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Dog Days Ale 2020

July 31 - August 2

The 2020 Dog Days Ale is "On Paws"

For epidemiological reasons, it will not be practical to host a physical, in-person Ale this year. However, we do plan to hold a Virtual Ale! It will take place on Zoom.

Our plans for the virtual, free Dog Days Ale (July 31-August 2) are coming along! Here are some things to know.

By Invitation Only

We’re trying to make this event as much like the in-person Dog Days Ale as possible. So we’re inviting only the teams that we originally invited. You don’t need to have a full side to participate; strays are welcome, as are your family members.

Start Thinking About Videos To Share

We’d love to receive videos from each team so that we can share them with ale participants. We’re hoping you can send 1 show dance video. You’re also welcome to send 1 “fun” video. Strays are also welcome to submit videos of either type. (Submission details to come.)

There Will Be Shirts and Buttons

Susan Galbraith has designed a lovely (and timely) shirt, and Julie Schult an awesome button. They will be available to purchase via our vendors. (Purchase details to come.)

There Will Be Singing and Some Dancing

Unfortunately, Zoom has too much time delay for simultaneous singing in unison and harmony, so it's really more of a song swap. Participants use the Chat function to request a turn. A Moderator directs traffic. The person leading a song has their microphone on. All others are muted, and free to sing along. This is admittedly not as good as singing together in person, and yet it can be surprisingly satisfying.

Dancing will be heavily weighted toward jigs, naturally. Choose your own camera angle! (Personally, I prefer to set up such that nobody can see my feet.)

Registration Opens July 1

We plan to have the registration form ready on July 1. This form will give you the chance to sign up for various events as a participant or volunteer. Volunteer roles will include Zoom moderators, so start thinking about whether that’s something you’d like to do.

Stay tuned for more details!

Ale Schedule

We think this schedule has been finalized, but we reserve the right to make necessary adjustments on the fly. Check here for the most up-to-date information.

Advance the calendar to the week of July 27 - Aug 2

The events shown in Blue will be in the “Campfire” Zoom Room, and the events shown in Yellow will be in the “Big Tent” Zoom Room.

Please check back later to confirm times and locations.

Descriptions of Scheduled Events

Meet & Greet Gin & Tonic Party

Bring your G & T's (or other drinks) to the big tent and hang out with other ale attendees as we get this party started!!

Time: Friday 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: The Tent (Zoom link to this room to be sent out via email the week before the ale

Organizer: Karin

Zoom Host: tbd

Zoom Co-Host:tbd


Bring your favorite songs to share with everyone at the campfire.

Protocol: mute your mic unless you are the one leading a song. Text SINGER in the chat to get in the queue to sing; organizers will maintain a list in the chat of the next three singers in line.

Time: Fri, July 31, 8pm – Sat, August 1, 12am

Location: The Campfire (Zoom link to this room to be sent out via email the week before the ale)

Organizer: Karin (until 10 PM); Julie (10 PM-??)

Zoom Host: tbd

Zoom Co-Host: tbd

Open Chat

Looking for something to do? Come and hang out with your friends under the tent!

Time: Fri, July 31, 8pm – Sat, August 1, 1am

Location: The Tent (Zoom link to this room to be sent out via email the week before the ale)

Zoom Host: tbd

Zoom Co-Host:tbd

After registration has closed, links to the two Zoom Room venues, “Campfire” and “Big Tent”, will be emailed to all registrants.

Past Ales

See the complete list of past Ales to get an idea what this event is (normally) about.