Feb. 19, 2012 Next Ceilidh Dance – IS THIS Friday, February 24, 2012

Many Internet service providers, including Shaw & Telus, have increased their spam security so that e-mails, such as the weekly Ceilidh Dance newsletter, are intercepted and deleted so that the recipients never know their has been anything sent to them. In order to circumvent this problemI am sending an abbreviated newsletter this week – there will be no pictures and maybe only one joke – sorry. Master computer whiz, Paul, is working on a solution and he (note I did not say we) hopes to have some work around by next week, I will let you know as it may involve you having to make an extra click or two!!

I am saddened to say goodbye to another very nice old lady. Helen Anderson passed away last week. She was a big part of the Vancouver Scottish Country Dance scene – maybe not quite so much in recent years after she moved down to Bellingham with her daughter Mary Anderson who is a well known SCD teacher. Helen was into her 90’s. Condolences to:
Mary Anderson, 2938 Seaview Circle, Bellingham, WA 98225.

If you are able please support Stave Falls Dancers Scottish Night on February 25. If they do not sell many more tickets by tomorrow night the evnt may have to be cancelled which will be costly. E-mail stavefallsdancer@aol.com and see below for more details.

Tickets for the Heather Ball on Saturday, March 17 are still available – $75 – online at www.rscdsvancouver.org Music is by the one and only Scottish Accent from Toronto while the location at the Gizeh Temple has the fantastic sprung wooden floor which is a dream to dance on. Come and enjoy the wonderful music and dances like “Geese in the Bog.” GET YOUR TICKET NOW!!

My wife went out shopping and brought home the escalator — it was marked down.

We are so fortunate in the Vancouver area to have so many wonderful teachers. Yesterday over 72 dancers had the pleasure of being taught by Mary Murray and Simon Scott. Both classes worked hard and I m sure everyone left having learnt quite a lot. The live music at the classes added so much both for the teachers and for the students. A huge crew of volunteers made sure everything went smoothly from check in to tea/coffee/juice & goodies before, at the break and after class.

The afternoon class attracted about 100 dancers and I found it very hard to stay off the floor as the music of the Tartan Players was so irrepressible. I actually tried to dance twice before changing back into my street shoes but even then I was tempted to get back up!! Congratulations to Fran & Jean and all their many assistants. I am still full after the enjoyable afternoon tea.

COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS – see www.vancouverceilidh.org for a longer list and check out the updates to the Youth West Weekend and the White Rock Ceilidh and Dance.

Feb 24 Ceilidh Dance in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Class at 7 p.m. and dance from 8 — 11 p.m. Admission at the door $10 (students etc. $8)
Feb 25 Stave Falls Scottish Night Dinner — Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall – $30 stavefallsdancer@aol.com
Mar 3 Gaelic Society Ceilidh — info to come
Mar 3 Welsh Society St. David’s Day dinner — tickets & info 604-271-3134 — www.welshsociety.com
Mar 9 Seattle advanced class at Phinney, Room 7 from 7:25 to 9:25 — RSCDS members $7; others $9
Mar 10 RSCDS Portland Oregon Branch 33rd annual workshop & ball with teachers Fiona Miller, Lethbridge and Andrew Smith, Emporia and musicians Andy Imbrie, Deby Benton & Renata Bratt
Mar 17 Heather Ball with the same super band — “The Scottish Accent” – but back at the Gizeh Temple — that’s the hall with the fantastic sprung wood floor. Tickets are $75 available online at www.rscdsvancouver.org – get yours soon!!
Mar 10 — 18 Celtic Fest Celebrations — www.celticfestvancouver.com
Mar 18 St. Patrick’s day Parade — downtown Vancouver — all dancers are asked to come and join in.
Mar 23 Ceilidh for Children’s Hospital in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.
















The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, February 24. I would appreciate if you could tell all your friends about it, invite them all to come along for, as you know, it is a fun evening. Class at 7 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. all for the amazing price of $10 (students$8) – what a bargain!! I would truly love to have a really big crowd this week.


Don’t forget the extra Ceilidh dance on March 23 with the proceeds going to help an operating room nurse at Children’s Hospital provide the necessary medical aid to his child.

One Sunday, counting the money in the weekly offering, the Pastor of a small church found a pink envelope containing $1,000. It happened again the next week!
The following Sunday, he watched as the offering was collected and saw an elderly woman put the distinctive pink envelope on the plate. This went on for weeks until the pastor, overcome by curiosity, approached her.
“Ma’am, I couldn’t help but notice that you put $1,000 a week in the collection plate,” he stated.
“Why yes,” she replied, “every week my son sends me money and I give some of it to the church.”
The pastor replied, “That’s wonderful. But $1000 is a lot, are you sure you can afford this? How much does he send you?”
The elderly woman answered, “$10,000 a week.”
The pastor was amazed. “Your son is very successful; what does he do for a living?”
“He is a veterinarian,” she answered.
“That’s an honourable profession, but I had no idea they made that much money,” the pastor said. “Where does he practice?”

The woman answered proudly, “In Nevada… He has two cat houses, one in Las Vegas and one in Reno.”

Time to close the letter and try and ensure it reaches you all. Keep smiling – especially while you still have teeth!!

Hope to see you at the Ceilidh Dance,