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New Dance Competition for Book 49
Have you written a dance? Do you fancy trying your hand at writing a dance? The Vancouver Branch has been invited to submit one (1) dance into the world-wide competition for dances to be published by the RSCDS in Book 49.
If you wish to submit a dance into the competition it must be emailed to Book49@rscdsvancouver.org not later than December 10, 2013. To enter the competition you must be a member of the Vancouver Branch. A Vancouver Branch jury will review the submissions and submit the winning dance to headquarters in Scotland. Submissions must never previously have been published in electronic or paper form or submitted for Books 47/48. They should follow RSCDS terminology as closely as possible. Devisors may make only one submission.
Full instructions and guidelines can be found at www.rscdsvancouver.org We hope to have a lovely lot of dances from which to choose THE Vancouver Branch Submission. If you have any concerns or questions do not hesitate to contact Fran Caruth at email@example.com
Good luck — We could get some great dances out of this!
Fran Caruth, On behalf of the Branch
My wife and I walked past a swanky new restaurant last night.
“Did you smell that food?” she asked. “Incredible!”
Being the nice guy I am, I thought, “What the heck, I’ll treat her!”
So we walked past it again.
A week of mixed weather which was mainly dry although you would not have known that down here by the sea. We had early morning mist, late morning mist and all day and night mist all of which left the ground very damp. Yesterday we went to watch a grandson playing soccer and at times could not see the length of the pitch! I want to spray our pathway and our shed roof with a moss remover but the instructions ask that the area be dry and no rain forecast for 12 hours. Do you think I will get it done this year?
WHERE IS IT?
Yet another of these pictures of Scotland that I have been sent without any note as to where they are. Last week’s picture brought no guesses. It is such a striking view and I am sure one of you has been there, maybe even taken a photo so I will give it another week and see if it will bring at least one guess. Send your guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org You can look back at prior newsletters and see previous mystery pictures etc.by going to our website www.vancouverceilidh.org. llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, October 25, 2013 so it is time to call all your friends and bring them along to the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance following from 8 – 11 p.m. with the live music of Calanais. Admission at the door is only $10 (students etc. $8). No partner or experience necessary – just bring your smiles and I would suggest flat, comfy shoes. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
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 email@example.com. The link for the pictures is: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316825198419573.56421.149674745134620&type=3
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. hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Some fun and interesting sites:
These are genuine answers from some of our 16 year olds…………and they WILL breed.
Q.. What happens to your body as you age?
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental
Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery
Auld Country Tours are a big supporter of our Ceilidh Dances James Johnson [firstname.lastname@example.org] “““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““
Falls of Arbirlot
The next Ceilidh Dance will be held THIS Friday – i.e. Friday, October 25. 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 and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. We need to improve the attendance to make the dances financially viable. Please do your best to spread the word. Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.
First snowfall – Loch Duich & Glenelg
To avoid tears while cutting onions:
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 427 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
The new mailing system comes with some interesting reports. I can see who opens the newsletter and who doesn’t and how many reach different countries round the world. You would be surprised that no newsletter goes to Myanmar but 1 goes to India, 5 to Hong Kong and 6 to Japan. Just over 50% (last week’s newsletter was 56.9%) open the e-mail so I will have to do a study to see if most of those who do not open the e-mail each week don’t open it any week.
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 www.celtictreasurechest.ca. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
An online contact for dance and marching shoes (ghillies, pumps, brogues, etc.) is Bruce Griffith at www.avriel.com
Many enjoyable dances at the Gleneagles Fall Dance last night including quite a few that will be on the Ball programme in December. There was a pretty good attendance too. It was in a nice church hall with lots of room – maybe too much as our lines kept moving closer together even though we had court lines to help keep us in place! It was good to see Stuart there – maybe not dancing but definitely smiling.
We got home late and it was well after 1 a.m. before we were in bed and were up to take in the White Rock workshop taught by Maureen Lyon this morning. There were 28 dancers for the advanced class at 9:30 – well I say dancers but I was having trouble getting my feet and legs moving. I only have 5 nights to dance this week before they will get a rest. As always Maureen gave a very good class with some fun and interesting dances. There were 32 dancers for the afternoon session which is great – I did not stay as I had work to do and this newsletter to prepare.
First snow on the Cairngorms
There will be a mini workshop entitled “An introduction to Ladies Step Dance” on November 2. This workshop is for dancers new to “soft shoe” step dance and also something new for returning dancers. Scottish step dance experience NOT required but some dancing in the past essential e.g. Scottish Country, Highland, Irish, ballet, contemporary. This will be an active afternoon for dancers interested in different steps, different music and lots of fun. See Upcoming Events for more details and contact info.
Events happening in the immediate future include the Ceilidh Dance on the 25th and the Bellingham Ball on October 26 – see website www.rscdsvancouver.org for date, time and location.
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
Autumn colours – Princess Street Gardens
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COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
|Oct 23||2nd class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver — 7:30 p.m.|
|Oct 25||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|
|Oct 26||Bellingham Masquerade Ball in the Majestic Ballroom with music by Calum MacKinnon, Ryan McKasson, Andy Imbrie and Ginny Snowe. All info from Mary at 360-933-1779 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oct 26||Irish Wakers are performing at the White Rock Elks Club, 1469 George Street, $15 — doors 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. call 604-538-6765 for tickets and information|
|Oct 30||3rd class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver — 7:30 p.m.|
|Nov 1 – 3||RSCDS San Francisco Branch Annual Asilomar Weekend Workshop & Ball. All info at www.rscds-sf.org/|
|Nov 2||Introduction to ladies Step Dance — a workshop taught by Mary Murray with live music. Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver from 1 — 4 p.m. $15 includes tea and coffee. Register now as space is limited — email@example.com or call 604-922-6842|
|Nov 6||4th class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver — 7:30 p.m.|
|Nov 11||Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC this year hosted by the Demonstration Team.|
|Nov 12||5th class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver (near corner of Upper Levels and Taylor Way) — 7:00 p.m.|
|Nov 16||Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra Concert
Welcome Everyone to an Evening of Scottish Music and Dance, 7:30 pm Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont , North Vancouver with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra, Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team, De Danaan Irish Dancers, Ceilidh dancing and more… Tickets $15, Doors open at 7 pm. Come early!
|Nov 16||Concert with KiÃ©rah on Fiddleand Adam Dobres on guitar 8 p.m. in the Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnstone Road, White Rock. Tickets $24 604-538-9271; information at www.irishmadness.com|
|Nov 20||6th class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver — 7:30 p.m.|
|Nov 26||Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance|
|Nov 26||Last class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver (near corner of Upper Levels and Taylor Way) — 7:00 p.m.|
|Nov 29||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|
|Nov 30||Delta Borderers’ Dance|
|Nov 30||St. Andrew’s Ball in the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver from 6 — 11 p.m. with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra. Tickets $99 (30 & under $75) — info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance classes 7:30 at Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street Vancouver on Wednesdays, October 16, 23 & 30, November 6 & 20 and 7:00 at Wescott Elementary, West Vancouver on Tuesdays, November 12 & 26. $6 drop in
The calendar of events is always being updated so you should check it out from time to time on our website at www.vancouverceilidh.org
Several days ago as I left a meeting at our church, I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. Suddenly I realized, I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My wife, Margaret, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. Her theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty.
I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the pick-up, and that it had been stolen. Then I made the most difficult call of all, “Honey,” I stammered. (I always call her “Honey” in times like these.) “I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen.”
There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Margaret’s voice. “Duncan” she barked, “I dropped you off!”
Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.” Margaret retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car!”
Subject: Why Jewish Daughters Need Therapy
Jewish Mother: “Hello?”
Daughter: “Hi Mom. Can I leave the kids with you tonight?
Jewish Mother: “You’re going out?”
Jewish Mother: “With whom?”
Daughter: “With a friend”
Jewish Mother: “I don’t know why you left your husband. He is such a good man.”
Daughter: “I didn’t leave him. He left me! ”
Jewish Mother: “You let him leave you, and now you go out with anybodies and nobodies.”
Daughter: “I do not go out with anybody. Can I bring over the kids? ”
Jewish Mother: “I never left you to go out with anybody except your father.”
Daughter: “There are lots of things that you did, and I don’t.”
Jewish Mother: “What are you hinting at? ”
Daughter: “Nothing, I just want to know if I can bring the kids over tonight.”
Jewish Mother: “You’re going to stay the night with him? What will your husband say if he finds out?”
Daughter: “My EX husband. I don’t think he would be bothered. From the day he left me, he probably never slept alone!”
Jewish Mother: “So you’re going to sleep over at this loser’s place?”
Daughter: “He’s not a loser.”
Jewish Mother: “A man who goes out with a divorced woman with children is a loser and a parasite.”
Daughter: “I don’t want to argue. Should I bring over the kids or not? ”
Jewish Mother: “Poor children with such a mother.”
Daughter: “Such a what?”
Jewish Mother: “With no stability. No wonder your husband left you.”
Daughter: “ENOUGH!!! ”
Jewish Mother “Don’t scream at me. You probably scream at this loser too! ”
Daughter: “Now you’re worried about the loser? ”
Jewish Mother: “Ah, so you see he is a loser. I spotted him immediately.”
Daughter: “Goodbye, mother.”
Jewish Mother: “Wait! Don’t hang up! When are you bringing them over ?
Daughter: “I’m not bringing them over! I’m not going out!”
Jewish Mother: “If you never go out, how do expect to meet anyone?
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun. Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes.
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The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday – October 25, 2013 with live music by Calanaish. You still have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms
The 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.
Falls of Braan
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 email@example.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 GIVE IT A GO! 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 learn the basics 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 is also a Branch in 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
Riddles (answer next week)
last one: I can be long, or I can be short.
I can be grown, and I can be bought.
I can be painted, or left bare.
I can be round, or square.
What am I?
Answer: a fingernail
One by one we fall from heaven
down into the depths of past
And our world is ever upturned
so that yet some time we’ll last
=========================================================== For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.
Falls of Dochart
Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at www.rscds-seattle.org
A monthly Challenge Class is 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: November 8
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held this Friday, October 25, 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 will be the second regular Ceilidh Dance of the 2013/14 season and it would be great if we could double the attendance of the dance last month.
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. However if attendance remains as low as this season’s first Ceilidh dance then either the price will go up and/or the dances will have to be cancelled.
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 of 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 —
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news. Dance — it is good for your health.
Remembering Tommy Cooper:
1. What do you call a fish with no eyes?
2. So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me
‘Can you give me a lift?’
I said ‘Sure, you look great, the world’s your oyster, go for it..’
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 427 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.
Falls of Dochart
In 1952, Armon M. Sweat, Jr., a member of the Texas House of Representatives, was asked about his position on whiskey. What follows is his exact answer (taken from the Political Archives of Texas):
“If you mean whiskey, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.
However, if by whiskey you mean the lubricant of conversation, the philosophic juice, the elixir of life, the liquid that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into Texas treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.
This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle.”
Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!
See Coming Events on the website for info – www.vancouverceilidh.org
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.