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PHOTOS: The Canterbury Morris Dance team practices for a busy summer

  • The Canterbury Morris dancers practice a routine at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The Canterbury Morris dancers practice a routine at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Leanna Travis dances along with the Canterbury Morris dancers at practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Travis grew up dancing with the group and returned home for the summer from college at the University of Pittsburgh. "I thought this would be a fun way to get back into the community," Travis said. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Leanna Travis dances along with the Canterbury Morris dancers at practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Travis grew up dancing with the group and returned home for the summer from college at the University of Pittsburgh. "I thought this would be a fun way to get back into the community," Travis said. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The youth Canterbury Morris dance team promenades around the town's Parish House during practice on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The youth Canterbury Morris dance team promenades around the town's Parish House during practice on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • May Maas-Kisel, 9, Yesi Gillepsie, 7 and Oonagh Burwell, 10, spend part of their break between dances cooling off in front of the fan at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014. <br/><br/>Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    May Maas-Kisel, 9, Yesi Gillepsie, 7 and Oonagh Burwell, 10, spend part of their break between dances cooling off in front of the fan at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014.

    Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • May Maas-Kisel, 9, spins with the other kids on the youth Morris dancers during practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    May Maas-Kisel, 9, spins with the other kids on the youth Morris dancers during practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • This year's group has about 25 members. Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    This year's group has about 25 members. Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The Canterbury Morris dancers practice a routine at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Leanna Travis dances along with the Canterbury Morris dancers at practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Travis grew up dancing with the group and returned home for the summer from college at the University of Pittsburgh. "I thought this would be a fun way to get back into the community," Travis said. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The youth Canterbury Morris dance team promenades around the town's Parish House during practice on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • May Maas-Kisel, 9, Yesi Gillepsie, 7 and Oonagh Burwell, 10, spend part of their break between dances cooling off in front of the fan at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014. <br/><br/>Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • May Maas-Kisel, 9, spins with the other kids on the youth Morris dancers during practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • This year's group has about 25 members. Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Morris Dance practice at the Canterbury Parish House on Thursday, July 3, 2014. "Its a family thing," said Polly Camire, who leads the practice and has been part of the group since she was 7 years old. "It also adds to that whole social capital thing. I'm happy that this is a tradition I get to help continue as an adult." Started over 35 years ago, the team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing today at the Canterbury Fourth of July festivities in the town's center, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

“It’s a family thing,” said Polly Camire, while on a break from leading the Canterbury Morris dance team practice at the town’s Parish House. Both of her daughters are on the team that started more than 35 years ago, and she pointed out several other members who are from the same family. Camire herself has been part of the group since she was 7 years old.

The dance team is one of the oldest and largest Morris teams from a single town. They are performing at today’s Canterbury Fourth of July festivities, as well as at the Canterbury Fair at the end of the month. For more photos, visit concordmonitor.com.

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