Volume 20 #1
The Scottish Country Dancer
July/August 2003

Articles in This Issue
    A Summer Picnic! Help Wanted
    Manager's Report, May 21, 2003 Calendar of Events
    Still Time to 'Join Up'
A Summer Picnic!
to Lewisville Park, from I-5 and I-205

Just a reminder to reserve Saturday, July 5th, for our Summer Picnic. This year, we have reserved the Cedar Shelter within the Lewisville State Park, just north of Battle Ground, Wa. You can come anytime, but lunch begins at 1pm. Bring something (anything) to share, and tableware for yourself. Water and lemonade will be provided.

There are paths for hiking or strolling, through the woods or along the Lewis River. Bring your favorite games! And, we will try to do some dancing, too!

See the calendar entry for July 5th (below) for more information, as well as the list from which dances may be selected.

Manager's Report, May 21, 2003
by Tom Halpenny

The object of the Vancouver-USA Scottish Country Dancers Association is to preserve and further the practice of Scottish Country Dancing. This association is organized exclusively for educational or charitable purposes.

You will read more about some of the accomplishments of our Association by reading the committee chair reports. Our association performed 23 local demos this year. We have shared our dancing with a diversity of other nationalities, including Japan, Singapore, and Lithuania.

I would like to thank you all for being a part of the Association and for donating your time and energy to putting on the various events of the previous year.

I would like to thank our master teacher and cofounder for organizing the dances and other community events, for teaching us the dances, and for nurturing a new generation of teachers. Thanks to the new teachers for carrying forward a tradition of teaching excellence.

I would like to thank the Publicity chairman and cofounder for finding opportunities for us to bring Scottish Country Dancing into our local community, and for attracting new dancers with various flyers and advertisements.

Thank you to our able secretary/treasurer who has also performed many other roles to support our Association.

Thanks to the committee chairs for coordinating the dances, newsletter and web site, publicity, hospitality, historian, and decorations.

And especially, thanks to all you dancers who have volunteered to put on the dancing events, and who have served the Association and our local community by taking the classes and by dancing in the many demos and performances.

For those of you who are new to Scottish Country Dancing, please consider becoming a member and volunteer to support the Association. Our group will benefit from your energy and new ideas. This past year, we have tried some new ideas; some have worked well and some not so well. It is satisfying to think about the accomplishments that would never have happened without the volunteer who initiated the idea or action.

I have enjoyed socializing with all of you during the past year doing Scottish Country Dancing, and I look forward to sharing more of these experiences with you during the coming year.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Halpenny

Association Accomplishments: May 22, 2002 through May 21, 2003

Provide Fall, Winter, and Summer Beginning/Intermediate SCD classes
Class members' birthday celebrations
Improved newsletter and web site features
Publicity, including Columbian and Salmon Creek Sentinel feature articles
Performance team
Japan dancing tour; competition at Tokyo Highland Games
Demo at Lower Columbia Community College
Demo at Morning River Walk
Summer picnic at Battle Ground Lake
Summer dance classes at Creekside Estates
Demo Dancing in Esther Short Park (4 events)
Demo at Clark County Fair (2 performances)
Fall dance; "Phantom of the Dance"
Demo at Pacific Specialty Rehab.
Demo at Vancouver City Council meeting
Holiday Ceilidh
Demo at Robert Burns Supper
Dinner dance; "Once Upon a Winter Night"
Demo at Seafarers Center
Demo at Masonic Lodge
Demo at McKenzie's Restaurant (3 performances)
Demo at Pearson Air Museum
Spring dance with new-teacher class; "Garden Party"
Demo at Cheshire Cat
Demo at Village Ladies Club
Demo at Portland International Airport "Spring Fling" (2 performances)
Demo at Military Officers Association Meeting
Demo at Pomeroy Farm Herb Festival

Still Time to 'Join Up'

The membership year for the Vancouver USA Scottish Country Dancers runs from July 1st through June 30th. If you would like to renew your membership in our local branch and haven't done so yet, just send in your dues to:

Vancouver USA SCD
1647 NW 26th Circle
Camas, WA 98607
The dues are $5 per person. If you are already a member of another RSCDS-affiliated dance group, the dues are only $2.50 per person.

Note: the deadline for applying for RSCDS membership this year has passed.

Help Wanted

There is a vacancy in the office of Historian. Our Historian organizes and maintains a file of our group's newsletters, flyers, photos, and other items, which document the activities and progress of the Vancouver USA Scottish Country Dancers. If you would like to volunteer for this position, or would like more information, contact our manager, Tom Halpenny, at 887-1888.


Calendar of Events

Jul 5

Vancouver USA SCD Summer Picnic Lewisville Park, on SR503, north of Battle Ground, at the Cedar Shelter. $2/car entrance fee. Come any time, lunch at 1 pm, dancing after lunch! Bring a potluck dish to share, your own tableware, games. For info, call Liza or Tom Halpenny, (360) 887-1888.

Dances will be selected from among the following:

    Joie de Vivre            (J) Bk 39
    The Crooket Horned Ewie  (S) Bk 14
    Johnny Groats House      (R) Bk 16
    Wild Geese                     (J) Bk 24
    The Sauchie Haugh              (S) RSCDS Leaflet
    The Reel of the 51st Division  (R) Bk 13
    The Bramble Bush        (J) Bk 25
    The Enchanted Garden    (S) "The world Around the Corner"
    Flight of the Falcon    (R) B Priddey
    St. Andrews Fair        (J) Five SCD for 1982
    Delvine Side            (S) Bk 2
    Flowers of Edinburgh    (R) Bk 1

Jul 7

Deadline for Housing Registration, Fort Worden 2003 This is the deadline for full payment to ensure a reservation for housing. See the Fort Worden event listing for September 12-14.

Jul 10

Registration Deadline for TAC Summer School See the TAC Summer School event listing, July 27th.

July 18

Scottish Ceilidh Dance and Fiddle Concert

7:00-9:00pm, Murdock Hall, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan, Gresham, OR. Laura Risk, Scottish Fiddler from Montreal, Canada, and Lisa Scott, pianist, and Leslie Hirsch, fiddler, both of Portland.

7-7:30, Solo fiddle set by Laura Risk, 7:30-9pm Dance instruction for beginners, Laura Risk, Lisa Scott, and Leslie Hirsch.

Jul 19

Portland Highland Games A celebration of music, dancing, and colorful entertainment offered by talented entertainers, artists, and craftsmen. Mount Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR.

July 27-Aug 3

TAC Summer School The 31st Scottish Country Dance Summer School welcomes dancers of ALL levels. St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Available options: Full 7 Day Course includes meals and accommodations from Sunday dinner, July 27th to Sunday lunch, Aug 3rd, classes, evening social dances, banquet, ball, and more; Weekend includes meals and accommodations from Friday dinner, August 1st to Sunday brunch, Aug 3rd, classes and social events during the weekend, banquet, ball, and more; other options, too!

For more details, see the TAC website at www.tac-rscds.org.

Deadline for registration: July 10th!

Sept 12-14

Fort Worden Weekend Workshop The Seattle Branch has sent out the applications for Fort Worden 2003. If you are not on the mailing list, send an e-mail to the resistrar at to ask for an application. Or mail to:
RSCDS Seattle Branch, P.O. Box 77431, Seattle, Washington 98117, U.S.A.
Or, check out the Fort Worden website at www.scn.org/scottish/ftworden/index.htm.

Sep 18 - Dec 19

Fall term of Vancouver USA Dance Class Marshall Community Center, Oak/Elm Rooms, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, WA, 7:45-9:00pm

Oct 4

Scottish Country Dance in the Oregon High Desert

The High Desert Celtic Society invites you to their Seventh Annual Scottish Country Dance in the Oregon High Desert, at the new Redmond Grange building, on the corner of Kalama and Canal Blvd, in Redmond, OR.

Workshops in the morning and afternoon on the day of the ball, beginning with registration at 9am. Guest dance teacher: Marjorie McLaughlin. Music by A Scottish Heart. The theme is pre-1850's -- period costume is encouraged, but not required.

The Ball begins at 7:30pm with the Grand March.

The Program:
    Shiftin' Bobbins          The Piper                 Flowers of Edinburgh
    Diamond Jubilee           Machine Without Horses    Trip to Bavaria
    Minister on the Loch      The Anniversary           The Oregon State Tartan Reel
    Duncan MacKay             Rose of the North         The Express
    Catch the Wind            Moment of Truth           Reel of the Royal Scots

For registration information, maps, directions, dance briefs, and information on local lodging, see their website at www.hdccd.com, or send email to .
    Costs:                Before Sept 15    After Sept 16
    Workshop and Ball             $38.00           $46.00
    Workshop Only                  22.00            26.00
    Evening Ball Only              18.00            22.00
    Spectator Only                  4.00             4.00
    (workshop includes lunch)

Oct 18

Vancouver USA SCD Fall Harvest Dance Marshall Community Center, Oak/Elm Rooms, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, WA, 8-11:00pm

At an auction in Glasgow a wealthy American announced that he had lost his wallet containing $10,000 and would give a reward of $100 to the person who found it. From the back of the hall a Scottish voice shouted, "I'll give $150!"

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