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2017 "Kettle of Fish" Ale

Friday June 2 - Sunday June 4, 2017

Greater Boston, MA

Teams Attending

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 2: Meet & Greet, Belmont, MA

Details TBA.

Saturday June 3, Salem, MA

Dancing in & around Salem.

The evening feast will be at the Payson Park Church in Belmont.

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 4, Boston, MA


We hope to dance at the Boston Children's Museum again this year. We have already booked Hennessey's for lunch. This means the following information (from last year) is probably what we will do again this year.

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.

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.



We expect that these are the Cotswold dances that are most likely to be chosen as massed dances.

  • Adderbury: South Australia
  • Bampton: Highland Mary
  • Field Town: Balance the Straw ,
  • Winster: Morris March (Processional)

These are other popular Cotswold dances that could be massed dances if there is interest.

  • Adderbury: Lads a Bunchum
  • Bledington: Morningstar , Young Collins
  • Fieldtown: Old Molly Oxford (Step Back)
  • Headington: Constant Billy
  • Lichfield: Vandals of Hammerwich



We expect that these are the border dances that are most likely to be chosen for massed daces.


These are other popular border dances that could be massed dances if there is interest.


The ale booklet, wihch includes directions to the dance stands, parking and dinner location, will be available for download later this evening. 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 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.


Ale fees for this year will be posted soon.


This year's T-shirt design will once again be drawn by Laura Bigler. As is traditional, the T-shirt design will be based on the Saturday location.

All shirts must be pre-ordered by Monday May 15. (If you don't pre-order, we won't order a shirt for you.)


We will provide ale buttons ("badges", if you're from the UK) 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.

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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