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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

August 24, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ****** IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) * Tonight * Ranch Party Report * Calendar Reminders * Member News * Come Dance With Us! CALENDAR PAGE: Current month: for upcoming months: MURIEL JOHNSTONE & BILL ZOBEL HAVE MOVED! SIR SEAN CONNERY BIRTHDAY BASH NEW ORLEANS: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE WORKSHOP SEPT. 3 CELTIC WOMEN'S RETREAT UPDATE MUSICIAN MARK KENNETH ANNOUNCES ADDITION TO THE FAMILY SMITHFIELD FAIR MUSIC USED IN FILM ABERDEEN CELEBRATES 700th ANNIVERSARY OF BRAVEHEART DEATH ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: * TONIGHT: 15 dancers tonight. We were pleased to welcome back JULIE COULTER; Julie danced with us the first year of SCDM and it was great to have her return! We danced: Neidpath Castle, Belfast Hornpipe, Dance with Me?, Balgeddie Reel (twice), Sugar Candie, Young at Heart, Deil Amang the Tailors, Glasgow Country Dance, St. Andrews' Fair and Montgomeries' Rant. * RANCH PARTY REPORT: At least 32 attended the party at the ranch in Simonton last Saturday and about 16 took turns on the horses and almost that many went out in the canoe! Great food, including BBQ (Marilyn Johnson), salmon, salads, etc., etc.! We put various Celtic CDs on the sound system; a dozen or so got in the swimming pool. Members of the Celtic Chorus and friends sang along to the CD. Robert Wylie went down by the river and played bagpipes so that the sound floated up - a rare treat. We finished up the evening with Fiona Wylie on fiddle and Robert on pipes. It was a great party! * CALENDAR REMINDERS: ** Sat Aug 27 - 2 pm Memorial service for Ed Young's mother ** Sat Aug 27 - 8 pm Sir Sean Connery Birthday Bash at Kelvin Arms ** Sat Sept 10 - Irish American Heritage Assn Celebration (dancers willing to help with 2 audience participation dances will get in free and get a free drink!) ** Sun Sept 11 - "Mostly Waltz" at Oxford Hall ** Sat Sept 17 - dance party at St. Andrews' Episcopal Church in the Heights ** Sat Oct 1 - Celtic Women's Retreat- Gruene (New Braunsfels) ** Sat Oct 8 - Houston Ball ** Sat Oct 22 - Clear Lake Celtic Festival ** Sat Oct 29 - Annual Mystery Party: Harry Potter Theme * MEMBER NEWS ** CAROL YOUNG announced a Halloween Children's Event, Sat Oct. 1 at 11 am at Cornelius Nurseries (where Carol works). Details at: * PHOTOS on the website: ** HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD NORTON! ** Braveheart (see article below) * 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 PAGES details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: 25 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston, Knights of Columbus, 7:30 pm 26 FRIDAY * Houston Area Acoustic Music Society Acoustic Showcase, at Hickory Hollow * MURDER THE STOUT at The Beverly Pub * Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's Pub 27 SATURDAY * MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO HAZEL YOUNG 2pm [Note: Hazel Young was the mother of Scottish Country Dancer Ed Young], who passed away July 7 2005. 2nd floor of Treemont Retirement Center, 2501 Westerland, Houston TX. This is not a formal service, so come casual and enjoy the refreshments & the opportunity to view some family photo albums & just visit with all those who were touched by Hazel's smile & her joy of living. Please RSVP to Ed Young * SIR SEAN CONNERY BIRTHDAY BASH (see article below) * CONTRA DANCE: HOUSTON AREA TRADITIONAL DANCE SOCIETY * The Ken Valentino CONTRABAND at the Bayview Duck * JACKSON (MISSISSIPPI) SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS: WORKSHOP AND SOCIAL 28 SUNDAY * Men of Houston Morris Dancers * Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing CANCELLED:they will be dancing at the Lord of the Rings exhibit instead * IRISH SESSION Brian O'Neill's Pub 4:30-7:00 p.m. 29 MONDAY International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall 30 TUESDAY Strings n' Things 31 WEDNESDAY: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! ************* MURIEL JOHNSTONE & BILL ZOBEL HAVE MOVED! From: "Bill Zobel" We are in the midst of moving to Canada - Courtenay, BC to be exact. Any Scotscores mail to Please visit More news anon Bill & Muriel ************** SIR SEAN CONNERY BIRTHDAY BASH Saturday, August 27: Celebrate with Houston Highland Games Association Kelvin Arms Pub 2424 Dunstan in Rice Village (713) 528-4137. 8 pm James Bond look-a-like contest, trivia contest, food, drink and whisky tasting available for purchase. Don't forget to pay homage to the shrine dedicated to Sir Sean Connery The Kelvin Arms will be serving ye that evening: James Bond Martini 1½ ounce vodka 1½ ounce Hendrick's Scottish Gin ½ ounce Lillet blanc Twist of lemon peel The evening's whisky tasting will be Glenfiddich 12 and 15 year old and a Balveni. ************** NEW ORLEANS: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE WORKSHOP SEPT. 3 Sponsored by the Caledonian Society of New Orleans Scottish Country Dance Group Teacher: Stella Fogg from the Richmond, Virgina Date: Saturday -- September 3, 2005 Time: 9 AM until 3:30 PM Where: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church School Gym 444 Metairie Road Metairie, Louisiana 70005 Map and Directions: Cost: $10 Target Group: Intermediate Scottish Country Dancers, beginners and advanced welcome! Contact: Wendy Grubb -- Yours aye! Tom Mungall, III Chief -- St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge ************* CELTIC WOMEN'S RETREAT UPDATE Please join us for the first Celtic Women's Retreat - October 1, 2005 at the Gruene Homestead Inn. There will be no "fee" for this event - donations will be accepted to cover meeting room and material costs. Please let us know if you plan to attend the day session by sending your name, contact info and arrival time to email - On Saturday, October 1st, we will meet for breakfast at the Homestead Inn at 9:30 am - ($7/person - Must make a reservation 24 hours in advance)... Sessions will begin at noon and go until 7:00 pm in the conference room at the Inn. For those who want to make a weekend of it, we will be meeting for dinner on Friday evening. Rooms at the Inn will only be held until August 28th... so if you want one you need to reserve it now. Toll Free: 800.238.5534 / Local: 830.606.0216 For more info: Slainte' Sia ************* MUSICIAN MARK KENNETH ANNOUNCES ADDITION TO THE FAMILY Mark Kenneth, accordian player with Jiggernaut (Dallas area) Please welcome the addition of our first baby to our family - Anthony Douglas Kenneth, born 8/19/05 at 5.34am in Plano Medical Center. Baby was born 3.5 weeks early weighing 4lb 10oz and was 18.5in long. Mommy and baby are both doing well - hope you like the photos! K3bsJ4 mark&jen&anthony&zoe ************** SMITHFIELD FAIR MUSIC USED IN FILM Acoustic music…Scottish spirit Stevenson Productions, 8323 Justin Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 (225) 928-3902; Email:; On the web: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information, contact: Dougald McLaurin, 225-928-3902 The music of Celtic acoustic group Smithfield Fair has been added as theme music to SunShadow Productions' re-release of the motion picture “Law of the Sixgun”. The moody instrumental “March of Time” and the title track from the band's eighth release, Winds of Time, were added to the sound track as the film's re-release draws near. The film's star, Tex Hill, actor and 'last of the singing cowboys,' purchased the film when the original production company floundered. Hill, who has worked with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter and others, starred in the film made in the mold of black and white cowboy serials of yesteryear and is currently negotiating for the film's airing on various networks. . . Smithfield Fair, generally a trio, is currently touring in support of its ninth album, Swept Away, joined to form a quartet by the group's studio bassist and former member Bob Smith. The group also includes percussionist Frang Bladen. Over the past 17 years, Smithfield Fair has become one of the foremost presenters of traditional Scottish songs, but performances and recordings have always featured group originals. Fall performances include Bedford (TX) Old School, Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival, Stone Mountain Highland Games with Alasdair Fraser, and Houston's legendary Anderson Fair. ************ ABERDEEN CELEBRATES 700th ANNIVERSARY OF BRAVEHEART DEATH 22 August 2005 Cries of "freedom" rang through the centre of Aberdeen yesterday as a 2,000-strong crowd took part in events commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of William Wallace. Clad in tartan clothing and accessories, they watched a procession of groups dressed as characters from 2,000 years of Scotland's history. . . The parade was led by John Kenny of Edinburgh - the only musician who can play the Pictish ceremonial horn, the carnyx. Music also came from the Grampian Police Pipe Band, Culter Boys Brigade Pipe Band and musicians from north-east folk clubs. The day's events were centred around the Saltire-draped Wallace statue opposite His Majesty's Theatre. A solitary piper played there in the morning and was followed by a concert of songs, dance, music and recitations by winners of the Robert Burns World Federation Schools' competition. . . Actor Billy Kay gave the annual Wallace address to the crowd. He said: "In celebrating Wallace, we celebrate freedom. For centuries, it was said that every house in Scotland had two books - the Bible and Wallace." He said Wallace appealed to Scots because he was "gallus and bold", and added: "We Scots have made a great contribution to national and individual freedoms in all parts of the world and I'm sure it began with Wallace. . . Primary-school pupils from Victoria Road, Charleston, St Joseph's and Kingswells schools then enacted a pageant based on Wallace's life and death. They were followed by Loirston Drama Group whose members re-enacted extracts from the Declaration of Arbroath. *************************** Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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