Grotto May Day celebration highlights

Mount Mercy celebrated May Day 2012 with a very special reenactment of a cherished tradition once held on campus in the 1920s — the Isadora Duncan scarf dance. Guests enjoyed a special performance put to 1930s music and tours of the newly restored Grotto. 

In previous years, the annual May Day celebration involved crowning the May Queen, presenting music and dance performances, and capturing photo opportunities. This annual event took place from 1928 – 1958 on campus.

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Kennedy High School art students

Kennedy High School students in art entered Jane Gilmor's competition for photography of the Grotto. These were selected as the winners.

Fourth graders visit The Grotto

Fourth graders from Arthur and Erskine elementary schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, visited Mount Mercy University earlier this year. As part of their visit, Professor Jane Gilmor taught the students about the Grotto, and asked them to intrepret it through their art.