The finale – in hindsight we should have had those nearer the stage to be kneeling down and the rest gradually rising so you could see the number 50 from the grandstand.
Wasn’t that a Party! From all the glowing comments I received from so many people, some of whom I had never met before, the whole show was a masterpiece. Thanks to Mary and Rebecca for planning the dances and for the over 80 who took part. It was a wonderful, colourful display and everyone seemed to be enjoying dancing so we may have a few new converts. The combined Team showed the fun, the good exercise, pretty good covering and the sociability of Scottish Country dancing while the Dem Team, in the middle of the performance, showed some intricate patterns and tried to include the figure 50 at the end. Very well done everyone who took part. You did the Vancouver Branch proud. I hope you all enjoyed dancing as well as the Games themselves. If anyone has some good photos of the dancing I would be very happy if you would e-mail them to me.
It was such a beautiful day so we cannot blame the weather if it turns out the attendance was not very good. It is so difficult to judge how many people are in the stadium as the events are so spread out now with the Heavy events attracting a large crowd over on the east side while the pipers were up on the north fields. The stands did not appear to be as full for the official opening and the early afternoon entertainment as they have been in precious years but I will have to wait and see how the finances shake down. The beer tent seemed to be busy so that will help. What is really needed is more volunteers to take charge of a number of key areas such as sponsorship; advertising and programme production. It is a shame more people do not come forward to offer their help.
None-the-less, Congratulations to the Highland Games Committee who managed to put on another enjoyable event. Hopefully they will all agree to carry on and that we can get more people involved. It was unfortunate that Mr. Fraser’s wife took ill as he was supposed to be the Chieftain of the Day however, as the saying goes, the best laid plans …
Please do not forget to join in the fun of marching/dancing in the Canada Day parade in downtown Vancouver at 7 p.m. on July 1. Come and support the Scottish Country and Ceilidh Dance entry. Call or e-mail Cathrine at 604-299-6447 or email@example.com
All Scots know about thirteen fourteen (note we never say one thousand and fourteen so why do so many give the current year as two thousand and fourteen when it should be twenty fourteen?) We are fast approaching that big 700th anniversary and I thought you may be interested in reading some history:
then I probably sent this one before but at this time it is worth a repeat:
Some sad news received last week –
the passing of an RSCDS icon on June 18th. John Drewry celebrated his 90th birthday last year. There are very few dance programmes around the globe that do not have at least one of John’s dances included.
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
We are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there’s no pop quiz.
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. =========================================================== My son Ian completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer last weekend. Many thanks to all who contributed and helped him raise another $12,500 towards the fight against cancer. In his four years he has raised the amazing sum of $56,780. Collectively the 2014 Ride raised $9.1 million!! 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 Ian has signed up to ride again next year but you will have heard that already.
St. Giles Cathedral
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.
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.
INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material .. I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well …. the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit.You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free … that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box … well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share! Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it .. the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!
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. THIS MONDAY, June 23 from 7 – 9 p.m. and the theme is “Tartan Night.” Wear something tartan especially if you have a kilt. 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.
Scottish sheep are bred for their tartan wool.
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!!
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.
D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now: Normandy Beaches in 1944 and 70 Years Later
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.
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though: www.aglowmusichouse.com
Subscriptions drooped by one this week so this newsletter will go out to 394 people in many cities, provinces & countries. This is, tantalizingly, only 6 short of my goal to get back to 400.
Can you help to find these 6 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 Dancing in the Park tomorrow (Monday night) and the Canada Day Parade. Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.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.
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
|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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 email@example.com 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|
|Jul 21||Dancing in the Park hosted by the Delta Borderer’s – music, music, music|
|Jul 27 – Aug 3||TAC Summer School – Greeley, Colorado with Candidates classes. This is a workshop for all dancers of all levels. Teaching staff: Helen Russell, Marjorie MacLaughlin, Graham Donald, Keith Bark & Tim Wilson Incredible music by: Marian Anderson, Keith Smith, Isobelle Hodgson, Judi Nicolson, Max Ketchin, Graham Bell & Steve Carcary. Registration forms now available with all information at www.tac-rscds.org.|
|Jul 28||Dancing in the Park Family and Friends night – Families dancing together.|
|Jul 30||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 31||Please join us for an evening of English and Scottish country dancing on Sat July 26th on Mercer Island. For further information please visit our website: https://www.rachelanddilip.com/?page_id=26.|
|Aug 4||Dancing in the Park hosted by the West End Club and the Ceilidh Dancers – Summer by the sea. Wear a hat, get a boater or a staw hat with flowers.|
|Aug 11||Dancing in the Park hosted by the New Teachers – It is a Beach Party – wear your brightest beach attire!!|
The Washington Post’s Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are this year’s winners:
1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
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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 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.
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 394 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.
Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.
A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver’s license. First, of course, he had to take an eye sight test. The optician showed him a card with the letters ‘C Z W I X N O S T A C Z.’ ‘Can you read this?’ the optician asked. ‘Read it?’ the Polish guy replied, ‘I know the guy.’
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
Ben Ledi to Loch Lubnaig
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.