It is coming soon – the next Ceilidh dance is September 28 and there will be a surprise guest musician from Scotland – John Carmichael. John is a well-known accordionist who is coming to Vancouver to play in a fund-raiser for the Scottish Cultural Centre on Saturday, September 29 and we have taken this opportunity to have him play for our Ceilidh dance. You can learn more – https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/hall-of-fame/john-carmichael/ The Ceilidh will follow the usual format with the “class” from 7 – 8 pm and the dance, with john providing the music, from 8 – 11 pm. Mark your calendars NOW! If you have a group of 8 or more everyone in your group qualifies for $1 discount off the amazingly low admission price of $15 ($10 for students).
You have to let everyone in your group know the password you have chosen which you then relay to Bonnie (email@example.com) before midnight on Wednesday, September 26. So get busy, put a group together be it student friends or a faculty celebration, or an office get together, or a bunch of friends, or a birthday/anniversary/start of a new semester celebration, or whatever, we ‘d love to have you.
There are refreshments/drinks (including beer, cider, juice, etc.) available for a donation So apart from the fun and great exercise of Scottish Ceilidh dancing there is all the ingredients for a great evening.
No need to be scared if you don’t know how – we will teach you and you won’t be the only newbie. Two left feet? we will show you how to use the right one – it doesn’t matter, no ones watching anyway! You will be a star before the night is out. Make it a date – it will be a night you won’t forget.
Ferry at Largs
For those new to ceilidh dancing the class is a great introduction and you will soon find out you are not the only one who does not know their left from right or back from front!! We teach everything and the dance follows the same format. Everything is very relaxed so you don’t have to worry about anything. If you can walk; you can dance. Wear flat comfy shoes and loose, layered clothing as it is warm work reeling and spinning.
What is a Ceilidh dance? It is informal, easy Scottish Country dancing in a relaxed style for all ages. We teach everything, no experience or partner required just a desire to have fun an ability to move to the wonderful beat of the lively music and to enjoy the company of other like-minded folk.
Fionnphort at low tide looking to Iona
The next Ceilidh dance is on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the usual class at 7 pm and the dance following from 8 – 11 pm. Pay at the door – $15 ($10 for students). Tell your friends etc. about the dances, they are lots of fun.
- The other dates are:
- September 28
- October 26
- November 30
- January 11
- February 22
- March 29
- April 26
The dances are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver (73rd and Hudson which is between Granville and Oak Streets). They are all held on Friday evenings and where possible the last Friday of each month – the exceptions are December (as we never schedule one) and January (because of Burns.)
Staffa – Fingal’s Cave
Why are a “wise man” and a “wise guy” opposites?
When you rearrange the letters:
IS NO AMITY
The next regular Ceilidh Dance is the 4th FRIDAY of the September – September 28, 2018. – I sure hope you can come and bring lots of friends.
When you rearrange the letters:
LIES – LET’S RECOUNT
Gareloch from Kilcreggan
Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean opposite things?
Thanks to the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:
The Celtic Treasure Chest on Dunbar is open 7 days a week and stock includes haggis imported from Scotland and many of your favourite foods.
Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to https://www.CelticFashions.com
Why is “phonics” not spelled the way it sounds?
The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group. The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – www.scottishculturalcentre.com . The cost is only $10.
Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved, then, Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information.
The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, September 28, 2018. That will be the First one of the season with a great musician from Scotland. There is lots of time for you all to get yourselves and your friends organized to come along for another fun, filled evening. Come and dance, it is lots of fun and really easy. Everything is taught from scratch – you won’t be the only newbie!
Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”. Then, if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc. Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh. You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!
Facebook for Seniors
To others of my generation who still do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook even exists, you may try the following, like I’m doing.
Here’s what I’m doing to gain better understanding:
I am trying to make new friends without using Facebook, but while applying the same principles. Every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later, and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dead dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, or fixing things, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.
I also listen to their conversations, then give them the “THUMBS UP” and tell them I like them.
And it works!
I already have four people following me:
Two police officers,
a private investigator,
and a psychiatrist.
Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others will enjoy send me the link. Sound on, full screen:
If you have never seen this, please do not delete without watching.
These guys were the best!
What a happy way to begin your day! You’ll love it!
James Cagney and Bob Hope at a Friar’s Club Meeting back when actors were real performers, Bob Hope was 52 and James Cagney was 56.
For the young folks, here is something you probably have never seen and, unfortunately, you may never see again. For us older folks, this is the best of the best, and we had it for many years!
This is a side of these two entertainers you hardly ever seen, but it shows their enormous talent.
Read before watching the very brief video!!!!!
A Chinese Ming vase is up for auction. The bidding opens at a half-million Euros. Bidding is brisk and each bidder is clearly identified as each raises the bid by 100,000 Euros.
Within seconds, the bid stalls at one million Euros, and the gasp from the crowd identifies the excitement that prevails in the room.
The successful bidder is the last one who bid one million, and the auctioneer counts down the bid,
“Going once, going twice, and sold to the gentleman sitting in front of me for one million Euros.”
Now, you are going to have to see the video for yourself.
The auctioneer is exuberant.
The pace is fast.
A great Canadian project. Really worth watching… 16 min long but wonderful pics and video, about building the railroad.
This is another one I received in a different format which I don’t know how to put is the newsletter so I will try this and hope. You should get a black screen just click on it and see what happens or click and hold down then drag over the page.
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note – please check the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org for and last-minute changes.
|Sep 26||White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club class with John Carmichael providing the music|
|Sep 27||Delta Borderer’s class with John Carmichael – note the hall has to be confirmed|
|Sep 28||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with John Carmichael, an accordionist from Scotland – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10)|
|Sep 28 – 30||RSCDS Saskatchewan Bi-annual Workshop. Teachers: Mike Blanchard, Fiona Miller & Bev Will. Musicians: Scott Duncan, Ron Krug & Dennis Orr. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sep 29||Ceilidh/Concert featuring John Carmichael from Scotland at the Scottish Cultural Centre – www.scottishculturalcentre.com|
|Sep 29||Nanaimo Teachers’ Workshop – 2018 TAC workshop. Sharon Barker has agreed to teach the workshop and we have confirmed the booking for the same location as last year – Bowen Park activity room.|
|Oct 21||White Rock SCDC Fall Workshop – Intermediate to Advanced dance level 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. Info: 604-944-6678 Cost $15 at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd Street. Surrey – Teacher Maureen Lyon|
|Oct 26||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10)|
|Oct 26 – 28||RSCDS San Francisco Branch and the Asilomar Committee invite you to join us at Asilomar. We are now accepting applications. Find out more and apply at www.Asilomar.rscds-sf.org|
|Oct 27||Centre for Scottish Studies 20th anniversary celebration at SFU Harbour Centre, 2:30 p.m. The event will feature Dr. S. Karly Kehoe, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Communities at Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Kehoe will present: “Histories of the Scottish Atlantic: Plantation Slavery and the Scottish Diaspora.”|
|Nov 12||Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance, Scottish Cultural Centre 1:15 – 5:00|
|Nov 24||Delta Borderers Tea Dance|
|Nov 27||Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance|
|Nov 30||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10)|
|Nov 30 – Dec 2||The December Weekend in Portugal – email@example.com – with Raphaelle Orgeret and musicians Keith Smith & Peter Shand|
|Dec 10||Vancouver Branch Christmas Ceilidh|
|Dec 11||Glenayre Christmas dance|
|Dec 28||Betwixt & Between in the Scottish Cultural Centre – 7:30 – 9:30|
|Jan 11||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10|
|Jan 19||Vancouver Branch Burns Supper in the Scottish Cultural Centre – 6 – 11 pm|
|Feb 16||Love to Dance Scottish Workshop and Dance, Scottish Cultural Centre 8:30 am – 5 p.m. $50|
|Feb 22||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10|
|Mar 3||Burnaby Spring Tea Dance|
|Mar 23||Heather Ball – 5:00 – 11:00|
|Mar 29||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10|
|Apr 6||Glenayre Spring Dance|
|Apr 13||Deep Cove Spring Dance|
|Apr 26||Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $15 (students $10|
|May 4||White Rock SCDC 65th Anniversary Dance In the Scottish Cultural Centre 6:00 – 11:00|
|May 26||Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance|
The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, September 28th, 2018. Same time, same place, same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. Please do your best to spread the word. Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.
Glen of Inverbroom looking to Loch Broom
What a great gift this newsletter would make (and it is free!!) Please pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe. www.vancouverceilidh.org
Please keep opening the newsletter!! Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.
If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail. There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.
Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun. Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances.
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When you rearrange the letters:
ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S
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The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, September 28, 2018 (i.e. the last Friday of the month) with live music by a Scottish Accordionist. This is the first of the season. We need huge attendance to welcome our guest musician with everyone coming along for a really fun evening.
You still have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms and here is a link to the Facebook advert: https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through.
They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. The price is only – $15 or $10 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain – everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.
The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. www.facebook.com/rscdsvancouver. There is a link on both our website www.vancouverceilidh.org and the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love… I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.
The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead..’
Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry…
How soon can I go home?
Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes will be starting again very soon. Try the link to “classes” or go to www.rscdsvancouver.org and check for a class near you or one that has a convenient time and try it out.
Come to a class this September – You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO! Go to either www.rscdsvancouver.org or www,vancouverceilidh.org for a list of class locations and times.
For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing.
It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle).
There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed on the website. Come along – check us out – the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class! You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at www.vancouverceilidh.org or www.rscdsvancouver.org. Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations.
as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, Sunshine Coast, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details – www.rscdsvancouver.org
If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.
Other announcements etc:
– info at www.rscds-seattle.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE
The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held Friday, September 28th, 2018 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver,
We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 8 or more and we can give them a discount!!!
We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $15 ($10 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2HV3OPBgw or the Face-book page https://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=116203315&k=Z5C5Y4TZPT6G6BD1PKZZTWQQQ6BAW26L34AV&oid=164741310207760 https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website www.vancouverceilidh.org and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.
Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn!
There is a FREE class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. with music by Calanais. Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!
The schedule for the 2018/19 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course and, except for January, it is the last Friday of the Month —
Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers. Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.
Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is.
We would like to attract more young adults and students from Universities and all the colleges. Somehow we have to get word out to these students etc. Please do all you can to help us. Come one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($15 or $10 for students.)
You should check the website – www.vancouverceilidh.org – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc. On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc. I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website.
You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – www.rscdsvancouver.org – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.
If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at email@example.com Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news.
Dance – it is good for your health.
Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at www.vancouverceilidh.org If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – www.vancouverceilidh.org and ask them to subscribe.
If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page. If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.
This newsletter reaches out to some 380 subscribers from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.
A DECIMAL POINT:
When you rearrange the letters:
I’M A DOT IN PLACE
Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!
See Coming Events on the website for info – www.vancouverceilidh.org
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.
Duncan MacKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org