Dancing is an important pastime for me. I performed traditional English Morris dancing, where six people (a side) maneuver through various configurations and routines together. Bells jingle on our legs, while we flash hankies in the air or tap sticks with our partners. In England, sides typically entertain in front of family-friendly pubs. My side performed throughout New England, mostly in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Boston areas. In 2000, we joined several sides in England, even dancing at the Scarborough Fayre! It was a thrill to perform in the villages where the dances were created long ago, including Bledington. Check out the YouTube video at the bottom of this page, which shows a jig – our time to show off.
I also enjoy international folk dancing (love Eastern European tunes and lively intricate stepping) and contra dancing. Contra-dancing is traditional in New England and is similar to square dancing, though we dress casually and the dancing is formed in two long lines vs. squares. The music originates from the British Isles, Quebec, and Cape Breton- fabulous foot-tapping rhythms! It is a great way to stay fit – both physically and mentally.
Other interests include knitting, quilting, gardening, reading, hiking, and traveling. Every day I walk my dog, a feisty chocolate labra-doodle. He is one of my hairy four-legged loves – the other is a Holstein-looking cat. Other ever-present loves in life are my husband of nearly 35 years and my two daughters. Family is my life support and strengthening device.