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Every year, regardless of weather, the Westerly Morris Men celebrate the vernal equinox and the first day of spring with a pre-dawn hike up to the summit of Lantern Hill in North Stonington, Connecticut. There, they sing and dance to help the sun come up.

The hike and celebration is a 28 year tradition for this particular dance team, as captured above in 2012, but Morris dance, a form of English folk dance, dates back as early as 1448.

Watch a few more traditions, including our favorite spring tradition: this MGM Happy Harmonies cartoon from 1936, To Spring.

This Chronicle Books video features Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, and the author of Chronicle’s Tartine Bread, published in 2010:  

To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. He developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens.

We always like videos that show how things are made, but the bonus here for us was talking about how having the patience for the bread to rise made the bread taste even better than it would have had it been rushed.

Related DIY on our list: No Knead Bread: so easy a 4-yr old can make it!

We love this video of the Chamarrita, a dance and music style in the Azores, nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. This one was shot on Pico Island by MPAGDP, which stands for a música portuguesa a gostar dela própria, a project created to celebrate and archive the variety of music made in Portugal. What a wonderful site! There are many videos, almost all shot outside to create an energy for the music and to show the world as a giant stage.

We watched these videos, too: Pauliteiros de MirandaMarujinho da Palmela, and the kid’s favorite, É p’ra Amanhã (António Variações), to name just a few, but there are so so so many other excellent videos to check out… 

via Rosa Pomar.

Tokyo resident Ken Yokochi plays accordion. The song is Tama-Chan Snoa by Lars Hollmer. Some detail for explaining to the kids: 

The instrument is played by compressing or expanding the bellows whilst pressing buttons or keys, causing valves, called pallets, to open, which allow air to flow across strips of brass or steel, called reeds, that vibrate to produce sound inside the body.

Here’s another example of accordion music (Astrid’s Waltz) played on a Castagnari accordion. — The company has a photo gallery of an accordion being made. — And here’s the same song, this time with a “singing” dog!