Ceilidh Dance newsletter – 2012/13 #25


Another of these pictures of Scotland that I have been sent without any note as to where they are.  Last week’s picture brought only one e-mail with a “could it be ….”.   Well I have no idea where they are so replies have to be positive and more than one before I can label the picture.   You can look back at last week’s and most prior newsletters by going to our website at www.vancouverceilidh.org.     Now this week’s photo should bring loads of guesses and maybe even a few definite responses – send me an e-mail – ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org

There were some very good pictures taken at the January 4, 2013 Ceilidh Dance which have been posted on the RSCDS Vancouver Branch Facebook page. If you do not want your picture on that page please contact web@rscdsvancouver.org. The link for the pictures is:


The next Ceilidh Dance will be on Friday, February 22, 2013.  Yes, it is for once the last Friday of the month, is just over one week away and the Branch Demonstration Team are planning a visit and will give a short performance then join everyone else in the Ceilidh dancing.

Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t you say?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over


The Zoomer show is coming to town February 23 and 24th. Would you like to volunteer at our booth for an hour?   Email ccmusic@telus.net for any slot between 10 -5 Saturday, 11-5 Sunday.   There will be a DVD showing our dancing, pamphlets to hand out, and lots of visitors to talk to about our wonderful hobby!

I am also delighted to announce that for the Ceilidh Dance on March 22 we shall be dancing to the music of Gordon Shand and his band who will be in Vancouver for the weekend.

Registration for the Love to Dance workshop and dance is now open. You can register and pay online at www.rscdsvancouver.org You are encouraged to register soon as this event has been oversubscribed in the past few years.

Tickets for the Heather Ball at the Gizeh Temple on March 23 with Gordon Shand and his Band from Scotland are also available online at www.rscdsvancouver.org

Needed: a goodly number of enthusiastic Scottish dancers for Vancouver’s CeltFest parade Sunday March 17th.  Gathering: about 10 am on the Granville bridge/Howe Street.

Needed: Sturdy street shoes, visible tartan, warm clothes (rain resistant!)
Dance: a simple routine of dance steps we can practice while waiting for the 11 am start.

Please email ccmusic@telus.net to indicate your interest. Let’s show those Irish we can muster a good crowd too!


Loch Morlich

The last demonstrations for the 2013 Burns Season are over.   Not that the Branch Team can rest too long as they are dancing at the Ceilidh on February 22 and at the Zoomer Show on both the 23rd and 24th

This afternoon some budding teachers were sitting their first exam on the road to becoming RSCDS qualified teachers.   I am sure they did well and I know you will join me in wishing them all the best in the days to come.   I think there are two more exams this spring.


CeltFest tickets are now on sale -Check out all the festival details at: https://www.celticfestvancouver.com/


A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though: www.aglowmusichouse.com

Hip, hip Hooray subscriptions are over the 400 mark at last.   This newsletter will go out to 402 people in many cities, provinces & countries.   Now my goal is to get to 500!!    Please pass along the website to your friends and maybe they will subscribe – www.vancouverceilidh.org

Note: the Celtic Treasure Chest has some specials. – For the exact hours and more info see www.celtictreasurechest.ca. Just say you read about it in this newsletter.


There is a message from the 2013 Highland Games Committee that they are very much in need of volunteers for a variety of positions.   Please contact Joan at jdrabyk@shaw.ca   if you can help in any way.



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


Here are some quotes to inspire you….)
I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.

near St. Boswell’s

Events happening in February include  the Love to Dance Workshop on February 16, the Ceilidh Dance on Friday the 22nd, the Stave Falls Scottish Night on the 23rd and the Zoomer Show on the 23rd and 24th.   Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
In Honour of Stupid People . . … 
In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods.

On  Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) —
“Do not turn upside down.”      (well…duh, a bit late,  huh!)

On  Sainsbury’s peanuts —
“Warning:  contains nuts.”      (talk about a news  flash)

This year’s TAC Summer School of Scottish Country Dancing will be held in Mount Allison University, New Brunswick. Registration for all levels from beginner to advanced is now open and information can be found at   https://www.tac-rscds.org/



Loch Stack – just a perfect retiral place!


Feb 15 – 17 Aloha Winter Workshop in Hawaii with teacher’s Bruce Herbold, David Newitt and Patti Cobb.   Music will be provided by the band The Humuhumunkunukuapua’a.   Registration deadline — January 15
Feb 16 50th Tartan Ball in the Royal York Hotel, Toronto.   Mark the date; info www.rscdstoronto.org
Feb 16 Love to Dance Scottish Workshop and Tea Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver — check on the website for info and registration forms.   Note that this event SOLD OUT last year so don’t wait.   Call 604-922-6842 for info
Feb 22 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre — class at 7 dance 8 — 11 Admission $10 (students $8) with guest appearance from the Branch Demonstration Team
Feb 23 Stave Falls Scottish Dancers 37th Annual  Scottish Night Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall 12460 Harris Road Doors Open 6:00pm Scottish Dinner 7:00pm  Entertainment 8:30-9:30pm Dancing 9:30-12:00am
Guest Pipe Band: White Spot Pipe Band Tickets $35.00 each
Phone: 604-462-9935
stavefallsdancer@aol.com   (Guests must be 19 years of age or older)
Feb 23 – 24 Zoomer Show in the Vancouver Convention Centre.   The Demonstration Team will perform once each day nut we need volunteers to man the booth.   Please contact Cathrine at ccmusic@telus.net — only 1 hour shift — of course Cathrine wont stop you from volunteering for more shifts!!
Feb 24 —Mar 1 RSCDS Winter School, Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry, Scotland with a wonderful list of teachers and musicians.  A few spots left applications and info  https://www.rscds.org/shop.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=257&category_id=9
Mar 2 Burnaby Dance – 7:30pm;  $20 – Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby
Music: Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra
Mar  9 Bellingham monthly dance
Mar 9 – 16 CelticFest Vancouver 2013 — program guides are on the Street — pick one up to check everything out or go to: https://www.celticfestvancouver.com/schedule-tickets/2013/?utm_source=Copy+of+Email+Created+2013%2F01%2F16%2C+12%3A44+PM&utm_campaign=cfv2013&utm_medium=email
Mar 10 White Rock spring workshop with Maureen Lyon in Sullivan Hall, 6303 152nd Street, Surrey $10Advanced 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
Mar 16 Ceilidh for Cancer with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra and caller Duncan MacKenzie.  7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver  BC
Mar 17 Celtic Parade   
Needed: a goodly number of enthusiastic Scottish dancers for Vancouver’s CeltFest parade Sunday March 17th.  Gathering: about 10 am on the Granville bridge/Howe Street.   Wear: Sturdy street shoes, visible tartan, warm clothes (rain resistant!).   Dance: a simple routine of dance steps we can practice while waiting for the 11 am start.  Please email ccmusic@telus.net to indicate your interest. Let’s show those Irish we can muster a good crowd too!

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

Seattle Branch announces the start of their Challenge Class which are held on the 2nd Friday each month in the upper building, Room 7, Phinney Neighbourhood Association, 4532 Phinney Avenue, North Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Info at www.rscds-seattle.org

Next class March 8, 2013


1. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.— Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

2. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize It.— Ronald Reagan (1986)

3. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.— Will Rogers



Loch Treig

When Insults Had Class
These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

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An eye witness account from New York City , on a cold day in December, some years ago: A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said,   ‘My, but you’re in such deep thought staring in that window!’

‘I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,’ was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.   By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes..

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him.. She patted him on the head and said, ‘No doubt, you will be more comfortable now..’

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her:

‘Are you God’s wife?’

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Loch Torridon

The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, February 22, 2013 and the Branch Demonstration Team will perform. You still have some 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

The following Ceilidh Dance is on March 22 (Easter is the last weekend of March) and there will be a guest band playing – Gordon Shand & his Band who are coming to Vancouver for the weekend.   This will be a treat which you should not miss.

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.


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. Andy is asking everyone to send in their requests so if you have a favourite Scottish tune, song, recitation, band, performer, choir or whatever send an e-mail to andyrossbw@aol.com


Maybole Castle

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 well any time is a great time to do it. 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:
You heard me before,
Yet you hear me again,
Then I die,
‘Till you call me again.

Answer:   An echo

This week:
Three lives have I.
Gentle enough to soothe the skin,
Light enough to caress the sky,
Hard enough to crack rocks.



Moon over Blaven

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, February 22, 2013 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 12 or more and we can give them a discount!!!

We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! What a nice way to celebrate the New Year. It really is good exercise as the ladies from Children’s Hospital found out in September. 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 —

February 22 – with performance by the Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team
March 22 – with live music by Gordon Shand & his Band from Scotland
April 26 – with performance by the Tam O’Shanter Dancers

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.

near Peebles

Observations On Growing Older

~You tend to use more 4 letter words …  ” what?”  ….. “when?”… ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

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 402 subscribers (at long last we are over the 400 mark!) 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.

Girlie Wisdom!

I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers’.

Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like…’You know sometimes I forget to eat!’ Now I’ve forgotten my address, my mother’s maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!


near Kishorn

Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!

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

  I tried to get this in a Valentine font but when I try to insert it all I get is:


Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org