Ceilidh Dance newsletter – 2012/13 #38

Tomorrow evening at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park it is the “official opening” of Dancing in the Psrk for 2013.   The Vancouver Police Pipe Band will play to start the evnt off at 7 p.m. and will include in their programme “Nelson Mandela’s Welcome to Glasgow” which is very timely.   The Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team will also perform and there will be many dances for audience participation so please plan to come along.   Hope fully the weather will be fine – 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)

Also this Saturday, June 22, it is the BC Highland Games to be held —- (don’t even mention that word) or shine in Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam.   See bchighlandgames.com for all information but there will be loads of Scottish events and food as well as whisky tasting. haggis hunting, children’s events. caber tossing, Highland and Scottish Country dancing and of course Pipe bands including former world chamipons Simon Fraser Pipe Band.   Come on out for a great day.


Yet another of these pictures of Scotland that I have been sent without any note as to where they are. Well the last picture brought no responses so I am trying another one as you have had enough time to think about it! – 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 is next Saturday, June 22 and it will be once again in Percy Perry 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


20 Pain Cures You Can Find in Your Kitchen

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Auld Country Tours are a big supporter of our Ceilidh Dances
James Johnson [auldcountrytours@gmail.com]



Bonar Bridge

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.


Caoplie Caves, Fife

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 424 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 closed the White Rock store.  For information on specials etc. call one of the stores –
Vancouver 604-261-3688; Delta 604-940-5366



You may have noticed that I was away – well maybe not but there have not been any newsletters  since #37 on May 5.   We have had a wonderful holiday visiting family in Surrey, UK, a quick sad trip up to Ayr for the funeral of my brother-in-law who died suddenly, a fantastic cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburgh though the canals, rivers and lakes, a planned (but short) trip to Scotland then a few more days with family in Ham, Surrey.

We enjoyed every minute of our time away – well the plane rides were a bit tiresome but necessary.   It is having to get to the airport so early then sitting around waiting, then sitting on the plane, then immigration/customs and waiting for bags it all takes too long and it really means every time you fly that day is lost.   We flew British Air for the whole trip (except for the emergency flight via Easy Jet to Glasgow for which we had to travel forever across London to Luton Airport) and they were very good with planes being on time and service good.

It was super to see family again.  Our two English grand daughters are growing up so fast.  They are 7 and 5 now and we got to see the at their school, at their dance and swimming  classes etc.   Of course we got to play with them and let them read stories to us and we also got to talk with their parents to catch up with the latest news etc.   We also got time to visit our respective sisters in Scotland and Margaret’s brother as well.   We started of with a night in Kilbarchan then I drove via Inverary to Ardfern then after lunch with the Anderson’s we drove on up to Arisaig for 2 nights before returning to Kilbarchan with a trip to Doonfoot and Glasgow.

I did take the following picture: – can’t get it to download!   It is a picture of a place name – “Glenborrowdale” – now who can tell me where it is and who lives there?   We did not have time to see if he was in so we did not have any tea and scones although the trip was started in an attempt to find some tea and chocolate cake which was unsuccessful.

My son Ian completed the cycle to Seattle Fund Raiser for Cancer again today. A big thank you to all who helped him raise money for this great cause.   You can read about his trip at




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



Events happening soon include Dancing in the Park tomorrow evening – Ceperley Park in Stanley Park at 7 p.m. with the Vancouver Police Pipe Band playing “Nelson Mandela’s Welcome to Glasgow” among other pieces and the Demonstration Team performing.   There will be lots of audience participation in the programme as well.  

Then there is the Highland Games on Saturday, June 22 at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam – bchighlandgames.com

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 are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”

2. You cannot wait for a day with “showers and sunny breaks”.

3. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.


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


Jun 17 Official opening of Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with Pipe Band and Demonstration Team and lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by the Branch.
Jun 22 BC Highland Games, Coquitlam, Percy Perry 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 22 Stave Falls Scottish Dancers present “Bagpipes on Main Street” in the Clarke Theatre, Mission at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets prices $15 (children $10) call 604-462-9935
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 – see separate article earlier in newsletter.   Note there will be no dancing in the Park this week so you can all come to the Parade.


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

Seattle Branch  Info at www.rscds-seattle.org


Findochty Harbour


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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.

The final rehearsals led by Mary Murray will be held on Wednesday, June 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.   You still have a chance to come and join in the fun so I hope to see many more of you this Wednesday.

Participation gives you a discounted entry fee to the games.

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Geldie Lodge with Cam Cloich-mhuilin

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.

Glasgow Art Gallery in Kelvingrove

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


Elgin Cathedral

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


Helensburgh – Colquhoun Square

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

Other announcements etc:

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

Irish maths test
Paddy wants a job, but the foreman won’t hire him until he passes a little maths test.

Here is your first question, the foreman said. “Without using numbers, represent the number 9.”

“Without numbers?” Paddy says? “Dat’s easy.” And proceeds to draw three trees.

“What’s this?” the boss asks.

“Have you no brain? Tree and tree plus tree makes 9” says Paddy.

“Fair enough,” says the boss. “Here’s your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99.”

Paddy stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree… “Ere ye go.”

The boss scratches his head and says, “How on earth do you get that to represent 99?”

“Each of them trees is dirty now. So, it’s dirty tree, and dirty tree, plus dirty tree. Dat makes 99.”

The boss is getting worried that he’s going to actually have to hire Paddy, so he says, “All right, last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100.”

Paddy stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, “Ere ye go. One hundred.”

The boss looks at the attempt. “You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!”

Paddy leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and whispers, “A little dog came along and pooped by each tree.

So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd, which makes ONE HUNDRED!”

Paddy is the new supervisor.


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.

There is a very special fund raising Ceilidh Dance this Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre with all proceeds going to the BC Lung Accociation.   Admsiion is $20 and music will be by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra while I will be calling the dances.

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.







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 424 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.


Jedburgh Abbey

If your father is a poor man, it is your fate but,
if your father-in-law is a poor man, it’s your stupidity.

Practice makes perfect…..
But nobody’s perfect….. .
so why practice?




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