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Thursday, February 24, 2005

02/23/05 - Scottish Country Dancing & More

To receive these postings via email, click HERE No Message is necessary. Back to Irish Aires Table of Contents February 23, 2005 Gathering of Celts Gathering of the Celts by Dianna Shipman 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! Check it out at: ******* IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) GATHERING OF THE CELTS! CALENDAR PAGE SAN ANTONIO BALL ACCOMMODATIONS UPDATE RED LION PUB: UPDATE SMARTER THAN JACK: TRUE ANIMAL STORIES (ANIMAL WELFARE PROJECT) DIANNA'S MISCELLANY (New Orleans) INFO ON DANCING WITH SCDM ON WEDNESDAYS ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: A real treat: LARS SLOAN on bagpipes & HUGH MORRISON on accordion who played for our dancing: Montgomeries Rant (twice), John McAlpin (twice), Reel of the 51st Division, Balgeddie Reel, Tam O'Shanter, Blue Bonnets (twice), Cotton Eyed Joe, Hospitality Circle, Circassian Circle and Virginia Reel (including a fun rendition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas") as we prepared for Sunday's GATHERING OF THE CELTS (see article below) and in celebration of our Rodeo/Go Texan theme! HUGH MORRISON is hoping to have his new CD ready by Sunday, which includes a total of 9 musicians including BARBARA DOWNIE, so we're all looking forward to that! HUGH also is part of a new band - details to follow - and he may have another new production on the way :-) LARS SLOAN is busy with SCOTTISH MAYHEM and working on new material for a new CD and possibly planning a Caribbean cruise January 2006 - we'll look forward to hearing more details. THANK YOU to LARS for donating a bagpipe clock for the Gathering raffle and to HUGH for donating CDs for the raffle! LAST WEEK: From all the glowing reports, the group had a fun time last week with guest leader JUDI HALLENBECK (while I was in New Orleans - see Dianna's Miscellany below); they danced: Fraser's Fiftieth, Machine without Horses, Mrs. MacLeod, J.B. Milne, 3 Ladies Dancing a 3x32 strathspey (for Carolyn, Jenna and Valerye birthdays - devised by Judi Hallenbeck) and The Argyll Strathspey. PHOTO on the website: Composite of the performers and logos of the groups scheduled for this Sunday's Gathering of the Celts. (click for larger image) MEMBER NEWS: LISA SMITH writes from Seoul, Korea: Well, I'm finally sending pictures. (available until March 12) These were taken back in September and are of palaces, Olympic Park (summer Olympics were here in 1988), and just around town. Especially note the little shoes on the dog. It's popular to "dress" them up. Will send more later. Miss ya, Lisa and some more at until March 22 GET WELL WISHES to ED YOUNG's Dad, and to RISA KEILLER, who is recovering from a broken wrist. We dance on Wednesdays in the Heights and always welcome new dancers and musicians. For more details see the end of this newsletter. ************* GATHERING OF THE CELTS! 2-6:15 p.m Admission: $5 adults; children free (16 and under) (donations for the performers also appreciated) Location: The Knights of Columbus Council 803 2616 Louisiana, Houston, Texas Map overflow parking at Record Storage to the south and ADT lot to the east Sponsored by THE CELTIC CHORUS OF HOUSTON Food/snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks will be on sale. ENTERTAINERS: 2:00 - 2:15 Hugh Morrison, Accordian 2:15- 2:30 Good Time Scottish Dancers with Hugh Morrison, Accordian 2:30 - 3:00 Lars Sloan, American Bagpipes 3:00- 3:15 Heather Vackers, Scottish Highland Dancer 3:15 - 4:00 Constant Billy 4:00 - 4:45 The Rovers Return 4:45 - 5:00 Men of Houston - Morris Dancers 5:00 - 5:15 Sia LaBelle Beaton 5:15 - 6:00 Poor Man's Fortune with E J Jones 6:00 - 6:15 +THE CELTIC CHORUS OF HOUSTON led by Julian Tribe, Guitar (singalong) ORGANIZATIONS & VENDORS: Robertley USA Ltd Co Irish Aires Houston Highland Games Association Texas Scottish Heritage Society General Sam Houston Folk Festival Clan MacLeod Heather and Thistle Society Irish American Heritage Association of Katy, Texas American Bagpipes The Knights of Columbus Council 803 Murder by the Book (including Celtic mysteries) Irish 100 Club RAFFLE! A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FAMILY OF LLOYD GIBSON (LYNNE, LAURA, & ZIP) FOR DONATING A SOUND SYSTEM FOR THIS AND OTHER CELTIC EVENTS IN MEMORY OF LLOYD! Families welcome! ************ CALENDAR PAGE (details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: THE COMING WEEK: 24 THURSDAY ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY Houston and District Branch Central General Class Feb. 24-27, 2005 El Paso, TX: Mystery Convention: Left Coast Crime 2005 25 FRIDAY * Houston Area Acoustic Music Society Acoustic Showcase Peggy Carter performs with Ricko Donovan from Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland. * Last Gaspe 8:00pm Oxford Hall Feb. 25-27 Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Atlanta Branch Spring Workshop Feb. 25-March 17, 2005 Across Australia by Train! A Grand Tour for Dancers & Friends in style Trips by Ken McFarland 26 SATURDAY * CONTRA DANCE: HOUSTON AREA TRADITIONAL DANCE SOCIETY, Special Double Dance To honor Larry Jennings With his son Mark Jennings calling Music by Last Gaspe *DENTON, TX: CEILI & SOCIAL * Celtic Voyage Bayview Duck * LEAHY performs in Spring The Centrum, 6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring 27 SUNDAY * GATHERING OF THE CELTS! (see article above) * YOUTH ACTIVITIES: St. Andrews Youth Venturing Group * Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing 28 MONDAY * ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY Houston and District Branch LEAGUE CITY, TX: Class: WOODLANDS: Class * International Folk Dancing for beginners. * Heather and Thistle Society Meeting * The Kilts and Clubs Charity Golf Tournament 1 TUESDAY * ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY Houston and District Branch Central Beginner Class Teacher and Info contact Judi Hallenbeck 713-721-6743 * Celtic Chorus of Houston (meets at Houston Saengerbund Club) * Strings n' Things 2 WEDNESDAY: * SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! * Oxford Hall open mic ************* SAN ANTONIO BALL ACCOMMODATIONS UPDATE From: "RD-San Antonio, TX - Hill Country (Lissa Bengtson - CON)" Subject: Rooms in S.A. at Radisson Hill Country Anyone coming to the San Antonio Bluebonnet Ball can stay at the Radisson Hill Country for $79 plus tax. We are out by Sea World, only 10 minutes from Our Lady of the Lake University. The hotel is in-between OLLU and Helotes, which is where the Scottish games will be. The hotel is only 3 years old and very comfortable. We have 5 fire pits outside where our guests roast s'mores and there is live music every Friday night. Downtown is 20 minutes away. Sea World is 5 minutes away, and we sell discounted Sea World tickets and provide a shuttle to Sea World. You can call the hotel directly 210-509-9800, ask for reservations, tell them my name and that I'm the one who got the $79 rate approved. (Our usual rate is $149 or more.) If someone is going to stay here, they should let me know and I'll try to get them an upgraded room. Lissa Bengtson Controller Radisson Hill Country Resort & Spa 210-767-5310 EXPRESS YOURSELF - RADISSON'S NEW ONLINE CHECK IN SERVICE: VISIT <> FOR MORE INFORMATION! ************ RED LION PUB: UPDATE From: "cmallinson" <> . . . We just celebrated 1 very successful year in biz!!! Weekly Specials that have become Favorites: Monday: $5 Burger & $4 Martini's all night! Ground sirloin and delicious sour dough bun! Tuesday: Pork Chop Night $7 with all the trimmings Wednesday: Curry Night (lamb or Chicken) & a Pint of Ale for only.....$10 Thursday: Prime Steak Night! Choice of 8 oz Filet or 12 oz NY Strip Dinner $15 and Champagne flows for $5 Cheers! Craig *********** SMARTER THAN JACK: TRUE ANIMAL STORIES (ANIMAL WELFARE PROJECT) From: "Pat Reesby" <> To: <> Pat writes in part: "Hello, there probably aren't many people around these days who'll remember me, but I was in Houston in 1997 and most of 1998, and for a while I attended your Scottish dancing group when it met in the Grace Lutheran church hall. I'm still a keen dancer back in New Zealand. My daughter Jenny Campbell visited me in Houston. She is now a publisher of collections of 'clever animal' stories, and here is a message from her. If anyone would like to be part of her test group and receive the books to read and choose their favourite stories, her email address is below. People with an interest in animals are the most appropriate. I can vouchsafe for the worth of her business; the books are already popular in New Zealand, Australia and Canada and have raised a great deal of money for animal welfare groups. Best wishes to you all. Pat Reesby, Wellington, New Zealand 04/938-0550 Message from Jenny Campbell: We publish a series of books called Smarter than Jack, with true reader-contributed stories about smart animals. The purpose of the series is to entertain readers and to raise money and respect for animals. The equivalent of US$150,000 has been raised so far. This year we are working with a number of animal welfare organisations in the USA and are creating an edition especially for that market. It will contain a mix of best of the stories from our existing books and new stories from the USA. We would like help to choose the best stories from five existing books. If you are willing to do this I will send you five books for you to keep - then in a couple of months you'll let us know your favourite stories. We will of course supply you with copies of the new books for your family and friends. If you are interested please contact Website: ********** DIANNA'S MISCELLANY NEW ORLEANS: I had a great time in New Orleans; Feb. 12 I went to O'Flaherty's Pub and heard Jed Marum and picked up an advance copy of his new CD - great music. I attended a cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking, got in some cajun dancing, dined at a number of wonderful restaurants, including Muriel's, Le Bistro, Bayona's and Mulate's, and of course had to visit the casino :-) ********* 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 To receive these postings via email, click HERE No Message is necessary.
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