Heart of the Beast Updates: Volunteer for MayDay!

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On the first Sunday of May, tens of thousands of folks will celebrate a day of community and festivity together. All this takes place because – and only because – hundreds of volunteers pitch in to make it happen.

Opportunities include:

  • Tabloid Distributor
  • Park Setup
  • Puppet Mover
  • Sun Flotilla Docent
  • Lost Child Caregiver
  • MayDay Booth Assistant
  • … AND MORE!

Sign up by the end of the day TODAY (4/12) for a chance to win 2 FREE tickets to next year’s season!

Learn more!

Donate to support MayDay!

In 1975, HOBT’s first MayDay was a gift to the community that was shared by just a few hundred neighbors. Last year, HOBT shared that gift with a record-setting 55,000 people.

The 2018 budget for this exuberant celebration is just over $200,000. We need your help to fill a $38,000 gap to ensure MayDay remains healthy and resilient. Your gift supporting MayDay is a gift to your community.




Help build the puppets for the MayDay Parade!

During the month of April, our building is transformed into a giant studio where staff artists and volunteers create the MayDay Parade.

From Saturday, April 7 – Thursday, May 3, 2018, MayDay Build Workshops are held:

Every Tuesday from 7-9pm*
Every Thursday from 7-9pm
Every Saturday from 9-11am and 1-3pm

* American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available at every Tuesday night workshop.

Workshops are free, although donations are graciously accepted, always welcome, and much needed.

Learn more about the workshops on our website!

MayDay Materials Wish List

Below is a list of materials needed for MayDay. You can bring donations to the Avalon Theatre during any workshop time starting April 7, 2018 – Saturdays 9-11am and 1-3pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9pm.

It’s a great way to recycle and help build MayDay – thanks!

Questions? Contact Site Director, Steve Ackerman at sackerman@hobt.org.


Socket sets
Drill bits in good condition
Utility knives (preferably retractable)
T-50 or P-35 staplers (only these types!)
Scissors (children and adults)
Needlenose pliers


Minimum 4 feet long; as knot-free, nail-free, and straight as possible.

1x2s, 1x4s, 2x4s, plywood (4’×4′ minimum, 1/2″ thick or thicker)
Plywood, 1/2″ thick or thicker, 4’x4′ minimum square


Non-corrugated cardboard

Newspaper, brown paper bags, colored paper
Cardboard: minimum 3×3 ft., single or double ply

Cereal and pizza boxes

Frozen pizza rounds (the cardboard that the pizza sits on)


Clothes hangers


All paint colors needed, but looking for a lot of yellow. Please, minimum of 1 qt in can.
Paint brushes (wood chip brushes are nice! no foam brushes, please)


Wood and white glue
Masking tape – 3/4″, 1″, 2″
Duct tape
Strapping tape


Minimum size of 4’x4′ please, always looking for larger pieces. Solid, bright colors; lightweight big pieces (no patterns)
Bright colors; red, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange, white, brown, and lots of black
Yarn – of any kind, color, or length

Reemay garden fabric (new or used)


Clear 1/2 pint containers with covers
1/2 pint yogurt containers with covers
Large plastic sheeting

Plastic soda and juice bottles

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
http://www.hobt.org | 612-721-2535
1500 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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