A quieter week starting off by attending a celebration of the life of a long time friend. His very talented children all spoke so eloquently as did two others and there were two soloists from the Vancouver Opera. We were unable to stay for the reception as we had some floor layers working in our home but we did see many people we knew among the 400 + who attended. Our back entrance is looking so much better with some new tiling. We had to empty the large bookcases so that they could be dismantled and moved out the road so that led to some purging of the books we have been keeping so I have two banana boxes full of books to deliver to the Lions Club. We also unearthed some other items for the next Church sale.
Our visitors from Terrace left on Monday morning to make their way to the Okanogan where they were visiting family but also house hunting as they think they might move from Terrace. They were excellent gusts and no trouble at all.
I hired my grandson to come and clean the gutters and then to finish the power washing of the deck while id did some pruning of the bamboo etc. and general clean up at the side of the house. Of course there were dance practices on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
On that note – for those dancers who are taking part in the Branch’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the Highland Games there is no practise this Wednesday. Instead there is a joint practise on Thursday, June 19 and it will be held in St. John’s Shaughnessy Church hall 1490 Nanton Street, Vancouver which is about 27th & Granville. The practise will start at 6:50 p.m. – I have booked the hall from 6:30 so you can get there in time and be ready to dance!!
Mid Gruinards looking to Hilton
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.
Note a new series of classes on various nights over the summer – Summer fun for experienced dancers at Harmsworth Hall, 7070 – 232nd Street, Langley from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Drop in fee $5 info from Diane firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-533-0023
A note from the Celtic Treasure Chest that they Have received notice from Health Canada that a number of imported products will have to be taken off the shelves as they do not conform to Canadian health regulations.
Weetabix, Horlicks, Marmite, Vegemite, Baxter Soup
Reason: Products are fortified with vitamins and minerals not allowed in Canada
Pear Candies, Lucozade
Reason: Contain a vitamin or mineral nutrient.
Bisto, Farmhouse Dumplings, Atora, Beef Flavoured Crisps
Reason: May contain meat or chicken
Mushy Peas, Irn Bru
Reason: May contain food colouring
Prawn Cocktail Crisps
Reason: May contain fish/shrimp
Christmas Cakes & Puddings, Branston Pickle & Pickled Onions could be next because they contain alcohol.
You may still be able to purchase them for a few more days but get into the store very soon. There may be other products banned when they get a visit from the Health officers sometime this week. 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
A reminder about an annual events which deserve our support as it involves young dancers. On Sunday, June 22 the Inverglen Scottish Dancers annual performance is entitled Dance with Your Soul and is in the Magee School Theatre in Vancouver. This is always a very enjoyable event and well worth the time and the cost. See “Upcoming Events” for all the details.
PMS jokes aren’t funny. Period.
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. =========================================================== Thanks to many of you who have helped by sponsoring my son Ian who, hopefully has completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer. At least it was drier today but it would have been cool and damp yesterday. No doubt he will call later when he gets home – tired, stiff but happy. You can still make a donation so if you can spare a few dollars 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
The enlarged Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team had a good lesson from Rebecca last Thursday – our last at the school as I did not want to risk getting shut out due to the pending Teachers’ strike. We move to St. John’s Shaughnessy next Thursday starting at 6:50 p.m. The strike has played havoc with some of our younger dancers who have had to miss practices due to the re-scheduling of various school activities. We had only one spare dancer last week and even with Rebecca filling in we were still one person short.
Because of a double booking the final Massed Dance class will also be held on Thursday, June 19 at St John’s Shaughnessy, 1490 Nanton Street, Vancouver starting at 7 p.m.
For the 60th anniversary of the White Rock club members made table centrepieces representing different dances. Some of you might not have seen these works of art. They are all available, along with other photos, on the club website at www.wrscdc.org under the tab photos & slide shows then under 2014 and 60th Ball centrepieces.
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
The new dance competition has closed – good luck to all who submitted a dance. Successful devisors will be notified in due course.
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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 are in the middle of replacing the roof which is a major expense. It is expected it will take at least another week to complete this large project. We also plan to paint and spruce up the main hall but that will not take place until September.
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.
Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26th, 2014 but you can dance every Monday evening, weather permitting, come down to Ceperley Park in Stanley Park near 2nd Beach starting THIS MONDAY, June 16 from 7 – 9 p.m. If it is wet at 5 p.m. the dancing will be cancelled 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!!
Information received this week: The Scottish and Celtic enthusiasts, are screening the film “The Stone of Destiny” on Wednesday, June 18 at SFU – Check Coming Events for all the information.
You can join 117 or more on the e-mail list of the SFU Scottish and Celtic Society; the club connecting you to all things Scottish and Celtic at SFU and the community. As members of this mailing list, you will receive updates on events and learning opportunities. All are welcome to participate and enjoy. Facebook Group: As of today, our new Facebook Group is launched and available to join. It is an ‘Open’ group. Anyone can join and invite their friends. We will create Facebook ‘Events’ for all our occasions. Join today at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/451447541666799/
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
Thanks for the tips on how to get pictures etc. from my e-mails to the newsletter. I have downloaded Irfan View which seems to work very well
Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.
For those who haven’t seen it yet… Over 16 million hits since June 6th. – I want you safe.
Enjoy this one which you may have seen before
I had a lot of trouble with the software and/or my computer last week. Fortunately Paul was home from vacation so he pent literally days trying to fix everything which, I gather, was the fault of the provider and not me. It was a real headache for Paul who said it was a webmaster’s nightmare. I hope he gets some rest now and I don’t have to trouble him anymore.
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 we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”
George Bernard Shaw
A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though: www.aglowmusichouse.com
Subscriptions are creeping up with a few new additions but some also unsubscribing. This newsletter will go out to 395 people in many cities, provinces & countries. This is, tantalizingly, only 5 short of my goal to get back to 400.
Can you help to find these 5 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 which was not sent out until Thursday was opened by 193 subscribers or 49% 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 probably much 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
Events happening in the immediate future include the practise for the Joint class for the Massed Demonstration at the Highland Games on Thursday, June 19 in St. John’s Shaughnessy and of course the Highland Games next Saturday, June 21st. Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
Mount Stewart, Isle of Bute
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COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
|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|
|Jun 18||The movie will be … ‘The Stone of Destiny.’ Starring: Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Billy Boyd, and Robert Carlyle.All are welcome to attend free of charge. Food, drinks and popcorn will be provided at no cost. Location: SFU Burnaby Campus, Room Number: AQ 3005, along the south concourse of the Academic Quadrilateral.Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/groups/451447541666799/|
|Jun 19||Highland Games practices at Laurier Elementary School, 7350 Laurel Street, Vancouver (1 block eat of 57th & Oak) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Open to everyone – no charge! Sign up now call or e-mail Katherine at 604-671-2480 or email@example.com Lots of fun – come help celebrate the Branch’s 50 year celebration at the Games|
|Jun 21||BC Highland Games Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam BC – Admission: Adults $15; Seniors/students $10 Children (6-12) $5 all info at www.bchighlandgames.com|
|Jun 22||The Inverglen Scottish Dancers annual recital “Dance with your Soul” at Magee Secondary Theatre, 6360 Maple Street, Vancouver at 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults $14; seniors 65 + & children 12 – $10 All info from 604-605-0890 or www.inverglenscottishdancers.com|
|Jun 23||Dancing in the Park hosted by the Fort Langley Club – Tartan night|
|Jun 24||Puget Sound Crossroads – Dance in Friday Harbor|
|Jun 24||Tim Eriksen & Trio de Pumpkintown 8pm @ St James Hall 3214 West 10th Ave @ Trutch St Tickets for $24 ($20 members) available online at www.roguefolk.bc.ca, in person at Highlife Records & Rufus’ Guitar Shop, or call the Rogue Ticket Hotline at 604-736-3022.Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. The Trio de Pumpkintown celebrates the songs of a fictional New England village in fresh, acoustic arrangements. Much of their music comes from the 18th and 19th centuries: love songs, murder ballads, songs of travel on the high seas, rollicking Afro-Celtic sing-alongs, music of local francophone and Scottish communities and shape-note harmony including that of 18th century Native American composer Metacomet Samson. In addition to their traditional New England repertoire, the Trio also plays their own original music and, occasionally, songs by local P’town bands and music drawn from their contact with more recent immigrants to the area.|
|Jun 27||Summer fun for experienced dancers at Harmsworth Hall, 7070 – 232nd Street, Langley from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Drop in fee $5 info from Diane firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-533-0023|
|Jun 30||Dancing in the Park hosted by the Deep Cove Club – come celebrate the eve of Canada Day wear red & white!|
|Jul 1||Canada Day Parade downtown Vancouver at 7 p.m. Come and support the Scottish Country and Ceilidh Dance entry. Call or e-mail Cathrine at 604-299-6447 or email@example.com|
|Jul 5||The Penticton Scottish Festival Society. We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting the First Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games. This one day event will celebrate Celtic culture with Bagpiping and Drumming, Highland Dancing, and Heavy Events competitions along with other activities that will include entertainment, children’s activities, Clan information, clothing and equipment booths, food vendors, tastings, and fun for the whole family.|
|Jul 7||Dancing in the Park hosted by the Glenayre Club with a special performance|
|Jul 9||Summer fun for experienced dancers at Harmsworth Hall, 7070 – 232nd Street, Langley from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Drop in fee $5 info from Diane firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-533-0023|
|Jul 14||Dancing in the Park GALA NIGHT hosted by the Branch with entertainment by the Vancouver Police Pipe Band which is celebrating their 100th anniversary fresh home from their visit to Her Majesty in London as well as the Branch Demonstration Team|
““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““` “ 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:
Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
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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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Mull of Galloway
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 email@example.com
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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
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 —
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news. Dance – it is good for your health.
Mull of Kyntyre
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 395 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.
Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, was drafted by the Army. On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair. On his second day, the Army issued Herman a toothbrush. That afternoon the Army dentist yanked seven of his teeth. On the third day, the Army issued him a jock strap. The Army has been looking for Herman for 51 years.
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.