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Friday, October 21, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

October 19, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ******** REMINDERS: NEXT WEEK: HALLOWEEN THEME SAT. OCT. 29 HARRY POTTER/MYSTERY/HALLOWEEN PARTY (details below) ****** IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) * Tonight * NEXT WEEK: HALLOWEEN THEME * SAT. OCT. 29 HARRY POTTER/MYSTERY/HALLOWEEN PARTY * Come Dance With Us! CALENDAR PAGE: Current month: for upcoming months: CLEAR LAKE CELTIC FESTIVAL: Sat. OCT. 22, noon to 10 pm DEBY BENTON-GROSJEAN, FIDDLER (PART II) ABERDEEN EYES TEXAS AIR LINK OXFORD HALL CONTRA DANCE: FIRE ANT FROLIC FIDDLER'S DREAM MUSIC & DANCE CAMP BACK AT THE RANCH (CLOVER & RACHEL CARROLL) TRADITIONAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS DANCE LINKS: BALLROOM & VICTORIAN ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: 10 in attendance including QUIN HARRIS who is best man for PAUL KIENIEWICZ and AMBER POOLE wedding coming up Nov. 26; Paul & Amber also attended so we did dances from the list for the wedding reception (our dancers are invited); musicians for the wedding and reception: E J JONES, RANDY WOTHKE, EMILY DUGAS and AL COFRIN. We danced: Hospitality Circle, St. Bernard's Waltz, Tam O'Shanter, Laird of Atherton, Virginia Reel, Strip the Willow, Circassian Circle, Josh's Digital Jig, Angus Reel, Dashing White Sargeant, Circle Waltz and Montgomeries' Rant. NEXT WEEK: HALLOWEEN THEME SAT. OCT. 29 HARRY POTTER/MYSTERY/HALLOWEEN PARTY *Our annual "Murder Mystery Party" this year is for Halloween with a Harry Potter Theme *HOME OF ED & CAROL YOUNG *For all the details: user ID: Potter password: magic and for details of the (imaginary :-) Hogwarts Highland Games (same user ID and password) The idea is for everyone to play either a character from the Harry Potter books or a character found at Highland Games. There will be a murder mystery to solve as part of the party. 6:00-7:00 pm drinks & appetizers 7:00 pm potluck dinner 9:30 pm dessert 10:00 mystery solution REFRESHMENTS: POTLUCK - EVERYONE IS REQUESTED TO BRING EITHER A MAIN DISH OR A SIDE DISH TO SERVE 15 Note: APPETIZERS, DRINKS (NON-ALCOHOLIC), & DESSERTS – provided by Ed & Carol Young, Dianna Shipman & Bud Norton let me know what you plan to bring and I'll keep a running list – Dianna (B.Y.O.B.) * 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: 20 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston OCT. 21-23 BEDFORD, TX: PIPING & DRUMMING: SOUTHWEST WORKSHOP AND SOUTHWEST QUAICH 21 FRIDAY * Diana, A Celebration exhibition depicts the life and work of Diana, the Princess of Wales, opens on October 21st, 2005 Houston Museum of Natural Science. * Martin Burniston's White Cliffs of Dover Singalong McGonigel's Mucky Duck 22 SATURDAY * CLEAR LAKE CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL AND HIGHLAND GAMES (see article below) * CONTRA DANCE: HOUSTON AREA TRADITIONAL DANCE SOCIETY, * The Ken Valentino CONTRABAND at the Bayview Duck 23 SUNDAY * Men of Houston Morris Dancers * Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing 24 MONDAY * International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS * Heather and Thistle Society Meeting 25 TUESDAY * Irish American Heritage Association of Katy, Texas Meeting * Strings n' Things 26 WEDNESDAY SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! HALLOWEEN THEME! ************* CLEAR LAKE CELTIC FESTIVAL: Sat. OCT. 22, noon to 10 pm From: "McClain, Dennis W" <> Subject: International Space School Benefit The 9th Annual Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival and Texas State Championship Highland Games, benefiting International Space School Foundation 501C3, St. Brendan's Project, and KPFT Public Radio, will be held this Saturday, October 22, Noon to 10PM at Clear Lake Park, Landolt Pavilion, NASA Rd 1. This year, there will be seven live bands and three dance acts performing at the pavilion. . . . There are lots of crafts vendors participating, including great food and drinks, so this will be a really fun family event . . . The International Space School Foundation 501C3 arranges host families, prepares space educational events, and buys airfare to bring up to forty high school students from as many as sixteen foreign countries to visit the Johnson Space Center each summer. The students are chosen by their home schools and during their visit to JSC, they are engaged in a space education camp and various cultural activities. Many previous participants have chosen to pursue educations in science in both their home countries and the United States. Admission to the festival is just $10, kids are free. We hope you can make it out to support a great cause and have a fun day of fantastic entertainment. Children especially enjoy the dance acts which are scheduled to perform at 1:45 PM, 3:00 PM, and 6:15 PM. For more information please visit Noon......Bandella 12:45.....Constant Billy 1:15.......Kennedy International Dancers 1:40.......Murder The Stout 2:30.......Cass Academy of Irish Dance 3:00.......Clan Ceilidh 3:45.......Celtic Voyage 4:30.......Needfire 5:30.......McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas 6:00.......Blaggards 7:00.......Needfire ************ DEBY BENTON-GROSJEAN, FIDDLER (PART II) Deby wrote in part: "Please share with everyone . . . my appreciation to the Houston Branch for their warm hospitality! I had a great time teaming up with Muriel Johnstone, fiddling for both the University concert and the Saturday Ball! I enjoyed being with you all and loved fiddling for your happy feet. Every weekend I have some exciting events . . . [Oct. 16] I'll be leading a fiddle workshop for San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers. There will be about 80 fiddlers there. We're meeting at Pigeon Point Lighthouse right beside the rolling sea! Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2PM I will have a CD release concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center. I will have eight stellar performers joining me on stage for this event. The CD will be on and it's titled "O'er the Moor, Among the Heather" featuring fiddling around the Celtic landscape of Scotland, Ireland and beyond. Folks are welcome to pass along a "howdy" to me through Neal's Gourd website/Email On Friday, Oct. 28 I perform for RSCDS-SF Asilomar Dance Retreat with fiddler Barbara Owen (from Boston) and pianist Andy Imbrie (from San Jose) for their Friday Dance. We'll have a ball! Nov. 4 and 5, I perform a big concert as solo fiddler at University of Santa Cruz along with an Irish troupe of dancers, story teller, etc. I will lead a full orchestra who will accompany us in this grand affair titled "Parcel from America". The fun never stops! I want to thank you all once again for having me and I'd be delighted to come back!" Deby Benton Grosjean P.O. Box 1363 Aptos, CA 95001 (831) 566-0441 <> *********** ABERDEEN EYES TEXAS AIR LINK from: The Scotsman - Thur 15 Oct 2005 - SARAH BRUCE THE oil capitals of Scotland and the United States may be poised to link up for the first time, with direct flights between them. Managers at Aberdeen Airport have revealed they are in talks with airlines, including Continental, about scheduled services to and from Houston, in Texas. Business and tourism leaders believe such a service would put Aberdeen on the international map. However, Andy Flower, the airport's managing director, has warned there is still a lot of work to be done. . . A spokeswoman for VisitScotland said: "Scotland has always been a popular choice for Americans and, with flights direct from Houston, it would be great news for tourism in Aberdeen and Grampian." ******** OXFORD HALL *CONTRA DAN'S PICK-UP BAND Musicians are always welcome to Contra Dan's practices Weekly on Thursday nights 1135 Oxford in the Heights GME *ENGLISH PICK-UP BAND Musicians are always welcome to ENGLISH PICK-UP practices Weekly on Tuesday nights 1135 Oxford in the Heights A Monthly dance is also planned Info: Dan 281-346-2615 *OXFORD HALL SONG CIRCLE The Oxford Hall Wednesday Night Song Circle returns this Fall on the First Wednesday of each month. Generally, we gather to trade songs, tell tales and occasionally recite poetry. Everyone is welcome whether they play or just listen. We usually get started at about 8:00pm and play until around 10:30 or 11:00. OXFORD HALL ANNOUNCEMENTS 1135 Oxford in the Heights Come and enjoy an evening of music, poetry and who knows what all provided by local talent Please watch this location for our continuing series of Music and Dance activities. Please note that all events in Oxford Hall are smoke free. UPCOMING Oxford Hall EVENTS Oxford Hall: 1135 Oxford, Houston, TX 77008 Questions? call Mike @ 713.861.4185 ********** CONTRA DANCE: FIRE ANT FROLIC Austin Weekend FIRE ANT FROLIC COMING NOVEMBER 4-6 Austin's 9th annual contra dance weekend. Calling by: Carol Ormand Music by: Hotpoint. Info and registration forms: Schedule: Registration: ******************************************************* FIDDLER'S DREAM MUSIC & DANCE CAMP Fiddler's Dream 2005/2006 Music & Dance Camp Cross Point Methodist Camp Kingston, OK (North shore of Lake Texoma) Thu-Sun, Dec 29, 2005 - Jan 1, 2006 Info: Tunes download (186K): Registration: PRE-REGISTRATION BY DEC 21IS REQUIRED NO DROP-INS ALLOWED MAXIMUM 150 ********* BACK AT THE RANCH (CLOVER & RACHEL CARROLL) Oct. 21, 22, Red Steagall's Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival, at the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, 12- 4pm. This event is truly a celebration of Texas cowboy culture that the entire family is welcome to. Pull on your fanciest boots and come on out for a great time! Call 1-888-COWTOWN for more info and tickets. Beginning November 11th, you can catch BATR at Santa's Wonderland in College Station, TX throughout the Christmas Season! It's a real TEXAS Christmas experience! Gather friends & family, and spend an unforgettable evening celebrating the holidays with great food, fun, and festivities. Take the tour with millions of dazzling Christmas lights and see how Texans celebrate the biggest holiday of the year at Santa's Town. Call (979) 690-7212 for more information. Hope we catch ya'll at these events! Take care of yourselves and stay tuned to for updates. ********* TRADITIONAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS Traditional Acoustic Music Scholarships available. THe Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival Board of Directors this summer awarded over $5000 in music scholarships to 23 young people. Successful winners submitted a taped performance showing their skill on guitar, fiddle, mandolin or banjo. To be considered, each applicant must be between the ages of 10 to 19, play a traditional acoustic instrument and have a recommendation letter from a music teacher or adult performance artist. A VHS video of the student performing for up to 10 minutes is also required. Funding comes from an instrument auction and other money earned at the annual Festival held the first week on October in Guthrie(October 5,6 and 7, 2006) The O.I.B.F. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to bring music, especially bluegrass, to as many youngsters as possible. Applications must be received by MAY 1 each year. For scholarship forms go to , email<> or send a self addressed stamped envelope to OIBF, P.O. Box 1585, Guthrie, OK 73044. Contact Billy Wheeler, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival , (405) 282-4446, for additional information Linda Hendricks United Scottish Clans of Oklahoma Inc. Chief of the Clan Council U.S.C.O. webpage *************** DANCE LINKS BALLROOM: SSQQ Newsletter VICTORIAN: Victorian Dance: *************************** Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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