From the 17th through 19th centuries there were shire-wide fairs known as ``ales'' held all over England during the week following Whitsunday. One of the sports contested at the ales was morris dancing. These ales died out, and with them went much of the morris. A century ago morris dancing was rescued from the brink of extinction. The revived morris teams now produce their own ales.
Santa Cruz has long been a favorite touring spot for the Bay Area teams. Seabright Morris is now pleased to host them as they visit. The dancers will strap bells on their legs, colorful ribbons on their clothing and perform to the sounds of pipe, fiddle, and squeezboxes. In this way we help close out this year's Whit-week of festivities being celebrated in England and elsewhere in America.
1 PM Santa Cruz Lighthouse 3 PM Dancing at three separate locations: Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz and Dominican Oaks 3400 Paul Sweet Rd., Santa Cruz and Hallcrest Vineyards 379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton 4:30 PM Felton Commons Park near the Felton Covered Bridge 6 PM Boulder Brewing Company 13040 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek