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Friday, January 13, 2006

Scottish Country Dancing & More

January 11, 2006 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ---- IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) TARTANIC: UPDATE GAELIC STORM: TEXAS TOUR RED McWILLIAMS: UPDATE - Corpus Christi & Scotland Vacation Tour I LOVE A MYSTERY! CALENDAR PAGE ---- SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: It was good to see RAY & SUSAN KELM, MITCH PHILPOT & FRIEND AMBER, & VALERYE BULL this evening! We danced: St. Bernard's Waltz, Davy's Locker, Atholl Reel, Ballater Strathspey, The Virginia Reel, reviewed steps, Barley Bree, Reel of Troop 398, Grant's Reel, The Highlandman's Umbrella, Angus Reel, Tomalena, Waltz Country Dance, Josh's Digital Jig and Circle Waltz. PHOTOs on the website: Front page: more photos from New Year's & new photo: from Pat Reesby (see her member page): who writes in part: I took this at the Wellington region's New Year's Eve hogmanay dance 2005-'6, Onslow College, Wellington, New Zealand. The dance was the strathspey 'Braes of Breadalbane'. COME DANCE WITH US! (info on calendar below) ---- TARTANIC: UPDATE Saturday, January 21st at EUREKA SPRING, ARKANSAS: 8pm-10 pm Burn's night at the City Auditorium in Eureka Springs. January 19th Tipperary Inn Dallas, TX January 20th McNeelie's Pub and Grill Tulsa, OK Contact: Adrian Walter 832-715-7588 ---- GAELIC STORM: TEXAS TOUR for a full schedule, visit January 12-13 Grapevine, TX @ Palace Arts Center 14-19 Galveston, TX @ The Rock Boat 20 Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ 21 Houston, TX @ Mucky Duck ---- RED McWILLIAMS: UPDATE - Corpus Christi & Scotland Vacation Tour From Red McWilliams, who writes in part: Here's another January birthday, mine is Jan. 11. Speaking of January 11, I will be in Corpus Christi playing at Cassidy's Irish Pub in the Ramada Inn on Water St. I'll be playing there Wed., Fri., Sat., Jan. 11, 13, 14. Start times about 8:30 PM. Just thought that I'd let you know in case anyone wants to come down and wish me a happy birthday in person. Here's another item that you might want to put in your next newsletter. I'm doing a Scotland tour in June. 11 days in Scotland and the land package (w/o air) will be $1399 per person. This will include all transportation, accommodations and breakfast each day. This will be limited to 16 people. if there might be any interest, I can send an itinerary. That's it for now. Hope you're doing well. Happy New Year to you. All the best, Red McWilliams ---- I LOVE A MYSTERY! BRITISH MYSTERY: DEATH IN A GARDEN Murder By The Book is presently the only store in Houston that stocks Death in the Garden (Felony & Mayhem; $14.95), the highly acclaimed mystery novel by Lady Catherine Manning (wife of the British Ambassador to the U.S.), under the name Elizabeth Ironside. This is the first U.S. publication of the 1995 novel that was nominated for the U.K.'s Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel. The Thin Man on the big screen! Murder By The Book and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet St.), will screen the immortal 1934 classic film, The Thin Man, THIS SUNDAY, January 15, 2:00 p.m. Tickets available at the door. Admission is $2. MFAH members and students with ID receive a $1 discount. Film Buffs members, and children 5 and under, are admitted free. For more information, please visit MFAH's website here: “Strong Poison: The British School of Murder and Mystery”, Former Murder By The Book manager Dean James will be teaching an eight-week course at Rice University’s School of Continuing Studies, entitled “Strong Poison: The British School of Murder and Mystery”, on Mondays beginning February 13th. The worldwide popularity of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and P.D. James raises the question: What makes the English novel of murder and detection so appealing and so distinctive from its American counterparts? Writer and historian Dr. Dean James will trace the development of crime fiction in England from Victorian times through the age of the “great detective” and the “Golden Age” of mystery writing, to the present day, when a new generation of English crime writers is emerging. Authors to be discussed include: Wilkie Collins, R. Austin Freeman, Margery Allingham, Reginald Hill, Gladys Mitchell, Anne Perry, Jacqueline Winspear, Peter Lovesey, Val McDermid, Ken Bruen, and many, many more! Book sales at the class provided by Murder By The Book. For more information or to register for “Strong Poison,” please contact Rice University’s School of Continuing Studies at (713) 348-4803 or online at For more information contact David Thompson, Assistant Manager Murder By The Book HOUSTON PRESS Best of Houston: Best Bookstore, 2005. HOUSTON CHRONICLE's Ultimate Houston: Best Independent Bookstore, 2005. 2342 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005 (713) 524-8597 / (888) 4-AGATHA ---- CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: 12 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 7:30-9:30 pm 2nd Thursdays BURNS CLUB 8 pm for more info contact Robert Boyd CHANGE OF MEETING DATE: Houston Highland Games Association MEETING St. Thomas Episcopal School on Jackwood behind Meyerland Plaza. Class room C-1 6:45 Board meeting 8 pm Membership meeting 13 FRIDAY January 13, 14 & 15, 2006 BAYOU BEDLAM Crockett, TX: Friday and Saturday January 13th and 14th Les Freres Michot Les Frères Michot started playing together as an all-brothers Cajun band in 1986, They use no drums or electric instruments, and their music has a strong vocal component with all lyrics in French. Instrumentation includes fiddle, accordion, p’tit fer (basse triang’), acoustic guitar, and contrebasse. The Michot's have played extensively throughout the United States and have toured in Quebec and in several European countries (France, England, Poland), but play primarily in south Louisiana. The group has produced two albums. Camp Street Cafe and Store The Gillette Brothers (936) 544 8656 Toll Free (877) 544 8656 Ticket $16.50 Total 14 SATURDAY Constant Billy 9-11am Bayou City Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the building at 3000 Richmond at Eastside (click here for directions) a great time to get out and take in the fabulous fresh produce, huge free-range eggs, guilt-free coffee and handmade soaps. Come taste what a difference real food makes! How Much: Free! 4-6pm The Stag’s Head Pub, 2128 Portsmouth, Houston 77098-4057 (713) 533-1199 (click here for directions) terrific bar food a Come join us for a pint and a song or two! How Much: Free! Houston Folklore/Music Society SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT Featuring Jim Post 7:30 PM Barefoot Memoirs, a new play written by Jim Post and based on his book by the same title. Homemade refreshments are available. Tickets are sold at the door - adults $10, senior citizens (65) $5, children under 12 free with adults. West University Community Building at 6104 Auden (at Rice Blvd.) contacts: Bobby or Gay Pangle at 281-347-3235 or Chris Hartman at 281-495-2923 FT. WORTH: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE WORKSHOP 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 and another 2 hour session in the afternoon. FREE This is also the date of the Scottish Clans of North Texas Burns night celebration email Becky Dodge at Jan 13 14 15, 2006 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: TWELFTH NIGHT BALL website Musicians: Goldcrest which is: Daron Douglas of New Orleans, Louisiana Fiddle Paul Oorts of Baltimore, Maryland Multi Instruments Dave Wiesler of Newark, Delaware Piano January 13, 14 & 15, 2006 BAYOU BEDLAM Houston Area Traditional Dance Society music by Footloose with caller Nils Fredland SOKOL HALL, 1314 W. Patton, just west off Highway 45 in the Heights. MAP 7:30 & 10pm, $15 THE ROGUES McGonigel's Mucky Duck 2425 Norfolk Houston, TX 77098 (713) 528-5999 Les Freres Michot (see Friday Jan 13) 15 SUNDAY Men of Houston Morris Dancers 3rd Sunday: BARN DANCE 7:00-9:30 no experience necessary. Oaks Presbyterian Church, 1576 Chantilly. Info 281-450-3027, 713-861-2462 January13, 14& 15, 2006 BAYOU BEDLAM FOOTLOOSE 7:00 pm Admission $10.00 FootLoose is a high energy and oft times zany dance band. Performing for New England-style contra dances and concerts, FootLoose has become a highly respected and sought after band. Check out their website: Oxford Hall 1135 Oxford in the Heights 16 MONDAY International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th Street in the Heights. 17 TUESDAY Strings n' Things contact Peggy Carter. Constant Billy 9-10pm at Clarks, one of downtown Houston's hottest dance and music spaces, at 314 Main Street, 77002-1811 (713) 237-8220 (click here for directions) followed by acoustic wizards Traveler, and Joe Kowan,a singer/songwriter "with a slightly deviant edge." Music will continue till midnight and the cover is a measly $5. You can't lose! Oh, and the Metro train will drop you off right at the front door so you can drink without driving, if you want. Last time we played with Traveler we had a great crowd and a major blast. Don't miss this show! How Much: Just $5 for all 3 acts! ---- Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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