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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Scottish Country Dancing & More

April 5, 2006 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER Dianna's Note: In the next six weeks I'm traveling to Odessa (CeltFest), Fort Davis, Fort Worth (for Alasdair Fraser/Paul Machlis concert), Huntsville (Trinity Scottish Festival), Alaska Cruise & Seattle, so April 12 newsletter will not go out until April 15/16, the April 19 letter will hopefully go out April 18, and there will be no newsletter May 10. This letter and the newsletters for April 26, May 3 and May 17 should go out at the usual times and after that things will be back to the usual schedule! ---- IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN TEXAS CELTFESTEXAS: ODESSA FISH & CHIPS ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE MURDER THE STOUT: CD ORDERS CELTIC MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL TARTAN DAY: APRIL 6 EASTER EGGS AT BRITISH ISLES SCOTTISH MOVIE OPENING: ON A CLEAR DAY SCOTLAND CULTURE PODCAST TEXAS WILDFLOWER DISCOVERED BY SCOTTISH BOTANIST ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: MILLER THEATER ABRAHAM LINCOLN STATUES IN SCOTLAND & ENGLAND CALENDAR PAGE TIME BY THE NUMBERS ---- SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: Judi Hallenbeck will be leading the group the next two Wednesdays while I'm out of town. Thanks Judi! TONIGHT: We danced: Ballater Reel, Buckie Jig, Les Saluts, Circassian Circle, Tam O'Shanter, and to live music by FISH & CHIPS (see article below): Swedish Waltz, Buttered Beans, Clopton Bridge, Flowers of Edinburgh, Belfast Hornpipe; then Bridge of Athlone, Angus Reel and Canadian Barn Dance. Dianna's Note: I'll be doing a Scottish Country Dance workshop at 1 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunday at CeltFest in Odessa (see article below) - stop by if you're attending the festival! THIS WEEK'S FEATURED DANCER: BUD NORTON THIS WEEK'S FEATURED MUSICIAN: HUGH MORRISON PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE FROM THE SAN ANTONIO BALL COME DANCE WITH US! (info on calendar below) ---- SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN TEXAS ODESSA: SEE ARTICLE BELOW FT. WORTH: March 24 2006 Ceilidh Country Dancers Class: 7 dancers danced: Vertigo (32R-2) from An Itch to Dance/13 *General Stuart's Reel (32R-3) from RSCDS Bk 10/3 One Good Turn (32S-2) - John Shipley *Wind on Loch Fyne (32S-3) from Dunedin Dances Bk 1/4 *The Reel of the 51st (32J-4) from RSCDS Bk 13/10 The Sauchie Haugh (32S-2) from RSCDS Bk 32/20 Becky Dodge - ---- CELTFESTEXAS Third Annual Texas Scottish/Irish Folklife Music Festival: Odessa College Campus Odessa College in Odessa, TX This is the third year that we will be bringing Music, Celtic food and merchandise vendors, Highland Athletics, Pipe Bands, Scottish/Irish Clans, Rugby and educational workshops in History, Musical Instruments and much more to West Texas and the Permian Basin. CeltFesTexas Home Saturday Ceilidh Kitchen Piping Host Hotel and Others Entertainment Entertainment Schedule Activities Schedule Workshops Scottish Country Dancing – This workshop will be led by Dianna Shipman Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 1pm- Welsh Stage Highland Games Location Volunteers Ticket Pricing Contact Us About Us Vendors Clans Sponsors CeltFest 2005 Photos New Activities this Year Kitchen Piping Competition Saturday Night Ceilidh ---- FISH & CHIPS Fish & Chips is a new band consisting of: Eamonn Mulchrone, Julian Tribe, Dan Worrall, Kristen Jensen & Clay Dancy. They play traditional English tunes that are lively and great to listen or dance to. Instruments include concertina, fiddle, guitar, banjo, drum and washboard! (They are looking for other players, wind, string or percussion, who enjoy this music.) They are trying to resurrect the music of a band called "Flowers & Frolics" who played music for English Ceilidh dancing (approx. 1979-1984). Starting April 16, they will playing a twice a month session in the Churchill Room at the Black Lab Pub. Dianna's note: We have been trying out a few of the English Ceildih dances in recent weeks and we're considering meeting some Wednesday at the Black Lab to dance them to the live music. We had a great time dancing to their music tonight - a wonderful sound!! ---- ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 to 10:00 pm - admission $3.00 Open to all. All dances are taught. Good music and a lot of fun. Oxford Hall 1135 Oxford in the Heights For more info: Mike Head Oxford Hall is a nonsmoking venue. ---- MURDER THE STOUT: CD ORDERS (sent by Hugh Morrison) The response to the new CD has been great, it's now available online from CDBABY at for only $9.99. ---- CELTIC MUSIC TEACHERS Dianna's Note: I plan on doing a webpage listing Houston Celtic music teachers. If you teach, then send me a list of what instruments and any other info, links, etc. and I'll include you on the page. At the moment I have a request for an Irish fiddle teacher. ---- NATIONAL TARTAN DAY: APRIL 6! On March 20th 1998, when Senate Resolution 155 (S.Res. 155), proposed by US Senate Republican majority leader Trent Lott, was passed unanimously. The resolution, with its preamble, is as follows: S. Res. 155 Whereas April 6 has a special significance for all Americans, and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was modelled on that inspirational document; Whereas this resolution honors the major role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of this Nation, such as the fact that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent, the Governors in 9 of the original 13 States were of Scottish ancestry, Scottish Americans successfully helped shape this country in its formative years and guide this Nation through its most troubled times; Whereas this resolution recognizes the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans that have led to America's preeminence in the fields of science, technology, medicine, government, politics, economics, architecture, literature, media, and visual and performing arts; Whereas this resolution commends the more than 200 organizations throughout the United States that honor Scottish heritage, tradition, and culture, representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent, residing in every State, who already have made the observance of Tartan Day on April 6 a success; Whereas these numerous individuals, clans, societies, clubs, and fraternal organizations do not let the great contributions of the Scottish people go unnoticed: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day." ---- EASTER EGGS AT BRITISH ISLES English Easter eggs are in at British Isles in Rice Village. All the usual favorites including Cadbury Buttons, Quality Street, Aero, Flakes, Crunchies, Mars. Carol Streatfeild British Isles, 2366 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005 713-522-6868 ---- SCOTTISH MOVIE OPENING: ON A CLEAR DAY Screening information: The advance screening is Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. The screening is at the Landmark River Oaks Theater, 2009 West Gray. ON A CLEAR DAY opens in Houston on Friday, April 14 at the Landmark River Oaks Theater. ON A CLEAR DAY is an inspirational drama with humor, about forgiveness and fortitude, from an exciting new voice in filmmaking. Filmed on location in Glasgow, the Isle of Man, and Dover, the film centers on Frank Redmond (Peter Mullan). After decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder, this no-nonsense 55-year-old working-class man suddenly finds himself laid off. For the first time in his life, Frank is without a job or a sense of direction, and is too proud to ask for guidance. His best mates – rascally Danny (Billy Boyd), timid Norman (Ron Cook), and cynical Eddie (Sean McGinley) – are there for him, but Frank still feels desperately alone. An offhand remark from Danny inspires Frank to challenge himself. . . He will attempt the near-impossible – swimming the English Channel. On A Clear Day is rated "PG-13." Please visit the website at ---- Scotland Culture Podcast Three podcasts on `Scotland's Literature', are now available for download or for listening online. Discover Scotland's influence on writers, Ian Rankin's hidden Edinburgh and find out why Louise Welch is never alone in Glasgow. The podcasts include recordings by well known Scottish writers: Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Louise Welsh and James Robertson. Go to to download now. ---- TEXAS WILDFLOWER DISCOVERED BY SCOTTISH BOTANIST Scottish botanist Thomas Drummond (1780-1835) discovered Drummond phlox along the Brazos River 1833-1834 and shipped plant specimens to England, where the profusely flowering cool-season annual became popular. In Texas, the native wildflowers blanket fields and roadways in spring and are among the easiest cool-season annuals in the home garden. Drummond phlox is available in white, pink, peach, lavender and the familiar red. Bedding plants are frequently available in nurseries from fall to spring, and phlox planted in the home garden will reseed. The plants mature to 6 to 12 inches, but they succumb to our summer heat. Sun to partial sun and a well-draining soil are the basic cultural requirements. This phlox, too, is usually easily grown from seed. ---- ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: MILLER THEATER Houston Grand Opera Presents Free Figaro May 19-20 By Ben Mattison 16 Mar 2006 The Houston Grand Opera will present free performances of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on May 19 and 20, the company announced. The performances will feature bass Ryan McKinny as Figaro, soprano Heidi Stober as Susanna, baritone Liam Bonner as Count Almaviva, soprano Tamata Wilson as Countess Almaviva, and mezzo-soprano Fiona Murphy as Cherubino. James Lowe, the associate conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, will conduct; Sharyn Pirtle is the director. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. Free tickets for reserved seating are on the day of the performance between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Miller Theatre box office; space on the theater's lawn is available on a first-come, first-served bases. The Miller Outdoor Theater is located in Hermann Park, southwest of central Houston. For directions, visit for other information, visit ---- ABRAHAM LINCOLN STATUES IN SCOTLAND & ENGLAND From the Scottish Council postings, sent in by Donna Robert A question to the Scots: I have just returned from London & Edinburgh. Something that struck me as a bit strange were the statues of Abraham Lincoln in memory of the Scottish soldiers who died during the Civil War. One was in the park next to Westminster Abbey & Parliament. The other was in a cemetery on the hill overlooking Edinburgh by the observatory. If anyone has information concerning the link of Lincoln to the Scots, I'd like to hear about it. Donna Robert 1. The first statue of an American President erected outside the USA was unveiled in Edinburgh's Old Calton Cemetery in 1893. The statue to Abraham Lincoln was erected in memory of Scottish Americans who died during the American Civil War. 2. - Melvyn Douglass ---- CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: CURRENT MONTH UPCOMING MONTHS THE COMING WEEK: 6 THURSDAY TODAY IS NATIONAL TARTAN DAY! 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 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 Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Buda, TX. April 6-9 6-9pm Whether you're a culinary connoisseur, or you simply enjoy wine, food and fun, it's time to get your tickets to the year's best festival. Eat. Drink. Texas. Festival is held at the Texas Disposal System’s Exotic Game Ranch (12200 Carl Rd.) 512-249-6300 7 FRIDAY Percussion One! Houston Family Arts Center One Weekend only Friday, April 7th at 7:30 pm Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 and 7:30 pm Ticket Prices: Adults $12.00 Seniors over 65 & Children under 12 $7.50 Group rates available for groups of 20+ BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! Buckets, Trashcans, Cymbals, Trashcan lids, Broomsticks, Tympani, Marimbas, Snare drums, Glockenspiel, Bass drums, Feet, Floor, and more! This renowned Houston based independent percussion group, under the direction of Lamar Burkholter, performs at various venues in the Houston area including the Houston Texans, Rockets, Aeros, Astros, Houston Bowl, and corporate and city-wide events. Percussion One has won the "Call for Tapes," performed at the World Expo in Hanover, Germany, and performed a 10-day concert tour in Moscow, Russia. You may purchase tickets by clicking here or by calling 281-453-0290 8 SATURDAY 2nd & 4th Saturdays CONTRA DANCE: HOUSTON AREA TRADITIONAL DANCE SOCIETY, Schedule April 8-9, 2006 CeltFest Texas Odessa, Texas April 8-9, 2006 San Antonio Highland Games, at Helotes Festival Grounds, 12210 Leslie Road 9 SUNDAY Men of Houston Morris Dancers Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing 10 MONDAY ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH General Class (Woodlands) Mondays 7:30-9:30 p.m. 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 ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH General Class (League City) Mondays 7:30-9:30 p.m. 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. 11 TUESDAY ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH Basic Class (West Houston) Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 p.m. (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. 12 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 JUDI HALLENBECK WILL BE LEADING THE GROUP Easter / Springtime Theme ---- TIME BY THE NUMBERS (sent by Doug Beaton) Tonight, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. That won't ever happen again. ---- Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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