Snow has all gone long ago and it has been a mild green Christmas here in the Vancouver area. In fact there is little snow on the mountains so a blow to skiers.
The next Ceilidh Dance is just one week on Friday – i.e. Friday, January 10, 2014 – in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Why not make a New Year resolution to come along, tell at least 2 friends to join you, forward this e-mail to more friends and encourage them to sign up for the newsletter and to come to the Ceilidh Dance. What a great way to start off the New Year with a fun, inexpensive night out and think of the great exercise you get as well which we all will need after these yummy goodies we have indulged in.
If you have not already done so you should be ordering your tickets for one or both of the Burns Suppers listed under “Coming Events” below. There are many Burns Suppers of course but two are put on by Scottish Country Dance groups. The first one is the 20th edition of the Tam O’Shanter’s Burns Supper which will be held on Saturday, January 25 in the Star of the Sea Hall in White Rock. Tickets are $55 and can be ordered by contacting Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org. The second one is one week later on Saturday, February 1 and is hosted by the Vancouver Branch and held in the Scottish Cultural Centre. Tickets are $55 via PayPal at www.rscdsvancouver.org or from club rep or even email@example.com . I can recommend both these events.
Alison commented “The information was gathered off websites etc. It is only the basics of the wealth of historical and current information available. I included only the older ‘regiments’ – there are many other corps and units, plus naval ships and Air Force squadrons – and Engagement or Battle Honour information up to World War II. There is much more about each regiment’s more recent activities in Korea, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and many Peace-keeping duties.”
It was many years ago since the embarrassing day when a young woman,with a baby in her arms, entered his butcher shop and confronted him with the news that the baby was his and asked what was he going to do about it?
Finally he offered to provide her with free meat until the boy was 16.
He had been counting the years off on his calendar, and one day the teenager, who had been collecting the meat each week, came into the shop and said, “I’ll be 16 tomorrow.”
“I know,” said the butcher with a smile, “I’ve been counting too, tell your mother, when you take this parcel of meat home, that it is the last free meat she’ll get, and watch the expression on her face.”
When the boy arrived home he told his mother.
The woman nodded and said, “Son, go back to the butcher and tell him I have also had free bread, free milk, and free groceries for the last 16 years and watch the expression on his face!”
An article in a recent edition of the National Post is applicable to the Ball and to Scottish Country Dancing in general. Check out https://life.nationalpost.com/2013/11/02/jane-macdougall-it-battle-of-fun-vs-the-gym-scottish-dancing-wins-every-time/ Thanks Gill for the tip.
The dance competition has now closed and a group of dancers will meet to try out the dances that have been submitted. If you are interested in being part of the decision making please contact Jean – firstname.lastname@example.org or Fran – email@example.com note that those who devised a dance will not be included in this group. Good luck to all the devisors.
BRAINS OF BRITAIN (these are real) UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2)
Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?
I don’t know.
I’ll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?
Correct. And if you’re not weak, you’re…?
Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first name?
Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?
The Highland Games Committee still needs volunteers for next year. They need to fill these positions: Children’s Events Co-ordinator – organizing the line-up of events which is pretty easy to do, and day of just making sure everything runs smoothly Programs – this job takes more work in the last couple of months prior to the games, making sure all copy is submitted, having it put into a program and submitted to a printer. Sponsorship/Advertising and promotion – Cher is going to do the social media aspect, Mary Jane may be around to help out again for sponsorship and advertising, but we need extra help. Someone to develop an advertising plan, to find new advertisers and sponsorships, and to be responsible for writing requests for grants and sponsorships from a list that the City of Coquitlam has provided.
The Vancouver Branch RSCDS has found a webmaster. Many thanks to Mary Ann McDevitt for agreeing to take on this task.
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Lots of fun at the Betwixt & between Dance last night where 100 (+ or – 2 or 3 ) danced to the great music of Mary Ross and her band in a box. It was a good programme well briefed by Mary Murray, Katherine Shearman and Frances Caruth and MC’d by Drum and Sandy. The Hall was very nicely decorated by Pat who wants to acknowledge St. George’s School who loaned some of the items and the feast that appeared before our eyes at the intermission was amazing. The catering committee under Heather must have worked for hours preparing sandwiches etc. and thanks to all who brought some Christmas goodies to share. We had a wonderful selection.
Mary’s music and the great, friendly atmosphere made it hard not to dance. Thanks to all the organizers and to everyone for coming. There was a 50/50 draw to raise funds for the Heather Ball and one young lady went home happy and richer by over $200!!
WHERE IS IT?
Yet another of these pictures of Scotland that I have been sent without any note as to where they are. 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.
The next Ceilidh Dance is the on Friday January 10th, 2014. Right at the end of the festive season. A great way to work off all those goodies you have eaten as well as to have a great evening of fun, exercise and laughter. Please call all your friends and arrange to bring them along to the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver to 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.
Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh which you can forward to your friends. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh. You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!
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.
Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.
This is for seniors and people with time on their hands
You are going to YELL at me for sending this to you because it is so addictive! You will find yourself sitting and playing this game when you really need to be doing something else instead. But, it is fun and challenging, so enjoy!
This will drive you nuts – THIS IS FUN AND ADDICTIVE AND COULD MAKE YOU LATE FOR EVERYTHING….
It doesn’t hurt to have a little Biblical humor to start the day….
Q.. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A.. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.
Auld Country Tours are a big supporter of our Ceilidh Dances James Johnson [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Isle of Lewis
The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014. 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.
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 give her a real treat!”
So we walked past it again.
A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though: www.aglowmusichouse.com
Now, after the purge, subscriptions are back under the 400 mark. This newsletter will go out to 372 people in many cities, provinces & countries. Now my goal is still to get to 500!! Please pass along the website to your friends and maybe they will subscribe – www.vancouverceilidh.org
I thought that at least the % of people opening the newsletter should be higher after removing over 50 “subscribers” who were inactive but despite that only 196 people (52.8%) opened last weeks newsletter!! That is a lot lower than some previous weeks. Would you all make a resolution to at least open the newsletter even if you don’t have time to read it all you could maybe enjoy one of the jokes!
Note: the Celtic Treasure Chest has just received large orders of Christmas items. 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
Events happening in the immediate future include the Ceilidh Dance on January 10, classes recommencing . – see website www.rscdsvancouver.org for date, time and location. Please see “Coming Events” below for all information – and Burns Suppers .
Note: Please order your tickets for both the Tam O’Shanter’s and the Branch Burns Suppers soon – all information is shown below.
If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – email@example.com Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail. There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:
|Jan 10||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|
|Jan 25||20th Annual Tam O’Shanter Dancers Burns Supper in Star of the Sea Hall. Tickets $55 — contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours. Note tickets will sell out fast!!|
|Feb 1||Vancouver Branch Burns Supper — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Tickets $55 via PayPal at www.rscdsvancouver.org or from club rep or even email@example.com
Bar 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. A great evening of entertainment and dance.
|Feb 7||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|
|Feb 8||Note: This workshop is already Sold Out!! I only received the info on Tuesday. A waiting list is being started.
Ladies Step Dance mini workshop “The Basics & Beyond” with Mary Murray and musicians Janet Wright & Alma MacDonald. 1 — 4 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Cost $15 includes tea! More soft shoe Ladies Step open to dancers interested in an energetic afternoon with a focus on different steps and different musical tempo. Previous Step Dance experience NOT required but must have some proficiency in another dance form. RSVP Fran 604-922-6842 or Kay firstname.lastname@example.org
|Feb 8||Bellingham monthly Dance|
|Feb 8||Hold the Date for the San Francisco Branch RSCDS Annual Valentine’s Ball. We are looking forward to this year’s Musicians: Muriel Johnstone and Keith Smith. Ball Date is February 8, 2014 at our favorite venue: The Oakland Scottish Rite Center. There will also be a Friday night dance in Berkeley with Muriel and Keith playing. Stay tuned for more weekend events in the works. Registration Forms will be available shortly. We anticipate a large turn out so sign up early this year to avoid disappointment!|
|Feb 15||Love to Dance Scottish Workshop and Tea Dance. Teachers Mary Murray and Simon Scott with music by the Tartan Players. Registration forms are now on website — www.rscdsvancouver.org . Info 604-922-6842|
Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
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
`An elderly man went to his doctor and said, ‘Doc, I think I’m getting senile. Several times lately, I have forgotten to zip up.’
‘That’s not senility,’ replied the doctor. ‘Senility is when you forget to zip down.’
Kings College, Aberdeen
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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 or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances.
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The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, January 10, 2104 with live music by Calanaish. You 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 and here is a link to the Facebook advert: https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
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 email@example.com
Note that there is a special 2 hour Hogmanay broadcast which is available now at https://www.andysceilidh.co.uk/
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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
For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.
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: January 10, 2014
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held one week on tomorrow – that is on Friday, January 10, 2014 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 third 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 last year 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 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 2013/14 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.
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 372 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.
To all my friends, relatives, etc. who have sent me best wishes, chain letter, angel letters, or other promises of Good Luck.
NONE OF THAT STUFF WORKED!
Could you please just send Cash, Whisky, Chocolate, Italian food, Wine, or airline tickets instead.
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
Balquidder from Auchtubhmore Hill
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.