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The American Morris Newsletter

April, 2007 -- Volume 27, Number 1

 

The Return of the Green Man

Ethan Hay

Ethan writes

A little history: the attached cartoon as inspired by a TRUE LIFE incident on May Day morning last year. After sun up, Berkeley Morris stops dancing and sings a few traditional songs to revel in the sunshine in Tilden Park's Inspiration Point. on the first verse of "Jack in the Green," a fellow unbeknownst to any of us leapt out from the audience in full green man regalia, leaved mask and all, and began squatting and dancing about the grounds throughout the song. When the song ended, he disappeared back into the crowd. But then, in Berkeley, this is not such an unusual event. Just notable.