Ceilidh Dance newsletter – 2012/13 #40 – Last newsletter until the end of August.




No dancing in the Park tomorrow night!!!


Hello fellow Scottish Country Dancers!  Here are the details of our Canada Day parade participation:

We are entry #54. (out of 60)  Our assembly point is 1300 block of Alberni Street, 6 pm, Monday July 1st!  Please wear visible tartan — as bright as possible!  and comfortable shoes. It looks like perfect weather! It starts at 7 pm, and we should be finished about 8:30.  It’s 1.2 km, but we won’t start right at 7, since we’re so far back.  It will probably take us about 30 minutes to do the route. 

If you have signed up, or are able  now to join us,  thank you so much for your participation. 


Too bad that last Monday evening’s dancing at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park had to be cancelled.    It will be the Glenayre club’s turn to host on Monday July 8.   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 not even one response so I will leave this one for the summer!   It 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.



An 8-year-old girl went to her grandfather, who was working in the yard and asked him, “Grampa, what is a couple sex?

The grandfather was surprised that she would ask such a question, but decided that if she’s old enough to know to ask the question then she’s old enough to get a straight answer. 

Steeling himself to leave nothing out, he proceeded to tell her all about human reproduction and the joys and responsibilities that go along with it.
When he finished explaining, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth hanging open, eyes wide in amazement.

Seeing the look on her face, the grandfather asked her, “Why did you ask this question, honey?

The little girl replied, “Well, Grandma says to tell you that dinner will be ready in just a couple secs.


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




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.




Well Andy is still in so I will leave this one for another week for good luck.


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+ Filipinos, some half naked, dancing to music from enormous amps! We need a BIG and loud Scottish presence! See start of newsletter for all information.  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.


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 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 exhausted, stiff and sore after two very long days in the garden where we pruned, weeded, dug over, spread soil, planted plants, etc., etc.    We think it looks good but there is still a lot to do.   I am scratched, bitten and weak but we will rest for a day or two.   Our family arrive this evening – 4 from Hong Kong and 3 from Los Angeles so there will be lots of unpacking etc.   Then the trampoline needs to be put up and while I have cleaned the hot tub I have not filled it yet.   I registered 4 grandchildren for many activities down at the Crescent Beach Swimming Club including tennis, sailing, beach volleyball, water polo and, of course, swimming.   They will be kept busy for the next two months!   No doubt we will be bust too walking up and down the hill to the club.   Classes start tomorrow so they are right into it.

This will be the last full newsletter for the season.   If there is a need for some emergency news to be distributed (such as if inclement weather forces the cancellation of dancing in the park) I will send a short notice out.  

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.   Still no one has answered the questions (well one person told me where Glenborrowdale is but not who lives there) 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.  A small hint – many of you have danced to his music either live or on a CD.


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




Events happening soon include the Canada Day parade then Dancing in the Park one week tomorrow – July 8 – (weather permitting) – Ceperley Park in Stanley Park at 7 p.m. with the Glenayre club as our hosts.   There will be lots of audience participation in the programme as well.   NOTE that there is no dancing tomorrow night, 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 have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

2. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 5, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.

3. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 10, but keep your socks on.


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!

Ardvreck Castle


July 1 Canada Day Parade
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 13 Wenatchee Summer Assembly — a Garden Dinner & Dance Party.  4:30 p.m. at the home of Bill Wicheta, 841 Red Apple Road, Winatchee (509-662-9067).  Wear tennis shoes to dance on the lawn and bring a potluck dish to add to the feast.   Info from Lesley — 509-663-3743 or lesleya@nwi.net .  Programme etc. at www.rscds-seattle.org
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
Sep 6 – 8 Fort Worden Weekend — RSCDS Seattle Branch Annual Weekend Workshop with teachers Barbara Johnston, Elinor Vandegrift, Andrew Smith and Fred Demarse.   Music by Waverley Station (David Knight, fiddle; Liz Donaldson (piano) and Ralph Gordon (cell/bass).  All info at www.rscds-seattle.org
Sep 9 – 13 Most classes will resume this week — please check list at www.rscdsvancouver.org for contact numbers, level, day, time and location of each class.
Sep 27 First monthly Ceilidh Dance of the season at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.   Class at 7 p.m. and dance following from 8 — 11 p.m. and all for the fantastic price of $10 (students $8) — info 604-536-9481


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

Seattle Branch  Info at www.rscds-seattle.org


Beinn Eighe


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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!!   They raised over $8,000 – well done.

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Buckie Mill House (for Alex)

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.


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



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:

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.

Answer:  Lightning

This week:

You saw me where I never was and where I could not be. And yet within that very place, my face you often see. What am I?


Cuillins frim Roag

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.






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.



If it’s true that we are here to help others,  then what exactly are the others here for?

A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
Groucho Marx



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

Next newsletter – end of August

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

Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org