Morrispolooza is Here!!!

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This may not seem like much for our Morris cousins across the Atlantic, but the Weasels have a very busy two days before them

Tonight, October 6, we will be dancing out at the Harvest Faire at Endview.  Showtimes are 7:00 and 8:00.  Tomorrow we are the opening act of the day there at a cheery 9:30 in the morning.

Later, at 3:00 to 4:00, we will be dancing at the Children’s Stage at the Newport News Folk Like Festival at Newport News Park.  This is a very large event so allow yourselves plenty of time.

No rest for the wicked!  Hope we might see you there!

May Day 2017

I just noticed that I completely forgot to make any report on our dance out at for May Day.  I most o=hve lost it all in the excitement of the Pirate fest.

 

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For anyone who may not be aware, it is a Morris custom to dance up the sun on May Day, so as to enable the return of Spring.  It is one of the very few responsibilities of a Morris Man (Person).

 

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I had a great deal of difficulty with the “band” and therefore we ended up dancing to the quiets tones of an Ipod in my pocket.  This created a bit of a challenge as the volume was far too quiet and we had to rely mostly upon our humming!  did I mention how desperate we are for some full-time musicians?

 

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This was the best attendance that we have had for a Mayday.  Apparently, Drunken Weasels aren’t really morning mustelids, but this year there were four of us and a small audience of two.

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Even with our Band troubles we still managed to get the sun back up,, though Judy did have to help a little.

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Our job here finished, we killed the old King (in the form of a loaf of bread) who we ate with jam and continue merrily off to our regular jobs…..

Easter Ale 2017

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Last Easter found the Weasels dancing out in Richmond as part of the Easter Ale.  This was a third year participating in what has certainly become a tradition and one of our most enjoyable events.

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Our hosts for this is More or Less  Morris, based out of Richmond, VA who have the odd distinction, probably unknown to them until now, of being the only Morris Side I have ever played for.  It was several years ago at the Harvest Faire in Newport News, I think the tune was Bean Setting and I played it on a pipe and tabor.

 

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More or Less Morris, Richmond, VA

We were also joined by the marvelous and skilled dancers of the Albermarle Morris Men.

 

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Albermarle Morris Men, Charlottesville, VA

and our West Virginia cousins, the Hicks With Sticks.

 

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Hicks With Sticks, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

For those unfamiliar with the traditions, Hicks With Sticks are like us, a border morris side, we also share some similar taste in dances and British Morris side influences.  It is always a pleasure to see them and dance with them

The easter Ale is a very interesting little event.  downloadIt is attached to the Richmond Easter Parade which is a lively and colourful Richmond tradition.  There are many different musical acts, clowns on stilts, some very crazy clothing and, many over the top hats.  Quite a bit of colour, flowers, and excitement for people of all ages right there on Monument Avenue.  The fun is in no way limited to the two-legged creatures either.  A dog costume or hat contest (I am not certain which) is included.  I didn’t see any categories available for Weasels, however, typical.

The day begins with the Morris sides and their entourages arrive at a beautiful flat not far from the scene of the crime for some brunch, 18033009_1579296068757040_2352888972248014652_ncoffee and general reuniting after the long cruel months of winter, all to the dulcet song of the Bullfinches.  At the appointed time we all make our way over to Monument Avenue and scope out a likely place.  This year we danced in some very pleasant shady little areas, though for a while are musicians were engaged in a futile battle with a brass jazz band.

 

Speaking of musicians, we found ourselves again in our too frequently occurring dilemma of no musicians!

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Nate

We again owe a debt of gratitude to the musicians of the other sides who so kindly played for us.  Jim Morrison, Pete Kleeman, and Nick Blanton.  All three were very supportive, helpful and kind not to mention talented, but our better dances have more unusual and in some cases original tunes not well known. Nick very bravely offered to learn and play one and did a great job with Shropshire Morris (which sounds phenomenal on the English Border Pipes by the bye).  To get the weasely band started has to be the goal for this year.

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Pete

 

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Jim

 

 

18010706_1579295942090386_2608614644921814841_nAfter dancing for a bit we break for a picnic lunch in a nearby backyard and then continue for some more dancing, usually in a different place than where we began.  finally, at five we end with a mass Cotswold dance and back to the start for a pleasant dinner and jollification with some very interesting and intelligent folk.  What an interesting and diverse eclectic people Morris Dancers are!

 

 

 

We were missing one of our reliable dancers due to a “modeling emergency”  but most of 17991079_10154474869330980_6318658064782853279_n (1)the usual culprits were present.  As mentioned, our repertoire was curtailed due to musician difficulties ( did I mention we need to start our band?)  We danced Cuckoos nest, both by ourselves and mutually with Hick with Sticks, as well Shropshire Morris, Tinner’s Rabbit, Donkey riding and Not, Not For Joes.  There was also an Irish Reel by Mark.   In the end, a splendid time was had by all.

In the end, a splendid time was had by all. We give our thanks out to the musicians I mentioned earlier, and all of the other sides who have been so kind and gracious to welcome our fledgling group under your wing.  We all look forward to next Easter!

 

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Mark Getting some air time

 

 

 

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Megan of the Hicks displaying what it’s all about!