40th Birthday Year "
Persephone New Year Ceilidh 13th January
Another New Year, another Persephone ceilidh! Once again Barry Evans led us through some devilish and delightful dances, with Mally’s melodious musicians providing the tunes (including one with 28 bars, a musician’s nightmare!). We were pleased to greet old friends and new, and despite clashing with a few other January events, we had our usual good numbers. Once more enjoyed by all – and thanks to all those who came.
and Rhubarb – Wakefield, February 2018
A cold but sunny day in Wakefield for the Rhubarb Festival. The hosts, Rhubarb Tarts, invited local sides Wakefield Morris, Briggate and Persephone to join them in celebration of the Rhubarb Festival.
To start the day, we received a warm welcome from the Tarts with an abundance of tea and homemade cakes.
There were several dance spots around the city, accompanied by large pigeons and cooks on stilts. Persephone danced to the full peal of the cathedral bells adding an extra dimension to the Morris tunes. The many local food and drinks stalls offered samples aplenty, between dance spots and much rhubarb was bought in various forms; au natural, cake, gin.... A well supported day was rounded off with a massed stand by all sides, including dancing a multi-team Celebration.
A lovely way to start the season.
Amounderness Day of Dance in Chorley - 28th April
Persephone had a lovely day out Saturday 28th April at the Amounderness Day of Dance in Chorley, our hosts Amounderness Ladies. There were 14 dance sides from Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria providing a colourful spectacle with a variety of traditional dance styles and music.
We were greeted
with tea and coffee at the Parish Centre before dancing began around the town.
The weather was pleasant dry and sunny but a chilly breeze.
A leisurely, sunny
lunch break was followed by more dancing, ending with a mass dance with all
sides doing a final dance in front of the Flat Iron. We ended on a high dancing
a favourite, Whitby Shindig.
The Day of Dance ended with tea, cakes and conversations with friends then farewells. It was a very enjoyable day of dance.
May Day Bank Holiday
at Shibden Hall, Halifax
Getting up to greet May Day morning at 5.30 am isn’t really our thing, so we decided to dance out at Shibden Hall’s May Day Craft event, along with stonemasons, pyrogaphers, jam makers, rag rugmakers and the like. Summer had seemingly suddenly arrived after the long hard winter, and we sweated our way through our dances fortunately mostly in the shade of the old house. (Slightly different temperatures to our November dance out!
It was a
relaxed afternoon, and we shared the courtyard with a rather wobbly maypole
which was used for demonstration rather than display – maybe we should
learn maypole dancing next!
Although the audiences weren’t huge they were very appreciative and interested, and it was also a good opportunity for our latest recruit to take part in her first dance out. Another lovely day out!
Festival of Folk, May 2018
We were delighted to be able to dance at Holmfirth again this year – a lovely friendly festival in a beautiful setting, made all the much better by the continued glorious sunshineWe started off outside the church, just by the famous Sid’s Café, moving on to Hollowgate by the bus stop (not sure if it’s still a bus stop, but that’s how it’s known!), then on to The Old Bridge Inn. We met a great selection of sides, including Grimsby Morris, Herring Gals, Slubbing Billys, Rhubarb Tarts, Pateley Bridge Longswords, Briggate, Rivington, Saddleworth Morris and the world renowned Britannia Coconut Dancers.
The afternoon finished with the procession from the Memorial Gardens by the 20 sides who were there, many of whom performed a display dance in the park.
Betty Lupton’s Day of Dance
On the day that Harry and Megan got hitched, Persephone turned out in the sunshine to celebrate Betty Lupton’s Day of Dance alongside Feet First, Knaresborough Mummers, Flag and Bone Gang, Briggate, Bettys, Cricket on the Hearth, Fiddle n’ Feet and White Rose Garland.
The teams congregated to start the day with a massed dance in the Victoria Piazza before moving on to various dance spots around the town. A leisurely lunch was enjoyed in the Valley Gardens accompanied by birds and squirrels. Not quite enough time for afternoon tea at Betty’s (the café)on this occasion!
There were more
dance spots to appreciative audiences in the afternoon in the lovely North Yorkshire
sunshine which lead to the team seeking shade and sorbets. A massed dance finished
off a beautiful spring day.