Ceilidh Dance newsletter – next Ceilidh Dance Friday, April 27, 2012

Bank Street, Galashiels

A very Happy Easter, Passover or whatever to you all.   A day early this week and next week’s may be even earlier while the following week will be much, much later, if at all!!

Friends … They love you,
But they’re not always your lover
They care for you,
But they’re not always from your family
They’re ready to share your pain,
And are right beside you when you need them
But they’re not always your blood relation.

They are … FRIENDS! !!!!

A True friend…
Scolds like a DAD…
Cares like a MOM…
Teases like a SISTER…
Irritates like a BROTHER…
And finally loves you more than a LOVER.

The nicest place to be is in someone’s THOUGHTS!
The safest place to be is in someone’s PRAYERS!
And the best place to be is in


If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter please let me know – ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org

PLEASE NOTE: Despite what has been listed elsewhere the Deep Cove Dance on Saturday, April 14 will be held at St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver.

Are you 30ish or under? If so have you registered or checked out the 2012 Youth West Workshop website –www.youthweekendwest.com/ See more info on our webpage under events – www.vancouverceilidh.org

 Red meat is not bad for you    Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.


There is only one Ceilidh Dance left this season which will be on Friday, April 27. As I mentioned in last week’s letter we used to hold one in May in conjunction with the Hyack Festival but the attendance dropped too low to warrant the cost and effort. I wondered if there would be enough people interested and that would respond and say they would come to a Ceilidh Dance in May. The ball was in your court but my mailbox got flooded with a whole two replies!!   So there will be no Ceilidh Dance in May, 2012.   There is a Ceilidh night in the Park again – August 1.

Classes are starting to wind down although there are 3 or 4 more dances still to come – Deep Cove, Gleneagles, White Rock and Fort Langley – plus there are workshops and dances in Bellingham and elsewhere.  The Tam O’Shanter Dancers are off to a Celtic Festival in Cuba for 10 days.   Their schedule looks very full with not a lot of time for relaxing and sightseeing.   They are hoping for days like today with glorious sunshine but maybe a tad warmer!!


Ninety-nine percent of all lawyers give the rest a bad name..

Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.



River Tweed

Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

NOTE:- the BC Highland Games is to be held on Saturday June 23, 2012 in Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam.  This is a week earlier than normal so please help us by passing this information along.
The BC Highland Games Organizing Committee has put out an urgent appeal for volunteers.
50 to 75 volunteers are also needed on the day of the games.
If you are able to assist, please contact Jim Bain (604-435-0764) or Glenna Urbshadt (604-224-5479).

Check out the BC Highland Games website at www.bchighlandgames.com    A Sponsorship package is available from the website so if you or you know of anyone who would like to sponsor the Games and/or advertise in the programme please download the form and pass it on.

The Celtic Treasure Chest have a sale of all their 2011 inventory in their three stores. Check our webpage for contact info – www.vancouverceilidh.org


Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)
The Father of Thermodynamics

Went to Glasgow University when just 10. Developed the science of thermodynamics and formulated the Kelvin scale of absolute temperature, Supervised laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable and improved ship’s compass.

COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS – see www.vancouverceilidh.org for a complete list.

Apr 13 Seattle advanced class at Phinney, Room 7 from 7:25 to 9:25 — RSCDS members $7; others $9
Music by Brian Crisafulli & Bill Boyd
Apr 13 – 15 Red Deer Scottish Country Dance Club host their biennial workshop. Teachers are Ruth Jappy, Ron Wallace and Donna Angus. Music for the ball by Mary Ross. Info from Donna at <donnandick32@gmail.com>.
Apr 14 Deep Cove Spring Social in St. Catherine’s Anglican Church Hall, 1058 Ridgeway Drive, North Vancouver at 8 p.m. – $10
Apr 14 Bellingham monthly dance
Apr 21 Children’s Workshop & Tea Dance — Highland’s United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver.   Workshop 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch 1 – 2 p.m. Dance 2 p.m.  Workshop & Dance – Children $18; Adults $19.   Dance only Children $2, Adults $5.   Teachers Carolyn Hutcheon, Louise Murphy and Katherine Shearman while adult class will be taught by Colette Hamner.   Info 604-922-4406 or wentworth923@yahoo.ca
Apr 21 Nanaimo Scottish Country Dancers one day workshop and tea dance with Ruth & Alex Jappy, Rebecca Blackhall-Peters & Julie Smith — info from kirco@telus.net
Apr 21 Seattle Branch party with Calum & Guinevere — see www.rscds-seattle.org for info.
Apr 27 – 28 Winnipeg workshop & dance with Teachers Elaine Brunken, Washington, DC and Cheryl Durnin, Winnipeg and music by Scotch Measure (Ron Krug & Ken Natrass) — www.rscdswinnipeg.ca
Apr 27 Ceilidh Dance in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Class at 7 p.m. and dance from 8 — 11 p.m.  Admission at the door $10 (students etc. $8)
Apr 28 Gleneagles Spring Dance in Christ the Redeemer Church, 595 Keith Road, West Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. – $10
Apr 28 Vernon Workshop with Ruth Jappy and music by Kristi Lind & Friends info 250-545-2626 or KenHurst@shaw.ca
Apr 28 Scottish Country Dancers of Winnipeg’s 41st Annual Workshop & Dance with teachers Elaine Brunken & Cheryl Durnin and music by Scotch Measure.   Info:  joesdaughter@hotmail.com Registration form etc:  www.rscdswinnipeg.ca
Apr 30 Branch Monday Night End of Term Ceilidh 7:30 — 10:00 p.m. at the Cultural Centre — Everyone Welcome — Drop in $6
May  3 White Rock Ceilidh at the Elks Club, White Rock featuring Jim Lindsay and many other great performers.
May 4 — 6 Youth West Workshop — this year, for the first time, Seattle will be the hosts for the annual Youth Scottish Country Dance get together.   Teachers are Linda Mae Dennis, WA; Terry Harvey, PA and Jim Maiolo, WA with musicians David Knight, DC on fiddle and Andy Imbrie, CA on piano.  Info & registration at www.youthweekendwest.com/registration.html
May  5 Gaelic Society Ceilidh — info to come
May  5 White Rock SCDC Dance — note this is not a Tea Dance this year.   Musicians are Jim Lindsay, accordionist  from Scotland and Bill O’Donnell on drums.  Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock 7 p.m. with a late buffet to follow the dance.   Tickets and info: Gerda 604-531-4595 gerdab@shaw.ca or www.wrscdc.org


See website www.vancouverceilidh.org for a more complete list.

Brodick Castle


A little old lady was going up and down the halls in a nursing home.  As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say “Supersex.”

She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair.  Flipping her gown at him, she said, “Supersex.”

He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, “I’ll take the soup. ”

TYPEWRITER  is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

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A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

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Brora Beach

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, April 27, 2012 – that is the last Friday of the month. This will be the last dance for the season unless … see the note earlier in the newsletter.

Please help spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms

The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 — 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 — 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through. The price is only – $10 or $8 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain — everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.

Getting set for the Dashing White Sergeant

The schedule for the 2012/13 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —

September 28
October 26
November 30
January 4
February 1
February 22
March 29
April 26

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We are still working on improving the strength of the smile muscles as well as the bows and curtsies! Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is. We need to attract students from UBC, SFU and all the other colleges and universities. 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.

For those who enjoy listening to Scottish music, song, banter etc. try www.andysceilidh.co.uk/ this is a radio programme that you can get sent to you and listen any time you want.

Caiplie Caves

The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. www.facebook.com/rscdsvancouver. There is a link on both our website www.vancouverceilidh.org and the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org

It really is never too late to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes and NOW is a great time to do it. You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class next week. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO!

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime which is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing. It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to get the basics learnt 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 also are Branches in Victoria and 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

Also the Inverary Step Dance class on Wednesdays in the French School, 1555 West 7th Ave., Vancouver- info b_campbell@dccnet.com


Riddles (answer next week)

Last week’s answer:

Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing.

This week’s (an easy one!)

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.

Other announcements etc:

Seattle Branch – info at www.rscds-seattle.org

Our last Challenge Class of the season will meet on Friday, April 13 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association – Room #7 (6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle). We have the room from 7:00, and because we need time to set up, class will meet from 7:25 – 9:25pm. Fee $7 for RSCDS members and $9 for others. Music this month by Brian & Bill

Note that the classes are on the second Friday of the month.

Following up on requests, the plan is to do much more technique, We will do fewer dances most weeks and spend more time on improving personal technique – steps and formations. As in any class, team work and sociability will be a major focus. We will be delving into old books and also bringing in new dances to complement the programme. If you have dances you specially would like to do let me know.


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 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. WE Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! What a nice thoughtful gift it could be if you gave your friends admission to the Ceilidh Dance. They don’t need to know it only costs $10 – 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 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.

The cost is still the amazingly low price of $10 or $8 for students and we provide refreshments although we do ask for your donations towards their cost. We always need your support both by coming along and by helping us to advertise these dances by whatever means you use to communicate with your friends be it e-mail, Face-Book, Twitter, Text or even telephone! 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 on 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!!

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.

Mick met Paddy in the street and said, ‘Paddy, will you draw your bedroom curtains before making love to your wife in future?’

‘Why?’ Paddy asked.

‘Because,’ said Mick, ‘the entire street was laughing when they saw you making love yesterday.’

Mick said, ‘Silly people, the laugh’s on them.   I wasn’t home yesterday.’

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. I am delighted that we have gone over 350 so the next goal is 400 before the end of the season. 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 363 subscribers 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. Note- I normally compose the newsletters on Sundays.

Collieston Old Slaine Castle Cliffs

Thanks hope to see you at a dance class, a Ceilidh Dance or somewhere nice. Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for you never know you just might …..!

Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org