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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Scottish Country Dancing & More

SEPTEMBER 13, 2006 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER IN THIS ISSUE: · SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) · · DANCE NEWS (Austin Ball Weekend) · · Houston Highland Games Association (HHGA) ELECTS OFFICERS · · ST. THOMAS PIPERS ON TV! · · HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE: FREE FINE ARTS FOR KIDS! · · TEXAS SLOGAN NOMINATED FOR AWARD - VOTE NOW! CALENDAR PAGE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: NEXT WEEK: LIVE MUSIC BY HUGH MORRISON (accordion) Hugh will also be playing for our performance Sept. 23! and we'll be reviewing dances next week for our performance (details below). TONIGHT: WE DANCED: Polka Dots, Monymusk, Mad Hatter, Minister on the Loch (twice), Davy Nick Nack, Lamb Skinnet, West's Hornpipe (twice), Postie's Jig, Culla Bay, Music Makars, Circle Waltz We have now done all the Houston ball dances and will continue to include them! WELCOME & WELCOME BACK to DAVE DAVIES and RAFAEL ENRIQUEZ! THIS WEEK'S FEATURED DANCER: DALE MELTON * MEET OUR DANCERS! * THIS WEEK'S FEATURED MUSICIAN: Muriel Johnstone MEMBER NEWS: RAFAEL ENRIQUEZ writes in part: "I passed to the degree of Fellowcraft [recently] in my ongoing work in Freemasonry with Holland Lodge No. 1 on Montrose. . . I've returned to HISD to teaching in the inner city." . . . and Rafael asked that folks be advised: October 1, 2006 2:30 - 4:00 pm ATTENTION ALL EAGLE SCOUTS (NO MATTER WHERE YOU EARNED YOUR EAGLE SCOUT): Eagle Wall Dedication and Reception · This will be a historic event, and over 1000 Eagle Scouts are expected to attend. · There are in excess of 20,000 Eagle Scout names listed on the Eagle Wall. · The opportunity to spotlight the Eagle Scout and to rededicate ourselves to the principles of Scouting will certainly be tremendous. · Please RSVP to and include your name, the year you received your Eagle Scout award, and the number of guests you might bring. · Since this event will have a large number of attendees, we are trying to be prepared for the numbers of guests and also be able to communicate special parking arrangements for everyone. · A part of this special day will include recognizing and honoring the newest class of Eagle Scouts. · Also, if you want to assist on the committee working on this event, and have the ability to help in one of the following sub-committees - Program, Marketing/PR, Logistics, Food, Health & Safety, Special Events (Music, Troop Open House), Staging and Sound, and Parking/Directing Traffic (vehicles and foot) - then please email · Please also encourage all Eagle Scouts to register with our online Eagle Search at no matter where their rank was earned. · Almost 1700 Eagle Scouts have already registered. . . The new headquarters for the Boy Scouts is 2225 N. Loop West off of TC Jester at 610 West. CAROLYN MADDOX who works with the Houston Zoo , is involved in a project studying otters; to view photos: View Wallisville camera photos COME DANCE WITH US! WEDNESDAYS SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE 7-10 pm NEW DANCERS WELCOME Families welcome (children must be accompanied by parent/guardian) 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 Cost: $5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14 ($15 maximum per family) fourth consecutive Wednesday free UPCOMING PERFORMANCE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION CELEBRATION Spring Branch Post 8790 VFW Hall, 1560 Foley St (near Campbell Rd & Long Point Dr) Tickets are $5 at the door. Call (713) 271-0784 for more information or e-mail Pat McMahon 12 noon - 2 pm IRISH MUSIC JAM SESSION 2-4 pm CELTIC CHORUS & GOOD TIME SCOTTISH DANCERS If you'd like to participate let me know (Dianna L. Shipman); so far we have: Dianna Shipman, Bud Norton, Lisa Smith, Ed Fuller, Carolyn Maddox, Jenna Parshall, Marilyn Johnson Judith Hiott, Kelley Fair, Margaret Fair and Tentative: Mitch Philpot, Jennie Stillman · Singalong: Wild Rover, McNamara's Band, Molly Malone [dance: Belfast Hornpipe] · Singalong: My Wild Irish Rose, I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, Finnegan's Wake [dance: Blue Bonnets] · Singalong: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Unicorn Song, Danny Boy [dance: Highlandman’s Umbrella] · Singalong: Black Velvet Band, Irish Rover, Try to Remember [dance: medley: Flowers of Edinburgh, Petronella] Singalong: A Nation Once Again, Waltzing with Bears, You're a Grand Old Flag, God Bless America [audience participation dances: Angus Reel, Bridge of Athlone, Circle Waltz] 4:00 pm (approximate) Cass Academy of Irish Dance DANCE NEWS: AUSTIN, TEXAS: BALL WEEKEND Saturday December 2, 2006 Austin Scottish Country Dance Society 30th Anniversary ST. ANDREW'S BALL Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Chennault and Anne Marshall Ball Program: Gloria's Wee Jig 32J/2 Saltire Society Reel 32R3 Seann Truibhas Willichan 32S2 Roaring Jelly 32J3 Blithest Lass 32S3 Kingussie Flower 40R2 * Machine without Horses 32J3 Bonnie Stronshiray 32S3 Duran Ranger 32R3 Stary Eyed Lassie 32J3 Lea Rig 32S2 Round Reel of 8 88R/sq * Laird of Milton's Daughter 32J3 Katie's Strathspey 32S3 Shiftin Bobbins 32R3 Berwick Johnnie 32J3 Minister on the Loch 32S3 cpl set Mairi's Wedding 40R3 The weekend will include · a Ceilidh Dance Workshop, · evening Wine & Cheese Reception, · an exciting Ball program featuring music by · John Taylor, David Mostardi, and Lyle Ramshaw, · a Midnight Buffet immediately following the Ball, · and Sunday Brunch. LINKS: · welcome · you're invited! · ball update · ball program · it's a ceilidh! (Saturday, October 14, 2006) · events schedule · details of events · then and now · registration · travelers · guest book contact us Pricing Your St. Andrew’s Ball registration includes the Saturday Ceilidh Workshop, Wine & Cheese Reception, admission to the 2006 St’ Andrew’s Ball and Midnight Buffet, and the Sunday Brunch. Early Registration (before November 12th) Adults @ $35 Teens (18 and under) @ $10 Non-Dancers @ $7 After November 12th and at the door Adults @ $40 Teens (18 and under) @$15 Non-Dancers @ $10 If you would like a registration form emailed to you please contact Anne Marshall at 512-236-9574, or Elizabeth Chennault at 512-335-3560, Minicribs are available upon request BALL BOOKLETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE BALL If you would like to receive your Ball booklet ahead of time please enclose a greeting card sized SASE (78 cents postage) with your paid registration. BEN HUR BALLROOM Address: 7811 Rockwood Lane Austin, TX 78757 Ceilidh Dance Workshop Ben Hur Ballroom 1 o’ clock until 3 o’clock Wine & Cheese Reception Ben Hur Ballroom 7 o’ clock Grande March 8 o’clock 2006 St Andrew's Ball immediately following Midnight Buffet Ben Hur Ballroom Midnight until 1 o' clock Sunday, the Third of December, Two Thousand and Six Ball Brunch 11 o'clock Home of Torf and Sarah Harriman 19 North Peak Austin, Texas , 512-327-2869 St. Andrew's Ball News Austin's 30th anniversary St. Andrew's Ball is beginning to take shape, at least in the minds and intentions of your 2006 Ball Chairs, Anne and Elizabeth. Heading up this talented trio is one of our perennial favourites, the indomitable John Taylor from San Jose , California , along with Lyle Ramshaw and David Mostardi, from San Francisco . We are honoured this year to have three of the most talented -and most requested -Scottish Country Dance musicians in America . On Saturday 14th October, we will be “puttin’ on the Ceilidh” – doesn’t quite have the same ring as “Puttin’ on the Ritz” but the Ball will take care of THAT, while our ceilidh will be a sensible, sonsy Scottish fundraiser for said Ball. Ed Miller headlines for us at the McBeth Recreation Center in Zilker Park , so if you are in town, do plan to attend. Tickets are $15, including refreshments and will only be sold in advance. If you are a current member of ASCDS, we will be calling for volunteer help to run the ceilidh! While the Ball on 2nd December starts at 7.00, Elizabeth and I have never experienced an arrangement for a hall rental where the cost is the same for four hours as it is for twelve. So, to doubly enjoy this wonderful venue, we have organized a Ceilidh Dance Workshop in the early afternoon – this is open to non-dancers of SCD– it’s a public event, in fact, to respond to the growing desire for ceilidh dancing in Austin . The Ceilidh Workshop is designed primarily for non-Scottish Country Dancers; however, the Ceilidh Workshop is included with your Ball registration. Any dancers who are sure they won’t deplete their energy for the ball in the evening, are welcome to attend and we would love to have as many experienced dancers as possible (or those who know ceilidh dances) assist the workshop attendees. Do email either Elizabeth or Anne if you have any questions or queries about our Ball plans. We are looking forward to seeing you all on December 2nd. Happy Dancing! Elizabeth Chennault Anne Marshall HOST HOTEL: The Summerfield Suites on Northcross will be our host hotel this year. 7685 Northcross Drive Maps & Directions Austin, Texas 78757, USA Phone : 1-512-452-9391 Summerfield Suites is literally only a 45 second drive to the Ben Hur Ballroom. Another minute’s drive and you are on Anderson Lane with a plethora of restaurants and shops. Suites at the Summerfield are $79.00 in our block booking (bedroom and sitting room with additional sofa bed and kitchenette). Two bedroom suites are available too, at $109. We have reserved the events hall for the use of our guests should anyone want to get together for an impromptu meeting, practice dances, or just relax with friends. Accommodations Link to Austin City Guide Houston Highland Games Association (HHGA) ELECTS OFFICERS August 2006 - July 2007 · President - Melvyn Douglass - Committees: Hospitality, Publicity · VP-Site Coordination - Paul Shepherd - Paul.Shepherd@ Committees: Grounds, Special Attractions, Clans and Societies, Vendors · VP-Ways & Means - Carol Robertson - croberts@bechtel. com Committees: Program, Trophies and Awards, Celidh, Fund Raising · VP-Competitive Events - Heather Smith Vacker - heathersv@sbcglobal .net Committees: Children's Games; Piping, Drumming, Bands; Highland Dancing; Adult Field Events; Special Competitive Attractions · Treasurer - John Harrison - jbhcpa@qzip. net · Recording Secretary - Julie Boone - juli.boone@juno. com · Membership Secretary - Kelly Jamison - McKela@yahoo. com · Directors-at- Large - LeeAnn McMurtrie - · Jeanette McBee Douglass - · Ros Shepherd - Houston Highland Games Association, PO Box 66, Bellaire TX 77402-0066 www.houstonhighland ST. THOMAS PIPERS ON TV! To view and listen to Channel 13 TV's recent interview of the St Thomas' Episcopal Band, CLICK HERE (3 min 16 sec) (right hand side of page under "Video on Demand" - you don't have to fill out the form on the page to have a look and a listen. HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE: FREE FINE ARTS FOR KIDS! Saturdays at Central! We're Back With Our 5th Season of Free Fine Arts for Kids! First on the Schedule: The Houston Symphony's Fidelis String Quartet with their kid-sized concert, World On A String, on Saturday September 30, at 10am. click Here to Skip Right to the Schedule. Here's A Flier You Can Print or E-Mail Saturdays at Central, HCC Central College's free fine arts performance series for families, kicks off its new season on Saturday, September 30th at 10:00am, with a visit from Houston's Fidelis String Quartet performing their kid-sized concert, World On A String! These internationally recognized artists from the Houston Symphony will offer a breezy introduction to classical music for strings, specifically 2 violins, a cello and a viola. The performers will chat about the music, their instruments and the life of a professional musician. After the concert, kids can get a personal introduction to classical instruments with the Symphony's ever popular Instrument Petting Zoo. All Saturdays at Central performances are held at the College's Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin at Holman. Saturdays at Central has been offering free concerts and performances to kids and their families for the last five years. It's a project of HCC Central College's Fine Arts department, designed to introduce children to the fine arts through kid-friendly performances by outstanding professional companies. A typical season includes performances by Houston Symphony musicians, Houston Grand Opera's Opera To Go, Express Children's Theatre, and a rotating roster of world dance ensembles. (The productions are also aimed at showing children, and their families, that exciting things happen can happen on a college campus and that higher education is an attainable goal.) Performances are usually about 45 minutes long, and afterwards the fun moves outdoors a for games, snack, crafts and a moonwalk. Saturdays at Central performances are always free, and they always start at 10:00am in Central's Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin at Holman. Our Saturdays at Central performance series is generously underwritten by Youth's Friends Association. For information and reservations, call 713-718-6570. Here's the calendar of events: World On A String The Fidelis String Quartet in a kid sized concert, offering an introduction to classical string music. Saturday, September 30, 2006, 10:00am It's A Dancing World Featuring the outstanding ensembles of Houston's international community Saturday, October 14, 2006, 10am Cinderella Rossini's classic fantasy comes to life on-stage in this production from Opera To Go January 27, 2007, 10am Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Express Children's Theatre offers a moving adaptation of the award winning novel by Mildred Taylor. February 24, 2007, 10am Festival of Dance Central's Modern and World Dance Ensembles April 14, 2007, 10am That phone number again - 713-718-6570 Thanks again for all your interest and support! Carla Webbles HCC Central Fine Arts Central Links HCC Central College Maps Street Map Campus Map Events at Central Fine Arts Subscribe to ArtsLine Newsletters Related Links The Houston Symphony The World Dance Institute Houston Grand Opera Express Children's Theatre TEXAS SLOGAN NOMINATED FOR AWARD - VOTE NOW! DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS IF YOU ARE A TEXAN BY BIRTH OR A TEXAN BY HEART...... The Texas Highway Department's anti-litter slogan "Don't Mess With Texas" has been nominated for a very prestigious advertising award. If it were to win, a Bronze Plaque would be placed on Madison Avenue's "Advertising Walk of Fame" in New York City and would also get a permanent place at the Advertising Icon Museum in Kansas City. Please go to the Advertising Week Favorite Slogan's Website and vote! The competition is tough, like "Got Milk?", "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas", "The breakfast of Champions" and others, so please vote before September 29, 2006 and tell your fellow Texans to do likewise. Wouldn't it be cool for New Yorkers to have to walk past a Bronze Plaque every day that said, "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS"? P.S. Please pass this on to all of your Texas friends!! CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: CURRENT MONTH UPCOMING MONTHS THE COMING WEEK: 14 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of Houston note: change of location Churchill Room, Black Labrador Pub (Montrose near Richmond) 7:30-9:30 pm 2nd Thursdays BURNS CLUB 7:30 pm for more info contact Robert Boyd This month's topic: Burns's Prayers [Houston will be hosting North American Burns Conference in 2008] "Northern Ireland: Steps Toward Reconciliation and Peace" presented by Rev. Bill Shaw of the 174 Trust in Belfast Cullen Hall University of St. Thomas 4001 Mt. Vernon Houston, TX 7:30 PM Free and open to the public Brought to you by the Irish Society and the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas 15 FRIDAY Spec's 3rd Annual Cheese Festival Sept. 14-16, 11am to 7pm IT'S FREE! Samples, Sales, Specials, Giveaways, Wine Tastings, Prizes and More! Call 713-526-8787 for more info 16 SATURDAY traveler Saturday, September 16 @ First UU church 5200 Fannin at Southmore 7:30 concert or come for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Lasagne dinner includes salad, dessert & tea: vegetarian or meat options. BYO wine or beer. Before 9/13- $20 for concert, $10 for dinner (adult) After 9/13 - $25 for concert, $15 for dinner (adult) Children under 12 - $3 for dinner, $10 for concert. Want to buy a ticket in advance? Click or buy them in person at the church office at 5200 Fannin. Concert benefits First Unitarian Universalist Church more traveler info to be found at DENTON, TEXAS: Denton Celtic Dancers 6:30-10:30 pm Ceili social dance Denton Senior Center We will have walk throughs of the dances in the program from 6:30 - 7:00. 17 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 18 MONDAY International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS 7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th Street in the Heights. 19 TUESDAY Strings n' Things contact Peggy Carter Third Tuesdays Thistle & Harp: Celtic Heritage Society of East Texas Monthly meeting Oakland Heights Baptist Church 1607 Judson Rd Longview, TX 7 - 9 PM The English-Speaking Union/Houston Branch Dinner & Talk Houston Country Club, 1 Potomac (off Woodway) Registration & Reception at 6:30 PM with Dinner/Talk beginning at 7:15P.M. speaker: Dr. Dennis Huston, Professor of English at Rice University. subject: "Romeo & Juliet Drama On The Stage and In Films" Members: $65; Guests: $70 per person, all inclusive of cocktails and wine with dinner. For Information and reservations call Tom Fox 713-839.2578; Rodney Koenig 713-651-5333 or Message Line 713-666.1044 The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political, educational organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. 20 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 LIVE MUSIC BY HUGH MORRISON (accordion) Hugh will also be playing for our performance Sept. 23! and we'll be reviewing dances for our performance FISH &CHIPS (English Country Dance Band) host English Session 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 7-9:30 pm Churchill Room, Black Labrador Pub (Montrose near Richmond) English as well as Scottish, Irish and American Traditional Music, played on Fiddle, Banjo, Concertina and whatever folks bring. Open session, all musicians and singers invited to join in; dancing welcomed! For information, contact Dan Worrall Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas phone: 713-522-1212
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