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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

Dancing and pub lunch in Quincy. Schedule TBA

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

Dancing and pub lunch in Boston. Schedule TBA

Massed Dances

Massed dances will be chosen from the following:


  • 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, wihch includes directions to the dance stands, parking and dinner location, will be available for download shortly before the ale. Printed copies will be available at the Friday Meet & Greet and at the first stand on Saturday.


Out-of-town guests who need a place to stay will be billetted with members of Red Herring Morris and other Boston-area morris families.


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.


In early June in New England, the weather is usually warm and sometimes hot, but just about any kind of weather is possible, including beautiful & sunny, hot & muggy, or cold & rainy. Check the forecast close to the event and watch this space for details.

Here is the weather forecast for Boston and vicinity.

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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