Ale'ection Central
(The 2008 California Morris Ale)

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Schedule and Tours

General Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, April 25
12:00 noon

1:00 - 2:30 pm

2:30 - 4:00 pm

5 ish

8:00 pm
Registration opens

First workshops

Second workshops

Spagetti dinner

Mass dance review

 Dancing until the wee smalls

Saturday, April 26
7:30 - 8:30 am

9:00 am

12:15 - 12:45 pm

1:00 - 2:15 pm

6:00 pm

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

Load buses, depart for tours

Lunch at Mission Park    (provided)
Show dances, Artwalk Festival

Buses return to camp

Inaugural Ball and feast

Dancing until the wee smalls
Sunday, April 27
8:30 - 9:30 am

9:30 am


1:00 pm

5 ish

Awards and election results
Clean up camp and free time
Leave camp for TBD pub

Eat, drink, dance at pub

Airport departures as needed
Say final good byes

Friday Workshops -
There will be two 90-minute sessions starting at 1:00 pm with 3 classes during each session.

From 1:00 - 2:30p
  • Friendly Socities Stave dances with Somerset Morris
  • Brackley dances with Brian Smith
  • Ale'Election mass dances with Nora Jesch
From 2:30 - 4:00p
  • Kirtlington with Somerset Morris
  • Molly Dances with Jonathan Coxhead
  • Border dances with Julie James

If possible, please bring some broom handles or similar long poles for the stave dances, and your own sticks to the Border and Cotswold sessions. We’ll have a few to loan, but we don’t have enough for all. We are asking for a $5 donation per person for the workshops. This will be handed to Somerset Morris for their travel fund.

Saturday Tours

Tours will include: Karma Stops, Ventura County Art Walk Festival, Heritage Square, Channel Islands Harbor, PUBS!!!

Foremen: We are still finalizing tours as more registrations are coming in.  Confirmed spots include Heritage Square, Ventura Harbor, Channel Islands Harbor, Victoria Care Center and the Camarillo Care Center in addition to the Artwalk Festival.  You can plan loosely on 30 minutes at the Care Centers, an hour stop in the morning, one show dance and mass dances at the Artwalk, an hour stop in the afternoon, and pub dancing at the end of the day.  The longer stands should have time for 3-4 dances per team plus massed dances.

Political Parties: Each of the three tour buses will comprise a party.  The parties will be the "Awful Whigs", the "Absolute Do Nothings" and the "Why Change Anything?" party.  Whatever bus you're on, that's your party.  While traveling from stand to stand, each party will 'caucus" (may require copious consumption of refreshing beverages), and develop a platform and one or more candidates.  The candidates and party reps will canvas for votes any way they can think of that doesn't involve bombs or firearms.   We will have three voting boxes for all to vote as they wish. The winner(s) will be announced Sunday morning and will receive bragging rights and whatever magnificent prize we find.

We believe in old fashioned politics and the UN is not observing this election.  So encourage all Ale attendees to vote early and often, bribe people from other parties, stuff the ballot box, and hang the hanging chads!  Seriousness is discouraged – we’re getting enough of that in the real world thanks.

Saturday Tour Schedule:

The "Awful Whigs" tour

Bedlam, Berkeley, Black Wren, Mad Molly, Moreton Bay Fig
10:00 am
1:00 - 2:15pm
2:45 pm
4:00 pm
Victoria Care Centre
Channel Islands Harbour
Mission Park
Heritage Square
BJ's Brewery, Oxnard
The "Absolute Do Nothings" tour

Goat Hill, Loose Ends, Renegade Rose, Sound & Fury, Seabright,
9:45 am
11:00 am
1:00 - 2:15pm
2:45 pm
4:00 pm
Camarillo Care Centre
Ventura Harbour
Mission Park
Channel Islands Harbour
Victoria Pub & Grill, Ventura
The "Why Change Anything" tour

RPM, Somerset, Wild Wood

9:45 am
10:45 am
1:00 - 2:15 pm
2:30 pm
4:00 pm
Glenwood Care Centre
Heritage Square
Mission Park

Ventura Harbour
JJ Brewski's, Camarillo

Show dances will be done on stage at Mission Park, Ventura as part of Artwalk Festival.  Specifically, we will have stage time at the Ventura Charter School of Arts & Global Education event for our show dances. This fundraiser features local artists, children's artwork and crafts, silent auction, food, face painting, storytelling, rides and two stages of live music, poetry and dance representing global cultures. 

For more info on the Artwalk (which mentions us) see their publicity flyer

Satrurday Evening - the Inaugural Ball

We’re getting a lot of questions about the Inaugural Ball.  Our intention is not to cause stress with this, but to add a bit of fun.  It has long been tradition at west coast ales for some folks to dress up for the feast on Saturday night.  We’re just taking this a step further and trying to create the proper atmosphere for our theme.  Feel free to make this a Fancy Dress opportunity, a formal affair, or even wear your shorts and t-shirts if you like.  We are asking, not insisting, on a bit of fun dress-up.  

Please participate as you choose. The feast will be an all-American BBQ election event (but without the $2000 a plate price tag or the boring speeches).

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