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My body and feet rebelled so I did not attend the Glenayre dance last night.   I have heard reports that it was a very enjoyable dance and as always the food was just AwesomeI have always enjoyed Glenayre’s events and I was sorry I did not go but I was signed up and did go to the White Rock workshop this morning and, of course, I was at the Ceilidh on Friday night.   What with classes every night last week I am feeling my age and I take a lot longer to recover.   My apologies to Jean and all the good folk at Glenayre.   I shall try to come next year!!


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Bluebells beside the road near Loch Lomond

While everyone is enjoying the anniversary, please take a moment to think of Mary Brandon, who helped bring Scottish Dancing and Miss Milligan to Vancouver.  She no longer travels so she was unable to join the celebration.  However she is marking her 90th birthday on April 6.  It would be wonderful if she could receive greetings from dancers in Vancouver on this milestone.  Here’s the information for sending her birthday wishes:

Mary – longtime teacher, Demonstration Team director, dance devisor, RSCDS examiner and Scroll of Honor recipient for founding the Hawaii Branch– doesn’t want a party, but would love to hear from dancers and SCD friends. A post box has been set up specifically for your cards, photos and letters:Brandon Birthday Greetings, 6520 Platt Ave #143, West Hills, CA 91307. Mary does not use the internet, but if you must email your message,send it to: and we will print it out for her.Please, no links to videos or e-cards.You can help make this a memorable day for a very special woman! Thank you very much. Alice Allen Los Angeles Branch


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This is the craziest thing I’ve seen in a long time. For those of you in the 21st century (e.g. blackberry owners), you’ll need to look at this on a pc. You also have to get out of your seat and walk away from your computer. People may think you’re crazy. But it’s well worth it.

Albert Monroe

 When you look at this picture in a closer look you see its Albert Einstein. But if you stand 15 feet away, it will become Marilyn Monroe.


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Drum Castle

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.  Training sessions are held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver (upstairs).  If you are interested in helping our Teacher Candidates, please contact Jean Wagstaff 604-464-8103 / for further information.

Your support will be much appreciated. 

Many thanks, Jean Wagstaff  and the 2015 Candidates


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The next regular Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, April 24, 2015 (the last Friday of  April) – 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.

The Tam O’Shanter Dancers are coming to perform – hopefully the Stationmaster’s Reel!!


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.   Contact Louise at for more information and please tell all your student friends.

The Humanities Department at SFU is offering a Celtic Mythology course this summer, taught by Dr. Antone Minard. It will be meeting on Saturday afternoons. The course outline can be obtained and questions about the course can be directed to Dr. Minard at

If you are interested in trying to stop wind farms spoiling your views in Scotland try this website:

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Findhorn Beach



WHY GOD MADE MOMS Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the fo

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean.  I’d  get rid of that.
2. I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the  back of her head.


A fairly good crowd at the Ceilidh Dance last Friday night with about 65 in attendance.   As always there were quite a few first timers who all say they will come back with more friends next time.   The Branch Demonstration gave us an amazing performance so my thanks to them all for coming along.   They ended up dancing Magic Moments and then split up and got everyone up to dance it.   It was a fun and enjoyable evening though we need more dancers in order to break even.   With costs rising it looks like we will have to increase the admission next year.

Mixed weather this past week – yes we did have some nice, pleasant days but we also had some very heavy rain.   I thought my garden was going to sink as there were puddles everywhere and walking across the lawn was like crossing a bog.   I was busy all week with a variety of things and only got out in the garden briefly.   Fortunately my good wife did get some work done!!

Some of the USCS Directors have arranged to have the City of Vancouver make a proclamation that April 6, 2015 be Tartan Day.   It is Easter Monday and there is to be a ceremony at City Hall at Noon with some pipe bands and some Highland and Scottish Country dancers.   Please come along, wear your kilt or something tartan and show your pride. 


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 always some specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s stores.  Check them out at

Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to


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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 – .   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.  




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The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, April 24th , 2015. 

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 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:


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

Who knew the best brew is grown in Scotland? > > A tea grown in the Scottish Highlands is to be crowned the finest tea in the world. > > The Dalreoch Estate Wee Tea Plantation’s smoked white tea will get the Gold Award at the prestigious Salon Du The in Paris, beating other teas from China, India and Sri Lanka.

Great pictures (don’t let the title mislead you)!


This is truly awesome. What is wonderful about this is that people will walk past older people as though they don’t exist.  This wonderful older gentleman caused them to stop and pay attention; and  so they did!  God bless him. Turn up your sound. You are in for a treat.

The next Ceilidh Dance will be on Friday, April 24, 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.


The slowly growing list has grown by 1 to the lofty height of  361.   I should be more grateful that it has increased 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!!

At time of writing this last week’s newsletter was opened by only 230 subscribers.  Because the list is growing that was just 64.2% of the total list.   I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is probably much higher.

Please keep opening the newsletter!!  Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.


Events happening in the immediate future include the Tartan Day celebrations on Easter Monday, the Bellingham dance on the 11th and then the Deep Cove Dance on the 18th.

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.


Kids are  Quick

TEACHER:       Clyde, your composition on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s.   Did you copy his?

CLYDE:              No, teacher, it’s the same dog.


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If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – 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.

Apr   1 Ceilidh at SFU – more info to come  CANCELLED
Apr  6 Tartan Day – come help celebrate the proclamation by the City of Vancouver on the lawn outside City Hall at noon – wear your kilt/tartan and show we Scots can be proud of our heritage and how much we have contributed to Vancouver, BC and Canada
Apr   9 SFU presents – Dr. Scott Hames, “Scotland After the Referendum”  7:30-9:30 pm, Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Apr 11 Nanaimo Scottish Country Dancers welcome everyone to their annual one day workshop with teachers Ruth Jappy & Rebecca Blackhall-Peters as well as musicians Julie Smith & Deborah Jones.   This is a great workshop for basic & intermediate dancers.   No need to take your car they will meet you at the ferry!!  All info and registration form at
Apr 11 Bellingham social
Apr 18 Deep Cove Dance in St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver with music by Mary Ross.   7:30 p.m. —  $15
Apr 20 It’s become a tradition!   Monday Night End of Term Ceilidh in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.   7:30 – 10:00 p.m. – everyone welcome — $6 drop in.
Apr 24 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)
Apr 25 Children’s Spring Party & Dance, Harry Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver from 2 – 4 p.m.   Adults $5 – Children FREE!!
Apr 25 Vernon, B.C. invites everyone to come to their 19th annual workshop & ceilidh Teacher Barbara Johnston from Edmonton – Info from Kathy 250-542-4139 or
May  1 White Rock Ceilidh featuring Lindsay Weir & Colin Garvin from Scotland – 7:30 p.m. in the White Rock Elks Club, 1469 George Street, White Rock – $15 adults; $8 students – info 604-536-7660
May 1-3 Youth Weekend West In Victoria BC –
May 1-3 Winnipeg Branch 44th annual Spring workshop & Ball – teachers Bob Anderson, Victoria & Sharon Barker, Calgary and music by Scotch Measure.   For registration forms & info e-mail Sharon at or go to
May  3 White Rock Annual Tea Dance (“Ocean Frolic”) is back on a Sunday afternoon.   To be held in the Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock with music by Lindsay Weir, accordion & Colin Garvin, keyboard from Scotland.   Doors open 3 p.m. with dancing at 3:30 p.m. and refreshments to follow.   Tickets $25 – call Paul at 604-536-7660
May  4 Burnaby Spring session – teacher TBA  Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby 7:30 p.m. –$6 drop in
May  6 White Rock last class until September


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Fyvie Castle


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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Near Duddingston

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, April 24, 2015 with live music by Calanaish.    The Tam O’Shanter Dancers have promised to perform and hopefully will do the Stationmaster’s Reel

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: and here is a link to the Facebook advert: 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. There is a link on both our website and the Branch website

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 or www, for a list of class locations and times.

St patrick's Day Dancers


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 or 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 –



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For upcoming events see and Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, April 24, 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 or the Face-book page

Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

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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 —

April 24
September 25
October 23

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 and maybe Daniel and/or Michelle 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.

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Great Glen Way

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 – – 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 – – 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     Please check the website – for updates, pictures and news.

Dance – it is good for your health.

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Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at    If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – 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 361 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.


How to Dance in the Rain

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.    I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.  He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.   As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.  He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now .. 

I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’    He smiled as he patted my hand and said,  

‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’

 I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,   That is the kind of love I want in my life.’ True love is neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.


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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 –


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Lambs in Pentland Hills Park


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