Ceilidh Dance newsletter – 2012/13 #7 – next Ceilidh Dance –
Friday, October 19, 2012


As I said last week I have been sent a number of nice pictures of Scotland but they are not labelled so I cannot give you the location – at least so that I could be 100% certain I have it right. So here is your chance to tell me where this is and the same for the pictures that will follow in the future.   The first week had about 10 replies all the same place – Gearrannan, near Carloway , Isle of Lewis.   I will duly label that picture now.   This week’s picture may test your skills a bit more.

I trust everyone – well everyone in Canada at least – is enjoying Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend.   Certainly here in the Vancouver area we are being blessed with yet another gorgeous day.   My sister-in-law has been here visiting us from Scotland and has hardly seen a drop of rain in the last two weeks here and we had very little on our trip to the Maritimes.   The last rain was in Arisaig, Nova Scotia which is named after the village in Scotland where she has a cottage.   We had 1 son & his partner, 2 grandsons with girlfriend, room mates etc. for turkey dinner last night.   There were 11 of us and not much was left but what can you expect when you have 3 18 year old young men plus another 2 14 year olds.   Tomorrow we are entertaining again but there will be 14 I think so we need to cook another turkey.

The next Ceilidh Dance is in less than just 1 week this coming Friday  – Friday, October 19. I deliberately keep clear of the weekend before Halloween as from past experience many students opt to go to dress up parties and our attendance suffers. Hopefully this move away from the last Friday of the month wont matter and you will all come in droves to the next dance.

A week today, Sunday, October 14, there is the annual White Rock, Fall Scottish Country Dance workshop with the advanced dancers at 9:30 in the morning and beginner/intermediate dancers at 1 p.m.   This is a very good workshop for all levels and has a great teacher in Maureen Lyon.   See the details below and register now.

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

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.  

– Will Rogers


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

It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

Near Dysart

There still seem to be quite a lot of people away on vacation etc.  Our class is missing a fair number.   The younger dancers have to come back when kids go to school but I guess the majority have aged so that is not the case any longer.  Maybe we should delay the satrt of classes until October?

It has been another simply beautiful week.   Temperatures have been in the high teens or even into the low 20’s so very pleasant indeed.   We are still able to eat out on the deck and not feel cold.   I had had the sprinkler system shut down for the winter but now we have to get the hose and watering cans out again as the flowers are continuing to bloom but are in dire need of water.

We skipped class on Wednesday and took the ferry (walk ons) to Swartz Bay and caught the bus into Victoria where we have a very nice time.   We were disappointed to find the Blethering Place at Oak Bay was gone but were pleased to find the bakery/cafe Octavio’s across the street where we had a very nice lunch.  We went over on the 9 a.m. boat and returned on the 7 p.m. so had a nice long visit to the island which was looking very good and still had many tourists.

“Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,”
–Mayor Marion Barry,   Washington,   DC


Narrows of Raasay


Oct 14 White Rock fall workshop with Maureen Lyon in Sullivan Hall, 6303 152nd Street, Surrey $10
Advanced class 9:30 a.m. to noon; Intermediate and Beginner dancers 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
To register call or e-mail Laurie 604-944-6678
ljreel@telus.net or Gerda 604-531-4595 gerdab@shaw.ca
Oct 19 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre — class at 7 dance 8 — 11 Admission $10 (students $8)
Oct 20 Gleneagles Fall Dance, Christ the Redeemer Church, 595 Keith Road (just east of Taylor Way), West Vancouver 7:30 p.m. – $10 see www.rscdsvancouver.org  for programme
Oct 20 Nanaimo Fall TAC  Workshop in Pleasant Valley Community Centre, Duomont Road, Nanaimo at 10:30 am
Teacher: Evelyn Nixon
 This workshop is a must for all teachers and prospective teachers.  Evelyn Nixon, the teacher for the day, invites you to e-mail her with anything you would like her to address in the workshop.
We take the 8:30am ferry from Horseshoe Bay and we will be met
at the ferry and taken to the hall.
Would you please let Jean Wagstaff —
jeedwag@yahoo.ca  – know if you intend going and I will notify June McFadden the coordinator of the workshop of the number to be picked up from the ferry.  Bring a packed lunch….and don’t forget your shoes and notebook.
Oct 26 – 27 Bellingham workshop and ball with teachers Mary Murray and David Newitt — live music for classes and the ball which will be held at the fabulous Majestic Ballroom — info at andersonmary41@comcast.net
Our website for details on the weekend is:   www.bellinghamscd.org
We encourage historic dress and vintage costumes — or simply adorn your formal ball attire with a mask for the Grand March!  Imagine the merriment!
Oct 28 Bairns Ball hosted by the Stave Falls Dancers in Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, 12414 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows from 2 — 4:30 p.m.   Everyone welcome, refreshments will be served, come and encourage the children and have a fun afternoon to boot!!   Adults $7; non dancing children $3 while all children registered in a Scottish Country Dance class are FREE.   Information 604-462-9935
Nov 2 — 4 San Francisco Branch Asilomar Workshop
Nov 10 Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra Ceilidh in Highland’s United Church. 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver.   Doors open at 7 p.m. and concert starts at 7:30 p.m.  Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team, Audience participation in Ceilidh Dancing plus lots more.  This is always a very popular event so get tickets- $15 — early from church 604-980-6071 or from VFO members or, if any left, at the door.  www.vancouverfiddleorchestra.ca
Nov 10 Bellingham monthly dance
Nov 12 Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance — 1:30  p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver admission at the door $10 — hosted by the Glenayre Club — a small item to add to the food table would be appreciated see www.rscdsvancouver.org for programme



Also note that there is a Step Dance Workshop taught by Ron Wallace on October 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7706 – 25th Avenue, NW Seattle. For info contact Barbara at b_campbell@dccnet.com

Seattle Branch announces the start of their Challenge Class which are held on the 2nd Friday each month (next one on October 12) in the upper building, Room 7, Phinney Neighbourhood Association, 4532 Phinney Avenue, North Seattle at 7:30 p.m.

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

Near Kilrenny


Avoid Cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetable while you chop.

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Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend to Husband and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend.

In addition, Husband uninstalled many other valuable programmes, such as Romance and Personal Attention and then installed undesirable programs such as Rugby, Football, Sailing and Continuous TV. Conversation no longer runs, and Housecleaning simply crashes the system. I’ve tried running Nagging to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?

Signed, Desperate

Dear Desperate,

First keep in mind, Boyfriend is an Entertainment Package, while Husband is an Operating System. Please enter the command: ‘https: I Thought You Loved Me.html’ and try to download Tears.
Don’t forget to install the Guilt update. If that application works as designed, Husband should then automatically run the applications Jewellery and Flowers, but remember – overuse of the above application can cause Husband to default to Grumpy Silence, Garden Shed or Beer. Beer is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta.

Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources). Also, do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband.

In summary, Husband is a great system, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. It also tends to work better running one task at a time. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Food and Hot Lingerie.

Good Luck,
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Near Kinlochmoidart

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, October 19, 2012 – that is NOT 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.

Near Loch Duich

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.   NOTE: That Andy said in this week’s programme he was going to retire IF he did not receive at least 20 requests before his next programme.   Now is your chance to get a Scottish tune, song, recitation played.

Near Strichen

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 have just started up again.
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:

Ripped from my mother’s womb,
Beaten and burned,
I become a blood thirsty killer.
What am I?

Answer: iron ore

This week:

I know a word of letters three. Add two, and fewer there will be


 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, October 19, 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 way to work off all the Thanksgiving Dinners! It really is good exercise as the ladies from Children’s Hospital found out last Friday. They thought it was way better than Yoga and said they will tell all their colleagues at the hospital to come to the next dance AND to bring their other friends, spouses, partners, etc. 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 —

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.

The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation. “He’s a funeral director,” she answered.

 “Interesting,” the newsman thought.   He then asked her if  she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few  moments, needing time to reflect on all those years.

After a short time a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her early 20’s,  then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, and a preacher when in her 60’s, and now in her 80’s, a funeral director.

The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

She smiled and explained, “I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.


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 376 subscribers (up 3!) 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 …..!

Nethy Bridge

Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org