fall - Loch Leven

Loch Leven 


Another great concert hosted by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra at Highlands United Church last night.   There must have been about 175 in the audience and they enjoyed a good evening of music, dance, good company and even a wee bit to eat and drink.

These folk know where to find great talent and put on a super show.  There was Kim Reid piping everyone in including Emily Heldson who is a fantastic fiddler and she was accompanied by Paul Sangaila on guitar; Shot of Scotch who are a professional performance troupe who bring innovation, showmanship, and love of sharing their passion for highland dance and Scottish culture; the Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team and last but by no means least the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.

All were in fine form and if you were not there you should make a point of looking out for performances by Emily as well as Shot of Scotch – you will be in for a real treat I assure you.


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

  Law of Close Encounters-
The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
Law of the Result-
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.
Law of Biomechanics –
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.


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.


Some really exciting news – thanks to some ground work by a student there is going to be a Scottish Country Dance class at SFU.   It will start on January 14, 2015 and be on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. in Forum Chambers.   Contact Louise at louisesteinw@gmail.com for more information and please tell all your student friends.

  Fall - Loch Melfort

Loch Melfort


 leaf falls green


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.


Thanks to Steve at the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:

List    https://www.celtictreasurechest.com/links/index.php

Calendar    https://www.celtictreasurechest.com/celticevents/index.php


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


leaf flies


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 JM2 

John Drewry

John Drewry

John would go on to create many other clever, enjoyable and danceable formations that he wove into the more recent and contemporary of the more than 800 dances he devised.   

In addition to the Rondel, he devised formations such as Set and Rotate, Corner pass and Turn and Petronella in Tandem and others less familiar.

 These formations are found in many of his own dances and have subsequently been used by various other dance devisors.

We danced most of them during the special Gleneagles Fall dance.


Fall - Loch Shiel & Glenfinnan from Beinn an Tuim

Loch Shiel & Glenfinnan from Beinn an Tuim


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

Canada Day maple leaf line

Why I Like Retirement !!! 

Question: What’s the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done. Very true Question: Why don’t retirees mind being called Seniors?
Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount.Sometime 15% Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
Answer: Tied shoes.

Leaves 2 

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.

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

Well – – –

Gravity in the World’s Biggest Vacuum Chamber. Physicist Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio to see what happens when a bowling ball and a feather are dropped together under the conditions of outer space.


I just wonder how many Airline Points he had to cash in &/or pay $$ to make up the difference in order to take advantage of this. Need a Lotto win for this  !!
SGD 23,000.00 = USD 18,037.62 > > >


Now this is an incredible use of technology—like traveling back in time!   Left click and hold on each photo, and then drag your mouse gently from    left to right on the original photograph and will be become a photo of the    exact same location and view today – drag it back to the left and you are back in 1944!     Scroll down for more of the same.  Just fascinating!


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 still only 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 228 subscribers or 67.9% 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 Tuesday & Wednesday the 18th & 19th and the Ball itself on the 22nd and the Ladies Step class also on Saturday the 22nd. 

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.

Leaves blowing


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 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)
Dec  6 Children’s & Family Christmas Party – Capilano Room, Harry Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver at 2 p.m.   Adults $5 (Children free) – call 604-922-4406 or e-mail delbrookdancers@yahoo.ca  for info
Dec   8 Branch Christmas Ceilidh in the Scottish Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m.  —  $6 drop in
Dec   8 Gleneagles Ball walk through at 7:30 p.m. St. Catherine’s Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver
Dec  9 Glenayre Christmas Party in St Laurence Church Hall, 825 St Laurence Street, Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m.   $10
Dec 10 White Rock last class for 2014 – bring Christmas treats & Food Bank items   7 p.m. in Sullivan Hall, 63rd & 152nd in Surrey
Dec 10 Gleneagles Ball walk through at 7:30 p.m.  Braemar Elementary School, 3600 Mahon Avenue, North Vancouver.
Dec 13 The Inverglen Scottish Dancers present a Celtic Christmas Celebration at the Seniors Centre of the Kerrisdale Community Centre at 2 p.m.   Highland, Scottish Country and Step Dancing will be performed. Admission by donation. Tickets may be purchased for the Red & White Raffle, proceeds to the dancer’s costume fund.  We hope to see everyone out to support our up and coming young dancers.
Dec 13 Bellingham Christmas social 7:30 p.m. in YMCA, Bellingham – www.bellinghamscd.org
Dec 13 Irish Benevolent Fund An Irish Christmas SAVE THE DATE   St. James Hall 3214 West 10th. Ave. Featuring The Irish Wakers, The Eire Born Dancers and Special Guests Irishwakers@shaw.ca or 604-671-3365   Get your tickets early as last year was a sold out show.
Dec 14 Gleneagles 51st Annual Ball in the Pacific Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at 1:30 p.m. with music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.   Tickets $110 normhaug@shaw.ca or 604-984-7458

Yet another busy week with many drives taking amazingly cheery and positive people to and from their appointments for radiation, chemotherapy, etc. at either the Cancer clinic in Surrey or Vancouver.   There was another very well attended ( I would reckon at least 180 in attendance) Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on Tuesday afternoon where I somehow lost my Jubilee medal and had everyone crawling on the floor, sifting through garbage, etc., etc. looking for it to no avail.  However the next day I got a call from Larry at the Centre to say he had found it in one of the trays of cups (I had been washing the dishes) so thank you everyone for your concern.   Next year I will have to get it pinned on more securely.

It was a very enjoyable dance and the Deep Cove club did a great job of decorating the newly painted hall (this was the first function to be held since the painting was completed), providing a fantastic spread of food, a very nice programme of dances with music to suit each dance.  The floor was filled all afternoon.

Our 101+ friend is in hospital after they found a number of blood clots in her leg which was the cause of her falling.   At least the source of the problem has been found.  With Margaret away I have been visiting every day to try to cheer her up.

As those living in the Vancouver area know we have been having some glorious sunshine but it has been cold with the first frosts.   Most of the leaves are down tough I took the blower to the Magnolia today to try to encourage Mother Nature but there are still many to come off that tree and a few others.   I did clear the back – again – and swept the front deck and path until my fingers felt as if they would drop off.   I must have poor circulation.

My son has been away on holiday and I picked him up at the airport yesterday.   He has kindly invited me to dinner tonight which is very nice.

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Frost plant


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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Fall - Mugdock reservoir

Mugdock Resevoir


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.


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).


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


Wish I’d Said That!

I’m not a paranoid, deranged millionaire.  God dammit! I’m a billionaire.             ~ Howard Hughes

After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.             ~ Italian proverb

Men are like linoleum floors.  Lay ’em right and you can walk all over them for thirty years.             ~ Betsy Salkind


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.

Spider catch

This is really for my granddaughter who has a great fear of even the very littlest spider

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.


A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong E-mail address:

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years before.
Because of their hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minneapolis and flew to Florida on Friday, and his wife was flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel, and unlike years ago, there was a computer in his room, and he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her E-mail address, and without noticing his error, sent the email to the wrong address.
Meanwhile … Somewhere in Houston .. A widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory after suffering a heart attack. The widow decided to check her E-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends.
After reading the first message, she screamed and then fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and then glanced up and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Date: Friday, October 13, 2005
Subject: I have arrived!
Dearest Love:
I know you are surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now, and you are allowed to send E-mail to your loved ones. I have just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow, and look forward to seeing you then. Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. It sure is hot down here! 


Fall - near Gairloch, Wester Ross

Near Gairloch, Wester Ross


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

Fall - New Lanark

New Lanark

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

DUNCAN   ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org