Seabright Morris and Sword
Santa Cruz, California
Seabright Morris was formed in the spring of 1991 by Evan and Berry Shepherd.
Evan and Berry spent many years dancing morris on the east coast. After
moving west they danced in Berkeley and Palo Alto before coming to Santa Cruz.
Evan saw us thru our first 2 ales before retiring from the morris in 1993.
Seabright has trained new members from the Santa Cruz area every year, and
during 1994 we were honored to gain several experienced members from
Minnesota. The record of our performance history is seen in our
What's in a Name?
At its inception the founders of the team called it DarkStar Morris.
Other names briefly applied were Dun Hill Morris (a reference to Loma
Prieta, the most distinctive nearby mountain), Sirius Morris (the
brightest star), and Cuckoo's Nest Morris (a favorite Adderbury
dance). The approach of the 1992 Lame Duck Ale required a decision.
In the end the name Seabright was chosen because geographic
names are traditional, the region is central to the team members, and
because one of our favorite pubs is there.
Seabright is a neighborhood just east of downtown Santa
Cruz. Early in the 20th century Seabright was a resort area and beach
distinct from Santa Cruz, but it has since been completely consumed by
Seabright is the first morris side in the Monterey Bay Area.
We celebrate May Day annually by dancing the sunrise at Lighthouse
point in Santa Cruz, and continue to dance throughout
Santa Cruz for the rest of the day.
We have learned much from the SF Bay Area morris sides,
and tour with them often.
We are a mixed side specializing in the Cotswold
(but we may also be able to fake some other traditions).
See the list of show dances that we
have performed each year.
During the holidays of 1994 an appendage of the team performed our
first public caroling and mumming at places around Santa Cruz.
In the future we will bring even
more old English tradition to the Santa Cruz area.
We are grateful to Berkeley Morris for inviting Seabright to
their New Year's Wassail every year.
Cotswold practices are held every Wednesday. Typically we meet at
Louden Nelson Community Center (corner of Laurel and Center) at 7:30
PM, but check with us to be sure. During late winter and early spring
we often hold an extra fun session on the weekend at the
Felton Covered Bridge.
Sword practices are smaller and not yet held in a regularly rented space.
Contact us for details.
We can be identified by our white shirts and socks, forest green
vests, black knickers and shoes, and green and purple armbands with
many ribbons. The Kit Ogre has some
photos on the WWW for
those who want a look. (Also see the Seabright
while you're there.)
Seabright is still young and evolving, but we have
some idea how things work.
We have fun doing this, and there's plenty of room for more.
What about the Sword?
Funny you should ask. During January of 1995 our smith,
produced a full set of
in her shop. During the summer of 1995 we began practicing with them,
and the Seabright Sword team debuted at the California Ale in 1996.
Back to the Seabright home page.
Steve Allen <email@example.com>