40th Annual Tour of the American Travelling Morrice

2015 Harlem Valley Tour

July 26 - August 1, 2015

The exciting sights and sounds of traditional English Morris Dancing will be on display in the Harlem Valley region during late July and early August as performers of the American Travelling Morrice present a week-long series of shows in communities throughout Columbia County and surrounding areas in the Hudson Valley and southwest Massachusetts.

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.

Sunday, July 26

  • 10:00 am: Austerlitz Historical Society Blueberry Festival, Austerlitz, NY
  • 12:00 pm: Stone House, corner of Old Great Barrington Road & Stockbridge Road, West Stockbridge, MA
  • 2:30 pm: Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
  • 5:30 pm: Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA
  • 6:45 pm: Brickhouse Pub, Housatonic, MA

Monday, July 27

  • 2:00 pm: Olde Egremont Country Store, North Egremont, MA
  • 4:30 pm: Camp Hill Village, Copake, NY

Tuesday, July 28

  • 9:45 am: Country Store, Spencertown, NY
  • 11:30 am: Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, Harlemville, NY
  • 2:15 pm: Bert's Inn, Craryville, NY
  • 3:45 pm: Taconic State Park, Copake Falls, NY
  • 5:45 pm: Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, Copake Falls, NY

Thursday, July 30

  • 10:15 am: Old Chatham Country Store & Café, Old Chatham, NY
  • 12:00 pm: Village Green, Kinderhook, NY
  • 2:45 pm: Morris Memorial Building, Chatham, NY
  • 4:45 pm: Chatham Town Court, Chatham, NY
  • 6:00 pm: Vanderbilt House Philmont, Philmont, NY

Friday, July 31

  • 10:00 am: Volunteer Firemen's Home, Hudson, NY
  • 12:00 pm: Musica Store, Hudson, NY
  • 12:00 pm: First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, NY
  • 4:00 pm: Crossroads Brewery, Athens, NY
  • 5:30 pm: Stewart House, Athens, NY

Saturday, August 1

  • 10:00 am: Copake Hillsdale Farmer's Market, Hillsdale, NY
  • 11:50 am: Camp Waubeeka, Copake, NY
  • 2:45 pm: Philmont Market & Cafe, Philmont, NY
  • 4:45 pm: Main Street Public House, Philmont, NY
  • 6:15 pm: Hillsdale General Store, Hillsdale, NY

Contact Us

For more information about the tour, contact Steve Bluestone for information.

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