Ginger Ale 2003


WHEN: Saturday, May 3
WHERE: Concord, Mass., 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Sudbury, Mass., 4:15-8 p.m.

TEAMS:
Beyond the Fringe
Green Mountain Morris
Maple Leaf Morris
Great Meadows Morris and Sword (Team X, Candy Rapper, et al)
Hopbrook Morris
Mulberry Morris
Banbury Cross Morris

GENERAL PLAN

Part of the Ale will be held in conjunction with the 2003 Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration in Concord, Mass. We are invited to take part in a parade at the beginning of the event. We will split up the teams into two groups for our morning stand, come back together for a massed dance and after lunch, have an afternoon stand for all teams. We will then do a late-afternoon stand in Sudbury, at the site of our dinner party.

SCHEDULE (NOTE: These times are approximate)

10-10:15 a.m.-Assemble for Earth Day parade near Lowell Road Bridge at the Minuteman National Park.
10:30 a.m.-Parade through town begins.
11-11:15 a.m.-Parade ends at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts on Stow Street.
11:15 a.m.-Teams begin morning stand in the following groups:

Location 1: Emerson Center (with Orion Sword)
Banbury Cross
Great Meadows
Hopbrook

Location 2: Concord Library, Main Street
Beyond the Fringe
Green Mountain Morris
Maple Leaf Morris
Mulberry

Noon-Morning stand ends. Both groups meet at Emerson Center.
12:15 p.m.-Massed Bonny Green Garters for all teams.
12:20 p.m.-Maypole celebration for all who will. Will need some musicians to play.
12:30 p.m.-Lunch break.
1:45-3:45 p.m.-Afternoon stand for all teams at Emerson Center.
3:45-4:15 p.m.-Travel to First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Sudbury.
4:15-5:30 p.m.-Final stand at Sudbury Town Hall (across from church) or in church lot.
5:30-8 p.m.-Dinner, followed by contra, pick-up dancing, etc.

TRAVEL/PARKING FOR CONCORD

Concord is located off Route 2, which can be reached by both Route 495 and Route 128/95. If you're coming from the west on Route 2, turn left onto 2A; if you're coming from the east, turn right onto Route 62. These routes lead to Main Street. There is a large municipal parking lot on Keyes Road, which connects Main Street with Lowell Road, where the parade will start. On-street parking will be available elsewhere in the town, but the Keyes Road lot is likely to be more convenient. The link below will take you to a map (which is interactive -- you can zoom in and out) that shows you the location of the Keyes Road lot.

[ Yahoo! Maps ]
Map of Keyes Road
Concord, MA 01742

Please note that the town's Main Street will be closed to traffic during the Earth Day parade.

TRAVEL FROM CONCORD TO SUDBURY

The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Sudbury is located at the intersection of Route 27 and Concord Road, about 7 miles from Concord. To get there from the Keyes Road/Main Street area in Concord:
Turn right onto Main Street
Take first left onto Sudbury Road
Continue on Sudbury Road, crossing Route 2 and through Nine Acre Corner, until it merges with Concord Road (you bear left at this point)
Follow Concord Road for about 3.5 miles. You'll see the church on your right, just before you reach the intersection with Route 27.
The church parking lot is small, however, so instead we should park in the big lot behind the Sudbury Town Hall, which is directly across Concord Road from the church. The link below will take you to an interactive map that shows the route from downtown Concord to the Sudbury Town Hall.

[ Yahoo! Maps ]
Map of 322 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776-1850

DINNER PARTY

The dinner party will be held in the church's parish hall. Like last year, the dinner will be primarily pizza, with drinks (soda, seltzer, juice) provided; folks are welcome to bring their own refreshments. If you do want to have pizza, the cost is $5 per person. IMPORTANT: Each team will be responsible for taking a head count and collecting money from its own members before we order the pizza.
After dinner, we can do some pick-up dancing, contras, etc., as well as hang out and talk. We ask people not to go into other areas of the church, other than to visit the bathrooms; there also are places to sit outside, if the weather is decent.

WEATHER

If the weather looks good or even marginal, we'll proceed as planned. If the weather looks to be bad (i.e., heavy rain) for the morning but is expected to improve by afternoon, we'll cancel the first stand and try to do the second stand. If the weather looks bad for the whole day, we invite all teams to come to the church in Sudbury from 4-8 p.m.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Prior to the Ale:
-Sean Smith 617-332-3014
sean.smith@bc.edu
-On the day of the Ale: We will attempt to contact team squires as soon as possible if there is any problem, e.g. inclement weather, with the Ale proceeding as planned. We will also make available to team squires an "on-site" emergency phone number to reach us, or to leave a message.

PARTING THOUGHT

This is liable to be the Biggest Ginger Ale Ever, so far. We will have seven teams' worth of dancers, totaling upwards of 50 and likely more, plus a fair amount of adult musicians, helpers, roadies and well-wishers. We strongly encourage people to car-pool as much as possible, so as to reduce our traffic and parking-related concerns. We also ask for everyone's patience, cooperation and understanding in helping put this shindig on.
Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you!