60th happy anniversary   to the White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club

 Well this is the start of the big week of celebrations for the White Rock club’s 6oth anniversary.   Marian Anderson and 2 members of her band arrive from Scotland tomorrow evening.   They will be playing for the class on Wednesday night and for the Ceilidh on Friday evening and of course at the Ball on Saturday.   Here is all the information: Wednesday class at Sullivan Hall, 6304 – 152nd Street, Surrey at 7 p.m. – drop in $10 Friday Ceilidh 7:30 p.m. at Elgin Hall 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey   Tickets $15 (Students $8) from Gerda 604-531-4595 or Margaret 604-536-9481 – may also be available at the door. White Rock 60th Anniversary Dance with Marian Anderson’ s Scottish Dance Band.    Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock at 7:30 p.m.   Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Wine & appetizers at 6:30 — a late buffet will follow the dance.   Tickets $40 from Laurie 604-944-6678  ljreel@telus.net or Gerda 604-531-4595  gerdab@shaw.ca or by PayPal at www.wrscdc.org – Tickets must be purchased in advance.

 Abbots Tower near New Abbey

Abbots Tower near New Abbey

The next regular Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26, 2014 – in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.    Start to make plans to come along as we really need all of you.   This is a fun and inexpensive way to have an enjoyable evening out with family and friends.  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.  Think of the great exercise you get as well. Of course there are at least 2 other Ceilidh Dances coming up with the first one being this Friday, May 2 as noted at the start of this letter and the other one being on Saturday, May 31 in the Scottish Cultural Centre.  This one is a fund-raiser for the BC Lung Association.   You are encouraged to get your tickets beforehand  – see info in Coming Events below or on the website. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Aberdeen Rail Station inside

Aberdeen Rail Station

A note from the Celtic Treasure Chest that they are having a Spring cleaning with many items below wholesale.    Note that, despite rumours to the contrary, the two stores are not for sale, nor are there any plans to close either store. www.celtictreasurechest.com


Good fun was had by all who attended the last Ceilidh Dance of the season on Friday.   Thanks to all who came and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves.   Many of you agreed to sign up for the newsletter but so far nobody has done that.   Hopefully at least 10 of you will remember!!   The Branch Demonstration Team were well received and got everyone up to dance Sons of the Rock which we have not done for a long time.   It was popular so I will revive it again. Thanks to the group who came to celebrate a birthday.   This is a great and reasonably inexpensive way to hold a party and everyone gets entertained and gets some great exercise.   If you plan ahead you can contact me to get a one dollar discount for a group of 8 or more which makes it ridiculously cheap!! I acknowledged everyone who helps to make these dances so successful and without whose assistance I doubt if the dances would still be continuing.   Naturally the band members were thanked plus Bonnie (who has been helping since day 1) and Richard who “man” the door and do all sorts of little jobs like filling the water jugs and Francis who comes early to help set up and stays late to help clear up.   My sincere thanks to you all.



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With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed a while back, Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote “The Hokey Pokey”, died peacefully at age 93The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started. 

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Cartoonist found dead in home . Details are sketchy .

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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.

=========================================================== Bike Thanks to many of you who have helped by sponsoring my son Ian  who is, once again, planning to join the Ride to Conquer Cancer.   This will be his fifth year and in the 4 years he has raised a total of $44,280 – how good is that?   He would like to get that total over the $60,000 mark this year and he just needs another $5,475 to do so.  If you can spare a few dollars for this excellent cause please go to his web page at https://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR?px=2334459&pg=personal&fr_id=1514&fl=en_US&et=KdIGldm86qpjCDDifJSkTA&s_tafId=319232


  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX We are having a nice visit with a new friend who is currently living in Wellington, New Zealand although he is really an Aussie.   Paul e-mailed me some time ago to say he would like to come to the Ceilidh Dance as he would be in Vancouver for a week and could I suggest a B&B close at hand.   Well we offered to put him up with us and he did accept our offer for 2 nights but stayed in the West end for the rest of his visit.   Paul came to our West End class on Tuesday night and to the Ceilidh on Friday after which I brought him out to South Surrey. We had a latish start yesterday being tired after the Ceilidh and getting to bed quite late but we did manage a walk down to and along the beach then we took Margaret for a late lunch before starting on a hectic tour of White Rock, Peace Arch Park, Simon Fraser University, Horizon Park, Seymour Mountain and the British Properties.   We then dropped in to see the first three dances on the Gleneagles Spring dance and buy a raffle ticket (they haven’t phoned to tell me I won!)   We did not plan to stay at the dance as we were tired although the music made it very tempting. Returning by driving over the Lions Gate bridge, round Stanley Park round False Creek and then for a pasta dinner before finally heading home.   Another late start this morning and Paul is off to a Toastmasters meeting with Margaret which allows me to get a head start on the newsletter as I have to take Paul to the airport for about 8 p.m.   I think he might sleep on the plane!! Paul is a very pleasant Gentleman – you meet the nicest people through Scottish Country dancing.



 Be sure to attend the right service….   One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, ‘Good morning Alex.’ Good morning Pastor,’ he replied, still focused on the plaque. ‘Pastor, what is this? ‘ The pastor said, ‘Well son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.’ Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex’s voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked, ‘Which service, the 8:30 or the 11:00?   &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& Hello everyone. The Highland Games will be on Saturday June 21st  this year. Anyone that would like to volunteer again please let me know. I know a lot of people compete and have set schedules for the day, so let me know the times you would be available and I will try to make a schedule for the day that will suit. Thank you very much Duncan Campbell —  604-944-2977  DCampbell@designroofing.ca xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Waverley Station, Edinburgh (the terminal of the Flying Scotsman)

The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group.   The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – www.scottishculturalcentre.com . Any person may join USCS and Scottish Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved, then, Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information. At the present time we need to replace the roof which will be a major expense and quotes will be requested from roofing contractors.  Upgrades to the Centre are also being considered so it is particularly appropriate that dancers join USCS. No final decisions on these upgrades will be made before Members of USCS are fully informed. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


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The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26th, 2014 but you can come to one or both Ceilidhs in may and then every Monday evening, weather permitting come down to Ceperley9 p.m.  If it is wet at 5 p.m. the dancing will be canceled but you can call 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751 or try www.rscdsvancouver.org or facebook.com/RSCDSVancouver .  

Dancing in the Park is FREE!!! and no partner or experience necessary – just bring your smiles and I would suggest flat, comfy shoes.   Check the Coming Events listing as there is a theme for each night so join in the fun.

Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”.   Then,  if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc. 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!!


A new link has been added to the contacts page – Scottish Canadian Business Association of British Columbia.   ScotCanBC seeks to expand trade and investment between Scotland and B.C.   The website is www.scotcanbc.org where you can find details about the organization, membership etc.


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: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316825198419573.56421.149674745134620&type=3


Can someone tell me how to take pictures etc. that people e-mail to me and put them in this newsletter.   I have tried copying and pasting both directly and via a Word document but neither of these methods work.   I can copy and paste text but not graphics.   Very annoying as I get quite a few pictures, cartoons, etc. that I would love to use.


Glasgow Central Station roof

the roof of Glasgow Central station

Some fun and interesting sites:  – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards play the very haunting tune: “The Gael”. Have a look and listen below.   The Dragoon Guards are playing this tune at a memorial in Bannockburn, Scotland. The Battle of Bannockburn (Blàr Allt a’ Bhonnaich in Scottish Gaelic) (24th of June 1314) was a significant Scottish victory in the Wars of Scottish Independence from England. It was one of the most decisive battles of the First War of Scottish Independence, and remains one of the iconic cornerstones in the history of Scotland.

CLICK:   https://youtu.be/U89Qtbnk-Q4

I may have sent this link out before but can’t remember.   Still it is worth seeing again. To see the change, click on any of these photos of low tide to see what they look like during high tide!






There was a raffle at the Gleneagles Spring Dance last night with the proceeds going to help support young people to attend the Gleneagles Ball in December.   The Fairmont Vancouver Hotel has again very kindly donated an “Art of Romance Package” at their hotel.   Hopefully someone will contact me to tell me I won or with the winner’s name!


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The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014.  Same time, same place, same price (so long as there is a big attendance), 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.



When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in  GRASS VALLEY, CA. It was believed that he had nothing left of any value.   Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.  One nurse took her copy to Missouri.    The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet and into this newsletter. Crabby Old Man…

What do you see nurses? . . .. . . What do you see?
What are you thinking . . . . . When you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man . . . . . Not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . With faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food . . . . . And makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . . . ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice .. . . . . The things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . . . Lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? . . . . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . You’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am. . . . . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . As I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . . . . .. With a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . Who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen . . . . With wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . . . . . A lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . My heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . . . . . That I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . . .. . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons . . .. . . Have grown and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me . . . . . To see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . . . . Shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . . . . . Young of their own.
And I think of the years .. . . . . And the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man . . . . .. And nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age . . . . . Look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . . . . . Grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . . Where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . . . . . A young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . My battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . Life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . . . . . Gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . That nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . . Open and see.
Not a crabby old man . . . . Look closer . .. . See ME!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within.

We will all, one day, be there too if we live long enough! &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though: www.aglowmusichouse.com


Subscriptions are still fairly stable with a few new additions but some also unsubscribing.   This newsletter will go out to 390 people in many cities, provinces & countries. Up 3 from last week and I had hoped we would have reached higher after all those folk at the dance on Friday promised me they would go to the website and “subscribe.”   So now it is only 10 short of my goal to get back to 400.

Can you help to find these 10 people to make my total?  If only everyone who says they will sign up (including relatives!) would do so we would be there.   Please pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe – it is free!!  www.vancouverceilidh.org At time of writing this last week’s newsletter was opened by only 218 subscribers or 56.5% of the total list which is much lower than recent weeks.  I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is even higher.   Please keep opening the newsletter!!

Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.


An online contact for dance and marching shoes (ghillies, pumps, brogues, etc.) is Bruce Griffith at www.avriel.com


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Events happening in the immediate future include the Ceilidh Dance on the May 2 in Elgin Hall; White Rock’s 60th Anniversary Dance on May 3 and Burnaby’s Spring session starting on May 5th .  Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

Late spring - sunset over Mull

Sunset over Mull


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

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COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

May  2 White Rock Ceilidh featuring Marian Anderson and her band at   7:30 in Elgin Hall, 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey   Tickets $15 (Students $8) from Gerda   604-531-4595 or Margaret 604-536-9481
May 2-4 Youth Weekend West at Western Washington University for those 18   — (Under 18 with adult supervision) Teachers Eileen Hsu, Jim Maiolo &   Katherine Shearman and music for the Ball by Calum MacKinnon & his   Ceilidh Band — see www.youthweekendwest.com for all information.
May  3 White Rock 60th Anniversary Dance with Marian   Anderson’ s Scottish Dance Band.  Star   of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock at 7:30 p.m.   Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Wine &   appetizers at 6:30 — a late buffet will follow the dance.   Tickets $40 from Laurie 604-944-6678  ljreel@telus.net or Gerda 604-531-4595  gerdab@shaw.ca or by PayPal at www.wrscdc.org
May  5 Burnaby Spring session, Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540   Thomas Street, Burnaby at 7:30 p.m.  –   $6
May 10 Bellingham social
May 12 Burnaby Spring session, Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540   Thomas Street, Burnaby at 7:30 p.m.  –   $6
May 25 Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance — 2 p.m. in Fort Langley Community   Hall with music by Ken Natrass & Ron Krug.   Tickets limited to 100 are $15 at   604-576-6371 or lonotera@shaw.ca
May 28 Last Programme class
May 31 Ceilidh Dance for the BC Lung Association with music by the   Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra — 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886   Hudson Street, Vancouver — tickets $20 from ruthlessfitness@telus.net or call 604.842.5044There   May be tickets available at the door but better to order in advance – silent   auction/ 50 50 draw, door prizes, cash bar all proceeds to the Lung   Association Bicycle Trek.  Dances   called by Duncan MacKenzie
Jun 16 Dancing in the Park starts with a bang as the host is the   Burnaby Club and the music will be by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra — Sit &   listen/ Dance have fun

““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““` “ Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest,in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.


  Late Spring - the Cuillins from Roag

The Cuillins from Roag

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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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Spring - Fox & Daffodil


The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26, 2014 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 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 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 GIVE IT A GO! Go to either www.rscdsvancouver.org or www,vancouverceilidh.org for a list of class locations and times.

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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

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

Spring - Montrose daffodils

near Montrose

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:  May 9, 2014


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, September 26, 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!!!

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/

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.



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 —
September 26
October 24
November 28
January 9
February 6
February 27
March 27
April 24

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 Universities and all colleges. 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.

Spring - River Tweed

River Tweed

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 390 subscribers 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.


They’re back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.


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  

Mellon Udrigle

Mellon Udrigle

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

DUNCAN ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org