What a Ceilidh Dance we had last Friday.  If you missed it that was a pity as it was it was lots of fun with new dances mixed in with the old, a visit from the Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers who gave us a demonstration and taught us a dance, over 80 in attendance (fantastic, that ensures another season of Ceilidh Dancing) and we had cake and ate some  too!!  Many thanks to all who came, to the Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers, to the helpers on the door, to Calanaish whom we could not do without and to Alison who is simply marvelous and who has agreed to continue calling for another year.

Don’t forget to put the Ceilidh Dances on your 2017 (and now 2018) calendars – April 28; then another season starting September 29; October 27; November 24 and in the spring of 2018 January 12; February 23; March 30 and closing with April 27.  They are all on Friday evenings and where possible the last Friday of each month – the exceptions are December (as we never schedule one) and January.   Come to the Ceilidh  Friday, April 28 the last one of the season and have lots of fun for next to nothing!

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The Sound of Sleat



Luce Bay, Port William


Some facts you may not know about Canada

Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.


Midges – already!!



 For sale: Long skirt and matching sash from Claire Charles of Pitlochry. Ancient Douglas tartan (blue and green). Length 31.5”. Size “Easyfit.” Perfect for Heather Ball and TAC balls. Brand new. Please contact Rosemary at 604-298-6552 or




The next regular Ceilidh Dance is the Last Friday of the month!! – That is Friday, April 28, 2017 and I sure hope you can come and bring lots of friends.  


I have updated the calendar with known dates at this time including Inverglen’s annual concert- see the Upcoming Events tab.

Frances reminds me that registration for Summer School is open and filling up fast.  It is being held in our own back yard at the University of British Columbia.  This Scottish Country Dance school is for all levels not just advanced dancers.

Hi Everyone,

I know we are looking forward to the warmer weather – it’s coming sooooon.

 I want to remind you that registration for Summer School and the Teachers’ Weekend is already available on-line.   There is a lot of information on the web site – many “pull-down” pages providing you with information about classes, teachers, musicians, special events etc.  Please take a minute to look at the site and then register.   There are over 125 people already registered and the site has only been open four weeks.  We would hate you to miss out. 

 If you or any of your dancers are interested in participating in the Dancing Achievement Program could you please let me know – after you’ve told them about this new and interesting opportunity.  So far we have two Vancouver dancers who will participate and in early July we will organize a couple of classes to help them learn these dances. Of course you could also slip a few of these into your regular classes and that would help everyone become familiar with them. The list of dances and all the details are on the Summer School web site.  We look forward to hearing that you’ve registered.

Fran C.


taken near Lochbuie


Americans have invaded Canada twice, in 1775 and 1812. They lost both times.


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:


The Celtic Treasure Chest on Dunbar has new owners.  Come and meet the new owners and stock up on all your favourite foods.  

Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to 


The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group. The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – . The cost is only $10.

Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved, then, Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information.


Newhaven Harbour


Would you believe my spell checker did not recognize the word “murgatroyd”?
Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really!
The other day a not so elderly (70ish) lady said something to her son about driving a
jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said “What the heck is a jalopy?   Oh, Oh a new phrase! He had never heard of the word jalopy!! She knew she was old but not that old.
  Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.
 About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included “Don’t touch that dial,” “Carbon copy,” “You sound like a broken record” and “Hung out to dry.”
 Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker to straighten up and fly right. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers!   Jumping Jehoshaphat!
Holy moley! We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t
accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.

Not for all the tea in China !
 Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A. and of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.
 Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
 We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! or, this is a fine kettle of fish!, we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed common as rain, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues, our pens and now our keyboards.
  Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone. Where have all those phrases gone?
 Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels.
  It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff ! If only we could dial an Operator for assistance?
We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist, and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging.
 Unless you live in Oregon or New Jersey , you probably don’t know what a gas station attendant does. Don’t bother looking for the janitor in a school or a stewardess on an airplane either. They’ve been replaced by maintenance engineers and flight attendants. Stewardesses used to serve meals and drinks on flights, after the No Smoking light was turned off. Oh my gosh, people smoked cigarettes on airplanes??? Secretaries have been replaced by administrative assistants, nurses have become health care providers and mechanics have become automotive technicians.  Most people under 30 years of age today would be just as confused by the sight of a clutch in a car as they would be by seeing a typewriter on a desk, not to mention listening to a record player.

It’s a changing world for sure.

See ya later, alligator! In a while crocodile!




The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, April 28, 2017 – that is the last Friday of this month.  That will be the seventh one for the season and the fourth one of 2017.  There is 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 and really easy. Everything is taught from scratch – you won’s be the only newbie!  


Obama, Hillary and Trump are standing at the throne of heaven. God looks at them and says, “Before granting you a place at my side, I must ask you what you have learned, what you believe in.”

God asks Obama first: “What do you believe?”

He thinks long and hard, looks God in the eye, and says, “I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends. I believe in giving. I was lucky, but I always tried to do right by my countrymen”.

God can’t help but see the essential goodness of Obama , and offers him a seat to his left.

Then God turns to Hillary and says, “What do you believe?”

Hillary says, “I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life. Like Obama I believe in hard work. I, too, have been lucky, but win or lose, I’ve always tried to be a true patriot and a loyal American.”

God is greatly moved by Hillary’s high-pitched eloquence, and he offers her a seat to his right.

Finally, God turns to Trump and says, “And you, Donald, what do you believe?”

Trump replies,  “I believe you’re in my seat.”


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!!


The third country in space, after the US and USSR, was Canada, which was considered to have the most advanced space program in 1962.


You can join the e-mail list of the SFU Scottish and Celtic Society; the club connecting you to all things Scottish and Celtic at SFU and the community. As members of this mailing list, you will receive updates on events and learning opportunities. All are welcome to participate and enjoy. Facebook Group: As of today, our new Facebook Group is launched and available to join. It is an ‘Open’ group. Anyone can join and invite their friends. We will create Facebook ‘Events’ for all our occasions. Join today at this link:


Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others will enjoy send me the link.

Sound On; Full Page:-

William Shatner narrates the Battle of Vimy Ridge
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Mercedes Robotic Production Line….. Amazing

Setting up the Mercedes robotic production line is a monumental feat… I’ve never seen a more automatic assembly line.  Only Mercedes could engineer like this!  I see they are making a hatchback which isn’t imported Stateside. CFF

Cleaning out the garage


COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:  Note please check the Branch website for any last minute changes.

Apr  6 Tartan Day – wear your tartan with pride.

Apr  7 Carlos Nunez at the Vogue Theatre.  If you thing Spain is just Flamenco, you are about to make an amazing discovery.  Tickets start at $37.50
Apr  7 Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Ritchie on “Highland Men” Centre for Scottish Studies, SFU Burnaby Campus. Room AQ 6229 (Department of History) at 2;30 p.m.   All welcome and then come for a drink and a blether to the Highland Pub.
Apr  8 Children’s Easter Party CANCELLED
Apr  8 Please join the Centre for Scottish Studies at SFU in celebrating Tartan Day with a wonderful afternoon of free lectures and cultural entertainment on Saturday April 8, from 2-5 pm at the SFU Harbour Centre Campus (downtown Vancouver) in room 1900, the Fletcher Challenge Theatre. Please register for your free ticket: by April 1 for catering purposes.
Apr 10 Branch end of term Ceilidh in Scottish Cultural Centre at 7:30 pm – Drop-in $6.50
Apr 19 White Rock AGM
Apr 22 Deep Cove Spring Dance – St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver at 7:30 pm – admission $20 – music by Mary Ross
Apr 22 Change of date —  see April 29
Apr 22 Vancouver Island Spring Fling
Apr 28 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)
Apr 29 NEW DATE —    Nanaimo Spring Dance
Apr 29 Vernon One Day Workshop & Dance with teacher Bernadette Thill, Edmonton and musician Mary Ross, Victoria.  Information and registration form
May  7 Come and “Celebrate Canada” with us at the White Rock Annual Spring Tea Dance – Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock with music by the Tartan Players – Doors open at 3:30 pm Dancing starts at $ pm – Refreshments to follow.  The programme will have a Canadian theme with dances from all over Canada
May 10 White Rock last class of season
May 28 Fort Langley Voyageurs Whisky Tea Dance
May 29 Highland Games Mass Demonstration Rehearsal
June 5 Highland Games Mass Demonstration Rehearsal
Jun  9 Inverglen Scottish Dancers present their annual recital – “A Scottish Fancy”    7.30 p.m. Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  Highland, Scottish Country and Step Dancing.   Piping by Kevin Watsyk and Gaelic Singing by Caity Rose Gordon.   Tickets available at the door at 7 p.m.  Adults: $15.00 Children and Seniors $10.00
Jun 12 Highland Games Mass Demonstration Rehearsal
Jun 17 B.C. Highland Games & Scottish Festival


The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, April 28th, 2017.   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.

Pap of Glencoe


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Pease Bay

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 at the end of the month  – Friday, April 28, 2017 with live music by Calanaish.   This is the fourth dance of the year and we need another huge attendance with everyone coming along for a really fun evening.

Port Seton

You still have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: and here is a link to the Facebook advert: The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through.

They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. The price is only – $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. There is a link on both our website and the Branch website

Scone Palace

Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes are nearing the end of another season but it is never too late to join in.  Check out the class locations and come along – see the “Classes” tab.  

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Come to a class  – 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 in the new year. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO!   Go to either or www, for a list of class locations and times.St patrick's Day Dancers

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing.

It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle).

In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia, and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.

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 or Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations.


as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details –





For upcoming events see and

Other announcements etc:
Seattle Branch
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The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on   Friday, April 28th., 2017 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 or the Face-book page

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

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 2016/17 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —

April 28

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.)

Tay Bridge

You should check the website – – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc. On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc. I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website.

You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.

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

Dance – it is good for your health.

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

If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page. If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.




This newsletter reaches out to some 368 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.



The Falkland Wheel and surrounding area


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 – and come to the Ceilidh Dance on Friday, April 28!!

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

Duncan MacKenzie