Thursday, May 6, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different.....

From the UK, of course and also from here. An English dance tradition - the "ale" - descends on our city streets this weekend. Perhaps like you, I thought "ale" referred to a beverage like my current favorite Founders Red's Rye IPA. But an "ale" is also a festive performance of Morris dances, -a traditional English folk dancing done to fiddle music dating back at least to the 16th century. The idea of dancers taking over public places really caught my eye, perhaps because it has a May Day pagan feel to it.

Local dancers will join the Bows and Belles Northwest Team from Colchester UK to perform "The Three Branches of Government Ale" all around D.C. this weekend. Locations and times on Saturday and Sunday can be found at the link above, and they actually correspond to the 3 branches of government. You can help preserve our democracy by remembering what they are and meditating on the elegance of The Federalist Papers while you groove to the dancing.

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