I am gaining strength everyday – my speech is improving though Margaret thinks the volume needs to be better but she is deaf!!  I have attended to White Rock classes ad take part in the dances – all but one last night – though I cannot say I am dancing but I get where I am supposed to go in time.   I am taking part in a Ceilidh – MC – at the church next Friday so we’ll see how that goes.   Thanks for all your thoughts and well wishes they are a real boost.

Winter - Kennacraig Ferry terminal   Kennacraig ferry terminal


A backward poet writes inverse.


The newsletters will continue being irregular for a while – at least till my right side recovers from the stroke.  But the Ceilidh dances will continue thanks to all the support I receive.  The next Ceilidh Dance is next Friday, March 25.


I heard great reports from the Ceilidh Dance last Friday.  Alison & Katherine were super and you even learnt Star Wars!!  My thanks to them and all the others for keeping the Ceilidh dances going.  Now all we need is more people.   The attendance has not been bad but it could be better.


Assistance needed


My name is Melissa Milligan, and I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I am researching the spread of Scottish Country Dancing, and trying to find out why it spread where and when it did. I am sending out a survey hoping to gain a better understanding of why Scottish Country Dancing exists where it does. If you could possibly send the survey to members of your Scottish Country Dance groups it would be really helpful to my research.


Thank you!

Melissa Milligan


Winter - Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis


The next regular Ceilidh Dance is Friday, March 25, 2016 and I hope you can come.  Remember if you have a group of 8 or more and you contact me no later than March 23 then everyone in your group will get a $1 discount.


Flying truths

  • It’s easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You have to start with a large fortune.
  • A male pilot is a confused soul who talks about women when he’s flying, and about flying when he’s with a woman.
  • A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle.


Jean Wagstaff has asked if I would advertise the following


Kilt Jacket, Green Tweed
Chest Size 44 / Long.  $50 obo.

Kilt Jacket, Tweed Mixed Colours
Chest Size 36 / Small. $30 obo.

1 Sporran  Muscrat $40 obo.

1 Sporran White imitation Fur $40. obo

For further information contact:
Jean Wagstaff jeedwag@shaw.ca 604-371-1939

I have just received notice of a Charlie Jacket for sale – 42″ for $50 – call Steve at 604-531-2627


Winter - John o' GroatsJohn O’Groats


The Celtic Fest Parade happens on March 13 at 11 a.m.  Come and join the RSCDS in the Parade.  It is lots of fun – easy steps – great camaraderie – and you feel good.  Contact Cathrine at ccmusic@telus.net.  We want to get a larger show then last year.  


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:

List https://www.celtictreasurechest.com/links/index.php
Calendar https://www.celtictreasurechest.com/celticevents/index.php

The McVitties are celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary on March 5.  Drop in to the store and wish them well and win some prizes at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s store on Dunbar & 41st. Check them out at www.celtictreasurechest.com

Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to https://www.CelticFashions.com


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.


Winter - Kings College, AberdeenKings College, Aberdeen


Winter - kingussie - snowKingussie


The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, March 25th, 2016.  Lots of time for you all to get yourselves and your friends organized to come along for another fun, filled evening. Come and dance, it is lots of fun.  

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!!


There is a concert on March 31 at Mansion at 7 p.m.


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.

The French restaurant «Le Petit Chef» came up with an original way to entertain guests while waiting for their order – using a projector on the ceiling, and the animation on the table, there is a small chef who appears on your plate.   Sit back and enjoy the show !

See here: https://bit.ly/1BgTo6a

Old photos of Vancouver etc.       https://onthisspot.ca/vancouver.html

OK, let’s see here….Coca Cola is the # 1 brand in the world, they have billions (no, BILLIONS) of dollars, they are smart marketeers, and they know its the cute and sentimental season. Yup, got it covered. Now let’s see those Budweiser horses top this.

Click here: A Bridge for Santa | Coca-Cola – YouTube

Chinese Fireworks
In the sea of mostly tired reruns circulating the Internet, occasionally a gem surfaces.  This video of a Fireworks Show in China is a treat for the eyes. 
Less than 2 minutes in length but with shapes that
I’ve never seen before.  This Hunan Province town is where fireworks were invented and the show has never been equaled in the West.

The Chinese are not only the inventors of fireworks they are, still, the masters:



The next Ceilidh Dance will be this Friday, March 25th, 2016. Same time, same place, same price, 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.

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


COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

Mar  5 Burnaby Annual Spring dance Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby at 7:30 music by Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.
Mar  5 The Harmony Music Society is a not for profit organization that promotes fiddling in the Fraser Valley.  We are holding a fundraiser ceilidh on March 5th. The dances will be called by Rebecca Blackhall-Peters and we will have a music by the Tartan Players. It will be held in Langley at the SouthRidge Fellowship Church 22756 48th Ave, Langley.  This benefit will help us raise funds allowing us to hold a fiddle workshop. 
Mar 12 Bellingham social
Mar 13 Vancouver Celtic Festival Parade
Mar 16 Walk through for Heather Ball at the Cultural Centre on Wednesday, March 16th, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Drop-in is $6.50.
Mar 19 Vancouver Branch Heather Ball in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver at 5:45 with supper at 6:30 p.m.   Music by the fabulous Nicol McLaren Trio from Scotland along with fiddler Judi Nicholson.  Tickets $80 online at www.rscdsvancouver.org or from Fran at caruth@telus.com
Mar 19 Vancouver Island SCDS March workshop social
Mar 25 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 $12 (students $10)
Mar 30 White Rock St. Patrick’s party
Mar 31 Concert at Hycoft Mansion, 1489 McRae, Vancouver featuring Elspeth McVeigh, Voice and Mark Sullivan fiddler.  7 p.m. tickets $20 from Eventbrite.   This is a prelude to a show at the Edinburgh Festival.   “Coming with hopes and expectations, new immigrants experienced longing and loss for family, friends and the land they left behind – also immense joy and optimism. The concert explores the music of Scotland and Northern Britain, brought to Canada by Scottish emigrants.”
Apr  2 Glenayre annual spring dance St. Laurence Church Hall, 825 St. Laurence, Coquitlam at 7:30 – $12
Apr  2 Vancouver Island March workshop & social
Apr  9 Children’s Easter party 2 – 4 p.m. Capilana Room, Harry Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Avenue’ North Vancouver.  Adults $5; Children free.
Apr  9 Bellingham social
Apr 11 Branch spring ceilidh – 7:30 – 10 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre.  $6.50 drop in.
Apr 16 Deep Cove Dance at 7:30 p.m. in St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver.  Music by Mary Ross – $15
Apr 16 Vancouver Island SCDS Spring Fling social

Note that the White Rock Spring workshop scheduled for March 13 has been cancelled.


If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.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. This is the first year in quite some time that there were no cancellations of Dancing in the Park
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The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, March 25, 2016 with live music by Calanaish.

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: 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

This would be a wonderful time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes. 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.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.

Classes will have started up again at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond but it is never too late to come along and join in the fun. Check for location, start date and time at www.rscdsvancouver.org

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 on the website. 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


Winter - Knapps, Loch KilmalcolmKnapps Loch, Kilmalcolm


If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?


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

Other announcements etc:
Seattle Branch
New Challenge Class season

1st Sunday of the month from 1 – 3 p.m. at University Heights, 5031 University Way N.E., Seattle, 98105 – Room 109

– info at www.rscds-seattle.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, March 25, 2016 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 —

March 25
April 29

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers. 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 more young adults and students from Universities and all the colleges. Somehow we have to get word out to these students etc. 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.

If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news.

Dance – it is good for your health.

Winter - LerwickLerwick

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.


 Winter - Letir Fura with Knoydart in background

Letir Fura looking towards Knoydart


This newsletter reaches out to some 348 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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Winter - Loch an EileinLoch an Eilein

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.

Duncan Mackenzie    ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org