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Thursday, December 16, 2004

12/15/04 - Scottish Country Dancing & More

December 15, 2004 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER REMINDERS: *NEXT WEEK: Dec. 22 is our Christmas Party & "Secret Santa" gift exchange! * DEC. 29 - NO DANCING * DEC. 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY! (Friday) ******* IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) ELVES & MORE: BIKES FOR IMPOVERISHED KIDS CALENDAR PAGE (see end of Calendar Page for gift ideas) REPORTS ON LAST WEEK'S EVENTS IRISH AIRES CHRISTMAS PARTY DEC.25 FT. WORTH: CEILIDH COUNTRY DANCERS WORKSHOPS (Jan. 22) CORPUS CHRISTI: RED MCWILLIAMS FIRE & GRACE (by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas) WINS AWARD DANCE AND THE MOVIES: AURORA PICTURE SHOW AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE CLASS THE SCOTSMAN DIGITAL ARCHIVE LAUNCHED INFO ON DANCING WITH SCDM ON WEDNESDAYS ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: We danced: Take Five, On the Wings of the Morning, Bridge of Athlone, Laird of Atherton, White Cockade, Madly Off in All Directions (a new dance written by Vicki Hamilton that's a "work in progress" and well received), Jubilee Jig, The Sailor, O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast and St. Andrew's Fair. MEMBER NEWS: LISA SMITH sends holiday greetings from Korea. DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS: (apologies for getting this out late - since no newsletter the last week in November I forgot :-) 1 - George Hamilton 3 - Becky Dodge (Dallas) 13 - Marilyn Johnson 18 - Dianna Shipman, Rafael Enriquez 27 - Risa Keiller PHOTOs on the website: from Dickens on the Strand: group photo with Lars Sloan; Mitch, Carolyn & Bud (courtesy of Marilyn Johnson) We dance on Wednesdays in the Heights and always welcome new dancers and musicians. For more details see the end of this newsletter. ************* ELVES & MORE: BIKES FOR IMPOVERISHED KIDS to sign up as a volunteer: From: "RebeccaRob" <> Your help is NEEDED NOW to help build 20,800 bikes for impoverished kids, if any of you have a spare moment or some extra cash. The bikes need to be delivered to the kids (who live at below the breadline here in the Houston area). Bike building every night this week. So far, 2,300 bikes have been assembled, leaving 18,500 to go. Gift Wrapping Sun-Wed December 19-22; ThursdayDecember 23 Load up 225 trucks; Friday December 24 Delivery. Please come and help Rebecca L B Roberts Robertley USA Ltd Co ************* CALENDAR PAGE (details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: ) THE COMING WEEK: 16 THURSDAY * BURNS CLUB * MARTIN BURNISTON'S 13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG Mucky Duck * DANCE AND THE MOVIES AT THE AURORA PICTURE SHOW (see article below) * Dec. 16, 17 & 18: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi 18 SATURDAY * Irish Aires, KPFT-FM, 90.1FM 5:30PM Guests Will Be: THE STARS OF THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT THE MERIDIAN: * International Festival Institute at Round Top An English Holiday Tea * Smithfield Fair Scottish-American acoustic trio ANDERSON FAIR December 18, and 19, 2004 THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: A SCOTTISH CELEBRATION OF THE WINDER SOLSTICE 19 SUNDAY * Men of Houston Morris Dancers * Celtic Christmas Festival Meridian * YOUTH ACTIVITIES: St. Andrews Youth Venturing Group * IRISH SESSION 6.15pm. Rudyards Pub * Blaggards Rock the Shelter The Annual Salvation Army Toy Drive The Continental Club * 3rd Sunday: BARN DANCE * SHAPE NOTE SINGING: Moore's Music Hall 20 MONDAY * International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS * Heather & Thistle Society Christmas Party 21 TUESDAY * Celtic Chorus of Houston: Christmas Party: home of Griff Griffin * Strings n' Things * AUSTIN, TX: CELTIC CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL 22 WEDNESDAY * SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE Christmas Party & Gift Exchange * Lloyd Ernstes' Wednesday Night Open Mike (see end of Calendar Page for gift ideas) ************* REPORTS ON LAST WEEK'S EVENTS: by Dianna Shipman Sat, Dec 11 - myself and various members and friends of the Celtic Chorus gathered at the home of Mary Pat Wead and wandered the decorated, music filled streets for "Lights in the Heights"; we enjoyed music and dance by Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish of Constant Billy, and the Men of Houston Morris Dancers, including Julian Tribe, who is the regular accompanist for the Celtic Chorus. Sunday, Dec. 12 - English Country Dancing by Robert Moir from the UK included a delightful variety of new dances; after Robert & I went to the Mucky Duck and enjoyed a terrific Christmas singalong by young people for HSPVA. Mondays - I continue to lead song and dance as part of a therapy program at a residential facility. Last night, Tues, Dec. 14 was a fun party! The Celtic Chorus & Irish 100 Club & Knights of Columbus members, and Celtic Voyage sang, danced, ate Goode Co. BBQ (courtesy of Lisa Hargett, Outreach Coordinator for Eagle's Trace Retirement Community). Celtic Voyage's new CD will be released this Friday Dec 17 - you can order a copy by emailing ************ IRISH AIRES CHRISTMAS PARTY DEC.25 for listeners & friends. 6:00PM - 8:00PM at KPFT-FM (419 Lovett Blvd, Houston, Texas 77006 – see a map at: Phone: 713-526-5738 Saint Arnolds Brewing Company ( has volunteered some liquid refreshments. There will big hams there AND, if you can, bring a covered dish Contact: Jay Dooling ************ FT. WORTH: CEILIDH COUNTRY DANCERS WORKSHOPS January 22 2005 at Ridglea Presbyterian Church, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd. Ft.Worth, TX 76116 (corner of Camp Bowie and Westridge) 9:30 - 12:30 advanced/intermediate level - taught by Jack Raines beginner/less experienced level taught by Sarah Harriman from Austin (if at least 8 register) lunch from 12:30 - 2:00 2:00 - 3:00 combined session 3:00 - 5:00 advanced/intermediate level - taught by Jack Raines Contact Becky Dodge or phone 817-594-8557 if at all possible by January 14 2005 if you will be attending the workshop, so that they have some idea of how many will attend, and which session. *********** CORPUS CHRISTI: RED MCWILLIAMS Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 15, 17, 18, Time 8 PM at Cassidy's Irish Pub located in the Ramada Inn on Water St., Corpus Christi, TX If you might be there, we'll have some fun. If you can't make it, I want to wish you and all a very Merry Chritmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you might be celebrating. And all the best in the New Year. Thanks, Red McWilliams ************* FIRE & GRACE (by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas) WINS AWARD: Scots Trad Music Album of the Year for 2004!! Fire & Grace was released for worldwide distribution this past spring by Culburnie Records (North America), Resistencia (Spain) and Greentrax Recordings, Ltd (rest of the world). For a full report on the evening's results and sponsors go to Jan 14-16, 2005 Alasdair Fraser School of Fiddle and Dance at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. Jan 26-Feb 1, 2005 The Masters of Scottish Arts workshop in Seattle, USA THANK YOU for your continued support! Alasdair Fraser Reply to : Website : ************ DANCE AND THE MOVIES AT THE AURORA PICTURE SHOW Thursday, December 16th 7 - 10 pm Aurora Picture Show 800 Aurora Street in the Heights Houston, Texas 77009 713-868-2101 David Wilcox of Houston Community College Central's History faculty will take the stage to discuss dance and popular culture. His presentation will include clips from classic dance movies, followed by his favorite dance flick, Strictly Ballroom. Aurora Picture Show is Houston' s art center for film, video and new media. Tickets for most APS events are $5.00. The evening is being presented by the Omega Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. You can find directions and parking information at the Aurora web site is, or by calling 713-868-2101. *********** AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE CLASS Houston Community College Central Campus Cynthia Cupach will teach this beginning level course which introduces the student to movement styles of various African-American dance artists. Primary movement vocabulary incorporates techniques of stretching and strengthening, as well as movement progressions. Through lecture and multimedia, the student will explore the origins of African dance, and its fusion into the dance of the United States. Class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, at 6pm, in Studio A, 3517 Austin, starting January 19, 2005. Students can take the class either as a Continuing Education course (Class #74304, $60.00) or for college credit (DANC 1377, African-American Dance I, 2 lecture, 2 lab credits). For information about Continuing Education class registration, For more information about the class, call 713-718-6600. ******** THE SCOTSMAN DIGITAL ARCHIVE LAUNCHED VIEW THE FIRST EVER EDITION OF THE SCOTSMAN FOR FREE This unique on-line service enables you to browse through history. Currently covering every edition of the Scotsman from 25 January 1817 right through to the end of 1900. It includes coverage of events such as the Highland clearances, the Tay Bridge disaster and the assassination of President Lincoln, to list but a few. Searching the Digital Archive is free and results are displayed on screen as the pages were originally printed. We have also provided a timeline of events covered in The Scotsman from 1800-1900 with links to key articles. Articles on this timeline as well as the first ever edition of The Scotsman are available for free allowing users to try the service before buying. Our Archive also allows you to find out if an ancestor appeared in the paper's births, marriages and deaths notices, and is a valuable resource for historians and genealogists, amateur or professional. To view the editions and articles in full we do charge a small fee. We believe that the pricing levels offer very good value for money - the Annual Pass provides unlimited access for around 30p per day. The Archive will be updated to 1950 by April of 2005 and eventually to the current date. The Scotsman Digital Archive - ********* COME JOIN US: Wednesdays, 7-10 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE website: NEW DANCERS WELCOME - Families welcome (children must be accompanied by parent / guardian). $5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14 ($15 maximum per family) - fourth consecutive Wednesday free. Location: Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th St. (Heights), Houston, Texas (3rd building on left traveling east from Heights Blvd. - 2 story red brick - entrance recessed about 15 feet from street - dancing upstairs). LINKS ON WEBSITE with map & photo MAP: PHOTO OF HALL: *************************** Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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