Ceilidh Dance newsletter – 2012/13 #39

It is time that you all signed up to be part of the Scottish Country Dance Community in the Vancouver Canada Day Parade.   Cathrine would be very delighted to hear from you — ccmusic@telus.net or 604-299-6447.   The parade is on Monday evening so will take the place of Dancing in the Park so there is no excuse.   Please come along.   There will be some dancing but we also need people to carry the banners and flags and others just to walk along to make our group look bigger!!   It will be a great advertisement so please come along and support this wonderful activity.

Tomorrow evening at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park it is the Fort Langley clubs turn to host so Rebecca will be the MC.   There are 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)


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 just one response so either they are very difficult or you can’t be bothered sending me an e-mail or no one is reading the newsletters!!    Anyway the guess was correct as, for once, I actually recognize the scene.  It was a picture of the Isle of Eigg taken from somewhere near Arisaig (not by me!).

I am trying another one and this week’s looks a windy place and I am not sure if it is tidal or maybe a fresh water loch?    Send your guesses to 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 of course every Monday at the Park (except July 1) there are always many dances for audience participation.   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.


What a fun and very enjoyable BC Highland Games was held on Saturday in Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam.    The Committee headed by Jim & Glenna really worked hard to put on a super show and IT WAS DRY!!!   Very difficult to guage the size of the crowd as the event is on such large grounds with each section drawing its own audience and leaving the grandstand less than half full.   I do think there were more than last year though.   Congratulations everyone on a job very well done.

If you have any comments or suggestions (or maybe want to volunteer for the 2014 Games) please contact:
Jim Bain james.e.bain@gmail.com or Glenna Urbshadt gurbshadt@shaw.ca



A group of friends from the Cottonwood Baptist Church wanted to get together on a regular basis, socialize, and play games. The lady of the house was to prepare the meal.   When it came time for Al and Janet to be the hosts, Janet wanted to outdo all the others. She decided to have mushroom-smothered steak. But mushrooms are expensive. She then told her husband, “No mushrooms. They are too high.”    He said, “Why don’t you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? There are plenty in the creek bed.”    She said, “No, some wild mushrooms are poison.”

He said, “Well, I see varmints eating them and they’re OK.” So Janet decided to give it a try.. She picked a bunch, washed, sliced, and diced them for her smothered steak.   Then she went out on the back porch and gave Ol’ Spot (the yard dog) a double handful. Ol’ Spot ate every bite. All morning long, Janet watched Ol’ Spot and the wild mushrooms didn’t seem to affect him, so she decided to use them.

The meal was a great success, and Janet even hired a helper lady from town to help her serve. After everyone had finished, they relaxed, socialized, and played ’42’ and dominoes. About then, the helper lady came in and whispered in Janet’s ear.

She said, “Mrs. Williams, Ol’ Spot is dead.”      Janet went into hysterics.
After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened.

The doctor said, “That’s bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will call for an ambulance and I will be there as quickly as possible. We’ll give everyone enemas and we will pump out everyone’s stomach. Everything will be fine. Just keep them calm”

Soon they could hear the siren as the ambulance was coming down the road.   The EMTs and the doctor had their suitcases, syringes, and a stomach pump.  One by one, they took each person into the bathroom, gave them an enema, and pumped out their stomach.

After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, “I think everything will be fine now,” and he left. They were all looking pretty weak sitting around the living room and about this time the helper lady came in and whispered to Janet, “You know, that fellow that run over Ol’ Spot never even stopped.”


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



Suilven area

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.




it is time for Wimbledon


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)


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



Well I am late again!!    It was a very busy week and I was out every night and busy every day.   Monday night for the “official opening” of Dancing in the Park with a great performance by the Vancouver Police Pipe Band as well as super dancing by the Demonstration Team which included a surprise dance live to the Pipe Band who played Nelson Mandela’s Welcome to Glasgow.   There was a good turn out and a pleasant evening with lots of fun dances.   Tuesday night I was out in Fort Langley enjoying Rebecca teaching a group of us some of the dances she will be teaching at Summer School in St. Andrew’s and then Wednesday after the dentist and some work at the office it was practising for the Massed Dancing at the Highland Games where I filled in for some missing people.

Thursday was the Dem Team’s final practice for The Games so it was quite intense then at the end we had a short run through of dances we would be doing on Friday.   Friday afternoon we had an hour’s dem in a seniors home in Vancouver then I had a nap at Gerry’s before we gathered at another senior’s home in Burnaby for a 2 hour “pub”night along with some members of the Tartan Players.

Saturday I along with 6 others worked at the South gate at the Games from 7:15 to 10:00, did a few other chores, danced with the Dem Team at 2:10 (they looked fabulous!), wandered around a bit then came home to shower, change into my other kilt and off to pick Davine up so she could be at the sound check by 6:45 then a fun Ceilidh followed with all proceeds going to the BC Lung Association.   Not sure how many were in attendance but I did get a goodly number up to dance and have fun and just maybe got some people to come down to the park, and/or come to a Ceilidh Dance and/or come to class.   Back home by 1 a.m. – a very long day!

Sunday up to go and watch grandson #2 playing field hockey – he is 13 but has been selected to play for the BC under 16 #2 team and will be going to Brampton Ontario for the Canadian Provincial Championships – obviously following in his great grandfather’s footsteps.   In the late afternoon we took our 100 year old friend to see The Great Gatsby which was Margaret’s book club read this month and last night I had to get the financial statements done for the United Scottish Cultural Centre as there is a meeting on Wednesday so that or these are my excuses!!

Sunset – Sanna, Glenborrowdale

I still have not had time to find out how to reduce the size of the photo I took but here is another one of the same area.    Now no one had the answer so 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.


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


Melville Castle (for Pat)

Let us hope it clears up for Monday night Dancing in the Park

Events happening soon include Dancing in the Park tonight (weather permitting) – Ceperley Park in Stanley Park at 7 p.m. with Rebecca and the Fort Langley club as our hosts.   There will be lots of audience participation in the programme as well.   NOTE that there is no dancing next Monday, July 1 so come and join the Canada Day parade.

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 know that Dawson Creek is a town, not a TV show.

2. You can point to at least two ski mountains, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

3. You notice “the mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.


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!

 Dunfermline City Chambers


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 come and join us while we march and dance our way through Vancouver city centre – call Cathrine for info – 604 -299-6447 or ccmusic@telus.net
July 8 Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by Glenayre.
Jul 15 Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra and with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by Burnaby.
Jul 22 Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by Delta Borderers.
Jul 28— Aug 4 TAC Summer School for all levels from real beginner to super duper advanced at Mount Allison University, NB — All info and registration forms at  www.tac-rscds.org   Some grants available — check it out.
Jul 29 Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week is Friends and Family night.
Aug 05 Ceilidh Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by the Ceilidh folk.
Aug 12 Dancing in the Park, Ceperley Picnic area, Stanley Park 7 p.m. with lots of dances for audience participation.   This week hosted by Gleneagles.
Aug23— Dancing in Prague with Ron Wallace and Muriel Johnstone.   A wonderful workshop and tour with dancing on wooden floors.   Information at www.dvorana.cz/
Aug 31 3rd Annual Fall Frolic hosted by the West End Club in the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver with music by Lisa Scott & Leslie Hirsch  – 7:30 — 11:00 p.m. admission – $15 — free parking available — programme at www.rscdsvancouver.org


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

Seattle Branch  Info at www.rscds-seattle.org


North Queensferry


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Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun.   Just ask anyone who came along to the Fund raising Ceilidh Dance for the BC Lung Association!!

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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.

Summer in Scotland!!  view from South Ballachulish

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


Summer Isles

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

Answer:   Counterfeit money

This week:

I am, in truth, a yellow fork
From tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropped
The awful cutlery.
Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The apparatus of the dark
To ignorance revealed.



Tain festival

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

Other announcements etc:

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

A mother is driving her little girl to her friend’s house for a play date.  ‘ Mommy ,’ the little girl asks,  ‘How old are you?’

‘Honey, you are not supposed to ask a lady her age, ‘the mother replied. ‘It’s not polite.’

‘OK’, the little girl says, ‘How much do you weigh?’

‘Now really,’ the mother says,  ‘those are personal questions and are really none of your business.’

Undaunted, the little girl asks, ‘Why did you and Daddy get a divorce?’

‘That’s enough questions, young lady! Honestly!’    The exasperated mother walks away as the two friends begin to play.

‘My Mom won’t tell me anything about her,’ the little girl says to her friend. 

‘Well,’ says the friend, ‘all you need to do is look at her driver’s license.  It’s like a report card, it has everything on it.’

Later that night the little girl says to her mother, ‘I know how old you are. You are 32.’

The mother is surprised and asks, ‘How did you find that out?

‘I also know that you weigh 130 pounds.’  The mother is past surprised and shocked now.   ‘How in Heaven’s name did you find that out?’

‘And,’ the little girl says triumphantly, ‘I know why you and daddy got a divorce.’

‘Oh Really?’ The Mother Asks. ‘Why?’

‘Because You Got an F In Sex”


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.

Tantallon Castle





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.



I always arrive late at the office but I make up for it by leaving early.
Charles Lamb.

Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.
Dick Van Dyke



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