Albemarle Morris Men
Charlottesville, Virginia USA



Dancing at Union Station in Washington D.C. during Cherry Blossom Tour - 2007
Photo by Eileen Rudert

Our Current Active Roster     Inactive and Recently Retired Roster


News

Sep. 2, 2014....Albemarle Morris Men will have their first practice of the season. Practice will take place in the McIntire Room on the third floor of the Downtown Library starting at 7:00 pm. We can generally be found at Escafe at 215 Water Street after practice (about 8:45 pm).

January 2014....  Rich Keffert was elected as the eighth squire of the Albemarle Morris Men and has served in this role since June 2011.  Rich succeeded Bill Davick who served as squire for about the last year. Previous squires and their approximate years served include Jim Morrison (1978-86), David Anderson (1986-88), Peter Kleeman (1988-93), Will Sessoms (1993-98), Bill Davick (1998-2004), Steven Summerville (2004-2010),  and Bill Davick for a second time (2010-2011). 


What is Morris Dancing?

The Albemarle Morris Men's answer to this question (from a flyer we used to hand out in the 1980's) is just a click away. WhatIsMorrisDancing?


 

 



     Albemarle Morris Men at the London Ale - 2004:

     Front Row:
        Dee VanRiper, George Frick 

     Back Row:
       
Jim Morrison, Barry Hinton,
        Chip Hopper, Steven Summerville,
        Peter Kleeman, Bill Davick

     More London Ale - 2004 Photos

 


Swan Tavern Border Morris Men Performed on the third Saturday of December 2013
next performance will be the third Saturday in December 2014

Every December the Albemarle Morris Men and a few other hearty men dance "traditional" Border Morris dances in celebration of the Winter Solstice. We dance the third Saturday in December every year (weather permitting) on the Charlottesville downtown mall from about noon until dark.  We perform sets of about five dances at various locations on the downtown mall among the holiday vendors and other festivities. A photo of the Swan Tavern Border Morris Men from c. 1985 just prior to that year's dancing is given below.  Listen for the sound of fiddle, Concertina, Melodeon, and Tambourine and look for dancers in blue jeans and tail coats (our current kits) - that will be us!

New dancers are welcome -- Contact Rich Keffert (our Squire) or any of the Albemarle Morris Men for information on how you can get involved.

Early Swan Tavern Border Morris Men - c. 1985:
photo by Julia Kindred

     Front Row: Peter Kleeman, Barry Hinton, Chip Hopper, Guy Lapsley
     Back Row: Steven Ashby, Fred Hean, David Anderson, Bill Davis



Swan Tavern Border Morris Men - at Central Place December 16,2006
photo by Terri Keffert

     Dancers pictured (listed in counter-clockwise order) are:

Fred Hean (on the left facing camera), Nick Kuhn, George Frick, Bill Davick,
Steven Summerville, Will Sessoms, Rich Keffert, and Jim Riosa

Complete Swan Tavern Border Roster - 2006
 


Where might they be seen?

Spring 2014 Tuesday Night Morris Practice Schedule:
NOTE: we meet for refreshment and conversation after practice at Escafe (215 Water Street) starting about 8:45 pm.

Sep. 02, 2014 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library  - McIntire Room (7:00 - 8:45 pm) - Escafe (8:45 pm)
Sep. 09, 2014 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library  - McIntire Room (7:00 - 8:45 pm) - Escafe (8:45 pm)
Sep. 16, 2014 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library  - McIntire Room (7:00 - 8:45 pm) - Escafe (8:45 pm)
Sep. 23, 2014 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library  - McIntire Room (7:00 - 8:45 pm) - Escafe (8:45 pm)
Sep. 30, 2014 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library  - McIntire Room (7:00 - 8:45 pm) - Escafe (8:45 pm) 
Oct. 07, 2014 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library  - McIntire Room (7:00 - 8:45 pm) - Escafe (8:45 pm)
Oct. 14, 2014 Crozet Library (7:00 - 8:45 pm)
Oct. 21, 2014 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library  - McIntire Room (7:00 - 8:45 pm) - Escafe (8:45 pm)
Oct. 28, 2014 Northside Library  - Charlottesville (7:00 - 8:45 pm)
  Note:  The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is located at 
                201 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA [ Library directions, etc. ]
           Crozet Library is located at
                2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA
           Northside Library is located at
                300 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville VA





Dancing "Black Joke" at the Central Place on Earth Day 2006
Photo by Katherine Troyer

 


Tentative Spring 2014 Performance Schedule:

Occasional Tuesday Nights: the Central Place in Downtown Charlottesville
Occasional Weekend Days: Charlottesville City Market or Central Place

Event Date(s) Primary Venue Event Description
April 20, 2014
Monument Avenue
Richmond VA
Easter Ale - hosted by More or Less Morris - Monument Avenue Easter Parade
May 01, 2014
Downtown Mall
Charlottesville VA
Our Traditional May Day Dancing - Dawn (about 6:15 am) at Lee Park
May 13, 2014
Downtown Mall
Charlottesville VA
Tuesday Night Danceout (weather permitting)
May 24-26, 2014
Marlboro College
Marlboro Vermont
Marlboro Morris Ale - hosted by Marlboro Morris and Sword


!!! Other Events To Be Announced - See NEWS at top of page for other possible events under consideration !!
 

Recent Major Events of Interest:


Cherry Blossom Tour in Washington DC - April 13, 2002
A challenge in Trunkles (in a set of 8 dancers)
Photo by Eileen Rudert

Event Date(s) Primary Venue Event Description
April, 2014 Richmond VA
Easter Ale - hosted by More or Less Morris - Monument Avenue Easter Parade.
May 01, 2014 Charlottesville VA Our Traditional May Day Dancing - Dawn (about 6:15 am) at Lee Park
May 24-26, 2014 Marlboro College
Marlboro Vermont
Marlboro Morris Ale - hosted by Marlboro Morris and Sword





Dancing "Black Joke" on May Day 2005
Photo by Laura Sugg
More May Day 2005 Photos


How can I contact them?

The current contacts are as follows:

Squire: Rich Keffert about schedules and bookings
Foreman: Jim Morrison about music and dance style
Bagman: Barry Hinton
about money

Morris Links

Other Morris Team Websites


Maintained by peter.kleeman@gmail.com 
Last update: August 7, 2014
  2014 by Albemarle Morris Men
407 Hedge Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
contact: peter.kleeman@gmail.com
(434) 296-6208