Volume 22 #6
The Scottish Country Dancer
May/June 2006

Articles in This Issue
  • The Brief
  • The Price of Lamb
  • Calendar of Events
The Brief

Just some things you might want to note for this month:

  • May 6th: Our annual Spring dance! The theme this year is Try it, You'll Like it! Bring your friends!
  • May 10th: Classes start in the next term at Luepke Center, so sign up today!
  • May 13th: Portland Dance Party, at the Tigard Grange, the last one of the year!
  • May 20-21: Pomeroy Herb Festival. Bring your whole family, enjoy the farm atmosphere, maybe do some dancing, too!

Check the Calendar for details of these and other events.

The Price of Lamb

This item is from an article by John Innes on www.Scotsman.com.

Bullish market sees lamb sell for a record 62,000 pounds

A SCOTTISH lamb has fetched 62,000 pounds at a market sale, making it the most expensive sheep sold in Britain this year - yet the new owners insist they have not been fleeced.

The record price comes four years after the industry appeared to lie in ruins, when thousands of sheep were burned in heaps during the height of the foot-and-mouth crisis.

The sum paid for McTavish - at six months old he is still classed as a lamb - could buy a small terraced house in parts of Scotland or a luxury Jaguar XKR Coupe sports car.


Calendar of Events

May 5-7: Pearl Holmberg Workshop
The RSCDS Vancouver (Canada) Branch presents The Sixth Pearl Holmberg Workshop for Teachers and Musicians -- master classes planned especially for Scottish Country Dance Teachers and Musicians

Dance: Ann Dix, Berkshire, U.K.
Teachers' Class Pianist: Kristi Lind-Ezat, British Columbia, Canada

Music: Elke Baker (Fiddler), Maryland, USA; Liz Donaldson, Maryland, USA (Pianist/Accordionist)

This workshop is aimed at musicians who are already proficient on their instruments, who play for (or would like to play for) Scottish Country Dances; and to teachers, certificated or not, who currently teach a class.

Previous attendees will automatically receive a registration package early in 2006. If you are not yet on their mailing list, contact Wendy Swaine at
May 6: Try it, You'll like it! Spring Dance
Come Dance!

Everyone, all ages, dancers of all genres!

Come and experience Scottish Style Contra Dance plus other folk dance styles!

Dances will be taught. "If you can walk, you can do this dancing."

Live music

Luepke Center,
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, WA, 8-10:00pm
Suggested donation $5.00.
Light refreshments provided.
Contact Geri at (360) 834-3757
May 10: Vancouver Classes Start
The next session of SCD dance classes begins soon at Parks and Rec!
The basic class (course number 32949) will be taught by Geri Stuart, and the intermediate class (course number 32958) will be taught by Liza Halpenny. The price for either class is $32. Call 696-8236 to register.
The classes are Wednesday nights from 7:45-9:15, from May 10 through June 28, and both classes will be held in the Luepke Center (behind the Marshall Center).
Sign up today!
May 13: Portland Dance Party
7:30pm Tigard Grange, 13770 SW Pacific Hwy., Tigard.

May 17: Annual AGM, Vancouver USA SCD
At the end of class, in the Luepke Center, we will hold our Annual General Meeting.
May 20-21: Pomeroy Herb Festival
Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.
Thousands of fresh herb plants, Entertainment, Farm Cafe, Vendors.
July 15: Portland Highland Games
More details to follow.
Aug 6-13: TAC Summer School
Did you know? TAC Summer School is open to all dancers!

New location: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Core Teachers: Ruth Jappy, Delta, BC; Robert McOwen, Arlington, MA; and Rebecca Blackhall-Peters, Langley, BC.

Musicians: Bobby Brown, Laird Brown, Mara Shea, Jim Stevenson-Mathews

Accommodations: Fully air-conditioned single rooms with sink and adjoining bathrooms, and fully air-conditioned dance studios, for your dancing pleasure!

Early Bird Price before May 15th: $750 Cdn, $715 US. Teacher's Discounted Price: $675 Cdn, $645 US.
Sep 8-10: Fort Worden 2006
RSCDS Seattle Branch's Annual Weekend Workshop.


Musicians: Calum MacKinnon (fiddle), Ryan Mckasson (fiddle), Cali Mckasson (piano), Ralph Gordon (cello, bass), Brian Crisafulli (fiddle), Gwen Taylor (fiddle)

Teachers: Ron Wallace (Rohnert Park, CA), Gary Thomas (Rohnert Park, CA), Elaine Brunken (Laurel, MD), Mary Murray (Vancouver, BC)

Classes: SCD classes plus alternative classes in Ladies' Step Dance, Old Time Dance, and English Country Dance.

Watch for your Fort Worden application in April, or check the website for an online form:
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