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The Lunar Society Reel

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THE LUNAR SOCIETY REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Kenneth J Reid Birmingham Platinum Book

1- 8 2s Petronella turn and set, 2s Petronella and set to just outside sidelines and set while 1s+3s Petronella and set
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance a Weasel Reel:
 1s+3s dance part reel of 4 up/down middle but when reaching either end they dance clockwise to top/bottom to re-enter reel while 2s dance clockwise to replace the dancer leaving the reel and all end where they started
17-24 1s and 3s set and Petronella turn to opposite sides. 1L+2L reverse set and link while 1M+2M set and link. 2s face out
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides, 1L+3L pass RSh, 1M+3M pass LSh each couple crossing up from 2nd place to 1st place on own side

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Dance Notes

Weasel Reel - Men always reel up middle and dance down Ladies' side while Ladies always reel down middle and dance up Men's side.

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The Lunar Society of Birmingham was a dinner club and informal learned society of prominent figures in the Midlands Enlightenment, including industrialists, natural philosophers and intellectuals, who met regularly between 1765 and 1813 in Birmingham, England.

The name "Lunar Society" arose because the society would meet during the full moon, as the extra light made the journey home easier and safer in the absence of street lighting.

Fourteen individuals have been identified as having verifiably attended Lunar Society meetings regularly over a long period during its most productive eras: these are Matthew Boulton, Erasmus Darwin, Thomas Day, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Samuel Galton, Jr., James Keir, Joseph Priestley, William Small, Jonathan Stokes, James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood, John Whitehurst and William Withering.

Lunar Society Members Statue
Lunar Society Members Statue, Birmingham, England, 2006

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