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Thursday, February 10, 2005

02/10/05 - Scottish Country Dancing & More

Back to Irish Aires Table of Contents February 9, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER OR ******* REMINDER: GATHERING OF THE CELTS, SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2-6 PM + Wonderful line up of entertainment, a variety of Celtic organizations and vendors! Recent addition: Murder by the Book (vendor - including Celtic mysteries) Check it out at: ******* IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) (Next week: birthdays!) CEILIDH, Friday, Feb. 11 (come help me show folks some fun, easy ceilidh dances - and there's BBQ too!) CALENDAR PAGE BARBARA DOWNIE IN CONCERT THURSDAY, FEB. 10 (and a variety of other musicians, one of your last opportunities to hear Barbara's fabulous music before she moves to Scotland!) SAN ANTONIO BALL: ACCOMMODATION UPDATE (rooms are somewhat scarce so check it out :-) RICKO DONOVAN (GUITER & DULCIMER TEACHER), FROM IRELAND, IN HOUSTON WALK FOR WALLACE IN SEARCH OF A BAGPIPE (help a peace officer achieve a dream) INFO ON DANCING WITH SCDM ON WEDNESDAYS ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: We had a fun time with our Valentine's theme :-) MARILYN JOHNSON wore a striking red ensemble and brought a Valentine's balloon; JENNA PARSHALL contributed scrumptious chocolate cookies, and various other treats turned up as well. We danced: Haste to the Wedding, White Cockage, Anna's Wedding Cake, C'Est L'Amour, Green Burn, Elinor of Briarlea, Red Ghillies, Sauchie Haugh and Reel of the Royal Scots. NEXT WEEK: BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION in honor of VALERYE BULL, JENNA PARSHALL, JIM FRASER & CAROLYN MADDOX. Guest leader: JUDI HALLENBECK! MEMBER NEWS GEORGE & VICKI HAMILTON enjoyed celebrating Robert Burns' birthday (Alberta, Canada, Ft. McMurray); to view George Hamilton's pictures of the event go to: DALE MELTON writes in part: We have started dancing again, . . . The group here is having a workshop and ball on March 12, here's a link to the site, click on events: We went last year, and it was fun, . . . from foggy Portland, now actually Lake Oswego. PHOTOs on the website: October demo We dance on Wednesdays in the Heights and always welcome new dancers and musicians. For more details see the end of this newsletter. *************** CEILIDH, Friday, Feb. 11 Southminster Presbyterian Church 4200 Cartwright Missouri City, TX 77459 (281)499-2310 6:30 - Barbeque dinner ($ 6.00 Adults, $4.50 Children under 12) 7:30 - Ceilidh Band and Dancing (Band: Rover's Return; Caller: Dianna Shipman) An event for the whole family! No partner needed! No experience necessary! Dinner reservations required; for more info contact: Ava Humme or Lucy Robertson ************* CALENDAR PAGE (details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: THE COMING WEEK: 10 THURSDAY * BARBARA DOWNIE Concert, 7:30 pm St. Thomas University (see article below) * BURNS CLUB * ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY Houston and District Branch Central General Class * Oxford Hall CONTRA DANCE 11 FRIDAY * CEILIDH Southminster Presbyterian Church (see article above) 12 SATURDAY * CONTRA DANCE: HOUSTON AREA TRADITIONAL DANCE SOCIETY, Chocolate and Cherries Valentine’s Celebration * HOUSTON FOLKLORE & FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY Second Saturday Concert: ED MILLER – Songs of Scotland Andy Wilkinson – Songs of the Old West * Revels Wake * Gilmer & Moore, Next Door Coffeehouse * Back At The Ranch with Nashville singer/songwriter Allen Shamblin at Anderson Fair * International Festival Institute at Round Top First Annual International Guitar Festival * Chinese Lunar New Year Festival * Austin, TX: CEILIDH 13 SUNDAY * Men of Houston Morris Dancers * Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing * YOUTH ACTIVITIES: St. Andrews Youth Venturing Group * IRISH SESSION 6.15pm. Rudyards Pub * International Festival Institute at Round Top First Annual International Guitar Festival 14 MONDAY * ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY Houston and District Branch - LEAGUE CITY, TX: Class - WOODLANDS: Class * International Folk Dancing for beginners HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 15 TUESDAY * ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY Houston and District Branch Central Beginner Class 7:30 to 9:30 Teacher and Info contact Judi Hallenbeck 713-721-6743 Location: St. Lukes Presbyterian Church, 8915 Timberside Drive Houston, Texas 77025 6 week session, thru Mar. 22 * Celtic Chorus of Houston 7:30-9:30 pm:KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS * Strings n' Things * LONGVIEW, TX: Celtic Heritage Society of East Texas Monthly meeting 7 - 9 PM Feb. 15-25 English Dancing in Southeast Austrialia Trips by Ken McFarland 16 WEDNESDAY * SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE Birthday Celebrations Guest Leader: Judi Hallenbeck * Lloyd Ernstes' Wednesday Night Open Mike ************* BARBARA DOWNIE IN CONCERT THURSDAY, FEB. 10: The University of St. Thomas Department of Music presents A Concert of Twentieth-Century Chamber Works 7:30 pm Cullen Hall, University of St. Thomas 4001 Mt. Vernon (enter from Yoakum) admission is free *Paul Hindemith: Three Pieces for Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, Piano, and Double Bass (1925) *Morton Gould: Benny’s Gig for Clarinet and Double Bass (1962) *Igor Stravinsky: “L’Histoire du Soldat” (1918) Dean Dalton, narrator; Barbara Downie, violin; Paul Harris, bassoon; Gardner Kondo-Cook, percussion; Eric Larson, bass, Cristi Macelaru, conductor, Edith Orloff, piano, David Peck, clarinet, Robert Walp, trumpet & cornet, David Waters, trombone ************* SAN ANTONIO BALL: ACCOMMODATION UPDATE From: "Roger Bruce" <> who writes in part: I’m writing to let you know we checked with the Quality Inn phone: 800-942-8913 on I-35 N (exit 162) and they have rooms available. We can block off some at a rate for $74/night, if there is a need. Their regular rate is $84.95/double. That inn is on I-35 just north of the SBC Center and near Fort Sam Houston. That’s on the east side of SA, easy to reach from I-10 on the way in/out of town to Houston or Austin. Let me know. The manager has the name “Roger Bruce” on file and said that individuals could call on their own and book rooms under that rate for the night of April 2. We did not specify that some might come on Friday or want to stay longer, but she did not sound as if that would be an issue. We certainly want to know if people find any problems with this. Now, if people want to stay downtown, that’s where the conflict seems to be arising, because of a large petrochemical convention at the Gonzales Convention Center. The Highland Games are across town in Helotes, on the NW corner of SA at I-10. We have not checked motels in that area, but can if anyone likes. Let me know and we’ll get right on it. Hospitality homes are available, too, but I don’t know how many yet. Dianna's Note: Dennis Neal reports that he was able to contact Comfort Suites who also have some space, phone 210-472-1002 - mention "Scottish Country Ball." ************ RICKO DONOVAN (GUITER & DULCIMER TEACHER), FROM IRELAND, IN HOUSTON From: PEGGY CARTER <> Feb. 25: 7:00, Acoustic Showcase at Hickory Hollow Barbecue Restaurant in Houston. (101 Heights Blvd.) Peggy Carter performs with Ricko Donovan from Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland. Ricko teaches guitar and hammer dulcimer in Lisdoonvarna and performs throughout Ireland, and he will be in Houston all day Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 - 26 to teach private or small group lessons on guitar or hammer dulcimer for any interested Houston players. If you're interested in scheduling a session with Ricko, contact Peggy Carter at ************ WALK FOR WALLACE Aug. 3-22, 2005 David R. Ross, current convenor of the Society of William Wallace, will commemorate the memory of Wallace, by walking from Robroyston near Glasgow, to London, on the 700th anniversary of the actual event. *********** IN SEARCH OF A BAGPIPE To whom if may concern, My name is Orville Wright, I'm a Texas Peace Officer in the Houston area. For the past year I have taken beginner pipe lessons and recently had to stop for financial reasons. In search of a instructor that offers free lessons, I found a pipe band that is just starting that will offer pipe lessons. This band will be used to honor Texas Police, Fire, and EMS that fall in the line of duty. This is something that I truly feel is important. My Grandfather when asked while growing up where the Wright's came from would always tell me that we were Scots-Irish. I have my family tree all the way back to a Dr. James Henry Wright who was born in NC in 1746. Past that, it is unknown the true origin of my family. It is hard also for me to explain the passion that I feel for learning the pipes. a desire to learn the pipes so much that I write this letter. At this time I only have a Dunbar Practice Chanter that I purchased a year ago. And if it comes down to it I will continue on the practice chanter as long as I can. And now to the question that this letter is intended for. Is there any type of program available to help appropriate Scottish related items such as instruments. Or can you help assist me in locating someone that may donate a bagpipe to me new or used. Your time and consideration in this matter will be greatly appreciated. Orville W. Wright III ********* 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 Back to Irish Aires Table of Contents
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