Happy Father’s Day
Loch an Eilein, Aviemore
Our sad news last week increased with the news that Rebecca’s mother had also passed away. Our deepest condolences go out to Rebecca and her family at this sad time.
Loch Earn with stature entitled “Still”
What a beautiful day for the Highland Games, in fact we have had another beautiful week with loads of sunshine and I only experienced about an hour of rain very early on Friday morning. It was a heavy but isolated shower and I was in North Surrey but there was no rain a few miles further south. The attendance at the Games looked pretty good and I look forward to getting more information about that. The early “non competitive pipe band competition” pulled a lot more people in to the grandstand which meant there was a larger audience than usual for the Massed Scottish Dance performance which went off very well. Everyone was smiling and the patterns, movement and obvious enjoyment of the dancers shone through. Of course Mary’s choice of music helped a great deal too and she is due lots of plaudits for getting the 48 of us through the 4 dances.
Obviously as one of the dances performed was the “Pride of Dunblane” we inspired Andy Murray to win his 4th title at the Queen’s Club tournament in London which is a warm up for Wimbledon.
The Highland Games committee had obviously worked very hard and the stadium looked very nice and colourful. Simon Fraser University, which is shortly going to celebrate its 50th anniversary, were big sponsors and provided the co-chieftains of the day – the SFU President, Andrew Petter, and the Director, SFU Centre for Scottish Studies, Leith Davis.
There were some 16 pipe bands – 3 performance and 13 competitive – and many highland dancers as well as a host of athletes in the various heavy events. There was a good selection of vendor, clan and other tents and the SFU sponsored cultural tent seemed to be busy all day as, of course, was the whisky tasting tent. Congratulations to Glenna, Jim and Joan and their committee for a job very well done and to all the many volunteers who helped make it possible. It was sad not to see Jim Bain at the Games and wish him well on his road to recovery. Many more volunteers are needed next year so keep it in mind.
The 42 dancers in the RSCDS Vancouver Branch 2015 Highland Games Demonstration Team put on a great display of dancing which was led and choreographed by Dorothy. She is due a great deal of credit as she put in a lot of hard work to get us all working together in what proved to be a wonderful performance. The dancers worked very hard too, it was warm out there, and their memories had to work overtime to remember all the various moves, figures and progressions. I heard many very favourable comments and I want to add my personal congratulations to Dorothy and all the Team.
What a lot of work Cathrine and her group of volunteers did at our own tent, Cathrine puts in many hours promoting SCD at various places and deserves a HUGE THANK YOU. Now you can really show your appreciation for what she does by coming along to join in the Canada Day parade on July 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-299-6447
Remember that Dancing in the Park (Ceperley Park in Stanley Park – near the old Fire Engine at 2nd Beach) tomorrow evening – 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
Another week has flown by and an exciting day today. Apart from being invited by my son for Father’s Day dinner we (Son and 2 grandsons) went to cheer Canada at the Women’s World Cup in their match against Switzerland. My son gave me tickets to all the games being played in Vancouver so I have enjoyed 3 so far and it is lots of fun and some good fitba’ too. Oh it was exciting, nail biting at times too but our ladies held on for the win so I think we get to watch them again next Saturday though I may have to give my ticket to Margaret as we have a Demonstration in Richmond. Go Canada; Go.
The week started off with some outdoor window cleaning – not too good as the skylights are still very streaky – and the first night of Dancing in the Park with music provided by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra. There was a good attendance of both dancers and audience on such a lovely night.
Tuesday I was in town for a meeting and some work at the office etc. then home to pick up grandson #2 at school and off to watch the USA play the Netherlands. Wednesday I had a Cancer drive to the Jim Pattison Centre in Surrey then it was dance class at night and Thursday was much the same except the drive was to Lions Gate. Friday I had a very early drive – pick up at 6:45 – then I got to watch grandson #2 playing in a field hockey tournament. He is still just 15 but has been selected for the BC Under 18 team so I am very proud of him. They played and beat the Ontario U21 team. We entertained Bruce for dinner and we all went to watch the game at 8 p.m. which they lost. Of course I was at the Games yesterday so did not get to see him – thy drew one and lost the other so they finished 4th but as the other teams were all U21 I think they did very well.
If you have never been to a field hockey game (especially men’s) or have not done so for many years you would be very surprised. It is fast and very skilled. They play on special artificial turf and the ball whizzes around at a great speed. This tournament was held at Tamanawis Field in Surrey but there are fields in West Vancouver, Burnaby, Vancouver and UBC. Go to www.fieldhockeybc.com for more information.
Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company’s party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn’t taste like alcohol at all. He didn’t even remember how he got home from the party.
As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong. Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirin next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose!! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed.
He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirin, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:
‘Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favourite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian’
He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper. His 16 year old son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, ‘Son, what happened last night?’
‘Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind you fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door’
Confused, he asked his son, ‘So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??’
His son replies, ‘Oh THAT… Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, ‘Leave me alone bitch, I’m married!!’
Broken coffee Table $239.99
Hot breakfast $4.20
Two aspirin $.38
Saying the right thing, at the right time:
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.
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:
Heard on a West Jet Airline flight. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing. If you can light ’em, you can smoke ’em.’
A plane was taking off from the Winnipeg Airport . After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from Winnipeg to Montreal .. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax… OH, MY GOD!’
Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!’ A passenger in Coach yelled, ‘That’s nothing. You should see the back of mine!’
Mangersta Bay, Lewis
Scottish thought for the day:
A recent study conducted by Aberdeen University found that the average Scotsman walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study by the Scottish Medical Association found that Scotsmen drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year!!
This means, on average, Scotsmen get about 41 miles to the gallon. Kind Of Makes You Proud to Be Scottish doesn’t it!
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
Cullen & 1 of the 3 Kings
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.
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.
This was a guest speaker at an actual Conference on Aging in California. The speaker is a weatherman, but SHOULD be a stand up comic. Attendees were young and old alike, male and female.
1920 Dodge sedan at work:
So you went out and spent $40k-70k on a new 4-wheel drive truck and put big off-road tires on it. You could have just bought a 1920’s era 2 wheel drive Dodge sedan! As this video demonstrates, our roads have come a long way in 94 years. One must wonder if many of our 4 wheel drive and ATVs could do as well as this old Dodge sedan did. How fantastic that somebody had the foresight to record & keep this old footage!
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This is the Bungra/Highland blend I was talking about. It’s kind of neat. Right-click and open Hyperlink.
Don’t know who dreams this up, but beer commercials are the best.
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.
We stayed at the 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 212 subscribers. Because the list is growing that was just 58.1% 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 Fort Langley Voyageurs hosting and also Stave Fall Dancers performing at the Kitsilano Showboat..
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-299-6447|
|Jul 6||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 24-26||TAC Annual General Meeting in Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia with teacher Sue Porter and musician Neil Barron|
|Jul 26 – Aug 2||TAC Summer School suitable for all levels of dance experience. Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia with teachers Rebecca Blackhall-Peters (BC); Terry Harvey (PA); Robert McOwen (MA) and Sue Porter (Oban, Scotland) as well as musicians – Neil Barron, Fred Collins, Kathy Fraser-Collins, Judy Nicolson, Etienne Ozorak and Don Wood. Watch for details of registration as this wonderful, annual workshop fills up quickly.|
As a young bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director to pipe at a grave-side service for a homeless man, with no family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery way back in the country, and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there. As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost; and being a typical man did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late.
I saw the backhoe and the crew, who were eating lunch, but the hearse was nowhere in sight. I apologized to the workers for my tardiness, and stepped to the side of the open grave, where I saw the vault lid already in place. I assured the workers I would not hold them up for long, but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch……I played out my heart and soul……. As I played the workers began to weep. I played, and I played, like I’d never piped before:…From “My Home”, “Abide with Me” to “Flowers of the Forest.”
I closed the lengthy session with “Amazing Grace” and walked to my car. As I was opening the door and taking off my jacket, I overheard one of the workers saying to another….
” I’ve never seen nothin’ like that before – and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”
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The final practise.
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.
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.
River Tweed near St. Boswell
We would like to attract more 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.
Sailing through the Kyles of Bute
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.
ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER DESPERATION: When you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT
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.
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
Scaranish Harbour, Tiree
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.