City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at […]

Former pole-winders reminisce

By Sharna Johnson: PNT fact finder Unique in its annual tradition, the community of Portales has years of memories from Maypoles gone-by. Beautiful dresses, dream-like dancing to heart-scoring music and the uniting of classmates right before they cross into their adult lives and leap into the great unknown. These things are all part of the […]

Tradition goes on

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School girls danced wearing vibrant green, peach, pink and purple dressers as they wound streamers of the same color around two poles, carrying on a tradition which has lasted more than 75 years. The PHS boys in their tuxedos danced along with the females during the […]

Maypole to unwind at high school

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tana Prewitt has been planning the perfect waltz for four years. It was in eighth grade that Prewitt and Bradley West, her friend since kindergarten, agreed to wind Maypole together during their senior year at Portales High School. Prewitt and West, along with 27 other couples, will do just that […]

PHS seniors take part in Maypole tradition

By Tony Parra People from many Portales High School generations celebrated what many called a cherished, time-honored tradition of the winding of the Maypole on Thursday. The Maypole tradition history dates back to 1929 and is the only maypole tradition in high school history in the United States which has been going on in consecutive […]

Day of the Dead to honor former students

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Those who knew Eric Hodgest say they don’t need his picture to see his face. Or to remember his smile. Or even his charm. Still, Hodgest’s photo, along with memorabilia of three other Eastern New Mexico University students, will be displayed on an altar today in […]

Seniors embrace tradition

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By Mike Linn A 75-year-long Portales High School tradition brought tears to proud parents and grandparents on Thursday night, as seniors weaved a checkered maypole and said goodbye to their classmates through song, speech and dance. Attired in tuxedos and evening gowns, seniors celebrated the completion of four years of high school before a crowd […]

Maypole a source of pride for PHS seniors

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By Angela Peacock Choosing a partner to waltz in circles while weaving pastel-colored ribbons in the sky has been a tradition at Portales High School for 76 years. Originally a simple winding of one pole, Portales’ Maypole celebration began in 1929 when dancing was prohibited at the school. Now it’s believed to be the longest […]