Happy Canada Day
Summer on Shetland
This will be the last newsletter for the season. I hope they will start arriving back in your inbox at the end of August. Have a truly wonderful summer.
Well we are certainly having summer weather in Beautiful BC but by all accounts the UK is not enjoying very good weather – maybe it is on its way west.
Between Pittenweem & Anstruther
Another gorgeous week with loads of sunshine – a mite hot but we should never complain. The ground is very dry as shown last night on our way home where the grass on the median had caught fire probably started by some careless cigarette tossed out a car window. We passed the fire engine on its way and when I went back in later the fire was out but there was a very noticeable black scar .
If this keeps up then we are in for some serious water restrictions. There has already been a run on fans and air conditioners. We find it so warm we sleep on top of the bed covers but our just arrived granddaughter from LA felt cold and had to find extra covers!! She is here to coach swimming and visit with her friends. We did see her for a late breakfast but that might be about it until she heads home in mid August – she has to leave early to practise field hockey for her school.
Another enjoyable night in Stanley Park and there was wonderful audience participation. So much so that Rebecca missed out some of the more complicated dances and we repeated the easier ones.
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 THIS WEDNEDAY, July 1. Canada Day Parade – We are entry #45 in the parade on July 1st! We will gather about 6 pm at the northeast corner of Alberni and Broughton, just behind the entry from the consulate of Pakistan, and just in front of Academie Duello. (sword fighting team?) We can go over the dance steps between 6 and 7. The front of the parade starts at 7. Any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-299-6447. In case you need it, my cell phone: 778-233-3566. See you there! Cathrine
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
What a shame Canada lost to England yesterday but they did us and themselves proud. They did their best to come back from a 2 goal deficit and were unlucky in the end. The crowd sounded good and loud and really got behind our ladies. Of course I missed going to the Game although our demonstration at the Richmond Multi Cultural Festival finished in time but it may well have been too late so it was better that I gave my ticket to Margaret and she enjoyed the experience. The Team danced in front of the stage which gave us more room though the surface was not ideal. They danced very well and we were warmly received
I listened to the game on my way into Vancouver (I changed out of my kilt at the Cultural Centre), managed to find a parking spot at Homer & Dunsmuir. I walked down to the FIFA Fan Zone where I tried to watch the game on the 2 big screens but there were so may people making so much noise that I could hardly see the action nor hear the commentary. I walked up to the stadium and got there as they were going into the 5 minutes of added time so was able to meet Margaret with no problem.
We walked back to the car only to find, for some unknown reason, the battery was dead. I phoned BCAA and they would be 45 minutes to an hour. We were right across from a White Spot so we decided to eat but there was a big queue and it took a long time to get seated. We ordered and I felt sure BCAA and my dinner would arrive at the same time but they didn’t. I had to add some time to the meter but we paid our bill and as we were walking outside BCAA phoned to say they would be there shortly which they were and soon had the car running. It seems fine but rather than going to a movie we opted to go home so the car would get a good run and then I returned to YVR to pick my grand daughter up.
Our Hong Kong family arrived on Tuesday and, as they do every summer, commandeered my car. They are spending some time with the other grandparents but when my son arrives in a week or so they will all be here. Later my daughter and another grandson will come so it will be the usual, fun but busy summer with swimming, synchronized swimming, tennis, etc. at the Crescent Beach Swimming Club along with many of their other activities like foot races every Friday evening, Bullhead derbies, Bingo, dances, sandcastle competitions, etc. etc. I shall get fitter walking up and down to the pool and then there is the swim meets, swim galas and the relay races including the three generation one to look forward to as well. Every year I keep saying I must learn to swim properly so I give our family a chance but I am too lazy!!
A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of ‘why’ her country is in trouble !
1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)
2. I got a call from a candidate’s staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then she interrupted me with, ”I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts ..” Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly explained, ”Cape Cod is in Massachusetts , Capetown is in Africa .” Her response – click.
3. A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando .. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that’s not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state!” (OMG)
Stavanan Bay looking to Arran
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
Someone had to remind me, so I’m reminding you too. Don’t laugh…..it is all true… Perks of reaching 50 or being over 60 and heading towards 70!
01. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
02. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
03. No one expects you to run–anywhere.
04. People call at 9 pm and ask, did I wake you?
05. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
06. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
07. Things you buy now won’t wear out.
08. You can eat supper at 4 pm.
09. You can live without sex but not your glasses.
10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
13. You sing along with elevator music.
14. Your eyes won’t get much worse.
15 . Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.
18.. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
19. You can’t remember who sent you this list.
And you notice these are all in Big Print for your convenience.
Stob Binnein from Ben More
An older couple is lying in bed one morning.
They had just awakened from a good night’s sleep.
He takes her hand and she responds, ‘Don’t touch me.’
‘Why not?’ he asked.
She answered, ‘Because I’m dead.’
The husband asked…’What are you talking about? We’re both lying here in bed together and talking to one another!’
She said, ‘No, I’m definitely dead.’
He insisted, ‘You are not dead. What in the world makes you think you’re dead?’
‘Because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts.’
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
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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 – 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.
Great Home Depot commercial
Seniors driving test
THE EGG TRICK
These were the days when TV was fun and non-rehearsed! Click on the “Egg Trick” link below. If Johnny Carson were still around, Leno & Letterman wouldn’t have a chance!
The real Tonight Show. The good ole’ days. This trick has never been repeated in modern times….. Johnny Carson and Dom DeLuise. If this doesn’t bring a smile, you’re brain dead.
Click here below.
Mind boggling and well worth watching!
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 however I have sent an e-mail to some 73 subscribers who have not opened recent newsletters to see if they would like to remain on the list. This will probably mean we will start next year with less than 300 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 213 subscribers. Because the list is growing that was just 58.2% 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.
Dancing in the Park tomorrow night and then the Canada Day Parade.
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 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 at Broughton in Vancouver – We are #45 in the Parade – 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 13||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.|
|Aug 24 – 28||Scotch on the Rocks – a week in Nova Scotia with Scottish Country Dancing, Excursions and a Massage! For info email@example.com|
|Sep 2||Fall Frolic walk through at the Scottish Cultural Centre from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – $6|
|Sep 5||Fall Frolic hosted by the West End Scottish Country Dance Club, West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. with music by the Tartan Players. Cost $15 and a small donation of food would be greatly appreciated. There is free parking behind the Centre, enter off Denman Street.|
|Sep 11 – 13||Port Townsend (WA) Fort Worden Dance Workshop Weekend at Fort Worden State Park & Conference Centre. Fri: Welcome dance 8-11pm; Sat: classes 9-noon & 1:15-2:30pm, Ball 8-11:30pm; Sun am class. Sponsored by Seattle Branch RSCDS. Teachers are Patricia Houghton, Rebecca Blackhall Peters, Sandy Gallamore, Gordon Robinson. Music by Deby Benton Grosjean, Calum MacKinnon, Ralph Gordon, Andy Imbrie. Ball is semi-formal/formal attire. There will be a music workshop on Friday afternoon this year. Contact Elizabeth Miller 206-7828345 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathi Ploeger (Registrar) email@example.com. [www.rscds-seattle.org]|
Once you get over the hill, you’ll begin to pick up speed.
If it weren’t for STRESS I’d have no energy at all.
Whatever hits the fan.. Will Not Be Evenly Distributed.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some, like me, just don’t have any film.
I always know… God won’t give me more than I can handle.
There are times I just wish He didn’t trust me quite so much.
Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian.
Not any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
If you look like your passport picture… you probably need the trip.
Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
Junk is something you’ve kept for years� and throw away three weeks before you need it.
Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
Learn from the mistakes of others. Trust me… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
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.
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.
Where else but Edinburgh Castle with a super moon.
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.
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.
THE EYES: When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE
GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE
THE MORSE CODE: When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS
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.
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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 – www.vancouverceilidh.org
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.