The Black Walnut

32 bar Reel

Suggested Tune: The Walnut Tree (see page 26 of The Bonspiel Collection)

Figures for the Black Walnut

1-4 first couple set and cast off into second place; second couple move up.

5-8 First couple set again and cast off below third place.

9-16 First couple lead up, crossing over above third couple, cast up on opposite sides around second couple, crossover, and cast off on own sides into second place. (Figure)

17-24 Reels of three across the set – first man with third couple and first woman with second couple; in each case first couple begin by passing left shoulders to first corners, and finish in second place on own sides.

25-32 Reels of three across the set – first man with second couple and first woman with third couple; in each case first couple begin by passing right shoulders to second corners, and finish in second place on own sides.

NOTE: The entry to the reels at bar 25 can cause a little difficulty. The second man and the third woman must wait until their partners have crossed the mid-point of the reel before they themselves do so.

This name was suggested by the title of a book, “The Trail of the Black Walnut”, written by the late Dr G E Reaman as an account of the settling of Waterloo County by the Pennsylvania Dutch early in the 19th century. Soon after this migration another wave of settlers from Scotland moved into the south end of the county.

Bonspiel Collection 1972 - Peter McBryde.