fishing boats in Crail Harbour

Tis nearly the end of summer and we had a few showers last night which were long overdue so I thought I would start the newsletter and let you know about the upcoming Ceilidh dances as well as the start of Scottish Country dance classes.

We had a great attendance at the introductory class held in the West End Community Centre last Monday.  Over 20 prospective new dancers came from Dancing in the Park etc. and they were instructed by Alison and Katherine.  Hopefully some will make there way to a class next month as well as the Ceilidh dance on September 29.  Many more did express interest so they may come to class and/or ceilidh too.

To help everyone find a convenient class here is a link to all the classes in and around Vancouver and the start time if known;

2023-24 Class List

the colours in the Isle of Harris have to be seen to be believed

Dancing in the Park (DITP) was rained off for the first and fourth nights but then we had 6 beautiful evenings and lots of enthusiastic audiences willing to get up and try out Scottish Country dancing.  There were lots of dances for audience participation and we tried to collect the names and e-mail addresses of those who were interested in learning more.  We send notices to all those whose addresses we could read (!) about the introductory class and the local Scottish Country Dance classes and they should also receive this newsletter.


Loch Shiel at Glenfinnan

We will have to wait until September 29 (just 4 weeks on Friday) for the next Ceilidh dance when we will start the fall session.  We will keep the same admission prices but Remember it is Cash Only both for admittance and for the refreshments.

Ceilidh dances are held in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  There is a free class at 7 pm then the dance follows from 8 – 10:30 pm with live music by Calanais.  All easy dances that are taught and called and everyone has lots of fun and great exercise.  Tell your friends and make it an outing – it only costs $15 ($10 for students) and there are refreshments (including cider & beer) for a donation.  Remember it is “cash only” both for admittance and the refreshments.  Mark your calendars now and make plans to join the fun.  Check the website for more details.

Fall 2023 Session dates are-
Friday September 29
October 27
November 24

If you have a group of 8 or more then the cost is $1 less for each of you.  You have to choose a password, make sure everyone in the group knows what it is then contact me at at least two days before the dance & let me know you have a group and what the password will be, then you do not need to all arrive together.

Here is some cheery upbeat Scottish Dance music to enjoy

Summer Meeting           Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent          TAC 50th Anniversary


At a local bar in downtown Courtenay….

The owner & bartender, was so sure that he was the strongest man around, that he offered a standing $1000 bet.

The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and then hand the lemon to the patron..

Anyone who could squeeze two more drops of juice out of it, would win the money.

Many people had tried,…..over the years: weightlifters, longshoremen, etc., but nobody had ever been able to do it.

One day, this scrawny little fellow came into the bar, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit. He sat down, ordered a glass of draft, & started looking around the bar.

After reading the sign on the wall about the lemon challenge, he said in a small voice: “I was just reading your sign, and I’d like to try the bet.”

After the laughter had died down, the bartender said: “Ok,…”

He grabbed a lemon and squeezed the heck out of it…..

Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little fellow.

But the Crowd’s laughter turned to total silence….

as the man clenched his little fist around the lemon….

and six drops fell into the glass.

As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the guy his $1000, and then asked little man: “Do you mind if I ask what do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or what?”

The little fellow quietly replied:

“I work for Revenue Canada.”


evening sky over the Wallace Monument


Three Top Graduates of the Tow Truck Academy





The 2023 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

September 29
October 27
November 24

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.

Help us spread the word – I am not into social media but I am sure somebody can promote the Ceilidh Dance(s) there for me especially out at the Colleges and Universities.  Tell all your friends to come along – it really is a fun (and cheap!) evening.  DON’T FORGET IT IS CASH ONLY.


the coral beach on Skye.
Filmed off the west coast of Vancouver Island




a beautiful sunset overlooking Loch Leven



gannets flying over Stac an Armin at St Kilda


Here is another tune

September in Skye  –    Marian Anderson & her Band  –    Belfast Platinum


The picture perfect village of New Abbey Dumfries



Loch Glass looking at the Pink House a local landmark.

My son and family moved in the day after the Ukrainian family moved out.  They usually come for July and August to take advantage of the Crescent Beach Swimming Club and all its activities.  This year though they had to move as their rental was up and their new house was not ready – it still is not ready! – so they brought a lot more stuff than usual.  They will be staying for a few more weeks until they can move into their new house and commute to school from here!

The Ukrainian family went on a trip to Ukraine to see their husband/father and the rest of their family.  They are due back today and we hope they found everyone as well as themselves safe and in good health.


and another great tune  — 
Autumn Gold           Colin Dewar & his Band              Vallin Suite 4
Bunnet Stane in Fife


if God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
~Jay Leno~

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton~

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
~Author unknown~

Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
~Ronald Reagan~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer~

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, 1952~

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Tex Guinan~

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson~

Sadly this last one.

We’d all like to vote for the best man, but he’s never a candidate.
~Kin Hubbard~

Achmelvich Bay was basking in sunshine
NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, September 29, 2023
alert all your friends and acquaintances.
Hope to see many of you there 

May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.

Duncan MacKenzie