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.
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.
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.)
Susan Galbraith has designed a lovely (and timely) shirt, and Julie Schult an awesome button. They will be available to purchase via our vendors.
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.)
We plan to have the registration form ready on July 1. This form will give you the chance to sign up for the Ale, to indicate interest in various event, and to indicate interest in volunteering to help. Volunteer roles will include Zoom moderators, so start thinking about whether that’s something you’d like to do.
Registration is by invitation only. We will be sending a link to the registration form to the Squires of invited teams.
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.
After registration has closed, links to the two Zoom Room venues, “Campfire” and “Big Tent”, will be emailed to all registrants.
See the complete list of past Ales to get an idea what this event is (normally) about.