Think about what you want to attend and talk it up with your friends. Let us know what you are most excited about. We will schedule it so you can make to all your favorites.
Instant gratification longsword (The Braggarts: Bob Walser) Starting from scratch, learn a complete, performable longsword routine in less than an hour. No kidding!
Discussion about teaching Morris to newcomers. (Minnesota Traditional Morris: Ed Stern) Do you want to help? Be part of a panel? Have you (or another member of your team) had experience teaching Morris dance to newcomers? Ed Stern is considering leading a discussion about it at the 2023 MWMA.
It could involve presentations, a panel discussion, or… Nothing is decided yet. If you are
interested in helping to present and/or discuss ideas, please email Ed at EdSternGoog@gmail.com Do it now, before you forget.
Please (briefly) tell Ed what your experiences have been, also if you have anything specific that you would like to present or bring up for discussion. Ed is considering having 1-3 people besides himself as presenters.
Lilting (Larry’s Privateers: Mattie Rynkiewicz) Your voice is your instrument! YOU are the fiddle; use nonsense syllables to play the tune! Dum, da deedle-I, deedle-daadle deydl-dum. Dum, da deedle-I, deedle-dai day.
The Old Frog – in the tradition of Oddington Minnesota Traditional Morris: Wilson Alness) A lively corner-challenge dance from the great village of Oddington, to the tune of Swaggering Boney. Includes plain capers, foray capers, and most importantly – leapfrogs! Bring your most spritely self and a set of hankies.
Bal Folk (Nawal Motawi, Jonathan & Bob) Bal folk is traditional French dancing, as popularized all over Western Europe and the world. At a bal, you will experience the excitement and calm of folklife itself. From the blissful synchrony of a whole room stepping together in a spellbinding Breton chain dance, to the surging passion of a partner-swapping gigue, to the friendly—or flirtatious—intimacy of a partnered bourrée.
General Hardware Documentary, We Made It! (General Hardware: Chris Koszalka) Promotional clip now available.
We will be showing WE MADE IT! “We Made It! Is a documentary chronicling General Hardware’s team history and our three year Saga to co-host an in person Ale during a global pandemic.”
WE MADE IT! will be showing at the Ale in the King lodge at 10 AM Sunday for the first time. You should come see it because it gives a wonderful view into our lives and the dancing and community that we love.
Crafting (Maroon Bells: Laurel Bender) I volunteered to lead a “crafting” workshop. Too vague, right? I decided that I will bring materials and teach how to make a simple Morris pin out of a safety pin, little bells, and ribbons. It would take ~15-30 minutes to make one, or they could be completed at home. They involve looping the ribbon around the safety pin and threading a bell onto the ribbon.
Accordion jam (Pullman Morris and Sword: Jonathan Whitall, Capering Roisters: Jesse Evans)
Border (Capering Roisters: Katie Leach, River Rats Border Morris: Edwina Cooper, River Rats Border Morris: Judy Stein)
Knit together (Capering Roisters: Ellen Dorfman)
Shape Note (Braintrust Morris: Becky Wright, Bells of the North: Denise Kania)
T’ai Chi (Bells of the North: Lynn Dennis, Minnesota Traditional Morris: Tim Dennis)
Learning new crochet stitches -learn one and, if can, teach one (Maroon Bells: Joanne Oliva-Purdy)
Ultimate Frisbee (General Hardware: Isaiah Curtis)
Hobby Animal Discussions, Spring and Summer Mumming (Minnesota Traditional Morris: Larry Klueh, with Rudd)
Senior Morris – adaptations for aging knees, etc. (Uptown-on-the-Lakes: Laurie Ford)
Childrens social hour, Mölki (Bells of the North: Andi Helebrant)
Dyeing natural fabrics with indigo (Bells of the North: Trenne Fields)
Sherborne hanky dance ‘Widdershins’ for those familiar with the tradition. (Renegade Rose Morris: Stewart Hall)
Chingsword (or Chingford Swordfight) (Brackleberry Morris: Eleanor Sampson)
Teaching Old Joe Clark (4-person border dance) (Pullman Morris and Sword: David Wells)
Sleeping in (Various…)