39th Annual Tour of the American Travelling Morrice

2014 Finger Lakes Tour

July 27 - August 2, 2014

The exciting sights and sounds of traditional English Morris Dancing will be on display in the Finger Lakes region during late July and early August as performers of the American Travelling Morrice present a week-long series of shows in communities throughout the area, including visits to Rochester, Ithaca, Watkins Glen, Syracuse, Auburn, Skaneateles, and Seneca Falls. The ATM is an international ensemble of dancers that has come together each summer since 1976 to offer authentic presentations of the Ritual Dances of the English Cotswolds in free public performances in communities throughout the United States and England.

The American Travelling Morrice is comprised of dancers and musicians from across the USA. Originally composed of men from Binghamton, NY and Boston, the group has grown to include dancers from across the nation, as well as several men from Canada and England. While most of these men dance regularly with teams in their home towns, they come together for one week each year to form the American Travelling Morrice.

Morris dancing is an old English country tradition. Its origins are lost in the mists of forgotten time, but pictorial and written references date back to the 15th century. In his day, Shakespeare cherished the Morris as an ancient custom and he made allusions to it in many of his plays. The dances you will see performed, using sticks or handkerchiefs, have their origins in Cotswold villages. Many villages such as Longborough, Bampton, Bledington, Oddington and Sherborne had their own tradition and if you watch carefully, you may be able to spot the differences.

Press contact: Ken Kearns – 607 221-2062 (cell) – kkearns92@hotmail.com

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Sunday, July 27

  • 10:30 am – Pulteney Park, Geneva NY
  • 12:00 pm – Climbing Bines Hop Farm & Brewery, Penn Yan NY
  • 2:15 pm – Watkins Glenn State Park, Watkins Glen NY
  • 4:00 pm – Eremita Winery, Lodi NY

Monday, July 28

  • 3:00 pm – Cayuga State Park, Seneca Falls NY
  • 4:00 pm – Corner of Falls Street & Mynderse St. Seneca Falls NY
  • 5:00 pm – The Sequestered Tavern/Cowing St., Seneca Falls NY

Tuesday, July 29

  • 11:00 am – Kennelley Park, near the gazebo, Fairport NY
  • 12:30 pm – Erie Canal Heritage Trail, near Main Street and Schoen Place, Pittsford NY
  • 3:00 pm – The Strong Museum, Rochester NY
  • 4:00 pm – The Old Toad, Alexander Street, Rochester NY

Thursday, July 31

  • 11:00 am – Baltimore Woods, Marcellus NY
  • 12:30 pm – Block party at 36 South St., Marcellus NY
  • 2:30 pm – Hanover Square, Syracuse NY
  • 5:00 pm – Armory Square, Syracuse NY

Friday, August 1

  • 11:00 am – Taughannock Falls State Park, Falls Overlook, Trumansburg NY
  • 3:15 pm – Cayuga Ridge Nursing Home, Ithaca NY
  • 4:15 pm – Fall Creek House, Ithaca NY
  • 5:45 pm – Rogues Harbor Inn, Lansing NY

Saturday, August 2

  • 10:00 am – Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls NY
  • 11:15 am – Shotwell Memorial Park, near the gazebo, Skaneateles NY
  • 1:00 pm – Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY
  • 3:00 pm – Seward House, Auburn NY
  • 6:00 pm – The Sequestered Tavern/Cowing Street, Seneca Falls NY