Fall - Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull


Ceilidh for Stuart and Cancer  

Thanks to the many who make donations, to those who bought tickets for the 50/50 draw or who bid in the silent auction, and to all who came to the Ceilidh dance, to Calanais for donating 50% of the pittance we pay them, to the USCS for giving us a break on the hall rental and to all who helped in any way.    Because of you I have been able, on your behalf, to give $4,100 to the BC Cancer Foundation in Memory of Stuart Somerville.chickens 1

Stuart’s obituary was in the Vancouver Sun of October 18, 2014


Fall - Kelvingrove Art Gallery & GU in background


No dancing this weekend so I was able to get the financial statements for the Cultural Centre completed and ready to take to our Reviewer and also did my lesson plan and chose music for the West End class on Tuesday.   We have been working on the dances for the Fort Langley St Andrew’s Dance to which we have been going as a club for the past few years.   I am not sure how many are willing to make the trip this year and will need to get hard numbers this week as, of course, there will be no class the following week.   With that in mind I will teach some of the Lady Aberdeen dances this week.

It was a beautiful day yesterday and I should have been outside doing some fall clean up.   Had planned to do that this afternoon but the rain started on our way home from church.   I did clean up some leaves from the roof valleys etc., took down a hanging basket and swept up the leaves on the deck getting cold and wet in the process.   We still have two hanging baskets left but these are fuchsia ones which last until the first frost when I cut them back and store in garage over the winter.   The humming birds still enjoy them and we have two feeders out as well.

Still have trouble with the raccoons on the lawn and was planning on covering the area with some wire mesh but I will wait until it is dry!!


Forget Newton and Galileo. Here are the real laws of nature:  

Law of Gravity –   Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.  

Law of  probability   The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.  

Law of Random Numbers –    If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.


The next regular Ceilidh Dance is Friday November 28, 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.   See below for more information.


  clock fall backdid you remember!!


 Fall - Falls of Arbirlot

Falls of Arbirlot


There is a need for an Editor for the White Cockade as Eleanor has indicated this will be her last year and there is also a need for someone to help with the Facebook page.


There are some specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s two stores.  Check them out at www.celtictreasurechest.com

There is a sale of dance shoes – both ghillies and ballet slipperswww.avriel.com


Falling leaf


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 .   The cost is only $10.

Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & 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. We have just finished replacing the roof which was a major expense.  We have also just finishing painting and sprucing up the main hall and hope you all like what we have done.

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.


 At the Gleneagles Fall dance, which was the tribute to John Drewry,  there were some interesting articles and pictures which Simon had put together.   He  has kindly allowed me to use these in the newsletters so I will post one each week and hope you enjoy reading them.   This is week 2 in the series – you can view previous newsletters on the archives page on the website – www.vancouverceilidh.org

John Drewry Cherry Blossom 

John Drewry – Cherry blossom time

John Drewry

John first started Scottish dancing in Whitehaven in Cumbria with a group of hill-walkers, another of his interests, called the Ramblers.

He then joined the RSCDS Carlisle Branch and it was there that he took his teacher’s certificate.

The well-known Jackie Johnstone, with whom John shared the same birth year, tutored him for his exam.

The dance “Double Eighty”, in Book 45, was written by Dulcie Bond, of the Sheffield Branch, for their joint 80th birthdays in 2003.


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Fortrose on a misty Autumnal day



Number 8
Life is sexually transmitted.
Number 7
Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
Number 6
Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.
Number 5
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years
Number 4
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospitals, dying of nothing. Number 3
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
Number 2
In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
And The Number 1 – Thought
Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers — what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow


The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, November 28th, 2014.   I have tried an experiment and registered with Meetup and 20 people have now “joined” and many say they will come to the Ceilidh dance.  

Canada Day maple leaf line

Wee Billy from Glesga always wanted to look cool.   His friend told him that he needed a good designer pair of trainers to go with his shell suit.

Billy saved up all his Giros and all the money he got back from returning his empty bottles of Ginger and finally managed to get himself a pair of brilliant white trainers to go with his shell suit.

Proudly, he strutted down the street calling out to all the passers-by “See ma new trainers?  Stonkin, eh?”

One fine upstanding gentleman pointed out that they were indeed  a fine pair of trainers but was young Billy aware that one shoelace was  undone?

Billy scornfully retorted that it was part of being cool to have a trailing lace on one trainer, and that on the sole of the trainer there were instructions for the wearer to do such a thing.

When asked for proof of this instruction, Billy look off his trainer and held it upside down for the disbeliever to read.

 “There y’are! It clearly says ….

   Taiwan !!!!!


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 Galloway cows near Melrose

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 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/


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

These are Nuns!


What a waste


info for remembrance day


I have received a very interesting e-mail with a power point attachment.   How do I get a link to that power point so I can put it in this newsletter?

The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 28, 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.


Subscriptions are up by two to 337.   I really need your help to get the subscriptions back up again.   Thanks for all your support.

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 225 subscribers or 67.2% of the total list.   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.


Events happening in the immediate future include the St. Andrew’s Ball class on Wednesday the 5th and the Ladies Step class on Saturday the 8th and the Piping & Drumming ceilidh on that same day. 

The St. Andrew’s Ball will be held in the Hellenic Centre on Arbutus Street on Saturday, November 22 – please keep the date free.  You can buy your tickets, your wine and your whisky online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-ball-2014-tickets-8412539131?aff=eac2  .

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

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Glasgow sunrise


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.

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

Nov   5 St. Andrew’s Ball dance class – Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC with Duncan MacKenzie.  8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – $6
Nov   8 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.    
Nov   8 First Annual Piping and Drumming Ceilidh Party.   This will be our main event of the term.  Bagpipers and drummers from SFU Pipe Band and other bands from across British Columbia will be joining us to take part in an informal music contest. Come watch and cheer on the contestants as they compete for top prize. , 6:30pm  Halpern Centre, SFU Burnaby Campus, 888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6.   Bar service and pizza will be available for purchase. Although alcohol will be served, guests of all ages are welcome and permitted to attend.  Entry is free for SFU students, faculty, staff, Scottish and Celtic Society members, and their guests, who RSVP before the event. Tickets are available for $5 at the door.   RSVP for yourself and guests at https://scs-ceilidh-free-rsvp.eventbrite.ca/  Invite your friends on campus with our facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447275425519261/
Nov 11 Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance at 1:15 – 4:45 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver hosted by Deep Cove SCD Club – Adults $10/ Children $5 – raffle with super prizes.   All proceeds to War Amps and Heart & Stroke Foundation.   A donation of a food plate would be gratefully received.
Nov 12 St. Andrew’s Ball dance class – Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road (NW corner Taylor Way & Upper Levels), West Vancouver with Duncan MacKenzie 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – $6
Nov 15 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.    
Nov 15 Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra Concert & Ceilidh – an evening of Scottish music & dance featuring the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra; RSCDS Vancouver Demonstration Team; Emily Helsdon, fiddle virtuoso; Kim Reid, piper & Shot of Scotch, premier Vancouver highland dancers.   7:30 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver.  Tickets $15 available from the Church, VFO members; Gliga Violins Canada (778-386-0209) or, if there are any left, at the door.
Nov 15 Bellingham social
Nov 15 Vancouver Irish Ceili Society vanirishceilisociety@gmail.com Victoria Drive Community Hall 2026 E. 43rd Ave Steps taught: 7:45pm   Dance: 8 – 11pm  Tickets available at the door Adults $20, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & under free
Nov 18 St. Andrew’s Ball dance class – Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road (NW corner Taylor Way & Upper Levels), West Vancouver with Duncan MacKenzie 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – $6
Nov 19 St. Andrew’s Ball dance class – Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC with Duncan MacKenzie.  8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – $6
Nov 22 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.    
Nov 22 St. Andrew’s Ball, Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver at 6 p.m. (grand march at 6:45) with music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.  Scottish Country dancing; full formal dinner, whisky tasting and much more.   Tickets $99 ($75 for those under 30) at  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-ball-2014-tickets-8412539131?aff=eac2    Contact standrewsball@shaw.ca for more information.   Come and learn the steps for all the dances at classes in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street on Wednesdays Oct 15 & 29 and Nov 5 & 19 at 8:15 p.m. or in Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver on Tuesday Oct 21; Wednesday Nov 12 & Tuesday Nov 18 – $6 drop in fee.
Nov 22 North Shore Celtic Ensemble concert – Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam – www.vtixonline.com – Tickets $25 (seniors, students & children $15)
Nov 25 Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Party Dance in Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley at 7:30 p.m.    music by Mary Ross   Tickets $15  604-576-6371
Nov 26 White Rock St. Andrew’s (blue & white, no refreshments!!)
Nov 27 SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies presents the 2014 St. Andrews Day Celebration featuring the Jocelyn Pettit Band, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street. All are welcome. A $10 donation is suggested.  Free for student members of SFU’s Scottish and Celtic Club.
Nov 28 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $10 (students $8)
Nov 29 Delta Borderers’ Dance at Kinsmen Centre, 5410 – 10th Avenue, Tsawwassen at 7:30 p.m.  with a surprise – Don Bartlett from Toronto will provide the music – tickets $20 Mairi 604-946-2448 or Ruth 604-594-6807
Nov 29 North Shore Celtic Ensemble concert in Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver — 604-984-4484  Tickets $25 (seniors, students & children $15)


To avoid it…      Eat right!    Make sure you get your daily dose of fruit and veggies.  Take your vitamins and bump up your vitamin C.  Get plenty of exercise because it builds your immune system.  Walk for at least an hour a day.    Go for a swim,  Take the stairs instead of the lift, etc..    Wash your hands often.  If you can’t, keep a bottle of antibacterial stuff around.

Get lots of fresh air.    Open doors & windows whenever possible.  Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.  Get plenty of rest.  OR

Take the doctor’s approach.

Think about it…   When you go for a flu shot, what do they do first? They clean your arm with alcohol.  Why?  Because Alcohol KILLS GERMS.

So… I walk to the pub.  (exercise)
I put lime in my vodka. (fruit)
Celery in my Bloody Mary.  (veggies)
Drink outdoors on the patio.  (fresh air)
Tell jokes and laugh.  (eliminate stress)
Then I pass out.  (rest)

The way I see it…  If you keep your alcohol levels up,  Flu germs Can’t get you!  REMEMBER:

‘A shot in the glass Is better than one in the ass!’

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Fall - Glen Docherty and Loch Maree

Glen Docherty & Loch Maree

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, November 28, 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.

They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  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.


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

This is a really good time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes as you will be starting at the same time as other “beginners.”    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.

Fall - Glen Pean Bothy

Glen Pean Bothy

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and 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).

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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


Setting an example

If you have time, please read BOTH these two short stories. They are true, andyou will find a surprise ending, which shows how important it is for parents to set an example for their children. Two Stories BOTH TRUE – and worth reading!!!!   STORY NUMBER ONEMany years ago, Al Capone virtually owned  Chicago.  Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic.  He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.  Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.”  He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very good!  In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal manoeuvring kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.   To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well.  Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well.  For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.  The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.  Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.  Despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.   One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.  He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine. The poem read:

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare.   He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.   One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission.  After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.  He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.   His flight leader told him to return to the carrier.

Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.  The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenceless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.   Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.  Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.  Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.  So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son. (Pretty cool, eh!)


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, November 28, 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 —

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 hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers and we might even have Louise to help with the calling.  Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.    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.

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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 337 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.


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Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!

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See Coming Events on the website for info – www.vancouverceilidh.org

Fall - Invermoriston Bridge

Invermoriston Bridge

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

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