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    Westerly Morris Men welcome spring with song and dance

    The sun rises as the Westerly Morris Men welcome spring at sunrise atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington, Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Tim Groome, of Norwich, and other members of the Westerly Morris Men dance at sunrise to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington, Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    The sun rises as the Westerly Morris Men dance at sunrise to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Revelers watch as the Westerly Morris Men welcome spring at sunrise atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    AJ Wright, left, plays the concertina as Mayada Wasworth, both Pawcatuck, plays the accordion as the Westerly Morris Men welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    The sun rises as the Westerly Morris Men dance at sunrise to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    A crowd of hikers watch as the Westerly Morris Men dance at sunrise to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington, Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    The Westerly Morris Men dance to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Teresa Wilensky, left, of Waterford, talks with her daughter Liza Wilensky, of New London, as they wait for the Westerly Morris Men to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    The sun rises as the Westerly Morris Men dance to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the group traditional English folk dancing group to mark the rising of the sun on the vernal equinox. This was the 37th year (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Revelers gather to watch as the Westerly Morris Men welcome spring atop Lantern Hill in North Stonington Monday, March 20, 2023. About 100 hikers joined the traditional English folk dancing group as they marked the vernal equinox for the 37th year. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    North Stonington ― Around 100 hikers joined the Westerly Morris Men at sunrise Monday to welcome spring atop Lantern Hill.

    This was the 37th year the traditional English folk dancing group marked the rising of the sun on the vernal equinox. The group started the hike in the dark at around 6 a.m., and as the sun rose they danced and sang traditional songs accompanied by musicians.

    After performing a number of the traditional dances the troupe regrouped at the trailhead to dance a few more, accompanied by founding member Peter Leibert.

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