Yes it is heart month and of course chocolates are good for the heart!!
A few things right at the start:
The Celtic Treasure Chest – Dunbar Store only – has some Scottish specials on for the first 3 days of February only, Check them out at www.celtictreasurechest.com
If you have not registered for the Love to Dance Scottish workshop and Tea Dance to be held on Saturday, February 14 then why not??? This is a workshop for ALL levels with fabulous teachers and great musicians. You will learn so much at the morning classes and the afternoon tea Dance has a fun programme with many simple dances. So get on with it – go to www.rscdsvancouver.org and sign up online NOW!!!
St. Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh
A group of very bright, university students, who were acing their course, went away for the weekend. They could not be bothered rushing back for the exam on Monday. They explained to the Professor that they had had a broken wheel and could not possibly get back in time.
The professor said they could sit the exam that afternoon. The first question worth 10 marks wasn’t too hard and they all breezed through it. The second and last question worth 90 marks asked – “which wheel was it?”
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.
Another busy week with lots of dancing – every day & sometimes twice until today. It has been such a glorious few days and I finally got out in the garden after performing with the Tams yesterday but hardly made a dent in all that needs to be cleaned up.
We watched the Australian Open men’s tennis final this afternoon after skyping with grandchildren in the UK and attending church. Andy started out OK but faded in the end losing in 4 sets. It was a good game with some amazing rallies and shoots. Hope he gets stuck in to his training and starts winning finals again.
After tennis it was Super Bowl and even though I don’t really like the game I was lazy enough to lye back and watch it and now it is almost time for Downton so I will have to get on if I am going to get this newsletter out tonight.
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
CelticFest Vancouver have announced that tickets for the week long event from March 6 – 17 are now on sale at www.celticfestvancouver.com You can find all the information on their website at www.celticfestvancouver.com
The next regular Ceilidh Dance is THIS 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.
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Now that I’m ‘older’ (but refuse to grow up), here’s what I’ve discovered:
- Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
- Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
- It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
- The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.
- If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
- When I’m finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?
- It’s not hard to meet expenses… they’re everywhere.
- The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
- These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m here after.
- I AM UNABLE TO REMEMBER IF I PUT THIS IN LAST WEEK’S NEWSLETTER OR NOT!
- Funny, I don’t remember being, . . . absent minded…
Thanks to some ground work by a student a Scottish Country Dance class at SFU has started. They are on Wednesday evenings and will continue every Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. in Forum Chambers. There were only 2 who turned up LAST WEEK 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
WHY GOD MADE MOMS
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:
Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
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 Scottish specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s Dunbar store including some haggis – only 2 more days. Check them out at www.celtictreasurechest.com
Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, “How old was your husband?” “98,” she replied. “Two years older than me.” “So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented. She responded, “Hardly worth going home, is it?”
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.
Camelias were blooming in our garden yesterday (January)
The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS 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.
The next Ceilidh Dance will be on THIS 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.
Thanks yet again to Paul as he has fixed the “subscribe button” on the home page The slowly growing list has reached the lofty height of 357. I should be more grateful that it is increasing but 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 230 subscribers or 65% 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, the Ceilidh Dance on February 6 and the Love to Dance Scottish Workshop & Tea Dance on the 14th.
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 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|
The Dem Team are dancing at: Shannon Oaks, Vancouver on Feb 4th at 7 p.m. and White Rock Seniors on the 5th while the Tam O’Shanter Dancers will be performing after lunch at on the 6th at Kent Street Seniors.
Strathspey – Invernessshire
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 THIS 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
I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees Fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 4 0 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to black outs. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver’s license.
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 THIS 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.
view from Drymen to the Campsies
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 357 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.
Being Scottish is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV.
And the most Scottish thing of all? Suspicion of all things foreign!
Only in Scotland can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
Only in Scotland do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
Only in Scotland do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters.
Only in Scotland do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the drive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage.
Only in Scotland do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.
Only in Scotland are there disabled parking places in front of a skating rink.
NOT TO MENTION..
3 Scots die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.
142 Scots were injured in 1999 by not removing all pins from new shirts.
58 Scots are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.
31 Scots have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.
19 Scots have died in the last 3 years believing that Christmas decorations were chocolate.
Scottish Hospitals reported 4 broken arms last year after Xmas cracker-pulling accidents.
18 Scots had serious burns in 2000 trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth.
A massive 543 Scots were admitted to A&E in the last two years after trying to open bottles of beer with their teeth.
5 Scots were injured last year in accidents involving out-of-control Scalextric cars.
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
Get your registration in for the Love to Dance Scottish Workshop and Tea Dance 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