Welcome to another season of Ceilidh Dances and the newsletter which will come out from time to time with information re upcoming Scottish events. Greetings to many first timers who gave me their e-mail addresses at Stanley Park on Monday evenings during the summer. If you do not want to receive these newsletters just scroll down to the foot on the cover page and click on “unsubscribe”
A reminder that there is a special class for all those interested at West End Community Centre, Denman Street on Monday August 29 at 7 pm. All info on the link that follows. Click on the link to download the Word document. It would help us to plan if you would register in advance but you can register on the day plan on coming early – the class is Free and remember to bring your own water bottle.
Summer Assembly David Cunningham & his Band All Set
view from the Rest & be Thankful
The 2022/23 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-
Mark your calendars now!
The dances will be will be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. The class will be held in the large hall from 7:00 – 7:45 then we will all exit to give the band a chance for a sound check etc. and the dance class will run from 8:00 – 10:30 with live music by Calanais. Alison will continue to be your teacher/caller so you are guaranteed to have a great evening. No change to the admission – still $15 with students $10.
Let us all hope that the dances will not be interrupted by anything and we will have lots of dancing and fun again. Any questions? please contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org
Loch Turret near Crieff
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)
1. You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. — Alan, age 10
-No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all the way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. — Kristen, age 10
2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.. — Camille, age 10
3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. — Derrick, age 8
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids. — Lori, age 8
5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. — Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure?)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. — Martin, age 10
6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they’re rich. — Pam, age 7 (Love her)
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. – – Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do. Howard, age 8
7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. — Anita, age 9 (bless you child)
8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? — Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 Favorite is…….
9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. — Ricky, age 9
Most Scottish Country dance classes will start again in September. As of the date of writing this I do not have details of exact dates but I will get them before the next newsletter and they will be on both the Branch – www.rscdsvancouver.org and Ceilidh –www.ceilidhvancouver.org websites.
- getting the liquor licence
- re-stocking the supply of drinks and refreshments and getting them to the hall
- Filling the water jugs before and during the dance
- Collecting the entrance fees, keeping track of the number of dancers, reconciling the funds collected, adding the donations, paying the expenses
- Calculating the cost of the drinks used
West Side of Iona
Summers End Muriel Johnstone Dancing Fingers 2
A friend shared this, the story that inspired the classic piece of music “The Sound of Silence”
I often wondered why the lyrics say “Hello darkness my old friend “
Here’s the story behind it
It is the story of a poor boy, American, of a Jewish family, from Buffalo,
who wins a scholarship at Columbia University. There, he befriends a boy who turned out to be a great friend, and his roommate. But in his freshman year of college, watching a baseball game, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he went blind. The doctor said it was conjunctivitis and it would go away.
It didn’t, it was a cataract that had damaged his optic nerves. The boy became blind, went into depression, dropped out of school and returned to his hometown.
This friend, his roommate, went there and convinced him to return to the University.
The friend said to him: – the darkness will accompany you and I will be your light. The friend started to help him in everything. He read him the tests, the books, everything.
This blind guy ended up graduating with a law degree, then got a master’s degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Oxford. He became a well-recognized attorney and became a Counselor in the White House. He worked advising American presidents such as Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
This beautiful story of overcoming adversity and showing the value of a true friendship. It’s the life of Sandy Greenberg.
But going back in time, in 1964, the roommate who helped him graduate, Arthur Ira Garfunkel; of the duo Simon & Garfunkel; borrowed $400 from Sandy. He needed the money to release a record. Sandy lent him the money.
The record was released in 1964, and later became one of the most listened to songs…
It was the song that the roommate made in honor of his friend Sandy Greenberg,
a song that everyone knows, but no one knew the story behind the lyrics.
In Hearing the music and knowing the story has another meaning.
The Sound of Silence
Autobiographical by Sandy Greenberg: Hello Darkness
Summer on the Beach Ian Muir RSCDS Book 51
Not everyone works in an office
Four of the best illusions you will ever see. Each very short
view from Glenuig
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.