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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

June 1, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ******* REMINDER: THIS WEEKEND JUNE 3, 4 & 5: TEXAS SCOTTISH FESTIVAL (see website calendar for details); last week's newsletter had detailed description! I'm looking forward to it! - Dianna ******* IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) CALENDAR PAGE: Current month: for upcoming months: SCOTTISH COMMUNITY IN TEXAS STIRLING, UK: SCOTTISH SUMMER SCHOOLS 2005 & 2006 CD: GERARD BRIDE: "Agus Anois An Aimsir" CLIMBING SCOTLAND'S MOUNTAINS CHEROKEE AND CELTIC TRADITIONS: HISTORY TOUR: OCT. 12-23, 2005 INFO ON DANCING WITH SCDM ON WEDNESDAYS ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: We danced Lady Auckland's Reel, Altshellach, Tantalus Jig, Lammermuir Hills, Take Five, Three Ladies Dancing (twice), The Barmkin, Corian Strathspey, Bauldy Bain's Fiddle, The Gentleman and Virginia Reel. MEMBER NEWS: REBECCA & DREW ROBERTS' son Hamish is in hospital with an MRSA Cellulitis Rebecca wrote in part on May 30: A little worrying but he is on IV antibiotics and so should get out tomorrow if they work. Drew and I are at home as he is at Willowbrook Methodist so is very close (ten mins drive). . . Keep him in your prayers RAFAEL ENRIQUEZ wrote in part: My home-schooled nephew, Matthew, son of Baylor parent, just dropped by the family house two weeks ago from A&M, before he returned home to the valley. He shared with me during our visit that one of the topics for his speech class was to discuss a character the speaker identified with from a favorite film. You can imagine my surprise when he told me it was the lead in the film Braveheart! PATRICK MOORE has returned from Spain/Portugal and danced with us tonight; he wrote last Saturday: I spent one night in Villamoura on the southern Portugese coast. I also spent some time in Sines, Portugal which is the home town of Vasco de Gama. From there I went to Fatima, Portugal. After Fatima I went back to Malaga and spent a day there and then finally I came home. JUNE BIRTHDAYS: 6 - Sharon Michaels 7 - Vicki Hamilton 7 - Donna Robert 16 - Jack Raines (Ft. Worth) 19 - Helen Clark PHOTOs on the website: Magnet: Dance as Though No One Is Watching . . . ($5.99) Art Print: Old Course at St. Andrews at Sunset We dance on Wednesdays in the Heights and always welcome new dancers and musicians!! For more details see the end of this newsletter. ************* CALENDAR PAGE current month: for upcoming months: For recurring weekly events see website calendar. of special note this week: Thursday, June 2: * Houston Highland Games Assn Meeting * CLAN GUNN CEILIDH, Grapevine, TX * Scottish Open Golf Classic, The Colony, TX June 3-5 Texas Scottish Festival and Games, Arlington, TX Saturday June 4: * Saturday, June 4, 2005 Wyndnwyre at Lord of the Rings exhibition Houston Museum of Natural Science * Peggy Carter & Strings & Things - George Library, Richmond, TX * Galveston: various events including sandcastle competition and artwalk. Sunday June 5: Back at the Ranch appears at Mucky Duck. Tuesday, June 7: Celtic Chorus meets at the Red Lion Pub *********** SCOTTISH COMMUNITY IN TEXAS We're Building a Scottish Community in Texas!! We are inviting the leadership of Scottish organizations in Texas to join us for a planning session to explore ways of increasing communication, awareness, and influence of Scottish heritage, culture, events, music, dance, crafts, language, products, etc. Join us at 11:00 am, Sunday, June 5th in the Gilstrap Conference Room (1st floor of Maverick Stadium) [Arlington, TX] For more info: contact Sia Beaton ************* STIRLING, UK: SCOTTISH SUMMER SCHOOLS 2005 & 2006 website week/weekend courses in March/April/May/June/July/August/September/October/November Over the years the courses have attracted thousands of participants wishing to experience the rich cultural heritage of Scotland. They are located on or very close to the University [of Stirling] campus, which is situated on the 360 acre Airthrey Estate and is one of the most beautiful in Europe. All residential and catering facilities are on the campus which offers a wide range of recreational facilities including theatre/cinema/golf and swimming. The subjects are all taught by knowledgeable and experienced tutors - many of whom are leading experts in their fields. Most of the Schools incorporate practical or participative elements which complement the presentations by tutors. A wide variety of courses, such as Art & Architecture, Discovering Scotland's Past: The People, the Beasties & the Landscape, Discovering Scottish Castles, Famous Scots, Gaelic Language, Scotland's Road's, Canals & Railways, Scottish Family History Studies (for Introductory to Advanced levels), Scottish Literature, Scottish Landscape Painting, Accordion Playing (Scottish Style), Clarsach, Scots Fiddle Playing, Highland Bagpipe, Highland Dancing, Piano Accompaniment, Scottish Singing, Shetland Fiddle, Whistle, Bodhran Playing & Accompaniment, Who Are the Scots? August 2005 An INTERHOSTEL PROGRAM FOR U.S. RESIDENTS will be based at the University of Stirling. Requests for further details should be emailed or addressed to: Margery Stirling, Summer School Co-ordinator, DAICE, Airthrey Castle, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA Telephone - +44 (0)1786 467951 Fax - +44 (0)1786 466131 Email - ************* CD: GERARD BRIDE: "Agus Anois An Aimsir" Note: Gerard is one of the members of the band "Murder the Stout" who will be playing at the Celtic Concert, Sunday, June 12. I found this to be a very enjoyable CD with a light, bright, upbeat sound - Dianna Track List: 1 Introduction / 2 Boys of Bluehill, The Harvest Home (hornpipes) / 3 Rocky Road to Dublin / 4 Bruacha na Siuire (Air) / 5 Black Thorn Stick, Saddle the Pony, Frost is All Gone, Behind the Haystack (Jigs) / 6 Lannigan's Ball, Taking Water from the Well (Slide) / 7 Taimse Im'Chodladh (Slow Air) / 8 Moonshiner / 9 Air , Keel Row (Air & Reel) / 10 Merrily Kissed the Quaker (Slide) [total time: 31 min] Gerard Bride: Tin Whistles, Low Whistle, Bodhran, Uillean Pipes and vocals Patrick Devlin - guitar tracks 2, 7 and 9 Daniel Bride Bodhran tracks 1 and 7 For info contact Gerard at: ************* CLIMBING SCOTLAND'S MOUNTAINS (submitted by Tina Bass, from a magazine article, "The High Hills of Freedom" by Rob Buchanan, Outside April 2004) To climb one of Scotland's Munro mountains (there are 284 of them all over 3000 feet including Ben Lomond) is referred to as "Munro bagging." Hills between 2500 and 3000 feet are Corbetts and those between 2000 to 2500 are Grahams. Resources: Skye Guides The Munros: Scottish Mountaineering Club Hillwalkers' Guide ************ CHEROKEE AND CELTIC TRADITIONS: HISTORY TOUR: OCT. 12-23, 2005 (submitted by Tina Bass) Explore Cherokee History and the Celtic Connection in the Cherokee Nation East Tennessee: The Hermitage, Brainerd Mission, Ross' Landing, John Ross House, Red Clay, Fort Marr, Tellico Blockhouse, Fort Loudoun North Carolina: Junaluska Museum, Qualla Boundary, Mountain Farm Museum, Cold Mountain, Frankie Silver Sites, Nikwasi Mound, Scottish Tartan Museum, Valleytowns Baptist Mission Georgia: Dahlonega Gojld Museum, Major Ridge House, New Echota, Chief Vann House, Chickamauga & Chattanooga Military Park Est cost $989.00 (price pending final arrangements) Hearth & Home History Tours 10801 West 805 Road, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 74434 918 478 2273 Travel arrangements and transportation by Kincaid Travel ********* 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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