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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Scottish Country Dancing & More

January 17, 2007 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) TONIGHT / NEXT WEEK Come Dance With Us This Week's Featured Dancer: Rafael Enriquez, Jr. This Week's Featured Musician: HUGH MORRISON TEA DANCE TO HONOR DANCE DEVISER DEREK HAYNES BURNS CLUB: ANNUAL PERFORMANCE HOUSTON GARDEN CENTER HERMANN PARK: 65th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AUSTRALIAN GROUP LOOKING FOR U.S. GIGS & DANCES SCOTTISH YOUNGSTERS MEET SPACE SHUTTLE CREW: CAREERS SCOTLAND SPACE SCHOOL TOUR OF SOUTHERN SCOTLAND & NORTHERN ENGLAND: BRITISH HERITAGE TOURS (May 19-30, 2007) GAELIC STORM: KISS ME I'M IRISH VIDEO CONTEST & FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD CELTIC ARTIST: LINDA McMULLEN MARCY LINK OF THE WEEK: Scottish Poetry Library CALENDAR PAGE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: We had a nice turnout in spite of the weather! And for the second week more men than women; thank you to those men who danced the woman's part tonight! THANK YOU TO OUR MUSICIANS: HUGH MORRISON (accordian)KENDALL ROGERS (keyboard)FIONA WYLIE (fiddle)ROBERT WYLIE (whistle) We danced: Canadian Barn Dance (twice) St. Bernard's Waltz Gay Gordons Dashing White Sergeant Circle Waltz Military Two Step Eightsome Reel Orcadian Strip the Willow Postie's Jig NEXT WEEK: JAN. 24 Burns Supper ceilidh dances (revised list) to live music by Hugh Morrison & Friends: Canadian Barn Dance St. Bernard's Waltz Gay Gordons Dashing White Sergeant Circle Waltz Military Two Step Eightsome Reel Orcadian Strip the Willow Note: Estimated times for Ceilidh Dancing at the Jan. 27 Burns Supper: 9:15-9:45 and 10:50 -11:20 COME DANCE WITH US! WEDNESDAYSSCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE7-10 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-dancing upstairs)MAPPHOTO OF HALL Cost: $5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14 ($15 maximum per family) fourth consecutive Wednesday free THIS WEEK'S FEATURED DANCER: Rafael Enriquez, Jr. * MEET OUR DANCERS! * THIS WEEK'S FEATURED MUSICIAN: HUGH MORRISON TEA DANCE TO HONOR DANCE DEVISER DEREK HAYNES Saturday, April 28, 2007SCHULENBERG, TEXASKC HallAfternoon Tea DanceBenefiting Cancer societies, In honor of Derek Haynes{Derek supported Cancer Care with the sale of his dance books}ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCHmusic by HUGH MORRISON (accordian)(more details to follow)DEREK HAYNES, dance deviser, died of a heart attack April 5, 2005. Also see: A Tribute to Derek Haynes Lockerbie Town Hall (South West Scotland) Derek wrote such dances as: Black Mountain Reel Macdonald of the Isles Miss Gibson's Strathspey Neidpath Castle The Craven Jig The Clansman Dunedin Festival Dance Kinfauns Castle Bridge over the Atlantic (with John Graden) Note: Dance Data shows 62 dances devised by Derek. BURNS CLUB: ANNUAL PERFORMANCE (Monday, Jan. 22) HOUSTON HEATHER AND THISTLE SOCIETYBURNS CLUBJanuary 2007 Performance7:30 P.M., Monday, January 22, 2007Auditorium,St.Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood THE BEST OF ROBERT BURNS – IN ENGLISHDirected by Jack HumeDedicated to the memory of William Curran At our monthly meetings we spend quite a bit of time interpreting those works of Burns that are written in the Scottish dialect and can be difficult to understand. In Scotland, William Curran has produced a book of translations into English. Tonight using this material each of us has chosen a favourite work to perform in English prefaced by a personalized introduction. IntroductionsPerformance Arthur DownIndividual Pieces Joan Down The Poems and SongsJohn Barleycorn Bruce MartinLament to Mary Queen of Scots Sheila HelmeMcPherson’s Farewell Rosemary HaggartyMy Heart’s In the Highlands Bob GilbertTo An Old Sweetheart Jim HaggartyThe Lass That Made the Bed Jack HumeScots, Wha Hae Alex Munroe Is There for Honest Poverty Ted HirtzMary Morison Robert BoydThe Banks O’ Doon Sheila Helme & Bob GilbertScots, Wha Hae The AudienceClosing Remarks Arthur DownSCOTS, WHA HAEScots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,Welcome to your gory bedOr to victorie!Now’s the day and now’s the hour:See the front o’ battle lour,See approach proud Edward’s power – Chains and slaverie!Wha will be a traitor knave?Wha can fill a coward’s grave?Wha sae base as be a slave? – Let him turn, and flee!Wha for Scotland’s King and LawFreedom’s sword will strongly draw,Freeman stand or freeman fa’,Let him follow me!By Oppression’s woes and pains,By your sons in servile chains,We will drain our dearest veinsBut they shall be free!Lay the proud usurpers low!Tyrants fall in every foe!Liberty’s in every blow!Let us do, or die! We trust you enjoy the presentation. We have a lot of fun doing it for you. The Burns Club always needs new members - too many parts and not enough people! As well as doing this performance we meet monthly throughout the year in members' homes for an informal discussion session on the Bard's works. If you are interested or know someone who is, contact any of us Jan. 22, or see below.Leader: Jack Hume (713) 665-1431 Secretary: Robert Boyd (281) 558-1131REMINDER: BURNS CLUB ANNUAL GATHERING AT THE BURNS BUST IN HERMANN PARK 4 pm Sunday Jan. 28, 2007 HOUSTON GARDEN CENTER HERMANN PARK: 65th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION [posted to Scottish Council] Jan. 12, 2007 Lazy Gardener Honoring a big birthday: Garden Center is turning 65By BRENDA BEUST SMITH A grand lady's 65th birthday will be celebrated in elegant style Jan. 27, and Houston-area gardeners are invited. The Houston Garden Center in Hermann Park is celebrating its 65th birthday. Since the Houston Civic Garden Center was dedicated in 1942, it has served as the grande dame of Houston horticulture circles. Spearheading the celebration will be the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs, a coalition that started in 1936 with 55-plus clubs. The "Tea Thyme: When Memories Bloom" festivities will recall the days of yore with an old-fashioned tea, a vintage-style "Petticoats, Parasols and Paraphernalia" fashion show, a display of floral-arrangement styles through the decades and a scavenger hunt (weather permitting). Proceeds will go to restoring the elegance of this somewhat faded Houston treasure, which hosts many of our plant sales and is the meeting site for numerous horticulture clubs and societies. Reservations are required at 281-341-7702 by Jan. 22 for the anniversary celebration. If you've never visited our garden center, it's worth a trip at any time. The Fragrant Garden, an 80-species herbal delight, is designed for children of all ages; it has Braille markers for those with vision challenges and waist-level beds for those in wheelchairs. Statues of Scottish poet Robert Burns and Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, the first Spanish explorer in Texas, overlook a large Louisiana iris collection in the Bog Garden, a camellia garden (under renovation), perennial and annual plantings and the J.M. Stroud Rose Garden, an All-America Rose Selection test garden with more than 2,500 bushes and 93 varieties. To the right of the center is the Chinese Friendship Pavilion, a gift to Houston from the city of Taipei, Taiwan, and a monument to the Chinese who built railroads across the nation. The pavilion and the rose garden are favorite sites for wedding photos. The Perennial Garden, designed by the federation with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, always has something in bloom.Although it's showing its age, the garden center is a wonderful place to visit. The federation is looking for cleanup volunteers. The Houston Civic Garden Center is on the north edge of Hermann Park at 1500 Hermann Drive, next to the Museum of Natural Science. Visit (click on Hermannn Park). When you visit the Garden Center, take time to walk across the street and around the Miller Outdoor Theatre to the Japanese Garden. This is one of Houston's best-kept secrets. Robert Burns Memorial by Heather and Thistle Society AUSTRALIAN GROUP LOOKING FOR U.S. GIGS & DANCES from Aylwen GardenI live in Canberra, Australia and am married to dance caller John Garden. We organise dances of many different styles including contra -we do ECD, MECD, Contra, Scandinavian, Regency, Victorian, Baroque,Vintage and Renaissance. Basically a bit of everything.I am saving up for our family, band and dance troupe to travel to the US in 2008, and am joining different dance groups online to meet others and get a feel for the overseas dance scene. Hopefully we can also get some gigs and dances to do to cover our costs. Can you recommend any other groups I could join?Of course, we always welcome overseas visitors to our dances and we also send CDs and books that my husband and his dance band have produced across to the US.When I'm not working I make historical costumes, with my favourite period being Regency. I also manage a performance troupe, the Bordonian Heritage Dancers.Cheers for now and have a happy 2007!Aylwen Garden SCOTTISH YOUNGSTERS MEET SPACE SHUTTLE CREW: CAREERS SCOTLAND SPACE SCHOOL [posted to Scottish Council]Date: 11 January 2007 Author: Lucy RobbA group of 26 young Scottish scientists will . . . 12 January 2007 embark on a mission to NASA's base in Houston, Texas and meet the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The teenagers are all students of the Careers Scotland Space School, an inspirational programme that encourages young people to follow careers in science and technology. . . The Careers Scotland Space School is a world leading programme supported by the Scottish Executive and NASA. It is designed to increase participation and motivation of school students in science and technology and help young people to understand how the subjects apply to real career choices. . . On his flight aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, Nick Patrick carried a Saltire into space in recognition of his support for the Careers Scotland Space School. He plans to return it to Scotland later this year. . . This is the ninth mission of the Careers Scotland Space School. Another 26 young people will attend the Careers Scotland Space Schoolin September 2007 and 120 pupils will take part in a residential Summer School, supported by a team of NASA astronauts and scientists in Scotland in June 2007. Friends and family back home in Scotland can follow the Space School students' progress in a video diary on the Careers Scotland website. . .http://www.scottish -enterprise. com/sedotcom_ home/news- se/news-fullarti cle.htm?articlei d=191591 TOUR OF SOUTHERN SCOTLAND & NORTHERN ENGLAND: BRITISH HERITAGE TOURS [from British Embassy newsletter] Depart Houston Saturday May 19, 2007, return Houston Wednesday May 30, 2007 Round trip air via Continental Airlines (Houston/Newark/Glasgow) Accommodations: 3 nights at 4-star & 7 nights at 3-star hotels Other: Full-time tour guide, deluxe coach with toilet facility & full-time driver, All airport transfers & porterage, All entry fees to sites visited, all ferry tickets, Local guides as required Visits: Burrell Collection; Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery; Burns Museum, Park, & Tam O'Shanter Bridge; Inveraray Castle; Inveraray Jail; Ardkinglas Woodland Garden; Iona Abbey; Bannockburn Battlefield; Stirling Castle; Linlithgow Palace; Edinburgh Castle; Palace of Holyroodhouse; Scone Palace; Caithness Glass Factory; Glamis Castle; St. Andrews Cathedral; Rosslyn Chapel; Traquair House; Abbotsford; Jedburgh Abbey; Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre; Floors Castle; Lindisfarne Priory; Alnwick Castle; Hadrian's Wall; Chesters Fort and Museum Price: 15 persons: $3,430.00 (land only)20 persons: $3,100.00 (land only) Air Fare: $740.00 (est.)Single Supplement: $530.00 An initial deposit of $250 is required to sign up for the trip. A second payment of $2,000 will be required by February 1, 2007, and the final payment (varies, depending on how many go) will be required by March 1, 2007. We are currently holding 20 reservations on Continental. The more people who go, the lower the cost per person. For more details, contact: Don Not included: Trip insurance, tips, incidental expenses GAELIC STORM: KISS ME I'M IRISH VIDEO CONTEST & FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD Make a video - Win a Video iPod!Kiss Me I'm Irish is The Official St. Patrick's Day Theme Song of 2007 and you could win a free video iPod! To make it easy, we've made Kiss Me I'm Irish available for free download! Here's how to enter the contest:FIRST, make your own "home video" for the song Kiss Me I'm Irish. We don't care what you do - sing along with the song, lip-sync, Irish dance, jig, jog, jazzercise...whatever! Just film yourself, your friends, your family and incorporate the song Kiss Me I'm Irish.NEXT, post your masterpiece video on YouTube ( under the tag "Gaelic Storm - Kiss Me I'm Irish."FINALLY, send the link to your video on YouTube to the band at: We will post the links to the entries on and on for the world to see. The first 17 entries (17 for St. Patrick's Day - March 17th) get a FREE Gaelic Storm "Kiss Me I'm Irish" T-shirt (one per entry)! Be sure to include your name, address and shirt size preference in the email.ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A FREE VIDEO IPOD. The winner will be chosen by Gaelic Storm based on creativity, style, ingenuity and of course, any blatant disregard for self-respect. Enter as many times as you like! (Only ONE iPod will be given to the winning entry, no matter how many people appear in or help to make the winning entry.) ONE SECOND PRIZE WINNER will receive one complete set of Gaelic Storm albums (6 CD's) autographed by the band!DOWNLOAD KISS ME I'M IRISH FOR FREE! For a limited time, the song is available free on the music page of or Go ahead, break the law, download and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE The Official St. Patrick's Day Theme Song of 2007 with everyone you know. We WANT you to do it. The whole world should be singing along with Gaelic Storm on March 17, 2007! Give it to friends, family, teachers, neighbors, etc. Download, email, burn....spread the word!So, charge up the video camera, start filming and posting. The more the better! Help us spread the music and start the revolution for Kiss Me I'm Irish - The Official St. Patrick's Day Theme Song of 2007!Official rules posted at The contest begins immediately and will end at 12 Noon EST on Monday March 19, 2007. This contest is in no way officially associated with Apple or the ipod brands. Kiss Me I'm IrishTwigger, Murphy, Wehmeyer, ReidOld songs and old stories they keep us alive Without our past, we would never survive I am my island, my island is me So you know what you can do If you don’t like what you seeChorus: Kiss me I’m Irish I am the Wild Rover My eyes they are smiling And I’m seldom sober I like my whiskey And I love to dance So if you’re feeling as lucky as me Take a chance… And kiss me I’m Irish My Heart beats a jig and me blood it flows green I’ve been a rogue and a rambler from ocean to sea. And I like a ‘bevy’, now and then, that I’ll never deny But I only drink on the days of the week that end with a ‘Y’ I’m no saint, I’m no sinner, of that there’s no doubt. I’ll tell ya the truth I am the one That your grandmother warned you about! Repeat Chorus Dublin, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Cork Kerry, Chicago, Armagh and New York Belfast and Boston, Donegal and DC Raise your glasses and sing, sing, sing with me! Repeat Chorus 2x CELTIC ARTIST: LINDA McMULLEN MARCY (from Linda McMullen Marcy) Originally from TEXAS, Linda fell head over heels for glass after taking a basic course in Santa Fe in 1978. Since then she has been sharing her "Glass Addiction" (as she calls it) with others by teaching innumerable classes. Linda's original works of art can be found across the U.S., Canada & in Europe. You will see her love for her Celtic Roots & her deep Christian belief in many of her works. Though has skills in many facets of Glass is currently working mainly in Lampwork (torch) & Kiln-formed (fused) designs. Traveling far & wide with a wanderlust husband, she finds inspiration everywhere. She recently returned to her beloved TEXAS with said wanderlust husband & Jade the wonder dog. She has 2 grown children; a daughter & son both married with 4 wee grand-lasses that all also reside in TEXAS. ART IS ALCHEMY portfolio: work is also available at: Mason's 2007 Midway in Old Town Spring. Slainté,Linda McMullen MarcyART IS ALCHEMY5510 Aberton Lane, Spring, TX 77379832.257.9403 LINK OF THE WEEK SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY (sent in by Donna Robert) CALENDAR PAGEdetails on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at:CURRENT MONTHUPCOMING MONTHS THE COMING WEEK: 18 THURSDAY Celtic Chorus of HoustonChurchill Room, Black Labrador Pub (Montrose near Richmond)7:00-9:00 pm ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY: HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH SOCIAL 7:30 pm - Dad's Club - 1006 Voss Rd.(N. of I-10, between Bingle & Campbell)Cost $5.00Contact: Moon Weiss CLEAR LAKE, TX: IRISH SESSIONstart time: between 7 - 7:30 pmCoffee Oasis4650 NASA Road 1 Seabrook, TX 77586281.532.1439(in the shopping center with Arlan's Market, on the corner of NASA and Kirby.) 19 FRIDAY 1st & 3rd Fridays CLEAR LAKE ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING7-9pmClear Lake United Methodist ChurchSeafoam and El Camino Blvd(almost across the street from Krogers). The parking lot is in the back. No charge. No partner is required and no experience in necessary.Contact: Lee Attema 20 SATURDAY Saturday, January 20, 2007BAYOU SECO Fiddle workshop and concert Fiddle Workshop 2:00-4:30 PM admission $25.00 For reservations call 505-534-0298 or write Bayou Seco at Concert 8:00 PM admission $10.00 ($5.00 for those attending the workshop) Oxford Hall, 1135 Oxford in the Heights For more info: Mike Head Oxford Hall is a nonsmoking venue 21 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 22 MONDAY 4th Monday Heather and Thistle Society ,7:30 P.M.Auditorium,St.Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood. BURNS CLUB: ANNUAL PERFORMANCE International Folk Dancing for beginners.HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS7:30 - 10:00 pm Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th Street in the Heights. 3 TUESDAY 4th TuesdayIrish American Heritage Associationof Katy, TexasMeeting7:30pm Municipal Utility District Building on Cimmaron Pkwy at Hidden Canyon Rd(just west of S Mason Rd) in Katy, TexasFor more information or directions, please call:Bridget Connelly . . 281-492-8780Mike Long . . . . . . 281-395-3038Dennis Donlan . . . 281-392-0894ORE-mail us at: ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE 7:30 to 10:00 pm admission $3.00 Open to all. All dances are taught. Good music and a lot of fun. Live Music by Kendall Rogers Oxford Hall1135 Oxfordin the Heights For more info: Mike Head Oxford Hall is a nonsmoking venue Strings n' Things contact Peggy Carter. 24 WEDNESDAY SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! 7-10 pm NEW DANCERS WELCOMEFamilies 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).MAPPHOTO OF HALL FEATURING THIS WEEK: BURNS SUPPER CEILIDH DANCES TO LIVE MUSIC BY HUGH MORRISON & FRIENDS. Dianna Dianna L. ShipmanScottish Country Dancing and MoreHouston, Texasphone: 713-522-1212
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