I have sad news to report – Brian Corbould’s wife Mary passed away this weekend. Mary was a courageous lady who fought and won many battles against illnesses. Mary was a stalwart member of the Glenayre SCD Club. In recent years her work was done behind the scenes but she was there in spirit and will remain so for many more years to come. Brian is a former Chair of the Vancouver Branch and he and we will miss her wisdom, advice , companionship as well as many other things. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian and his family.
A fairly good turnout last Wednesday for the 2nd of the three practises for the Highland Games. I think Mary is counting on 48 dancers for the big day. There is one last class this Wednesday at 7:30 so make sure you don’t miss out and remember to bring your money for your ticket. If you don’t have a ticket or forget to bring it with you next Saturday then you will have to pay full price at the gate!!
Dancing with the Massed Demonstration gets you in to the Games for half price and add to that the fun of participating and it is a Real Deal. Come along this Wednesday to the Scottish Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. – you will be made very welcome. I can truthfully tell you the dances Mary Murray has chosen are all easy and fun – you can do them all.
Come on – Join in the fun.
Remember that Dancing in the Park (Ceperley Park in Stanley Park – near the old Fire Engine at 2nd Beach) starts tomorrow evening and the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra will be playing – and it looks as if it will be a lovely evening. This event continues every Monday evening from 7 – 9 p.m. until August 17. Every week there are many dances for audience participation so this is for everyone. A list of the dance programmes can be found on the Branch website – www.rscdsvancouver.org
Gael Cham near Laggan
Gentle Thoughts for Today –
1. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?
2. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL PERSON IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES DO THEY BECOME DISORIENTED?
3. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?
The next regular Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 25, 2015 (the last Friday of September) .
Unfortunately, mainly due to rising costs but also because of some lower attendances, I have been forced to increase the admission price next season to $12 ($10 for students) so I really hope this does not stop people from attending. Remember that if you have a group of 8 or more you can all qualify for a discount but you have to contact me beforehand.
SAVE THE DAY
BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam
Talking about this – the Highland Games that is – why don’t you join the Massed Demonstration of Scottish Country Dancing at this year’s Games? We still need more of you to get on the e-mail or phone; get all your club members to join in; get busy and put groups together and come along to the class THIS Wednesday. Of course you can just come yourself but it is even more fun with friends.
The dances are not difficult so beginner dancers are more than welcome. This is a great chance to promote SCD and the other advantage is that you get a discounted ticket for the Games. Here is the information from Jean:
To All Fellow Scottish Country Dancers
B.C. HIGHLAND GAMES JUNE 20th,2015
The BC Highland Games this year will take place at the Percy Perry stadium in Coquitlam on June 20th https://www.bchighlandgames.com/. You are invited to dance in the mass Scottish Country Dance ‘DANCE SCOTTISH’ performance.
Rehearsals led by Mary Murray will be held on the three Wednesdays prior to the Games (June 3rd,10th & 17th) no charge, 7:30pm – 9:00pm at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Dances for the performance will consist of very basic steps and formations and therefore suitable for dancers of all levels.
Please reply by return, or if you have any questions give me a call at 604-464-8103 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Participation gives you a discounted entry fee to the games.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Jean Wagstaff, TAC Rep. Vancouver & District
Right get aff yer duff and come on out on Wednesday!
You can give this a try at the Games – bring your friends and show off with a “trainer” caber!!
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 email@example.com.
If you are interested in trying to stop wind farms spoiling your views in Scotland try this website: https://www.savelochness.com/main.html
West Jet is an Airline with head office situated in Calgary, Alberta. West Jet airline attendants try to make the in-flight ‘safety lecture’ and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the Passengers exited, smile, and give them a ‘Thanks for flying our airline.’ He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said, ‘Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?’ ‘Why, no, Ma’am,’ said the pilot. ‘What is it?’ The little old lady said, ‘Did we land, or were we shot down?’
After a real crusher of a landing in Halifax, the attendant came on with, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.’
Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: ‘We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of West Jet Airways.’
Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour.
The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.
I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, ‘The weather out there is terrible.’
My loving wife of 10 years replied, ‘Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?’
And then the fight started …
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 www.celtictreasurechest.com
Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to https://www.CelticFashions.com
I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary? ”
It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation.
“Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said.
So I suggested, “How about the kitchen?”
And that’s when the fight started….
Fishing in the Kelvin
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.
My wife and I are watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, “Do you want to have sex?”
“No,” she answered.
I then said, “Is that your final answer?”
She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying “Yes.”
So I said, “Then I’d like to phone a friend.”
And that’s when the fight started….
The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, September 25th, 2015.
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.
His owner is 21 years old and had never trained a dog before; lives in Litchfield Park near Phoenix, Arizona.
The underwater clarity is unbelievable, I got a 3D effect, without special glasses or anything. This is in HD, 3D, I hope your monitor can view it that way.
The next Ceilidh Dance will be on Friday, September 25th, 2015. Same time, same place, small increase in 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.
Up three so we are up to a 2015 high of 366 subscribers. I should be more grateful that it has not decreased but it will take forever 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 the last newsletter was opened by only 227 subscribers. Because the list is growing that was just 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.
Dancing in the Park tomorrow night with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra and the last practise for the Massed Dance demonstration on June 17th .
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
|Jun 15||Dancing in the Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach in Stanley Park from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. weather permitting (if uncertain call after 5 p.m. 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751) There’ll always be some easy dances for new dancers. Programmes will be on website – www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Jun 17||Highland Games practice – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre – firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jean at 604-464-8103 or just come along. Mary Murray will devise an easy programme and all dancers are welcome to join in the fun.|
|Jun 20||BC Highland Games in Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam – all day long with lots of fun, entertainment, competitions, food, whisky tasting, beer tent, vendors tents, etc. etc. – check out the website at www.bchighlandgames.com|
|Jun 22||Dancing in the Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach in Stanley Park from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. weather permitting (if uncertain call after 5 p.m. 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751) There’ll always be some easy dances for new dancers. Programmes will be on website – www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Jun 22||Stave Falls Dancers will open the Kitsilano Showboat 2015 season. Their performance starts at 7.00pm.|
|Jun 29||Dancing in the Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach in Stanley Park from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. weather permitting (if uncertain call after 5 p.m. 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751) There’ll always be some easy dances for new dancers. Programmes will be on website – www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Jul 1||Canada Day Parade – meet about 6 p.m. on Alberni Street in Vancouver – Let’s Have a REALLY Good Showing – rsvp to Cathrine at email@example.com or 604-299-6447|
If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail. There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.
When our lawn mower broke and wouldn’t run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first: the truck, the car, e-mail, fishing, always something more important to me.
Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors.
I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a few minutes.
When I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. ‘When you finish cutting the grass,’ I said, ‘you might as well sweep the driveway.’
and then the fight started…
Isle of Canna looking to Rum
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 Friday, September 25, 2015 with live music by Calanaish.
You have all summer 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 – $12 or $10 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
September will be a really good time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes as they will be 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
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Come join us dancing in Stanley Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach, on Monday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. starting on Monday, June 15. That is tomorrow evening!!Always lots of fun and many dances for everyone.
For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.
Other announcements etc:
“Get Fit for Fort Worden Mini-Packet” 6 weeks: 15, 22, 29 July & 5, 12, 19 August
Where? Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 1
Time? 8-10 pm
Cost? The usual Branch rates! 48 USD/6 week session for members 60 USD/6 week session for non-members
Give yourself an edge at Fort Worden; come and work on the Friday and Saturday programme dances (there are 27 of them!)
Then, after class get together at one of Phinney/Greenwood’s many pubs and wine bars for a little friendship and fun.
This will be taught by Elizabeth Miller (she devised the programmes and is also the compliment/complaint department
– info at www.rscds-seattle.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, September 25, 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 8 or more and we can give them a discount!!!
We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $12 ($10 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.
Jura from Islay
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 2015/16 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —
February 5 & 26
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.
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 ($12 or $10 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.
Dance – it is good for your health.
Lighthouse at end of Mull of Kintyre
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.
Someone out there either has far too much spare time – or is deadly at Scrabble.
DORMITORY: When you rearrange the letters: DIRTY ROOM PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER
This newsletter reaches out to some 366 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.
This test will tell you if your brain is as old as your body…or some crazy thing like that. It’s fun… The website is at the bottom.
Once you get there, follow these instructions:
1. Touch Start
2. Wait for 3, 2, 1, seconds.
3. Memorize the numbers’ positions on the screen, then click the circle from the SMALLEST NUMBER TO THE BIGGEST NUMBER.
4. At the end of game, the computer will tell you how old your brain is.
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
Loch an Daimh
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.