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2016 "Kettle of Fish" Ale

Friday June 3 - Sunday June 5, 2016

Quincy & Boston, MA

Teams Attending

The following teams have confirmed that they're coming:

  • A Sworded Affair (Burlington, VT)
  • Bassett Street Hounds (Syracuse, NY)
  • Forest City Morris & Sword (London, Ontario)
  • Jack in the Green (Monadnock, NH)
  • Midnight Capers (Montpelier, VT)
  • No Apologies Rapper (Boston, MA) (Saturday only)
  • Not For Joes (New London, CT) (Saturday only)
  • Pipe Dream (Belmont, MA) (one day only)
  • Red Herring Morris (Belmont, MA)
  • Red Stags Morris (Southampton, England)
  • Snowbelt Morris (Rochester, NY)
  • Stick'n the Mist (Whately, MA)

If you would like to be added to (or removed from) the list of invitees to this and future ales, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.


Friday June 3: Meet & Greet

6:00-11:00pm     Meet & greet, 22 Clifton St., Belmont, MA

Saturday June 4, Quincy, MA


Parking in downtown Quincy is mostly metered 1- and 2-hour spaces. We recommend that you park for $5 in the President's Place Garage (1250 Hancock Street in Quincy). This is within walking distance of most of the stands (except for the Senior Center on Tour A).


Times Description
10:30-12:00 Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington St., Quincy
MBTA: Quincy Center (Red Line)
Try to park a couple of blocks away so patrons of the library can find parking nearby.
12:15-1:45 lunch: Malachy's Salloon
51 Granite St., Quincy
2:00-2:45 Tour A: 1000 Southern Artery Senior Center
1000 Southern Artery, Quincy
Red Herring, Red Stags, A Sworded Affair, Forest City Morris & Sword
Tour B: Quincy Historical Society
8 Adams Street, Quincy
No Apologies Rapper, Midnight Capers, Stick'n the Mist, Jack in the Green
Tour C: Dorothy Quincy Homestead
34 Butler Road, Quincy
Pipe Dream, Not for Joes, Bassett Street Hounds, Snowbelt
3:00-3:45 Tour B (including half of tour A): Dorothy Quincy Homestead
34 Butler Road, Quincy
Red Herring, Red Stags, No Apologies Rapper, Midnight Capers, Jack in the Green, Stick'n the Mist
Tour C (including half of tour A): Quincy Historical Society
8 Adams Street, Quincy
A Sworded Affair, Forest City Morris & Sword, Pipe Dream, Bassett Street Hounds, Not for Joes, Snowbelt
4:15-5:30 Malibu Beach
Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester
MBTA: Savin Hill (Red Line)
5:45-10:00 dinner: Arlington Senior Center
27 Maple St., Arlignton

Evening feast at the Arlington Senior Center, Arlington, MA

Assuming we have callers who are willing, there will be a contra dance. You can download our collection of contra tunes if you would like to look at them in advance.

Sunday June 5, Boston, MA


Times Description
10:30-12:00 Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston
MBTA: South Station (Red Line)
12:30-2:00 lunch: Hennessey's
25 Union Street, Boston


You can park for $7 in the International Place Garage (across the channel from the Children's Museum; entrance at 1 Purchase St. in Boston) if you print out the coupon at in advance and scan the bar code before you pay.

You can also park in the Channelside Lot (about a block from the Children's Museum, entrance at 55 Necco St.) for $5.


Dancing from 10:30am-noon at the Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston.

Pub lunch afterwards, followed by more dancing if there is sufficient interest.

Massed Dances

Massed dances will be chosen from the following. (Yes, this is a large list. We certainly won't do all of these, but if someone requests one, it should come from this list.)

The links for tunes are to the Morris Ring archive, which shows the keys as collected in Lionel Bacon's Handbook of Morris Dances. These are not necessarily the keys we will play in--we will choose a key by consensus of the musicians, which in most cases will probably be G major/E minor.


  • Adderbury: Lads a Bunchum , South Australia
  • Bampton: Highland Mary
  • Bledington: Morningstar , Young Collins
  • Field Town: Balance the Straw , Old Molly Oxford (Step Back)
  • Headington: Constant Billy
  • Lichfield: Vandals of Hammerwich
  • Winster: Morris March (Processional)



The ale booklet includes directions to the dance stands, parking and lunch and dinner locations. If you had already downloaded and printed the previous version, please be aware that availability of parking in downtown Quincy and the location of the Doroty Quincy Homestead were incorrect in the earlier (draft) version. We will do our best to ensure that everyone has an updated copy of the directions.


Out-of-town guests who need a place to stay have been billetted with members of Red Herring Morris and other Boston-area morris families. Contact us if you have not already heard from your host.


We will provide dinner at the Meet & Greet on Friday evening, a pub/restaurant lunch and catered dinner on Saturday, and a pub/restaurant lunch on Sunday. Breakfast for billeted guests will be provided by their hosts.

Food and soft drinks and one beer (for those over 21) will be provided with lunch, but guests will need to purchase any additional alcoholic beverages they want. Food and drink (including beer and cider) will be provided with dinner.


  • All weekend (Friday evening through Sunday lunch):
    • Adults (age 21 and over): $70
    • Teenagers (ages 13-20): $55
    • Children (ages 5-12): $35
    • Children under 5: free
  • Per meal:
    • Adults (age 21 and over): Saturday & Sunday lunch: $25 (includes one complimentary alcoholic beverage); Saturday dinner: $20
    • Teenagers (ages 13-20): $20
    • Children (ages 5-12): $12
    • Children under 5: free


This year's T-shirt design is by Laura Bigler, and features the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, with the sidewalk reimagined as a herring pond.

The T-shirt order has already been placed. We have ordered a couple of extras, which we will sell at the ale on a first-come, first-serve basis.


We will provide ale buttons with quotable quotes. If you're curious, you can read the collection of ale button quotes.


The weather forecast calls for partly sunny weather with a high of 81°F on Saturday, and rain, mainly after 11am on Sunday. We will dance under the large tent outside the Children's museum, so we will be able to stay dry.

In the event of light rain, we will dance as scheduled. If it rains heavily we have alternate plans with indoor locations. Watch this space as we get closer to the event.

Invitation List

If you would like to be added to (or removed from) the list of invitees to this and future ales, please fill out this form.



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