerry, a fine musician/singer and very much a labour proponent, was not singing but we both wanted to take in the festivities, we wondered how we might make the event entertaining for ourselves and for others.

Apparently, one year some people wore red arm bands and this caused a bit of s stir. We wondered what lefties wore to an evening of uplifting singing.

We decided that we should dress as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the two cold war spies who were electrocuted on June 19, 1953.

Well does Jerry recall the day as many people from Montreal, where he was in kindergarten at the time, hopped on a train to Ottawa and they protested on Parliament Hill with signs saying, Save the Rosenbergs.

With his round glasses and fedora, Jerry made a better Julius than I made an Ethel as even with a brown wig, I could not do her imperious look in the top phone and the prissy look to the left wasn't me, either. And it did not help that I'd forgot my lipstick so could not do her wasp lips. I tried with a purple magic marker....

On the plus side for both of us, we made the effort and caught the imagination of several present.