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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

December 21, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) CALENDAR PAGE THE YORKSHIRE SOCIETY U.S. Armed Forces Veteran's Pipe Band NEWS FROM ALASDAIR FRASER FEATURED LINKS SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: REMINDER: No dancing next Wednesday because of our ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY SATURDAY, DEC. 31! Note time change: starts at 8 pm (instead of 7 pm) - until midnight Bring food and/or drink to share! TONIGHT: We had a very pleasant Christmas themed evening - and enjoyed trading gifts! We danced: Just Enough to Dance Birkenside Polka Dots Take Five [a demo piece that is a work in progress as yet unnamed but we had fun with it - a Scottish line dance for 5 dancers] Hooper's Jig Langholm Fair (twice) The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow Postie's Jig and Deil Amang the Tailors. We were pleased to have JENNA PARSHALL's sister JULIA join us; JULIA is visiting from New York! MEMBER NEWS: TED & SUSAN HIRTZ send Christmas Greetings LISA SMITH sends holiday greetings from Korea. Ed & Carol Young leave Dec. 26 for Washington state. NEW PHOTOS: Website front page: dancing polar bears (slip step?), bagpiping Santa New Photos - Members: Dianna Shipman birthday 2005 Marion Peace birthday 2005 Amber Kieniewicz - wedding photo Carolyn Maddox - Dickens on the Strand Bud Norton - Dickens on the Strand Photo Gallery: Dickens on the Strand (including the "Birds of Prey" show), Paul & Amber's Wedding CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: 22 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston Christmas Party at home of Michael "Griff" Griffin 23 FRIDAY 24 SATURDAY CHRISTMAS EVE 25 SUNDAY MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 26 MONDAY International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th Street in the Heights. 27 TUESDAY 4th Tuesday Irish American Heritage Association of Katy, Texas Meeting 7:30pm Municipal Utility District Building on Cimmaron Pkwy at Hidden Canyon Rd (just west of S Mason Rd) in Katy, Texas For more information or directions, please call: Bridget Connelly . . 281-492-8780 Mike Long . . . . . . 281-395-3038 Dennis Donlan . . . 281-392-0894 OR E-mail us at: Strings n' Things contact Peggy Carter. 28 WEDNESDAY SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE NO DANCING TONIGHT - NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY INSTEAD - SEE BELOW! 29 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 7:30-9:30 pm 30 FRIDAY 31 SATURDAY SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE 8 - MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY! A variety of dancing, singing & music! Potluck - everyone bring something to share. BYOB 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 THE YORKSHIRE SOCIETY a new organisation in Houston. Contact: M. A. Gaif Email: U.S. Armed Forces Veteran's Pipe Band Located in Houston, Texas NEW PIPE BAND IN TEXAS Band (Honorary) Commanding Officer is MAJ J. Robert van de Grift (USA), Special Forces Regiment Band Pipe Sergeant is Mick Stewart (USA) formerly U.S. Army Signal Corps Regiment. band URL: NEWS FROM ALASDAIR FRASER 04/20/2006 Ft Worth TX Bass Performance Hall Alasdair Fraser & Paul Machlis 817-212-4325 05/05/2006 Conway AR Don Reynolds Hall Alasdair Fraser & Muriel Johnstone in concert 501-221-9167 Alasdair Fraser recordings now on itunes! You can now download tracks from Alasdair's CDs from itunes and other on-line music outlets. And, of course, you can still order CDs online from Culburnie Records Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on Tour!! Early in 2006 Fire and Grace tour goes to the Northwest US and Canada. See schedule for dates and more. also they have begun work on a new recording to be released in Autumn 2006. New Fiddle Camp!! Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp just outside Nevada City, California from June 25 - July 1, 2006. Click here to request an application form and more information. Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp in the California Redwoods Aug 25 - Sep 02, 2006. Scotland and the Isle of Skye, Alasdair Fraser Skye Fiddle Course at the Gaelic College August 5-12, 2006. FEATURED LINKS: March 25, 2006 SAN ANTONIO BALL 2006 (with dance descriptions) Celtic Chorus of Houston on IrishAires: Scottish Internet Radio <>. From Donna Robert who writes in part: "The programs are prerecorded, but fairly current. The program I like best is The Kitchen Ceilidh. She has a brief section that teaches Gaelic phrases. If you sign up with them, they will email you every time they update the programs. LINKS FOR HOLIDAY CAROLS & SONGS: Auld Lang Syne: History (World Burns Club) Holiday Christmas Songs Christmas Song Lyrics Christmas wav files Traditional Customs and Folktales of January (including 12th Night) Season's Greetings - In Memory of Jason (with background music) Dr Jobu Christmas Midis Hymns and Carols of Christmas Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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