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Great Meadows Morris and Sword at the 2005 Marlboro Ale

May 27-30 - Marlboro, Vt. (and environs)

Our second visit in three years, this time with thankfully far superior weather.We converged on Marlboro College, pitched our tents, got acquainted with our fellow Ale participants and prepared for a very full weekend.[Marlboro Ale Web page]

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In addition to Fort Nat, this edition of Camp Great Meadows included the Candy Castle and the House of Death.

One of the major highlights of the Marlboro Ale is the Saturday morning processional of the teams across the Marlboro College campus. Click here to see a brief video clip.

The Saturday morning stand was a more-or-less formal introduction of the participants, including our hosts the Marlboro Morris Men (left) -- and their fool, Dan (center), following along on his, er, sheet music -- and Marlboro Morris and Sword.

From further south, Albemarle Morris of Virginia (left) and DC's own Rock Creek (center).

Representing the New York Greater Metropolitan Area, those radiant Ring O'Bells/Belles (left), Bouwerie Boys (center) and Handsome Molly.

The Canadian contingent: Toronto Morris Men, with their famed cricket hats (left); ever-colorful Forest City (center) and Thames Valley International, the closest thing morris dancing has to a multinational corporation.

Notable guests this year were the Adderbury Morris Men, with their Fool du Ale, Perfesser Radford.

...and, all the way from Asheville, NC, Loafer's Glory Northwest Clog Morris.

Back to New England: Our Boston brethern Newtowne Morris (left) and Commonwealth Morris (center); Vermont's Green Mountain Morris (right).

Great Meadows' Candy Rapper mustered two sides for their Appalachian/rapper showcase.

And what's a massed stand without a massed dance ("Highland Mary")?

During lunch, Adderbury and the Marlboro Men staged an "Aunt Sally" competition, with certain modern adaptations. (A history of Aunt Sally)

Then it was onto the Saturday afternoon tours around Brattleboro. Next page