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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Scottish Country Dancing & More

February 15, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ************************* IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) GATHERING OF THE CELTS & ST. ANDREWS CELTIC FESTIVAL AUSTIN: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE ALLIANCE HUNTSVILLE, TX: TRINITY SCOTTISH FESTIVAL (performers needed!) 2006 TEXAS MUSIC AWARDS HARRY POTTER UPDATE FEATURED LINKS CALENDAR PAGE ************************* SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: [Note: I've updated the "Scottish Dance" links on the website; the new page is at:] NEXT WEEK: MARDI GRAS THEME! TONIGHT: We danced: The Clansman, The Rock & the Wee Pickle Tow (which I'm told refers to spinning & gossiping), The Wind on Loch Fyne, Barley Bree, The Oban Reel, Hooper's Jig, Culla Bay, Deil Amang the Tailors, Miss Mary Douglas and Circle Waltz Refreshments included: champagne & cupcakes (thanks, Jenna) Photos on front page of website: our birthday girls COME DANCE WITH US! (info on calendar below) ************************* GATHERING OF THE CELTS & ST. ANDREWS CELTIC FESTIVAL 4th Annual GATHERING OF THE CELTS 2006 sponsored by the Celtic Chorus of Houston in conjunction with6th Annual St. Andrew's Celtic Festival - Houston Heights Sunday, Feb. 26: Noon to 5:30 p.m. at 19th Street and Heights Boulevard (map) The afternoon will feature a wide variety of entertainers on two stages, vendors with Celtic themes, a silent auction, a stained-glass tour, great food and drink, and games for children. The festival will begin after the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 10:30 a.m. service as bagpipers lead everyone to the "Kirking of the Celts" and then to the opening performance on the outdoor stage. 11:30 Kirkin of the Tartans with Bayou City Pipers ENTERTAINERS: (times approximate and subject to change) Outdoor Stage 12:15–12:45 Bayou City Pipes and Drums 12:45–1:15 McTeggart School of Irish Dancing 1:15–2:15 Constant Billy 2:30–3:30 Murder the Stout 3:30–4:00 The St. Thomas Episcopal School Pipe and Drum Corps 4:00–5:00 The Flying Fish Sailors 5:00–5:30 Bayou City Pipes and Drums Indoor Stage (upstairs) 12:00–12:30 The Celtic Chorus of Houston with special guest Sia Beaton (Scottish Singer) 12:30–1:00 Fish & Chips, English Country Dance Band 1:00–1:45 Society for Creative Anachronism Dancers 2:00–2:30 Kennedy International Dancers 2:30–3:00 Breton Dance with Jan Zollars 3:00–3:30 Men of Houston Morris Dancers 3:30–4:00 Cass Academy of Irish Dance 4:00–4:30 Good Time Scottish Dancers 4:30–5:30 Houston Scottish Fiddle Club VENDORS: The Celtic Store Cowboy Szymonski (Blacksmith) EYC (head wreaths, crosses, and jewelry) St. Andrew's Episcopal School and Information Booth The Celtic Chorus The Backyard Gardner Baubles Jewelry Old Fashioned Things Moore Expressions The Magick Cauldron Mise en Plaise (Lisa Mitchell – frozen foods) Elder Street Artists (Terrence Boggs and Susan Goettsche) Meme’s Jellies and Jams Saci Joias Jewelry Fuller Brush & Watkins Stained Glass Expressions The Briar Patch Original Wind Spinners Magnetic Jewelry Ginger Page Jewelry Loch, Stock and Barrel KC Designs D&M ArtWorks Admission: Family Ticket: $5.00 Single Ticket: $2.00 Under 12: FREE! Note: All volunteers and/or donors will NOT be charged Admission (please ask to be hand-stamped). ************************* AUSTIN: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE ALLIANCE NEW WEBSITE: excerpted from their website: The SCDA was formed in December 2001 by Anne Marshall, with the goal of being a laid back group that had fun, while learning to dance. We meet on most Sunday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00pm at the Quicksilver Dance Studio (address & map) and then usually adjourn for coffee at Borders at 183 & Great Hills Trail. Tim Harrison teaches us once a month; the other weeks we rotate preparing and briefing a dance program amongst ourselves. Dianna Shipman, of Scottish Dancing and More, has visited from Houston as a guest teacher and occasionally we get together with other dance groups, like the Bluebonnet Dancers in San Antonio. Many of our dancers also dance with the Austin Scottish Country Dance Society. We tend to get involved with other Scottish activities around Austin, such as the Austin Celtic Festival and celebrating Hogmanay and Burns Night! Our modest dues of $10 per month go mainly towards renting the studio and providing music. Dress is most definitely casual although dancing ghillies (soft soled shoes) are highly recommended. Click here for list of sources. ************************* HUNTSVILLE, TX: TRINITY SCOTTISH FESTIVAL Note: If you're interested in performing (for free), let me know. -Dianna Shipman April 21, 22 & 23th (part of General Sam Houston Folk Festival) Performers list to date: Jed Marum Cor Gaeilge (The Gaelic Chorus of Texas) Peggy Carter and Eric White with the Merry Waits of Windsor The Rovers Return Brian Turner and Friends ************************* 2006 TEXAS MUSIC AWARDS hosted by Michael Martin Murphey NOMINEES Houston-based selections: "Vocal Group of the Year" - Smythe and Taylor "Song of the Year" - "Hit The Road Again" by Gary Taylor "Songwriter of the Year" - Gary Taylor "Female Vocalist of the Year" - T. C. Smythe "Rising Star" - Jason Marbach "Producer of the Year" - Hank Woji "Disc Jockey of the Year" - Chris Collins or Larry Winters "Radio Station of the Year" - KPFT 90.1FM, Houston Voting begins NOW and ends February 24th, and the winners will be announced by the Academy of Texas Music, March 25th at the Music City Theatre in Linden, Texas. [sent in by Smythe and Taylor] ************************* HARRY POTTER UPDATE March 7: DVD release: Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix Commences Production for Warner Bros. Pictures to be released 2007. Principal photography commenced February 6 at England’s Leavesden Studios on Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter novel series. Director: British filmmaker David Yates (Film London: David Yates on Harry Potter) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as close-knit teen wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Joining the stellar cast are Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher; George Harris as Kingsley Shacklebolt; Helen McCrory as Bellatrix Lestrange; Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks; Kathryn Hunter as Mrs. Figg; and 14 year-old newcomer Evanna Lynch, who beat over 15,000 hopefuls at an open casting call to win the role of Luna Lovegood, a Ravenclaw student who becomes an important ally of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s. More Harry Potter sites: Harry Potter Lexicon with Timeline Harry Potter Website (books) Harry Potter Website (movies - Warner Bros.) J K Rowling's Website MuggleNet The Leaky Cauldron Jim Dale: Narrator of Audio Books ************************* FEATUR ED LINKS MARC GUNN 'S IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC PODCAST DATE A HOT SCOT ICE SKATING TO BAGPIPE MUSIC: Sinead & John Kerr (sent in by Doug Beaton) Congratulations to John and Sinead who came 8th overall in the European Championships. Their Free Dance routine, set to music by the Porridge Men, captured the imagination of the crowd and the judges. You can download a clip of the free dance from Eurosport's coverage by clicking the link below: Download footage of John and Sinead's Free Dance (Window Media 320kbps) 7 min clip Good luck and best wishes to both of them for the Olympics next month! [Dianna's Note: this is pretty neat!] ************************* CALENDAR PAGES CURRENT MONTH UPCOMING MONTHS THE COMING WEEK: 16 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 7:30-9:30 pm ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH General Class (West Houston) Thursdays 7:30-9:30 p.m. (last class Apr. 27) Dads' Club 1006 Voss Road Houston, 77055 Just North of I-10 Teacher: Carol Palmer For info: Carol Palmer 713-776-8531 Constant Billy 8-10pm live radio show on 91.7FM KTRU Houston. David John, host, Chicken Skin Music acoustic and traditional music. (you can also stream the audio if you’re set up for it) How Much: FREE (if you own a radio or a computer) February 16 - 19, 2006 18th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference Austin, Texas 17 FRIDAY MARDI GRAS! GALVESTON live music, spectacular parades, elaborate masked balls, and flamboyant costumes. from February 17th through Fat Tuesday February 28th 18 SATURDAY ST. PATRICK'S PARADE COMMISSION IRISH STEW COOK-OFF & FUNDRAISER at Alabama Ice House 1919 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77098-2705 713 528 6874 1:00-6:00 PM. SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE NO ADMISSION $5.00 FOR AN ARMBAND TO TASTE ALL ENTRIES [which include IRISH STEW, TEXAS IRISH STEW (CHILI) & OPEN IRISH DISHES (CORNED BEEF, SODA BREAD, ETC.] IRISH MUSIC, DANCE AND FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. KIDS AND PETS ARE WELCOME. Entertainers include: 2 PM: MURDER THE STOUT Constant Billy 4-6pm “Let Me In” CD release party Where: The Stag's Head Pub, 2128 Portsmouth St., Houston, Texas 77098 (713) 533-1199 When: Saturday February 18, 4-6pm How Much: FREE MURDER THE STOUT at 10 pm Molly's Conroe Pub Telephone 936-441-6167 901 N. Loop 336 West Conroe, TX 19 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 20 MONDAY ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH General Class (Woodlands) Mondays 7:30-9:30 p.m February 6, 2006 Runs for 12 sessions Community Center Building (April 24 last session) 2235 Lake Robbins Dr. just down from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, The Woodlands Dave Davies 936 588 4274 General Class (League City) Mondays 7:30-9:30 p.m February 6, 2006 Runs for 12 sessions Classical Arts Dance Studio (April 24 last session) 530 N Illinois, League City Moon Weiss 713-465-9650 International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th Street in the Heights. 21 TUESDAY ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH Basic Class (West Houston) Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 p.m. February 7, 2006 Runs for 12 sessions (April 25 last session) Dads' Club 1006 Voss Road, Houston, 77055 Just North of I-10 Teacher: Judi Hallenbeck 713-721-6743 Strings n' Things contact Peggy Carter. 22 WEDNESDAY SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE 7-10 pm THIS WEEK: MARDI GRAS THEME! · 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 February 22 Houston Highland Games Association Fundraiser St. Arnold's Brewery, Houston from 6- 8 pm. Needed: auction items for the silent auction. Needed: a restaurant/store or similar who might want to donate food for the fundraiser. contact Carol Robertson (713) 235-4782 ************************* Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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