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October 12th 2013
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British Car Council Toy Run

This was the 2nd Annual British Car Council Toy Run, a great event to gather in a beautiful space with good friends from our common love of our British cars. This was the event we gathered together to help make children's Christmas joyus.

And, to keep us joyus there were doughnuts and coffee in the morning (and well into the afternoon), soup and a roll for lunch and tarts. To entertain, and have fun with us were the Orange Peel Morris, a Borders Morris troupe and so much more. With them was a joint Celtic Fiddle Orchestra made up from Oakville Celtic Fiddle Orchestra and the Georgetown Celtic Fiddle Orchestra. It was the perfect fall event to end off the season.

One of the activities we missed, due to the weather, was the Escarpment Tour created by Paul Dullaert. Here it is , you can take the tour yourself, and for a while here you can even see some fall colour.

In the week before the October 6th event the Sunday weather forcast had worsened. It dithered between cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and just cloudy, but by the end of the week had come solidly on thunderstorms.

David Wood

But that did not put off the 35 to 40 cars, and their drivers and co-drivers, which braved the foggy day.

Gerry Hancock

The weather was foggy enough to put a stop to the tour arranged by Paul Dullaert. There were fall colours, but no one could see them. Participants were also hard pressed to see the cars in front of and behind them, intersections, or cliff edges.

Phil Miller

Almost lost in the distance Vaughn Miller arrives in his parents Midget

Phil Miller

Coming out of the mists, Phil's Daughter Rachael and Granddaughter Veronica

Phil Miller

Grandpa is alway a warm safe place for Veronica

John Griffith

The fog did not put off Santa, he does have Rudolph after all.

Andrew Cowie

He was cooly calculating in his mind, who was naughty and who was nice.
I think this is the "Naughty" look
James Huntsburg as Santa

Andrew Cowie

There were little gifts for the "Nice" ones.
Was Wendy naughty?

Andrew Cowie

Even cute little dogs get something from Santa

Andrew Cowie

Phil with Santa. Job well done.

David Wood

Here Mike Sweeney's Riley is swarmed

John Griffith

John Griffith

But wait! The Orange Peel Morris dancers were coming to the end of their morning set of dances. Let's go see!

Andrew Cowie

The Orange Peel Morris (aka The Greater City of Orangeville, Peel, Dufferin and Simcoe County, Anti-Temperance League, Light Orchestra, Caroling & Choral Society, Mummering Troupe, and Border Morris Dance Side) is a group preserving Morris Dancing, Carolling, and seemingly any raucous activity that can be packed into any open space, tavern, and pub.

Andrew Cowie

Mooris Dancing was an "Moorish" import into King Edward the first's court. Edward may not have been the best or most well loved King but he did bring a little culture to the court.

Andrew Cowie

Eventually it went out of fashion in the court but was embraced by the peasant population. Different areas had different flavours of costume and dance.

Andrew Cowie

Morris dancing evolved into a form of entertainment with an exorbitant price. It seems the Lord of the Manor was expected to put out after a set of dances. If the Lord did not respond well enough he would have a plough pulled through his garden. The landowners had their status reflected in their home and in their garden. The perpetrators of the garden defacement would be in disguise, sometimes cross dressing, with all manor of snubs shown in their clothing. In some there is even facepaint.

Andrew Cowie

Andrew Cowie

Andrew Cowie

David Wood

A top hat, a great place to collect pins and badges. See the feathers, those are from the Lord's pheasants, it's one of those snubs. The instrument the hat is sitting on is a North African drum.

David Wood

Down at the bottom are the shoes, today a pair of canvas deck shoes with tri-colour laces!

David Wood

The Orange Peel Morris

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British Car Council
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Oakville Celtic Fiddle Orchestra
Georgetown Celtic Fiddle Orchestra
Mark Whitcombe's Pictures
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