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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

December 7, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) CALENDAR PAGE FT. WORTH: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE WORKSHOP Jan 14 2006 TARTAN DAY 2006 "DANCE ON": MAGAZINE DEDICATED TO ALL FORMS OF TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH DANCE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: We danced: Polka Dots, Take Five, Langholm Fair, Flowers of Scotland, Oban Strathspey, Teviot Brig and Blue Bonnets. UPCOMING: Dec. 14 we especially want to encourage new dancers to join us this evening! Dec. 21 if you'd like to exchange gifts bring a wrapped present (no more than $10 value) and we'll pull numbers and exchange presents (we won't play the "trading game" - whatever gift you get the first time is yours to keep :-) We'll probably finish a little early and retire to Berryhill Tamales on 11th St. to party a bit. Dec. 28 no dancing Sat. Dec. 31 our annual New Year's Eve Party! CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: 8 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 7:30-9:30 pm BURNS CLUB 8 pm for more info contact Robert Boyd Topics: The poem To William Simpson of Ochiltree. (Page 46 in the Cambridge Edition). Please read this piece before the meeting and on the night we'll discuss word meanings as well as the poem itself. As time allows we'll also review the script Burns's Travels for our January performance. In addition it might be of interest to read the letter to James Clarke that Burns wrote in June 1796 not long before he died. 9 FRIDAY 10 SATURDAY Lights in the Heights 6-9pm in Houston, Texas entertainment includes: Constant Billy Murder the Stout Murder the Stout Molly Maguire's, on Kukendahl Rd & FM1960 10pm-1:30pm no cover 11 SUNDAY Winedale Christmas Celebration near Round Top, TX 11am-4pm entertainers include: Constant Billy Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing Nowell’s Delight A Renaissance Christmas Celebration 5:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Avenue ticket prices $30 general admission, $25 seniors and $10 students (with student ID). Free admission children under 15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744 The Cathedral parking lot is no longer available due to construction. Metered parking on the street is available on Sundays at no charge. Parking guidelines on area lots can be found at under"contact us." Men of Houston Morris Dancers 12 MONDAY International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th Street in the Heights. 13 TUESDAY Strings n' Things contact Peggy Carter. DANSE CADENCE Danse Cadence, whose repertory includes shows such as Rapetipetam, Chasse-Galerie, and Le Bal des Ménestriers. The band will present an exuberant mix of Quebecois tunes (reels, jigs, waltz), songs (complaint and response songs ), and step dancing! Instruments will include fiddle, button accordion, guitar, voices, bones, and , if space permits, the incredible Quebecois ‘step dancing’ of Pierre Chartrand. McGonigel's Mucky Duck 2425 Norfolk Houston, TX 77098 (713) 528-5999 Murder the Stout Clarks Bar - Downtown Houston, TX 9pm-midnight The Methods & Corey Todd are also on the bill, $5.00 cover 14 WEDNESDAY SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE 7-10 pm · 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 FRAILING OR CLAWHAMMER BANJO WORKSHOP 8:00 to 10:00 pm Open to anyone who plays or wants to play old time banjo. Bring your banjo (if you don't have one, I have several that can be used for the evening) and possibly tableture of a tune to share in standard G tuning. We'll again start from basics and go on from there. Oxford Hall 1135 Oxford in the Heights FT. WORTH: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE WORKSHOP Jan 14 2006 Ridglea Presbyterian Church, 6201 Camp Bowie, Ft Worth (on the corner of Camp Bowie and Westridge). Teacher: Sarah Harriman, from Austin 2 hour morning session (10 am to noon), lunch on your own (there are several places to eat within walking distance), and another 2 hour session in the afternoon. FREE Thisis also the date of the Scottish Clans of North Texas Burns night celebration so people can also make plans to attend it that evening. In order to make plans, please let me know if you are able to attend and what level of SCD experience you have. I would like to be able to get a list of attendees together by no later than Jan 7 2006. You can email at Becky Dodge TARTAN DAY 2006 2006 is a mere three weeks away, and as you have no doubt heard on the news, postage rates will be increasing, including the rates for Priority Mail. This is your last chance to get Tartan Day 2006 buttons and have them sent to you at the "old" rates. A Caveat, however. I must have your orders in my hands by December 28 - THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY, in order to have them ready for the mail before December 31, 2005. The increase is something in the neighborhood of 20 cents per pound, which is not a significant amount, but like all good Scots, I know you will want to take advantage of the lower price. An updated order form reflecting the new postal rates will be available after January 1. Some of you have already sent in your orders and for that I thank you. T hose who have not, I just want you to know that already half the amount we ordered for distribution have already been sold. So, don't dilly-dally and be disappointed. If you are involved with the distribution of newsletters and would like to include the order form within your newsletter, please do so, we would be very grateful. To view the button in color, go to Babs Barbara Humphrey [Dianna's Note: Tartan Day is April 6] "DANCE ON": MAGAZINE DEDICATED TO ALL FORMS OF TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH DANCE Guess what I found out today? There is a magazine out that is dedicated to all forms of traditional Scottish dance. The details are below. If you'd like to go to their website it is It has been out less than a year, but I emailed someone who subscribes and she has been very pleased with it. . . [from Elizabeth Chennault] Dance On! issue 11 - September is out, we are nearly a year old and you seem to like us! · It's a monthly publication costing £2 + 70p P&P per month by subscription or through your dance club. · It's A4 size, 28 to 32 pages on high quality paper, with plenty of full colour photographs and ads. · Dance On! is aimed at people who enjoy Scottish Traditional Dance · (Country, Old Time, Ceilidh, Step, Highland, Shetland, Orcadian, Hebridean etc) and its music. · There will be features on dance styles, dance groups and dance bands as well as dance instructions each month. · Our September issue features: Northbeat Reel Dancers trip to Corsica, First Dance from Mike Miller, the story of Dixie Ingram from Finlay Forbes, some more of Bobby MacLeod's memoirs, an interesting feature on the history of English Traditional Dance, and memoirs of Summer '05 in Britain (apologies to Margaret Cowie for an incorrect picture caption) and Vancouver. Mary McMillan from Troon gets a dance, a tune and party pics too! · Alasdair Graham's Dance Diary is here each month to keep you up to date. It will also appear here on the Dances page. · We will be compiling a List of Dance Groups, Clubs and Classes and an entry in this will be free of charge - click on the Clubs page for details. The list will appear on the website soon and will be in print once a year in the magazine. · Bands who play for dance have their own page on the website so click on Bands and send us your details too! · As we build up a collection of interesting articles in the magazine they will be posted on the website usually a month after appearing in print, on the Archives page. The feedback about content and quality is generally very good and we will be pleased to hear from YOU with your articles for the month ahead. Subscriptions If you would like to subscribe the total cost (within the UK) will be £2.70 per issue (UK price inc P&P) so a full year subscription will cost £32.40 for 12 issues. If you are a member of a dance group and would like to order 4 or more magazines each month, then you can place your order and we will invoice you with the magazines. By ordering in bulk you will not have to pay postage, so your total cost will be £2 x number ordered. All correspondence for Dance On! should be sent to: 7 Achachork, Portree Isle of Skye IV51 9HT Telephone: 01478 613 104 E-mail: Cheques or Postal Orders should be made payable to "NORTHBEAT". Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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