Ceilidh Dance newsletter – 2012/13 #37


Yet another of these pictures of Scotland that I have been sent without any note as to where they are. Well last week’s picture brought some responses so at least I know a few people read the newsletter!   All said it was the Quirang so that is what I have labelled it.   Here is a new one for this week and I just know that all the climbers and ramblers will again be able to tell me where exactly this one was taken. – ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org
You can look back at prior newsletters and see previous mystery pictures etc.by going to our website www.vancouverceilidh.org.


The next Ceilidh Dance is not until September 27, 2013 but there is a Ceilidh night in the Park on Monday, August 5 and there is also a Charity Ceilidh on June 22.   Check out the “Upcoming Events tab on the website – www.vancouverceilidh.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:



SFU’s Tartan Day celebrations featured the launch of the long-awaited “Scots in BC” website with information on how you can add your family history to the site. The website can be accessed at:
https://www.scottish.sfu.ca/scots_in_bc_project It is well worth a visit.



The BC Highland Games is back on Schedule.   The big day in Saturday, June 22 and it will be once again in Percy Peery Stadium, Coquitlam.   A number of key positions have been filled but they still need people  TO STEP FORWARD AND VOLUNTEER


We know you are committed to Greater Vancouver providing a premier Highland Games event and ask that you now step forward. Please contact:
Jim Bain james.e.bain@gmail.com or Glenna Urbshadt gurbshadt@shaw.ca

We also require 50 to 75 volunteers on the day of the games.

We always welcome new Team Members who bring fresh energy to this great event. The core group is dedicated to the Games continuing and invites you to join The BC Highland Games Tartan Parade!

We would appreciate your stepping forward in response to our request and look forward to hearing from you!


20 Pain Cures You Can Find in Your Kitchen

Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries
Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you’re one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today’s painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing’s Michigan State University. Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University. His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.


Auld Country Tours who are a big supporter of our Ceilidh Dances are offering a special promotion:
“We still have space on our Scotland tours that are departing in July of 2013. Any members or participants of the RSCDS can enter the promo code “RSCDS” and I will give them a $500 discount on the tour price when they book. This is good for us as we look to fill our empty spaces on the tours, but this is a very good price for anyone wanting to go too!”
James Johnson [auldcountrytours@gmail.com]



Hawick High Street

The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 27.   Same time, same place, same price, same amount of fun and entertainment.   Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along on September 27 and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. so we can end the season on a high note. Please do your best to spread the word.   There is of course the annual Ceilidh Dance in the Park which is part of the weekly dances held in the summer on Monday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. (weather permitting of course) in Ceperley Park which is near 2nd Beach in Stanley Park.   These dances start on June 10 and continue each Monday (except July 1) until August 12 and there are always dances for audience participation.   Come along, bring the family for a night out in the Park and join in the dancing.   The Ceilidh night is August 5 but it is fun every week.



Registration for Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle Camps in California, Scotland and Spain are now open and filling or already full. Try news@alasdairfraser.com for info.


Hi fellow dancers! Come one come all to the Canada Day Parade at 7 pm on July 1st. Last year we were hugely outnumbered by 50+ Japanese dancers in costume, and 60+ Philippinos, some half naked, dancing to music from enormous amps! We need a BIG and loud Scottish presence! Please contact Cathrine at ccmusic@telus.net or 604-299-6447 to let me know you’re interested. Then I can keep you informed of timing, meeting place etc. and have an idea how many will come. It is truly a really fun experience!

The Parade will take the place of Dancing in the Park this year so you have no excuse.   Come and join us in the Parade and let us make a great showing and be proud of our heritage, pastime.   Bring the family, join in the fun.

Also needed: a loan of a flat-deck truck (and driver), or a pickup truck (to carry bigger sound equipment) . Anyone out there who can help us out? Contact Cathrine (as above)

June 22nd is the Highland Games in Coquitlam and the RSCDS will have a tent with a TV, pamphlets etc. We need volunteers to spend one hour each at the tent from 12-5. Can you help? Please contact Cathrine at ccmusic@telus.net or 604-299-6447. Fine weather is 95% guaranteed!!!


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


Fantastic – subscriptions are over the 400 mark at last. This newsletter will go out to 422 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 decided not to close the White Rock store.   Instead it will become a British Pasty & Bridie Take Out Shop.    This will give everyone an alternative to fish and chips at the beach.   In the meantime phone for opening hours and sales information.   They are also looking for staff for the three stores.   If interested call one of the stores –
Vancouver 604-261-3688;  Delta 604-940-5366;  White Rock 604-538-2277



That was another fun dance last night.   Maureen Lyon put together an interesting programme of dances which everyone enjoyed even if there were a few mistakes.   The tartan Players had some super sets of tunes and all in all it was a very enjoyable evening.   We were also fed extremely well at the end and a few folk managed to come to the afyer party as well though it was quiet and peaceful after all the hard work put in by the White Rock members getting all the decorations up as well as the chairs and tables and of course there was all the food and drink to organize as well.   A huge thanks to Maureen, and all the WRSCDC.   Next year they will be celebrating a significant anniversary so make sure you get tickets as soon as they become available as I am sure it will be a splendiferous occasion.

I am a bit stiff and sore not to mention suntanned as I have been out in the garden almost every day.   I tried to till some of it, which is hard work with all the roots, and weed as I went along.   I have filled 6 large cans to be picked up tomorrow.   While the garbage men don’t have to pick up the regular cans as the trucks lift them automatically, they still have to dump the other cans into the new special cans so they can be dumped.   I already have two extra large “green” cans and maybe should get another two as we often have to use the old cans as well.   I have moved almost a yard of soil back into the garden so that, temporarily at least, the part of the garden I have done looks very good.   Of course when we get back home there will be weeds everywhere and we will have to start again.

My “to do” list is not getting shorter so I better get down to crossing things off in the next day or two.   As mentioned I will have to miss out a few weeks of newsletters soon so don’t be worried if you don’t get your usual e-mail on a Monday morning.   This will be the last one then they will resume again in June.

My son Ian is joining the cycle to Seattle Fund Raiser for Cancer again.   You can check on his progress and, if you so wish, help him reach his huge goal of $15,000 at




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


First Guy (proudly):  “My wife’s an angel!”
Second Guy:    “You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.”

busy crossing in Edinburgh

Events happening soon include the Special Burnaby and Vancouver classes.
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.


What it means to be A British Columbian – We love it here and wouldn’t change it for anything

1.. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.

2. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark – while only working eight-hour days.

3. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.


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/

In case you hadn’t thought of taking a vacation “down east” in New Brunswick – think about it. Teachers’ Assoc. of Canada Summer School is for all levels of dancer – they will have classes to suit all abilities. You will have wonderful teachers and musicians….some elective classes, including different dance forms..…there are evening dances / Banquet and Ball / Ceilidh and optional tours during the week and at the end of the week for a few days…. Dancers will be there from around the globe – what a wonderful experience….seize the day if you have time and resources to do this….you won’t regret it!


The first Games of the season are held in Rouken Glen


May  6 Vancouver Branch Spring special classes
May  6 Burnaby Spring session, Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway, Burnaby
May 11 Bellingham monthly dance
May 13 Vancouver Branch Spring special classes
May 13 Burnaby Spring session, Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway, Burnaby
May 17 — 19 Winnipeg Branch RSCDS is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a workshop and dance.   Teachers are Robin Lynch and Simon Scott with music by Scotch Measure.   All info and registration form at  www.rscdswinnipeg.ca
May 18 Seattle Branch RSCDS celebrates its 35th anniversary with The Emerald Ball with music by Calum MacKinnon, Vienna Scheyer, Shauna Pickett-Gordon and Nancy Katz.   The Ball will be held at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street, Seattle.   Tickets are $50 USD until May 11 then they are $55 USD   Information and tickets from Elizabeth at 3martlet@gmail.com or see website:  www.rscds-seattle.org
May 20 Vancouver Branch Spring special classes
May 26 Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance, Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley at 2 p.m.   Music by the Tartan Players
Jun  3 Vancouver Spring Party
Jun 7-9 Midwest Scottish Weekend, Beloit, Wisconsin.  Info at  https://sites.google.com/site/midwestscottishweekend/
Jun  8 Inverglen Scottish Dancers present — Failte Abhail — Welcome Home.
The dancers will present their annual recital  at 2 p.m. and it will include Highland, Scottish Country Dancing and a visit from the Welsh Griffins, a few Scottish Golfers and 6 Shetland Ponies.   Piping will be by Kevin Watsyk.
Adults: $14.00   Seniors and Children under 12 – $10.00 – Raffle Prizes and Door Prizes to be won!
Magee Secondary Theatre — 6360 Maple Street, Vancouver.   We hope to see you out to support our up and coming young dancers.   For more information: www.inverglenscottishdancers.com
Jun 10 Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by Deep Cove.
Jun 17 Official opening of Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with the Vancouver Police Pipe Band and the Branch Demonstration Team and lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by the Branch.
Jun 22 BC Highland Games, Coquitlam, Percy Peery Stadium
Jun 22 Friday Harbor Puget Sound Crossroads Dance
Jun 22 Ceilidh for the BC Lung Association with music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra and called by Duncan MacKenzie.  7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.   Tickets $20 –  Silent Auction; 50/50 drawcash bar; door prizes.  Information from Ruth at ruthlessfitness@telus.net  All Proceeds go to: The Lung Association Bicycle Trek 2013  For Life and Breath
Jun 24 Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by Fort Langley
July 1 Canada Day Parade – we are joining the parade instead of dancing in the park so PLEASE come and join us.


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 May 10, 2013




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To All Fellow Scottish Country Dancers


 The BC Highland Games this year will take place at the Percy Perry stadium in Coquitlam on June 22nd https://www.bchighlandgames.com/.

You are invited to dance in the mass Scottish Country Dance ‘DANCE SCOTTISH’ performance.

Rehearsals led by Mary Murray will be held on the three Wednesdays prior to the Games (June 5th, 12th and 19th)  7:30pm – 9:00pm at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Dances for the performance will consist of very basic steps and formations and therefore suitable for dancers of all levels.

Please reply by return, or if you have any questions give me a call at 604-464-8103 or jeedwag@shaw.ca .

Participation gives you a discounted entry fee to the games.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Jean Wagstaff

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Ben Hope

The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 27, 2013 with live music by Calanaish. You have lots of 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.   However there will be Dancing in the Park starting on Monday, June 10 where there are always dances for audience participation.   The dances are held every Monday evening (weather permitting and with the exception of July 1) in Ceperley Park which is near 2nd Beach in Stanley Park.   Bring the family it is lots of fun.   Check the calendar of events for who is hosting.

Wet weather call (604-922-6842) will be at 5:00pm   (If Caruths are away, wet weather call will be done in conjunction with Gill Beattie  – 604-224-6751)


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.

Greenock from Kilmacolm Road

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


Blackfriars, St. Andrews

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:

As I went over London Bridge
I met my sister Jenny
I broke her neck and drank her blood
And left her standing empty

Answer:   A bottle of Gin

This week:

Whoever makes it, tells it not.
Whoever takes it, knows it not.
Whoever knows it, wants it not



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 not be held until Friday, September 27, 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!!! This is the last regular Ceilidh Dance of the 2012/13 season and it would be great if we could end with a really big crowd.

We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $10 ($8 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

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.

Thanks to good attendances the finances for the 2012/13 season will still allow the cost to be 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 27
October 25
November 30

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.

Coates Memorial Church, Paisley (the thread magnate)






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 422 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 but there will be a 5 week break starting May 11.


Clark memorial Church, Largs (another of the thread magnates and this was my mother’s childhood church.)

The Window Through Which We Look

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.  The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside.   ‘That laundry is not very clean,’ she said.   ‘She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.’

Her husband looked on, but remained  silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

‘Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.’

The husband said, ‘I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows

And so it is with life.  What we see when watching others  depends on the window through which we look.

Rannoch Moor – the dance was on White Rock’s programme

Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!   And, starting on June 10, you can enjoy dancing once a week outdoors in Stanley Park.

See Coming Events on the website for info – www.vancouverceilidh.org


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

Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org