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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

December 14, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) CALENDAR YEAR END CHARITABLE GIFTS SAN ANTONIO BALL 2006 VOTE FOR "MURDER THE STOUT" A WORLD OF MUSIC WITH EILEEN IVERS, VIOLINIST VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC MUSIC GROUPS OF 2005 GREEN HOUSTON CONNECTION SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: NEXT WEEK: CHRISTMAS THEME - bring a wrapped gift (no more than $10) to exchange Dec. 28 - NO DANCE SATURDAY DEC. 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY! TONIGHT: Just me and the guys - I was the only woman tonight - so ladies - please come next week :-) Since none of the men wanted to dance the woman's part . . . we did line dances, ceilidh dances including Brittania Two Step (for 3 people), waltzes, International dances, and listened to some Christmas music, then went to Berryhill's. iPOD MAGIC: I'm really enjoying my new Apple iPOD; I've loaded all 100 of my Scottish Country dance CDs plus a number of other types of dance CDs (1500 songs+) and it only used 10% of the space; I can plug it into a karaoke machine or a sound system or a TV set or computer; I've organized playlists by type dance and # bars and it already displays listings by song, album, artist, etc. The sound is wonderful. A big thank you to Bud Norton for the wonderful Christmas present, and to Carolyn Maddox for her assistance in making a purchase decision. And I'm having a great time with iTunes - and I've barely scratched the surface of the things it can do - last night I found a Christmas album by BONNIE RIDEOUT called "Celebration" which I was able to download for $9.99 and then burn a CD so I can play it in the car and I can load it onto the iPOD as well and it's on the computer so I'm listening to it now as I write this :-) COME DANCE WITH US! (details on calendar below) CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: 15 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston Christmas Singalong at Magnificat House 6:30 pm 1301 Elgin at Caroline MAP followed by Christmas Party at KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, 2616 Louisiana, Houston, Texas Map (with Irish 100 Club) 'til 10 pm Entertainment by Murder the Stout 8pm, $30 Martin Burniston's 13th Annual Christmas Singalong McGonigel's Mucky Duck 2425 Norfolk Houston, Texas 77098 713-528-5999 16 FRIDAY 8pm, $30 Martin Burniston's 13th Annual Christmas Singalong McGonigel's Mucky Duck 2425 Norfolk Houston, Texas 77098 713-528-5999 17 SATURDAY Constant Billy 9-11 A.M. at the Bayou City Farmers' Market The people at this great urban farmers' market are surely among the Enlightened Few. The vendors are the farmers themselves and a more relaxed and pleasant bunch you will never meet. The crowds are great and the offerings are brilliant, from guilt-free coffee to homemade soaps made from the milk of hand-raised goats to locally grown produce. Come join us, and experience the joy of a real country market in the city...enhanced by really great music! Who: Constant Billy, of course. What: Live performance with NO COVER! Where: Bayou City Farmers' Market, located in the parking lot behind the building at 3000 Richmond at Eastside in Houston. Click here for a map. When: This Saturday December 17, from 9-11 A.M. Why: Because you need fresh produce and fresh music to ward off those Winter Blues. Constant Billy is Emily Standish & Bill Galbraith Celtic Chorus of Houston Singalong on Irish Aires Radio Program KPFT (program 6-7 pm) Chorus members gather at the station at 5:30 pm KPFT Map Songs: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Feliz Navidad Silver Bells Let It Snow! 18 SUNDAY Men of Houston Morris Dancers Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing 3rd Sunday: BARN DANCE 7:00-9:30 no experience necessary. Oaks Presbyterian Church, 1576 Chantilly. Info 281-450-3027, 713-861-2462 NOTORIOUS 7:00 pm Admission $10.00 A return engagement by Notorious, Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger. Check them out at: or Oxford Hall 1135 Oxford in the Heights 19 MONDAY International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th Street in the Heights. 20 TUESDAY Strings n' Things contact Peggy Carter. YEAR END CHARITABLE GIFTS Consider making one of your year end charitable gift (for those needing those last minute tax deductions :-) to St. Andrews' Episcopal Church who is hosting the 2006 Gathering of the Celts - you can even ask them to earmark donations for the festival! For more information see their websites at: SAN ANTONIO BALL 2006 The Bluebonnet Scottish Country Dancers: The Bluebonnet Ball March 25, 2006 Grand March begins at 7 pm International Folk Culture Center, Our Lady of the Lake University Music by Mimi Rogers and Allison Hicks Costs $25 / adult; $10 / 18 years old or younger; $5 / non-dancers Make checks payable to: Bluebonnet Scottish Country Dancers c/o Jon Simms, 323 Oak Bend, Lavernia, TX 78121, (830) 779-2308 Bluebonnet Ball Registration requested by March 15th Program: Hooper's Jig 32J3 RSCDS MMM II The Gates of Edinburgh 32R3 RSCDS XV 5 Delvine Side 32S2 RSCDS II 3 The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow 32J2 RSCDS III 7 The Sailor 32H3 RSCDS XXIV 4 Culla Bay (Square Set) 32S4 RSCDS XLI 2 The Clansman 32R2 RSCDS XXXII 8 Cape Town Wedding 32S3 RSCDS XXXIX 4 Miss Mary Douglas 48J3 RSCDS X 11 Intermission Joie de Vivre 32J3 RSCDS XXXIX 2 The Chapman 32R3 RSCDS XXIV 2 Miss Gibson's Strathspey 32S3 RSCDS Leaflets Equilibrium 32J3 Barbour SDA 95 Sauchie Haugh 32S2 RSCDS Leaflets A Trip to Bavaria 32R4 Collins The Wind on Loch Fyne 32S3 Dunedin 1(Triangle Set) Pelorus Jack 32J3 RSCDS XLI 1 Mairi's Wedding 40R3 Cosh Extra: Black Mountain Reel 32R5 Haynes VOTE FOR "MURDER THE STOUT" from HUGH MORRISON, who writes in part: We recently did an interview on Q's House radio show out of Florida & have been nominated to be "Band of the Year 2005". We need as many votes as possible & you can vote every day if you remember. link: We are in group 9 & the 1st round of voting is counted until January. Let's see if Murder the Stout can take the award home to Houston!! Thanks, Hugh A WORLD OF MUSIC WITH EILEEN IVERS, VIOLINIST Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony Come Alive with the musical star of Riverdance and the Titanic soundtrack. Fiddler Eileen Ivers continues to mesmerize her audiences, captivating them with a world of music ranging from swing, jazz, classical, country fiddling, Celtic, African and Caribbean. A short list of her accomplishments range from being a nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, as well as appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, and the musical star of Riverdance, The Chieftains, and Hall and Oates. She has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide. “…(Ivers) triggered almost constant audience handclapping and cheers…the audience loved every minute.” -L.A. Times “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” – The Irish Times Friday, January 6, 8 PM Saturday, January 7, 8 PM Sunday, January 8, 7:30 PM All performances at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Tickets: from $26 (Group ticket discounts available upon request) For an invigorating, energetic evening of Celtic fiddle playing Reserve Your Seats Today! Contact Gayle McMaster, Group Ticket Sales Representative at 713-238-1435 From: Doug Beaton who writes in part: "If anyone is on the fence about going to this performance, get off now and get your ticket!!!!!!I saw her last year in Corpus at the Cathedral and, even in a venue that was not especially conducive to a theatrical production, she was spectacular. You will not be disappointed. Doug VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC MUSIC GROUPS OF 2005 FROM MARC GUNN: The Celtic MP3s Music Magazine and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast are compiling a list of the Best Celtic Music Groups of 2005. I need your vote. From now until January 31, 2006, you can vote for your favorite Celtic Music Group. The top voted bands will be featured in my Irish & Celtic Music Podcast in March. If there's a band that you would like to see featured, cast your vote now at Please tell your fellow Celtic music lovers to vote. Find out more about the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast and Celtic MP3s Music Magazine below. Irish & Celtic Music Podcast Celtic Mp3s Music Magazine MARC GUNN, Bard #404 Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music Renaissance Festival Podcast Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers (CD Out Oct 25th) GREEN HOUSTON CONNECTION from Brian Herod, who writes in part: "I've been working for the past few months on an exciting new project: Green Houston Connection ( ). It's a website that connects people with Houston's green businesses and organizations. . . Please email me with comments and suggestions for making the site provide you with more of what you need to connect to others in the green community as well as green businesses. Sign up for email notices about local events, news articles and other information to help you become involved in this growing community. The website also has a daily updated weblog with the latest articles about innovations in sustainability and articles containing events that affect Houston ( ). The forums give participants an opportunity to discuss issues crucial to transforming Houston into a sustainable city ( ). Post and read about sustainability events on the calendar ( ). Brian Herod 713-480-6303 Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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