Newsletter Spring 2014

The article on the background to the custom of blacking up generated a fair number of responses, a representative selection are printed in this edition. Traditions old and new are given an airing, there is a report of a morris jig performed in a most unlikely setting, and anniversaries in this issue span several continents. The Lake District is the setting for our front cover photograph and for the 2014 AGM and Day of Dance, full details of which are given, plus Paul White is as entertaining and controversial as ever.

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  • Blacking up: facing the issues
  • Ragged & Old 30 years on
  • Treacle for Christmas
  • Penkevyll meets Mari Llwyd
  • Paul White’s Diary
  • Something to get your teeth into
  • Morris etiquette: ceilidh spots
  • Intercontinental ale
  • Keswick – gateway to the Lakes
  • Review: Wassailing
  • Ossett Beercart – a new tradition
  • Handbook of morris dancing
Nov 06
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Considering Morris Dance Costumes as English National Dress" - Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe (LIVE on Zoom)
Nov 07
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Workshop - Whitby Toesday Hornpipe Clog Routine for Beginners/Intermediate (tbc) - Melanie Barber (LIVE on Zoom)
Nov 14
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Talk - "A History of Mumming" - Stephen Rowley (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 04
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Coconut Dancing – more than just a Lancashire tradition” - Peter Bearon (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 12
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Straw Bear - 40 Years of Straw & String" - Brian Kell (LIVE on Zoom)
Apr 09
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joint Morris Organisations' Day of Dance 2022
Sep 24
All day
Morris Federation Day of Dance and AGM 2022

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