Ceilidh Dance newsletter – 2012/13 #3 – next Ceilidh Dance – Friday, September 28, 2012

Sandwood Bay

The first few pictures are to remind you of the nice summer we eventually had while the later ones are just to remind us all.

Hope none of you are Arachnophobic!!!


The first White Rock class of the season attracted a fairly big attendance considering it was a week earlier than most of the other classes.   No new members so it is to be hoped that they will come this week.   As is the case with all clubs (I think – let me know if it is not the case) the first night is free so it is a good time to bring friends so they can see what all the fun is about.

Here is a list of performance venues sent to me by the Inverglen Dancers:

Sat. Sept. 15 — Campbell Valley Regional Park — Langley
Sun. Sept. 30 — Sunrise Living — Vancouver.

For more information on classes or performances: inverglendance@shaw.ca. Sandra Crosby

If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter please let me know – ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org ==============================================================

Money can’t buy you happiness …. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. 

– Spike Milligan

NOT SO LONG AGO: Comments made in the year 1955!

I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.


Sango Bay

Another week has flown by and despite the great weather I did not seem to get a great deal accomplished.   I did learn from Paul what I was doing wrong with the link for the newsletter so that should be corrected for this week’s edition.   I have been sent some animated clipart things like the spiders in this week’s newsletter and they are .bmp files.   They did work when I received them by e-mail but I could not copy and paste them into the newsletter – well I could but the were not animated.   Now I can’t seem to get them to work anywhere.   Does anyone have a solution as they are, or were, quite good.

It is time for you to dust off your dance shoes, phone your friends, remember the information you got at Dancing in Stanley Park, etc. as almost all classes will be starting again this week.   Please do come along or come back again.   It is a great and healthy past-time.   I was running a Ceilidh Dance for a Church last night and hope that some of the attendees there might try out the local class.

Today, when we lost the sunshine, temporarily I hope, was the White Roch SCDC picnic which was held at the Zaklans Farm.   An amazing assortment of salads, veggies, etc. that folk brought along to share for lunch and an even larger choice of desserts.   I was really too full for dancing but Maureen led us in quite a number of reasonably easy dances on the grass and it stayed dry all afternoon.   Thanks to EV & George for hosting this event again.

Check out the BC Highland Games website at www.bchighlandgames.com

Children Are Quick

TEACHER:         Clyde, your composition on  ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s.. Did you copy his?

CLYDE  :          No, sir.. It’s  the same dog.


Sanna Bay


Sep  3-14 Most Scottish Country Dance classes will resume — check out list of class locations under “classes” and go to www.rscdsvancouver.org to check on locations, start times, etc.
Sep 10 Vancouver Branch class registration and social — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver 7:30 p.m. no charge
Sep 12 Programme class starts and continues every Wednesday night at 7:30 — 9:30 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – $6 drop in — a variety of teachers with dances for upcoming socials etc
Sep 14 — 16 Seattle Branch annual Fort Worden Workshop and Ball — info at www.rscds-seattle.org
Sep 20 SFU School of Scottish Studies presents a reading by author Jack Whyte on his new novel about Robert the Bruce  7:30-9:00 pm Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Sep 22 SFU School of Scottish Studies annual St. Andrews and Caledonian Society-sponsored event this year is a one-woman play on Mary Queen of Scots starring Anna Hepburn.  7:30-9:30 pm, Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Sep 28 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre — class at 7 dance 8 — 11 Admission $10 (students $8)
Sep 28 Vancouver Branch RSCDS Annual General Meeting, Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver at 7:00 p.m.  This is your chance to have your say and to vote in the new Board.
Sep 29 Pearl’s Welcome Back Social- 7:30 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with music by the Tartan Players — tickets $15 at the door — an easy programme which you can find on the Branch website at www.rscdsvancouver.org
Sep 29 — 30 Saskatchewan Branch workshop, banquet and ball with Irene Paterson and Fred Demarse and musicians Ken Nattrass and Ron Krug — info at www.rscdssask.org
Oct  6 Bellingham monthly social


See website www.vancouverceilidh.org for a more complete list.


(written after she found out she was dying of cancer).

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

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Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances.

 While attending a Marriage Weekend, My wife and I, listened to the instructor declare, ‘It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”

 He then addressed the men, ‘Can you name and describe your wife’s favorite flower?’
I leaned over, touched my wife’s hand gently, and whispered, ‘Robin Hood -All-Purpose, isn’t it?’

 And thus began my life of celibacy………

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Scapa Flow

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, September 28, 2012 – that is the last Friday of the month.
Please help spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms

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. The price is only – $10 or $8 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.

Scapa Flow

For those who enjoy listening to Scottish music, song, banter etc. try www.andysceilidh.co.uk/ this is a radio programme that you can get sent to you and listen any time you want.

Scapa Flow

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

It really is never too late to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes and SEPTEMBER is a great time to do it as all the classes will start up again during the first two weeks. 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 next week. There are classes all around and on different nights so


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 which 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 get the basics learnt 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 also are Branches in Victoria and Seattle). There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed below. 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, 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

Also the Inverary Step Dance class on Wednesdays in the French School, 1555 West 7th Ave., Vancouver- info b_campbell@dccnet.com


Riddles (answer next week)

Last week:

What English word has three consecutive double letters?

Answer: Bookkeeper

This week:

What’s black when you get it, red when you use it, and white when you’re all through with it?

For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.

Other announcements etc:

Seattle Branch – info at www.rscds-seattle.org



The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 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.

WE Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! What a nice thoughtful gift it could be if you gave your friends admission to the Ceilidh Dance. They don’t need to know it only costs $10 – 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 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.

The cost is still the amazingly low price of $10 or $8 for students and we provide refreshments although we do ask for your donations towards their cost. We always need your support both by coming along and by helping us to advertise these dances by whatever means you use to communicate with your friends be it e-mail, Face-Book, Twitter, Text or even telephone! 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 on 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 2012/13 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —

September 28
October 19
November 30
January 4
February 1
February 22
March 22
April 26

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We are still working on improving the strength of the smile muscles as well as the bows and curtsies! 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 need to attract students from UBC, SFU and all the other colleges and universities. Somehow we have to get word out to these students. 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 ($10 or $8 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 ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org

Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news.
Dance — it is good for your health.

There was a Scottish painter named Smokey MacGregor, who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further.

As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the local Church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of one of their biggest buildings.

Smokey put in a bid, and, because his price was so low, he got the job. So he set about erecting the scaffolding and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with turpentine.

Well, Smokey was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, the sky opened, and the rain poured down, washing off the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Smokey clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.

Smokey was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, So he got down on his knees and cried:  “Oh, God, Oh God, forgive me; what should I do?”

And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke…..


(you’re going to love this)




“Repaint!  Repaint!   And thin no more!”


Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at www.vancouverceilidh.org

Scapa Flow

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 375 subscribers (up 2!) 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. Note- I normally compose the newsletters on Sundays.

Thanks hope to see you at class or somewhere nice. Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!

Scapa Flow

Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org