On a sad note I just heard the sad news about the passing of Ron MacLeod yesterday. Ron was one of the community founders of the Centre for Scottish Studies. In 2000, he received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award for service to SFU. He was a stalwart supporter of the Centre, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Ron was also a big supporter of the Highland Games and the Scottish Cultural Centre.
Our thoughts are with his family.
The Branch Burns Supper was a very enjoyable affair with good food (including haggis); good speeches; great music from the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra and a nice dance programme – oh the Dem Team danced well too!! Thanks to Gill and her committee for all their hard work – it paid off as we had a wonderful evening though my feet are tired today!!
Anyone for a swim? – Machir Beach, Islay
I have added an invitation to the Calendar of Events for a Birthday party on May 31. The event is FREE to us dancers but an RSVP is required soon. Please check the Coming Events tab on the webpage.
What a simply beautiful day it was yesterday, warm, dry and some sunshine too. I was out in the garden for a long while and managed to clear my head of all the dances that have been getting mixed up with each other in my head. I started off pruning the dead wood and leaves from all the clematis plants we have at the back and it does look better. There are new shoots spouting already so I got there just in time.
I was going to continue pruning but I saw what a mess there was on the roof of the carport, especially the side that is awkward to get at, so I got out the ladder and the long handled brush and set to. Then I got the hose and managed to get both sides a bit more respectable getting a bit damp myself in the process!! There is a lot of moss on the roof and I need to find some moss cleaner that I can spray on the roof but be thick enough not to run off before it does its job. A bit like the soap in the car wash.
All this cleaning of debris left the ground covered in branches, needles, leaves & muck so I had to set to and clean all that up and I also attached a few of the ferns in that area cutting off the branches to allow the new shoots room and save me having to try and get the dead ones of later. We have a lot of ferns – haven’t counted but there must be nearly 100 so there are many, many more to prune.
MacLeod’s Tables from Dunvegan
A Note from Jean :
Dear Fellow Dancer, Once again we have a Teachers Training programme happening at the Vancouver Branch with the exams to be held in May 2015. Our teacher candidates rely on a Support Cast of fellow dancers to be ‘Stooges’ for their practice sessions. We are looking for a ‘support cast’ for training sessions to be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver (upstairs). If you are able to help on this date or some of the following dates, please let me know by return.
(your preference AM or PM.)
Saturday February 21st
Saturday March 14th
Saturday April 18th
Exam Day May 2nd
Your support will be much appreciated. Many thanks, Jean Wagstaff and the 2015 Candidates (604) 464-8103 firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that “Fawlty Towers” the stage version is on at the Metro Theatre this month? We took the family on Friday evening (7 of us) and enjoyed the show very much. It was a good laugh and a good night out. *********************************************************************************
The next regular Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, February 6, 2015 – 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.
Thanks to some ground work by a student a Scottish Country Dance class at SFU started last Wednesday evening and will continue every Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. in Forum Chambers. There were only 4 who turned up for the first night so they are hoping YOU can help to at least double that number. Contact Louise at email@example.com for more information and please tell all your student friends.
SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies will be offering beginning Gaelic classes Monday nights at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting January 20. The classes will be held using video technology with instructor Fiona Smith — either from a location at SFU or in your home if you have a computer and internet connection. If you are interested in participating, please contact Leith at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
There are year end clear out specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s two stores including some items never stocked before. Check them out at www.celtictreasurechest.com
Written by a third grader , on what his grandparents do. After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following:
We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Florida. Now they live in a tin box that has wheels, but it’s strapped to the ground. They ride around on their bicycles, and wear name tags, because they don’t know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there , but they don’t do them very well. There is a swimming pool too, but they all just jump up and down in it with hats on. At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night – early birds. Some of the people can’t get out past the man in the doll house. The ones, who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck. My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and, says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let People out, so they can visit their grandchildren. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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.
As noted above a number of proposals regarding the future of the Centre (the building) were presented at the A.G.M. and these will be discussed by each Member Society/Association and will be discussed at future meetings of the U.S.C.S.
Photo of Haggis family in the garden
The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, February 6th, 2015. 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.
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.
This is what a major intersection with no traffic lights looks like. How they are able to avoid accidents is quite remarkable. In this time lapse video we see the intersection at Meskel Square, the nerve center of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While the square is a primary site for the city’s large festivals and celebrations, it is also a chaotic crossroad for thousands and thousands of vehicles daily. This is organized confusion at its finest. Pedestrians, walk with care! LOOK AT THE PEDESTRIANS!
I’ll bet this boy doesn’t speak any English…but is able to sing it!…(listen to how he pronounces some of the words)…and what a performer! Listen to this Brazilian kid sing Amazing Grace. His pronunciation is a little ‘Brazilian’ but his voice is just stunning!
The next Ceilidh Dance will be on Friday, February 6, 2015. 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.
2 people asked to be added to the list of subscribers but they have not responded to the e-mail to confirm their intentions so we are still at 351. It will take many weeks at this rate to get it back to 400 so 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 220 subscribers or 62.7% 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 new class at SFU on Wednesday evenings and then many Burns Events in the next 2 weeks or so.
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – email@example.com 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.
|Jan 23||12:00 pm -1:00 pm, SFU Scottish Studies Centre: Robert Burns Day Celebration Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver. For the last 3 years, the Centre has hosted a very successful marathon reading that has brought old and young together in celebration of the Scottish bard. Last year’s marathon went for a record 6 hours! This year, we are asking people to come down and make history in a different way by joining us for a mass reading/singing of Burns’s most popular works – including “To a Mouse” and “A Man’s a Man” – plus the traditional haggis-addressing and socializing. Starting at noon, our celebration will also feature performances of Scottish music and song. Bring your voices and instruments and join us!|
|Jan 24||Tam O’Shanter’s Burns Supper – “RANTIN’ ROVIN’ ROBIN” SOLD OUT – WAITING LISTThe Tam O’Shanter Dancers are hosting their 21st. annual Robert Burns Dinner/Dance Sat. Jan. 24th 2015 at the Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Ave. White Rock. Doors open 5:30, Dinner 6:30, Entertainment 8pm, Ceilidh Dancing 9pm Tickets: Adult $55 Children 10 & under $30 Call: Janice 604-536-7660, Cheryl 604-535-8949|
|Jan 28||White Rock’s Robbie Burns party|
|Feb 6||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)|
|Feb 7||Bellingham social|
|Feb 13 – 15||ANNUAL WEEKEND OF SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING in HAWAII. Instructor Linda Henderson from San Francisco music by Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and Strathspey Society Band Information at www.rscdshawaii.org.|
|Feb 14||Love to Dance Scottish workshop & Dance in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with teachers Rebecca Blackhall-Peters; Maureen Lyon and Gordon Robinson and music for the dance by the Tartan Players. “More classes; More Teachers; Same camaraderie; same great teaching — Registration online at www.rscdsvancouver.org – Information – 604-922-6842 or 604-464-8103|
|Feb 20||West Van Seniors’ Class invite all intermediate and advanced dancers to a special class with Dennis Orr playing Live at West Van Seniors’ Centre, 695 21st Street West Vancouver with drop in fees of $6 for members and $9 for non members from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – info 604-987-3792 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Feb 23||A FREE night of dancing to the Live music of Dennis Orr from Medicine Hat, AB at Hollyburn Elementary School, 1329 Duchess Avenue, West Vancouver from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – info 604-987-3792 or email@example.com|
|Feb 25||White Rock Heart party – wear red|
|Feb 27||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)|
|Mar 7||Burnaby Dance 7:30 p.m. in Confederation Centre, 4584 Albert Street, Burnaby with music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra – $20 – crib notes and programme at www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Mar 14||Bellingham social|
|Mar 14||Portland Oregon Branch 36th Annual Workshop & Ball with teachers Roberta Gotfried & Bob McMurtry and musicians Deby Benton-Grosjean & Cynthia Soohoo – get info from firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mar 15||Celtic Fest parade – Everyone needed so we can put on a good showing for the large crowd of spectators|
|Mar 21||50th Anniversary Heather Ball, Hellenic Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver with music by Torridon Scottish Dance Band featuring guests Ian Muir and Judi Nicolson. Tickets ($100) available online at www.rscdsvancouver.org or phone 604-929-2944 email@example.com for reservations. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. crib notes and programme at www.rscdsvancouver.org|
Yes, the Burns season has started and various groups and demonstration teams will be dancing in front of audiences all over the Greater Vancouver area. I know I had a practise this afternoon, another one tomorrow night while the Dem Team are dancing elsewhere (Amica in Port Coquitlam).
The Dem Team are also dancing at: Tapestry Wesbrook on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Hollyburn House on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wilson Centre, Port Coquitlam on Thursday at 2 p.m. Seton Villa, Burnaby on Thursday at 7 p.m. Burnaby United on Saturday at 6 p.m. VPPB Burns Supper on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Amica at Arbutus, Vancouver on the 28th at 6:30 p.m. Parkwood Manor, Coquitlam on the 30th at 7 p.m. Shannon Oaks, Vancouver on Feb 4th at 7 p.m.
Of course there is the West End class on Tuesday and the Tams set up and rehearsal on Friday and then their Burns Supper on Saturday which once again is sold out with 300+ expected. Now I just have to remember where and with whom I am dancing and try not to get the dances mixed up – which, at my advanced age is a real problem.
The Bridge ladies are coming on Tuesday so I have to get on with the vacuuming and dusting and the Australian Open has started to I need to find time to watch some of the matches. We record them all but it is more enjoyable when you don’t know the result.
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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Pass of Killiecrankie
The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, February 6, 2015 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 they are starting up again. 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
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, February 6, 2015 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 2014/15 season shapes up as follows: All on Fridays of course —
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 would like 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 351 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 group of guys, all aged 40, discussed where they should meet for lunch.
It was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Leeds because the waitresses had big pillows & wore mini skirts.
Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch and finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Leeds because the food and service was good and the beer was excellent.
Ten years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch, finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Leeds because they could dine in peace and quiet and it was good value for money.
Ten years later, at age 70, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch, finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Leeds because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had a lift for the disabled.
Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch, eventually it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Leeds because they had never been there before.
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
River Dee at Crathie Bridge
Get your registration in for the Love to Dance Workshop and Tea NOW at www.rscdsvancouver.org – you’ll find more information about this great event on that webpage
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door. email@example.com