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Deer Creek 2010 Performance Season

Note: all items are subject to change - click to the event or check with us to confirm details.  You can also see what we've been up to in past years. Of course, if you would like us to dance at your event, we're available for hire.  Just contact our squire for details.

 

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:

--- RECENT EVENTS

Sunday, March 7, somewhen 1:00p to 9:30p - San Mateo Park Elementary's International Day

Deer Creek is proud to be part of this year's celebration of world dance at the San Mateo Park Elementary, 161 Clark Drive, San Mateo.  We perform sometime between 1p and 3p. Contact the school for details.


Friday-Sunday, April 9-10 - 2010: An Ale Odyssey, the 2010 California Morris Ale

We're heading down to Malibu and Ventura county for this year's California Ale, hosted by Rising Phoenix Morris.  This annual great gathering of morris teams all up and down the west coast, and some guests from England as well, is one of the great gatherings of the year.  See http://TheCaliforniaAle.info for details on the ale schedule of performance throughout the area.


Friday, May 1, 5:30a - Palo Alto Baylands, May Day morning,

Join us at the Baylands Nature Preserve and come help us dance up the Sun in Palo Alto on MayDay morning (we do it every year, and it always works - good thing, too!) and celebrate.  It's not so much that we believe the sun won't come up on Mayday without some dancing, it's just that if we didn't dance, and the sun didn't come up, we'd feel really bad.

If you haven't been out to see the sunrise celebration, give it a try.  It's very beautiful, and while the sleepiness lasts only as long as it takes you to get there, the happy glow lasts all day!

Not in Palo Alto? - that's ok - there's May Day dancing all over North America


Saturday, May 1, 11:00a - San Francisco Waldorf School, San Francisco

We bring the May Day cheer to the San Francisco Waldorf School as part of their May Fair celebration.  We're meeting somewhere in Golden Gate Park.  Contact the for details.


Saturday, May 1, 1:00p to 2:00p - Revels May Day, Oakland Zoo

Celebrate May Day, Revels style at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland off Highway 580.  Of course, we'll be dancing but there's lots more to see and do as well.  More info on the Revels website.


Sunday, May 2, 2:00p to 5:00p - Revels May Day, Pelican Inn, Muir Beach

Join us at a favorite Deer Creek haunt, the Pelican Inn (a bit of ole Blighty in the Bay Area) for good food, good drink, good dance, and good Revels fun.  Good gracious!   The inn is located at 10 Pacific Way in Muir Beach.  We'll be joined by Apple Tree Morris and other morris dancers in search of a good time.
 


Sunday, May 9, 12:30p and 2:15p - Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

The Ardenwood Historic Farm is at 34600 Ardenwood Bl in Fremont.  We'll be joining hosts Goat Hill Morris for two 45-minute shows for this special Mother's Day fete.  Bring out your mom - show her you love her.  Give the gift of morris dancing.  And afterwards you'll likely finding us toasting Mom at the Englander pub


Sunday, May 23, 12:30p - Whitsunday Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

As part of Whitsunday, we'll be dancing in the Grace Cathedral courtyard after the late morning service.  Since it's in San Francisco, check out their website for directions, parking, and transit information.


Saturday, June 5, 2:30p to 5p - Chocolate and Chalk Festival, Berkeley

Deer Creek returns for a repeat performance at this year's Chocolate and Chalk Festival, in North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto along Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street.
 


Sunday, June 13, 11:30a to 7:00p - Apple Tree Morris Sonoma Tour

We join Apple Tree Morris and Berkeley Morris for a tour of some of our favorite Sonoma County spots.  We'll start with a late-morning or noon performance at the Sebastopol Farmers Market (Downtown Plaza at McKinley Street) and trust to Apple Tree to see us through the day.


Saturday, June 19, 12:00p to 4:00p - Black-and-White Tour, San Francisco

Members of the team have been known to attend this wonderful gathering.

It's out of our colors and into our black n' whites for the tour of the same name.  We join morris dancers from teams all around the Bay Area as we do an entire day to gather and dance out in a "mix and match" fashion from these other teams.  In lieu of kit (costume), we dress in black and white only, but still get pretty creative with ribbons, hats, vests, (not to mention them with skirts, striped tights and corsets).  The colors have been removed to protect the innocent and provide plausible deniability for everyone else. 

The tour starts at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and there will be a pub stop afterwards at Yancy's, near 9th and Irving.


Sunday, June 20, 6:00p to 9:00p - Revels Summer Solstice, Oakland

The Revels present " Solstice in the Shire: a country English Celebration of Summer" at the Oakland Zoo - Join us at the Snow Building.  We'll be dancing, but there will be lots more Revels fun, too!  Feast on a fantastic picnic supper, enjoy the entertainment and bid in the silent auction for cool stuff.  Check the Revels website for pricing.


Friday, July 2, somewhen - Marin County Fair, San Rafael

Expect to see us with members of Apple Tree Morris as afternoon strolling performers at the Marin County Faire.  The fair is at 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, and runs from 11a to 10p.  General admission is $15 and lots of details about the event is our their website.  Details about our humble contribution should be forthcoming soon.


Saturday, July 17, 5:00p to 10:00p - Hideous Will's Cotillion, Oakland

Members of the team have been known to show up at the most unsavory places. Take, for example, Hideous Willís Cotillion, held at Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland.

Hideous Willís is an occasion for *social* morris dancing, with an aim towards creating a Saturday-night-at-the-ale pick-up dance.  No kit, no busses, no skits, just music and dance.  Go crazy!  Bring bells, instruments, hankies, (they will have some sticks, but you can bring those too), humor, and energy.  People often bring food and drink to share, too.  Do as thou wilt.  To help cover the hall cost, you are invited to make donations.

There is parking available next to the hall, and that public transportation stops reasonably close by.  For more info, contact for details.


Saturday, August 7, 11:45a to 1p- Martinez Beaver Festival, Martinez

Come see us at the Martinez Beaver Festival.  We'll start joining in the children's processional (we're all children at heart), followed by a performance with the Revels Solstice Ensemble in the Center Square.  There will be music, environmental displays, tours, and children's activities. Come learn about these famous stewards of Alhambra Creek.  The festival runs 11:00a to 4:00p at Beaver Park, 495 Alhambra (at Marina Vista Ave), Martinez and is definitely worth a dam.


Monday, September 6, 11a to 5p- Revels Bromliad, Oakland

Deer Creek participates in the first ever Revels Bromliad.  Dance teams and interested individuals are welcome to come together for a day of picnicking, dancing, and music.  The Bromliad is a mass dancing of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance featuring more people than have ever before danced it at one time - all on the same day as theyíre dancing it in England

This free event will take place in a beautiful glade in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland (make a left into the park at the upper Sanborn intersection; we'll be in the 1st glade down the trail from the entrance and there should be a sign).  Picnickers can arrive any time after 11:00a.  At 1:00p, we set up for the largest horn dance serpentine ever.  The fun continues throughout the day with morris and country dancing  Show up and be a part of dance history!


Saturday, September 11, 5:00p to 10:00p - Hideous Will's Cotillion, Oakland

Members of the team have been known to show up at the most unsavory places. Take, for example, Hideous Willís Cotillion, held at Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland.

Hideous Willís is an occasion for *social* morris dancing, with an aim towards creating a Saturday-night-at-the-ale pick-up dance.  No kit, no busses, no skits, just music and dance.  Go crazy!  Bring bells, instruments, hankies, (they will have some sticks, but you can bring those too), humor, and energy.  People often bring food and drink to share, too.  Do as thou wilt.  To help cover the hall cost, you are invited to make donations.

There is parking available next to the hall, and that public transportation stops reasonably close by.  For more info, contact for details.


Saturday, September 18, 8p - Shay Black at the Freight, Berkeley

Our good friend Shay Black is celebrating his birthday at the Freight & Salvage and Deer Creek may just drop in for a bit of dancing.  The music and singing looks to be a spectacular line-up, including Oak, Ash, & Thorn, the Revels Solstice Ensemble and many others.  The Freight is at 2020 Addison Street.  Tickets are $24.50 advance, $25.50 at the door.



Friday-Sunday, December 10-12, 17-19, 2010 - The Christmas Revels, Oakland

Deer Creek Morris Men (and some of our alumni) help bring in the holiday season with the California Revels presentation of their show "25th Annual Christmas Revels: A Celebration of the Winter Solstice" at the Oakland Scottish Rite Theater, located at 1547 Lakeside Drive, across from Lake Merrit.  Parking can be challenging, so check out the parking and transit info.  Friday shows start at 7:30p, weekend shows are at 1:00p and 5:00p.  Don't miss this presentation of Irish, English, Scottish, and Welsh folk traditions in song and dance.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010 3:00p to 8:00p - National Park Service Winter Solstice, Muir Woods

Join us for the National Park Service's annual celebration of the longest night of the year with the tallest trees on earth, the coastal redwoods.  The park rangers will be put on a family friendly outdoor program for all ages starting at the Muir Woods National Monument (1 Muir Woods Trail) Visitor Center, RAIN OR SHINE.  Activities and events include the making of solstice crowns, a stage performance of songs, stories, and puppetry, light of bonfires, and walking the trails of Muir Woods lit by luminaria. No reservations required. The program is free - park entrance fees apply, but there's a free Migration Mobile shutle for those who park down the road.  This evening can be dark and chilly; we ask visitors to bring a flashlight, dress warmly (layers/blankets), and bring a mug for warm drinks.  Deer Creek will present the mysterious Abbots Bromley Horn Dance around 6:30p, starting in the parking lot near the bonfire, then off into the forest, lit by lumenaria.  The dance will be followed by caroling led by members of the Revels chorus.

We'll all retire to the Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach for refreshments and carousing (and maybe a little pick-up morris). 

The event is open to any wanting to participate - show up by 6:00p to learn and dance in Horn Dance (ask "Where's Marc?"), or just come to the Pelican Inn afterwards.

We repair to the Pelican afterwards for libations, song and holiday carousing.
 There will be pick-up Morris on the Pelican lawn under the full moon, so bring kit and/or instruments!  Morris and Muzos all welcome!
 

 For the full schedule and list of activities at Muir Woods, please check their website or call the hotline at 415-388-2595 as the date approaches.



 
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