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Friday, December 10, 2004

Scottish Country Dancing & More

December 8, 2004 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ******* REMINDERS: *Lights in the Heights this Saturday *English Country Dancing this Sunday with Robert Moir, guest instructor from the UK *Celtic Voyage at Knights of Columbus for concert next Tuesday Dec. 14 ******* IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING THIS SUNDAY 5-7 pm CALENDAR PAGE DICKENS ON THE STRAND REPORT FT. WORTH, TX: ONE DAY WORKSHOP: January 22, 2005 SAN ANTONIO: BLUEBONNET BALL SCOTLAND RISING CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IDEAS: DIANNA'S SHOPPING MART BAGPIPE CLOCKS (Perfect Gift for the Person Who Has Everything!) SCOTTISH BORDERS STAMPING JED MARUM NEW ALBUM: MILES FROM HOME THE BRITISH EMPORIUM FILM: TIME AFTER TIME (Celebration of Celtic, American & Australian peoples) INFO ON DANCING WITH SCDM ON WEDNESDAYS ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: WELCOME to new dancer with us: CHRISTY KANE! We danced: The Sands of Forvie, January Welcome, Montgomeries' Rant, Sir Roger de Coverley, Balgeddie Reel, The Sailor, Kingston Jig, Jessie's Hornpipe, Laird of Atherton (twice), The Long Paddock and Circle Waltz (to Bill Thurman's tune "Judi's Waltz"). PHOTOs on the website: Dancing at Dickens on the Strand (center); Carolyn Maddox, Bud Norton & Dianna Shipman in Victorian dress (upper left) - click on photos for larger image. Some photos from the weekend also under the Member Tab We dance on Wednesdays in the Heights and always welcome new dancers and musicians. For more details see the end of this newsletter. ************* ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING THIS SUNDAY Dec. 12, 5-7 pm Oxford Hall, 1135 Oxford, in the Houston Heights (Note: east of Heights Blvd. between 11th and 12th Sts; 1135 Oxford is Mike Head's home - the dance hall/performance space "Oxford Hall" is a separate building behind the house - you walk up the driveway to enter - there should be a sign out front) No cover charge but donations welcome. Refreshments: soft drinks, chips and cookies for sale feel free to bring refreshments to share. NON SMOKING. NO ALCHOLIC BEVERAGES PLEASE. Instructor: ROBERT MOIR * leading English Country Dance teacher * accredited by the English Folk Dance and Song Society contact Dianna Shipman at or 713 522 1212 ************* CALENDAR PAGE (details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: THE COMING WEEK: 9 THURSDAY *ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY Houston and District Branch Central General Class (last class this session) 11 SATURDAY * Lights in the Heights * Celtic Voyage, Bayview Duck December 11, 12, 18, and 19, 2004 THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: A SCOTTISH CELEBRATION OF THE WINDER SOLSTICE 12 SUNDAY * ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING 5-7 pm (see article above) * WINEDALE, TX: Constant Billy (Emily Standish & Bill Galbraith) UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION along with Men of Houston Morris Dancers * YOUTH ACTIVITIES: St. Andrews Youth Venturing Group * IRISH SESSION Rudyards Pub * Houston Folklore and Folk Music Society Pickin' Party * Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing 13 MONDAY * International Folk Dancing for beginners.HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 14 TUESDAY * Celtic Chorus of Houston Joint Event with Irish 100 Club CELTIC CONCERT: Celtic Voyage * Strings n' Things 15 WEDNESDAY * SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE * Lloyd Ernstes' Wednesday Night Open Mike ************* DICKENS ON THE STRAND REPORT by Dianna Shipman Congratulations to our dancers: Bud Norton, Carolyn Maddox, Mitch Philpot, Susan Kelm, Ed Fuller, Rafael Enriquez, Ed & Carol Young, Marilyn Johnson, Jenna Parshall, Dianna Shipman. Well done! Special thank you to Susan Kelm for being our chauffeur with her van, to Susan and Ed Fuller for fixing lunch Saturday and to Mitch Philpot for general suggestions, including Miller's Landing for seafood on the Seawall Saturday night. Bud Norton's tartan trews attracted favorable attention and were made by Susan Kelm. A special thank you to LARS SLOAN & LISA SANFORD of AMERICAN BAGPIPES for inviting us to join them! LARS as always was great on the bagpipes, as were his fellow musicians who joined in from time to time. Our "dancing in the street" was well received (see photo on website). Miracle of miracles - we didn't get rained on during our dancing - the whole weekend worked out OK on weather with only one small shower on Sunday afternoon - amazing after the dire predictions. Mitch Philpot's impromptu dance with the "saloon girls" in front of Connolly's Pub was a hit; our men in kilts were often asked to pose for photos. We were able to get audience participaton for our Sunday shows. Marilyn Johnson enjoyed the architectural tour. We ran into Peggy Carter who was playing hammered dulcimer along with some of her Strings & Things musicians. Donal Hinely on the "ghost fiddle" (ie playing on glasses of various sizes filled with various amounts of water) entranced audiences. Activities at the Elyssa included sea shanties, tours of the ship, and a falconry/bird show (which included a horned owl, Harris hawk, peregrin falcon and condor); however, the seagulls were not amused - they headed south right away! Watching the crew in the ship's rigging 50 ft up was quite a sight. Sunday evening we checked out the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, which was a nice way to finish up the weekend. Photos on the website - front page (Dancing Blue Bonnets to a crowd - Lars Sloan piping in the background) and under Member tab individual photos. ************* FT. WORTH, TX: ONE DAY WORKSHOP: January 22, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING FREE Instructor: Jack Raines for intermediate/advanced dancers Ridgelea Presbyterian, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd, Ft Worth, TX. morning session from 9:30 - 12:30 lunch 12:30 - 2:00 (on your own)* afternoon session 2:00 - 5:00. no charge for the workshop There is parking either in front of the church or across the street To RSVP email BECKY DODGE as soon as possible, but no later than January 14 2005. ************* SAN ANTONIO: BLUEBONNET BALL: April 2, 2005 Grand March begins at 3 pm The Bluebonnet Scottish Country Dancers: The Bluebonnet Ball International Folk Culture Center, Our Lady of the Lake University Music by Calum MacKinnon and Andy Imbrie Costs: $25 / adult; $10 / 18 years old or younger; $5 / non-dancers Make checks payable to: Bluebonnet Scottish Country Dancers c/o Jon Simms, 323 Oak Bend, Lavernia, TX 78121, 830-779-2308 Bluebonnet Ball Registration requested by March 15th Program: Lady Home's Jig 32J3 MMM 1 The White Cockade 32R3 RSCDS V Sisters of the Heart 32S4 Shaw 2004 Bobby Brown's Canadian Breakdown 32R4 Millar Elinor of Briar Lea 32J2 Roby 2004 Argyll Strathspey 32S3 RSCDS XXXV Gretchen's Fancy 32J3 Blaschke John McAlpin 32S3 Foss The Bees of Maggieknockater 32J4 Drewry Intermission Mrs MacLeod 32R3 RSCDS VI The Machine Without Horses 32J3 RSCDS XII The Garry Strathspey 32S3 RSCDS Leaflet Dunnatar Honours 32R3 Keith 1998 Sauchie Haugh 32S2 RSCDS Leaflet Balgeddie Reel 32R5 Brandon Blue Bonnets 32J2 RSCDS III Monymusk 32S3 RSCDS XI J. B. Milne 32R3 Foss Extra: Black Mountain Reel 32R5 Haynes ************ SCOTLAND RISING membership includes numerous music downloads ********* CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IDEAS: ** DIANNA'S SHOPPING MART ** BAGPIPE CLOCKS (Perfect Gift for the Person Who Has Everything!) The Great Highland Bagpipe Clock. Designed and created by Lars Sloan, this clock plays a different popular bagpipe tune every hour. It comes with volume control and a light sensor for all of you light sleepers. The face features twelve unique sets of pipes plus the flag of Scotland. A high quality product. American Bagpipes, 17143 Westminster Village Court, Houston, Texas, 77084 713-BAGPIPE (224-7473) Dianna's Note: The tunes are pleasant and realistic and the volume automatically is less in lower light. ** JED MARUM NEW ALBUM: MILES FROM HOME Jed writes in part: "In March 2005 I will be releasing a new CD called, MILES FROM HOME. I will introduce the new album at the North Texas Irish Festival (NTIF) and will be playing shows there with the two players who worked extensively with me on the album; Paul Mills (aka Curly Boy Stubbs) and Tom Leighton. You can see more about NTIF and the band here . . . Also working with me on the album are Brian McNeill, Eve Goldberg, Dennis Pendrith and Mick Lane. CD SALES As you prepare your shopping list this time of year, I hope you'll consider buying one or several of my CDs for that special someone! You can buy from CD Baby online, at the links listed below - or contact me via email for direct purchase info. STREETS OF FALL RIVER - SOUL OF A WANDERER - FIGHTING TIGERS OF IRELAND - Thanks and all the best" Jed Marum ** SCOTTISH BORDERS STAMPING have just purchased the rubber stamp company formerly known as "Kalligraphika" and have acquired about 1,000 new images You can see some of them here: The images are Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance etc. ** THE BRITISH EMPORIUM British Groceries & Gift Store 140 North Main Street Grapevine TX 76051 As recommended by D Magazine! 817 421 2311 ******** FILM: TIME AFTER TIME (Celebration of Celtic, American & Australian peoples) From: "Maireid Sullivan" <> Our special news is that we have just released our film on dvd; Time after Time - a celebration of the great heritage of ancient Celtic, American and Australian peoples. We have a preview online at If you have time to view the short preview, and if you love it, please help us get the word out. Thanks, Mairéid Sullivan Melbourne, Australia ********* 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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