Calendar Customs for The Seasonal Round

May morning dawn with the May Dolly, Oak Apple Morris, Madison, WI 1986

Morris dance, sword dance, mummers' plays, foolery, and close harmony: Lynn has been a dancer, team leader, and event director in English ritual dance, drama, and song since college. She first performed with the Cambridge Revels in 1982, and appears as a soloist on the Revels albums Wassail! Wassail! and Blow Ye Winds in the Morning. In the Midwest in the 1990s, she wrote and directed three Revels-inspired productions that became the catalyst fo the Minneapolis Revels. Guest artist Claudia Schmidt performed Lynn's poem The Winter Women in that first "official" Minneapolis Revels, and her Songs and Poems of the Winter Solstice have since become a favorite of community winter solstice celebrations across the country. Lynn has organized and led Summon the Sun! productions with the Emerson Umbrella Centre for the Arts and with That Long Tall Sword and Historic Northampton, and created parallel programs for the fall equinox, HalloweenMayday, and (with Ken Mattsson) the spring equinox.

When injuries forced a retirement from active dancing after twenty years, Lynn founded the Paper Bag Mummers to combine traditional English drama with improvisational street theatre. Lynn and her husband were handfasted under the Maypole on the site of Thomas Morton's 1624 Merrymount Maypole in Quincy, MA.