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Friday, May 13, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

May 11, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ******* REMINDER: HOUSTON HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND! ******* IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) HOUSTON HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL (MAY 13, 14 & 15): UPDATE CALENDAR PAGE: Current month: For upcoming months: IRISH AIRES: CHANGE IN TIME BERTHA ("BERT") DOOLING UPDATE: ON THE MEND INVITATION TO KIRKIN' O' THE TARTANS: WOODLANDS RED LION'S NEW HAPPY HOUR FOR SUMMER INFO ON DANCING WITH SCDM ON WEDNESDAYS ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: We were pleased to have PAUL KIENIEWICZ and AMBER POOLE dance With us this evening! We danced: The Sam Houston Reel (twice), Blue Bonnets, Tam O'Shanter, Lea Rig, White Cockade, Guidman of Balangigh, Belfast Hornpipe, Sauchie Haugh, Gay Gordons, Barley Bree, Bud's New Trews and Dashing White Sergeant. MEMBER NEWS: LISA SMITH writes: some pictures from various places in Korea: 4c55-a54d-33dee01038ac I have become obsessed with taking pictures of flowers -- some have come out great. Hopefully, Carol can tell me their names when I return. I will have a loooong slide show party and show everyone all my epicures when I come home. Miss you guys, Lisa MITCH PHILPOT has invited everyone to attend the Official Texas Monarch Butterfly Conservation Project, Texas City Hummer/Butterfly Event on September 25, 2005! VICKI HAMILTON reports that she heard several selections form HUGH MORRISON'S new CD "Far From Home" on CKUA radio ( on The Celtic Show from Edmonton. It's on every Friday night from 6 - 9 [Ft. McMurray, Alberta] time and listening is probably possible on-line; upon hearing this news, HUGH responded: "That's great news!!! I always like to hear that my music is being played, makes the hard work in the studio seem worthwhile!! "The Celtic Show" is a great radio program, well worth a listen!! I know the host Andy Donnelly pretty well, he always plays top notch Celtic music, not that I'm biased!!" PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE: LISA SMITH IN KOREA! We dance on Wednesdays in the Heights and always welcome new dancers and musicians. For more details see the end of this newsletter. ************* HOUSTON HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL (MAY 13, 14 & 15): UPDATE Dianna's Note: Last week's newsletter had a complete listing of details - which you can also find on the website calendar at Below is info on a few items you might not be as aware of and/or that have been recently added. * LINKS: >Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival >Competitions >Entertainment & Workshops >Location; Tickets; Schedule of Events >Sponsors >Merchandise Vendors htm >Clans & Societies * CEIILDH ANYONE? In past years there has been an informal gathering in the bar of the host hotel, generally getting underway around 9 pm or so (with the concert Saturday I suspect this will get underway a little later). It's been great fun - with musicians bringing instruments, sing-along, etc. There is also a hospitality suite open from 8 to 11 pm in the Patterson Room on the first floor of the hotel. - Dianna *FRIDAY NIGHT FIDDLE COMPETITION: in the Fairbanks Room at the host hotel (Holiday Inn Select). * ACCORDION WORKSHOP SATURDAY MAY 14, 1-3 pm, Workshop Room Presented by: MARK KENNETH - The (He) Art of Scottish Accordion A 2 hour interactive workshop - bring your accordions. Cost $8 in advance, $10 on the day. [Dianna's note: Hugh Morrison may participate as well.] After leaving Scotland in the late 90s, he lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East before moving to the USA, making his way to Texas for a brief stint in Houston, before moving to Dallas and now performing with Jiggernaut." To register go to this link: For additional information: Mark Kenneth 817.917.4817 mobile * BONNIE RIDEOUT CONCERT: Saturday night at the Games site; 7:30 pm; tickets available at the door $10. Bonnie Rideout website: In the past five years, Bonnie Rideout has recorded on four award-winning CDs entitled: Celtic Circles, Kindred Spirits, A Scottish Christmas, and Gi’ me Elbow Room: Songs from a Scottish Childhood. She is a three-time US-Scottish Fiddle champion and has been featured on the CBS news show Sunday Morning, is consistently featured on NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock, and has performed on other NPR programs including Morning Edition and Performance Today. In addition, she has won numerous WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association (Washington, DC) and has authored four books for Mel Bay Publishing Company. * BRIAN TURNER joins the Sunday line up on the Ceilidh Stage (11:30 am to 12 noon); he will be performing traditional fiddle tunes on flattop guitar and Puerto Rican Cuatro and will also be performing fingerstyle instrumentals. Brian began playing guitar in 1968; he currently teaches guitar at Dr. Brianstine’s Music Studio located at Humble Music Center in Humble, Texas. He teaches students from age five to seventy-five, teaching a wide variety of styles, and has authored two guitar instruction manuals. His CD "Culture Medley," containing instrumental songs written and performed by Brian, is now available at Humble Music Center. * MICHAEL "GRIFF" GRIFFIN will have a booth in the vendor area for his campaign for City Council and has invited Chorus members and our dancers to stop by for a while or just to hang out :-) - Dianna ************* CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: THURSDAY * Burns Club, topic: Animals & Nature in Burns MAY 13-15, HOUSTON HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL (see article above) SATURDAY: * HOUSTON FOLKLORE & FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY Second Saturday Concert * CONTRA DANCE:HOUSTON AREA TRADITIONAL DANCE SOCIETY SUNDAY: * Men of Houston Morris Dancers * IRISH SESSION Brian O'Neill's Pub * SHAPE NOTE SINGING : *Houston Folklore and Folk Music Society Pickin' Party * BARN DANCE MONDAY * RSCDS Homeschoolers Class * International Folk Dancing TUESDAY * CELTIC CHORUS at Knights of Columbus, 7:30 pm * Strings & Things * LONGVIEW, TX: Celtic Heritage Society of East Texas Monthly meeting WEDNESDAY: * SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! * Oxford Hall Music Circle ************* IRISH AIRES: CHANGE IN TIME Irish Aires Radio Show is Houston's only 100% Irish Music and News show. It is broadcast every Saturday evening on KPFT-FM (90.1FM) between 6:00 and 7:00 PM Central US Time. (Midnight on Sunday night in Ireland) & on the Internet Note: this is a time change from 6:30pm effective 4/30/2005 Your hosts are Pete Little and Jay Dooling. ********** BERTHA ("BERT") DOOLING UPDATE: ON THE MEND Jay Dooling reports on wife Bert's recovery, writing in part: Bertha is doing better. She will be out of the hospital for 2 weeks tomorrow. All of her tests indicate that she is on the mend. . . . Her strength is good. Her mind is good. Her attitude is good. . . We are still planning our trip to Ireland on June 6th. I appreciate your spreading the news about Bertha and especially appreciate all the cards, emails, prayers that she has received. Jay ************ INVITATION TO KIRKIN' O' THE TARTANS: WOODLANDS Timber Ridge Presbyterian in The Woodlands is planning its first Kirkin' o' the Tartans during the 11:00 am Worship Service on May 22, 2005, as part of their Heritage Sunday celebration. They would like to extend an invitation to all members of the Scottish Community to be part of this celebration and write that they "would be delighted if you would honor us and our Scottish heritage by bringing your Tartans and taking part in our Processional. The Processional will be led by piper Stanley Fontenot, whom we have used for our Heritage Sunday for the past several years. Our pastor, Rev. Stephen Rehrig, will lead the Worship." Virginia Staat Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church 7575 Alden Bridge Drive The Woodlands, Texas 77382 (936) 321-3298 Directions to Timber Ridge: *********** RED LION'S NEW HAPPY HOUR FOR SUMMER Prices for Happy Hour are going to be all day Saturday & Sunday with comp food bites at the bar!! Summer Happy Hour at the Red Lion is Mon-Fri 4-7 and Saturday & Sunday all Day! $4 Martini Specials every day, different flavor! $4 Pints of Import Beers $2 Longnecks $1 off Premiums $5 New Boutique Wines by the Glass ***Crush Pad--featured and produced by Ty Wiggingtons bro (Extreme Makeover fame) **Complimentary Food Bites at the bar, Pita Pizza nibbles, Indian Spice Quesdillas to name a few!! *****Great New Patio Furniture, comfy!! The Red Lion Pub 2316 S. Shepherd 713.782.3030 "Voted Best Bar" AOL Cityguide 2005 "Voted Best Bar Food & Bartenders" Citysearch 2004 "Voted Best Bar Atmosphere" Houston Press 2004 ********** 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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