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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

August 3, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ****** REMINDER: RANCH PARTY AUG. 20! ****** IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) * TONIGHT * RANCH PARTY AUGUST 20! * PERFORMANCES * PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE * COME DANCE WITH US! CALENDAR PAGE: Current month: for upcoming months: HOUSTON HIGHLAND GAMES ASSOCIATION PUB CRAWL CELTIC CONCERT: MILLER THEATRE UPDATE: MICHAEL GRIFFIN CAMPAIGN: CITY COUNCIL POSITION ONE MARS SPECTACULAR! IN CASE OF EMERGENCY . . . TUTS AUDITIONS:KIDS FOR MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: WELCOME to YINNYS CHOCRON who joined us for the first time this evening (she danced at a St. Andrews' Evening in Oman and wanted to continue dancing here!). It was good to have JANELL MacAFEE HAMOR and daughters CAPRICE and CADELL with us this evening. We had 16 in attendance and danced: Belfast Hornpipe, Reel of Troop 398, The Dancing MacAfees, The Virginia Reel, Highlandman's Umbrella, Circassian Circle, A Helping Hand, Neidpath Castle, Bridge of Athlone, Tribute to the Borders, Cadgers in the Canongate and St. Andrews' Fair. RANCH PARTY AUGUST 20! If you'd like to attend send me an RSVP ( and I'll email maps, directions, etc. The ranch is beautiful with LOTS of trees which make it somewhat cooler. The party will be in the swimming pool area. Possible activities include dancing, singing/singalong, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, canoeing, playing musical instruments, or just lazing around; we plan to celebrate several birthdays and the 700th anniversary of the death of Braveheart (William Wallace). Everyone will bring some food / drink to share. Times: 4 pm 'til. The ranch is 200 + acres near Simonton. PERFORMANCES * We've been invited to dance again at the fourth annual 'Tis Great to Be An Irish American Celebration Saturday, Sept. 10th, from 1:00-6:00pm at the VFW Club in Spring Branch, 1560 Foley St. (near Long Point and Campbell). The celebration is sponsored by the Irish American Heritage Association. Let me know if you're interested. PHOTOs on the website: taken at the ranch where our Aug. 20 party will be held! * COME DANCE WITH US! WEDNESDAYS 7-10 pm website: NEW DANCERS WELCOME - Families welcome (children must be accompanied by parent / guardian). COST: $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). MAP: PHOTO OF HALL: ************* CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: 4 THURSDAY * Celtic Chorus of Houston at Knights of Columbus, 7:30 to 9:30 pm * Houston Highland Games Association General Membership Meeting, at 8:00p.m. 6 SATURDAY * MURDER THE STOUT at Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar * Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's Pub * HOUSE CONCERT: Constant Billy (limited seating) email me at if interested 7 SUNDAY * Men of Houston Morris Dancers * Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing * IRISH SESSION Brian O'Neill's Pub 4:30-7:00 p.m. 8 MONDAY * International Folk Dancing for beginners. 9 TUESDAY * Strings n' Things 10 WEDNESDAY: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! ************* HOUSTON HIGHLAND GAMES ASSOCIATION PUB CRAWL August 13 (Saturday) in Rice Village Pub crawl will begin at 6 pm: Baker St. Pub & Grill (Happy Hour till 9pm) 5510 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 (713) 942-9900 When we are ready, onward to: Brian O'Neill's Restaurant and Irish Pub 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 (713) 522-2603 And last, but not least: The Ginger Man 5607 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 (713) 526-2770 for more info contact Carol Robertson ************* CELTIC CONCERT: MILLER THEATRE KPFT Fall Music Series Features CELTIC/IRISH MUSIC on Sunday, August 14,2005 Produced by KPFT's Irish Aires Show ( Miller Outdoor Theatre: Map: HEADLINERS: 3:00 pm Constant Billy 4:00 pm Paisley Close 5:00 pm Blaggards Dianna's Note: presently scheduled on the "small stage" next to the concession stand - so bring a hat, lawn chair & find a place under a shade tree, and bring some sunblock :-) ************ UPDATE: MICHAEL GRIFFIN CAMPAIGN: CITY COUNCIL POSITION ONE (Dianna's note: Griff is active in the Celtic Chorus as well.) Campaign mailouts start next week; if you'd like to receive a copy contact Campaign Manager Christopher Pappas at E-mail Address(es): Excerpts from MICHAEL GRIFFIN FACT SHEET * Graduate and former teacher - University of St. Thomas * Small business owner: Founder/former owner Grif's Inn. * Local sports enthusiast and founder of Families for Sports Fairness * Instrumental - negotiating agreement with Houston Rockets re: tickets for underprivileged children . . . * Longtime advocate and supporter of teachers in our community and received recognition of his support from the American Federation of Teachers * Former President for Food & Beverage Association of Texas and supporter of the hospitality industry * Longtime supporter and recipient of recognition re: Toys for Tots * Recipient - City of Houston Proclamation re: Mike Griffin Day . . . * Active in supporting law enforcement agencies . . . * Recipient of Senate Proclamation from the Senate of the State of Texas recognizing over 25 years of Exceptional generosity and service . . . * Named Outstanding Citizen of Neartown Association re: defeat of rail on Richmond Ave. * Special Award Recipient from the Mayor of Houston for organizing the "Crime Out" Program. * Special Award Recipient from Texas Society to Prevent Blindness re: fundraising to help testing of children * NASA Award Recipient for organizing the Astronaut Memorial Fun Run and Kid's Walk. * Honoree of American Cancer Association, Justice for All and Child Advocates for contributions to these organizations. * Honored as Citizen of the Week by Ebony Magazine. *********** MARS SPECTACULAR! From: Gerald McCurry The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the past 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again. The encounter will culminate on August 27th, when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of 2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month. Share this with your children and grandchildren. NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN. ******** IN CASE OF EMERGENCY . . . (sent in by Bud Norton) Re: Emergency Responders ICE stands for" In Case of Emergency". In some places paramedics will turn to a victim's cell phone for clues to that person's identity and any known medical history at the scene of an accident. You can make their job much easier with a simple idea: ICE. If you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under ICE, with the name and phone number of the person that the emergency services should call on your behalf, you can save them a lot of time and have your loved ones contacted quickly. It only takes a few moments of your time to do. Dianna's Note: and even if paramedics don't check maybe someone else at the scene of an accident could use this to find out who to contact. ********** TUTS AUDITIONS:KIDS FOR MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK from Gwen Evans AUDITIONS TO BE HELD SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 AT TUTS STUDIOS New York's Camp Broadway program is looking for 400 performance-loving kids, 9-13 years old, to participate in an amazing 5-day program in New York City and perform live in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. TUTS will host these auditions on Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m. at the TUTS Studios at the Hobby Center. Click to download audition applications, information, program details, tuition costs plus additional audition cities and dates. Questions can also be directed to or 212-575-2929. If accepted, the program fee is $475.00, not including travel or housing. ********** NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS: If you'd like me to include something in this Newsletter or on my website calendars, it would be appreciated if you could include: Send all details in the body of a PLAIN TEXT email with NO ATTACHMENTS. No pdf files; no jpegs; no photos. In the email please include: Date Time Name of Event Location (including city, state and zip code*) *some mapping services are more accurate with a zip code for those using computer maps Map links Cost Contacts Websites Other information I will still try to include as much info as possible regardless of format but if I can merely copy and paste it's more likely I can include the item. Otherwise, I may not have time to try and print and/or retype information. Whenever possible, I'd prefer just to include a web link to a page with all the details. I want to include as many items as possible of interest to the newsletter subscribers! Your assistance is appreciated, Dianna *************************** Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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