New Year’s Day
The women say it would behoove us
to thank the sun for coming back. We must
play our fiddles, sing and dance, in this
still dark time of the year.
It would be nice
to think we take on new identities
by wearing masks, descend on our neighbors,
unannounced, peer in their windows, romp
into their kitchens, whirl about the room,
banging pots, screeching fiddles, singing
Ilky Moor and Somerset Wassail,
Drive Dull Cares Away, do the Ribbon Reel,
have beer and eggnog , bread and cheese, leaving
as fast as we came.
It doesn't happen quite
this way but it feels like it does in the night.– Dudley Laufman
Since the early 1980’s, it has been Dudley’s vision and passion for the music, dance and sense of community that inspires us all to travel from house to house in celebration and joy.
Thank you, Dudley.