The Newtowne Morris Men gave a spontaneous performance this afternoon at Christopher Columbus Park outside Joe’s American Bar & Grill. An onlooker explained that the dance is to “wake up the Earth for Spring.” It also seemed important that it be performed near a pub.
From their website: The Newtowne Morris Men have been performing traditional Morris dances from the rustic Cotswold hills of England since 1977. These dances are performed every spring in order to ensure good luck and a bountiful harvest for the coming year, and are associated with the tradition of the Maypole. Our preferred touring venues are the streets and greens of the local New England cities and towns, retiring after an energetic set of lively dances to a local pub for a round and a few songs.