The Scottish Country Dancer
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Southwest Washington State Branch
Volume 35 #3
November/December 2018

Articles in This Issue

Picnic Surprise Fall Dance

by Liza Halpenny

Despite pouring rain, a happy group gathered October 27th for our Fall Dance, with the theme “Pacific Northwest Picnic Surprise.” What was the surprise? The premier public showing of a video by the same name. (You can learn about this video in Tom’s article.) A second special event at the dance was the 10th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Southwest Washington State Branch, with cake!

There was lots of great dancing, too, of course. Lisa Scott and Betsy Branch provided spectacular music which pulled everyone onto the dance floor to enjoy the program put together by Linda Mae Dennis. The event was chaired by Theresa Ryan and dancers came from as far away as Bend and Seattle. Everyone present contributed to the picnic of joy.


Fifty Progression Paths

by Tom Halpenny

I was curious to research the variety of paths that 1st couple can travel in order to "progress to second place" while 2nd couple move to first place? I examined
The Campbell Tyler list of 500 Most Frequent Dances and identified over fifty progression paths. The following table lists dance Minicrib fragments with corresponding dance titles.

Fifty Progression Paths with Dance Names
1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, 1s dance 1/2 Figs of 8 (Man round 2s & Lady round 3s) & end facing 1st corners
1- 8 1s cast 1 place & dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s & turn 3/4 LH to face 1st corners
PEAT FIRE FLAME (R8x40) 3C (4C set)
9-16 1s lead down the middle & up to face 1st corners
MRS MACLEOD (of Raasay) (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
17-24 1s cross RH, cast to 2nd place, cross LH, cast to 3rd place & lead up to face 1st corners
1- 8 1s set & cast below 3s, lead up to face 1st corners
REEL OF THE 51ST DIVISION (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s set, cross RH, cast 2 places & dance up to face 1st corners
FESTIVAL FLING (R8x32) 3C (4C Set)
1- 8 1s set, cross RH, cast 1 place & turn LH to face 1st corners
1- 8 1s dance down 1 place & cast up on own side to places, dance down 2 places & cast up on own side & face 1st corners
FAIR DONALD (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 4 1s cast 1 place & set advancing to 1st corner
1- 8 1s turn RH & cast to 2nd place, 1s turn LH to face 1st corners
MAIRI'S WEDDING (R8x40) 3C (4C set)
DUKE OF PERTH (Broun's Reel or Clean Pease Strae) (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
9-16 1s+2s dance the Knot, 1s turn LH to end facing 1st corners
1- 8 1s set & 1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses & casts up to face her 1st corner while 1M dances up the middle to face 1st corner
BEST SET IN THE HALL (J8x32) 3C (4C Set)
1- 8 1s set & cast 1 place, turn LH 1.1/4 times to end in Bal-in-Line position between 1st corners
NAPIER'S INDEX (J8x40) 3C (4C Set)
1- 8 1s set & cross RH, cast 1 place & turn LH (ending in a diagonal line LH to partner & RH with 1st corner)
FOLLOW ME HOME (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross RH & cast 1 place, dance RH across with 3s & 1s end with Man facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
PELORUS JACK (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross RH, cast to 2nd place & dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s
MAXWELL'S RANT (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
SCOTT MEIKLE (R4x32) 4C set
1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place & dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s
CATCH THE WIND (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place, 1s dance down between 3s & cast back to 2nd place on own sides
JOIE DE VIVRE (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
17-24 1s lead down & back to 2nd place
THE WILD GEESE (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross RH to double triangle position with 2s+3s & set, 1s cast up to top & dance down until they are between 2s & 3s
SHIFTIN' BOBBINS (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 4 1s dance down below 3s & cast up to 2nd place own sides
THE IRISH ROVER (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s set, 1L followed by partner casts 2 places, 1L crosses (below 3s) & casts up on Men's side to 2nd place facing down while 1M dances round 3L & up the middle to 2nd place Ladies side facing down
MRS STEWART'S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
17-24 1s followed by 2s dance down, cast up behind 3s, in & dance up to top & 1s cast back to 2nd place
1- 8 1M casts to 2nd place, sets to 3L, turns RH & dances back to 2nd place on own side
9-16 1L casts to 2nd place, sets to 3M, turns LH & dances back to 2nd place
THE JUBILEE JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place & dance round 1st corners passing corners LSh
QUARRIES' JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross RH & cast down to 2nd place, cross LH & 1L casts up while 1M casts down
1- 8 1s set & cast 1 place, cross passing LSh & cast RSh round their 1st corner into centre ending BtoB (Lady facing up, Man down)
SUGAR CANDIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s turn RH & cast 1 place, 1s dance LSh round 1st corners to 2nd place opposite side facing 2nd corners
BRATACH BANA (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross down RH to face out between 2s & 3s giving hands to each corner & set, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s & 2s+1s+3s set
THE SAILOR (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross RH & cast 1 place, turn RH 1.1/2 times to end in prom hold facing 2M
9-16 1s+2s+3s Promenade ending with 1s casting to 2nd place
EH3 7AF (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
9-16 1s set to each other & turn 2H, cast to 2nd place & Petronella turn to Lady between 2s & Man between 3s
J. B. MILNE (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross RH & cast down to 3rd place, cross RH & cast up to 2nd place on own sides
GANG THE SAME GATE (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 2 places, cross LH below 3s & cast up to 2nd place own sides
ST ANDREW'S FAIR (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s turn RH & cast to 2nd place, turn 1.1/2 LH to end between 2s facing opposite sides
1- 8 1M sets to 2L & casts 1 place, 1L sets to 2M & casts 1 place
1- 8 1s+2s set & Petronella-in-tandem twice to end with 2s+1s on opposite sides having changed places
1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round to left, 1s turn to face 2s & set, 1s cast while 2s dance up
1- 8 1s turn RH & cast 1 pl, all circle 6H round 3/4 way to left & end in lines of 3 across (Ladies face down & Men up)
1- 4 1s lead down below 3s, cross & cast up to 2nd place on opposite side
THE ROSE OF THE NORTH (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s set, cross down RH between 2s & cast down behind 3s & dance up centre to 2nd place to face out on opposite sides
THE NURSERYMAN (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s+2s 1/2 turn partners RH & dance RH across 1/2 way, 2s+1s full turn partner RH ending with 2s at top & 1s in 2nd place
MAJOR IAN STEWART (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s turn RH & cast to 2nd place, turn partner LH 1.1/4 times to end Man facing down & Lady facing up
1- 8 1s turn RH & cast to 2nd place, turn 1.1/4 times LH to end 1L between 2s to face 1M between 3s
MONYMUSK (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across, 1s cast down 1 place & turn about for Double Triangles while 2s lead up
9-16 1s lead down for 3, up for 3, cross over & cast down to 2nd place
KENDALL'S HORNPIPE (J8x32) 2C (4C set)
17-24 1s dance 4 slip step down middle, set to each other, slip step up to top & cast to 2nd place
THE HAPPY MEETING (J8x32) 2C (4C set)
17-24 1s lead down for 2 steps, turn RH, lead up to top & cast to 2nd place
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette.
25-32 1s+2s dance the Rondel
THE SILVER TASSIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set)
1- 8 1s+2s Set & Rotate
A CAPITAL JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set)
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande

2019 Tac Summer School

by from Lin Pettengill

For all those interested in the 2019 TAC Summer School in Calgary, Alberta Canada, here's a wee initial announcement from the director:" ~ Ed.

In 2019 TAC summer events (teachers conference weekend and summer school for all dancers) will be in Calgary. We are trying very hard to get the word out to dancers well in advance and this is practically on our doorstep! Please see initial information here:

Pacific Northwest Picnic Surprise

by Tom Halpenny

A group of friends gathered on majestic Mount Hood for some Scottish dancing and were surprised and delighted by a chance encounter with a Sasquatch! The creature took an interest in our dancing and especially our apparel, and we were pleased to include Sasquatch in our circle of friends. This was all captured in a video you can play below!

The cast on location, L to R: Tom Halpenny, Mel Whitson, Larry Greene, Liza Halpenny, Holly Gibson, Linda Mae Dennis, Ken Heinemann, Susan Shaw, Sydney Thomson, John Shaw, Eunice MacKenzie, Martin MacKenzie, Akana Ma, Janice Taylor

The vignette titled
Pacific Northwest Picnic Surprise is a collaboration of Scottish dancers from the Portland and Southwest Washington State branches for the RSCDS Virtual Festival project. Entries were requested from RSCDS Branches and Affiliated Groups around the world, to choreograph a dance made up of Scottish Country Dance steps and formations using RSCDS tunes, while adding creative interpretations of the theme
"Around the World". More than a dozen videos were submitted, with a winner to be announced at the November 3rd Annual General Meeting in Perth, Scotland. We can view a playlist of all submissions at RSCDS Virtual Festival 2018. Pacific Northwest Picnic Surprise was shown at the Oct 27 SWWS Branch Fall Dance with theme by the same name.

A committee began planning the production in July and the video recording took place September 1. Special thanks to Mel Whitson who organized the planning meetings and Linda Mae Dennis who imagined the story line. Theresa Ryan, Tom and Liza Halpenny, and Ken Heinemann joined the planning to firm up the story, devise the Scottish dance, and recruit the cast. The project progressed through activities such as arranging music and video recording, scouting venues, exploring costumes, building the props, arranging and running researsals, and recording the video on location.

Cynthia Soohoo and Nathaniel Soohoo-Hui arranged and played the special Scottish dance music for the project.
Patrick Hogan recorded the music in his studio which was merged into the video as it was recorded live.
Akana Ma played Sasquatch, star of the show, who was ably assisted by Janice Taylor with her fast-kilt-change ability.
Sydney Thomson made the natural kilt and assisted with the dressing.
Linda Mae provided the high-quality credits posters and special effects with vigorous bush shaking.
Ken built the topical "Please do not feed the Sasquatch" sign.
Martin MacKenzie figured out the technical requirements to record the video with its clear audio track,
and Eunice MacKenzie skillfully operated the video camera.

Many thanks to all who participated with your camaraderie, energy, and creative ideas. Until next time!

Virtual Festival Video Scottish Dancing with Sasquatch!

Scottish-American Wedding Traditions

by Mel Whitson

Contributed by Melissa Whitson and generally excerpted (with editorial liberties taken by the contributor) from the book The Plighted Troth, published by the RSCDS Orange County Branch

Scots were known for “nipping and scarting” during wooing, meaning that using a sharp tongue was the Scots way of showing love. Here’s an example: A gentle lover, who had observed all the proprieties with his sweetheart, said on becoming engaged, “Weel onywey I’ve been ceevil to ye.” She replied, “Aye, senselessly ceevil, ye muckle gowk (big fool).”

  The ceremony – brides’ attire and a few traditions:
•	Scottish wedding dresses were in pale pastel shades as well as white and in Scotland, velvet was sometimes 
        favored for the fabric (gets cold in Scotland).
•	A veil was not worn but a wreath of white flowers was placed in the bride’s hair.
•	She would wear a plaid (tartan sash) pinned to her dress.  The groom may pin the sash to her shoulder during 
        the ceremony, after they were pronounced “man and wife.”  Alternatively, the sash was presented to the bride 
        by the groom or by the groom’s mother at the rehearsal dinner.
•	A sixpence would be placed in the bride’s shoe for good luck.
•	The bride and groom would link thumbs of their right hands and press them together as a vow of their fidelity.
•	An oatcake would be broken over the bride’s head to bring good luck, with all the unmarried ladies taking 
        home a piece to put under their pillows for three nights, to (hopefully) result in dreams that revealed their 
        future husband.

    A selection of wedding celebration toasts:
•	Lang may your lum reek! (Long may our chimney smoke)
•	A cozy but, an’ a canty ben, ta couthie women and honest men! (A cozy kitchen, a cheerful parlor, to affectionate 
        women and honest men)
•	May the moose ne’er leave your meal-pock wi’ the tear in its e’e! (May the mouse never leave your grain bag 
        with a tear in its eye – in other words, may you always have grain)
•	The ingle neuk wi’ routh o’bannocks and bairns! (The chimney corner with abundance of oatcakes and children)
•	Here’s to a’ your fouk an’ a’ our fouk, an’ a’ the fouk that’s been kind to your fouk an’ if a’ fouk had aye been as 
         kind to fouk as your fouk’s been to our fouk, there wad aye hae been guid fouk I’ the warld sin fouk ben fouks.
•	And here’s to a’ wha drink this night, and here’s to them what’s far awa’, and muckle joy and pur delight.

Calendar of Events

Nov 3: RSCDS Annual General Meeting Live Stream
RSCDS Headquarters will live-stream the 89th Annual General Meeting Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 2:00pm UK time, 7:00am local time. The online event will give members around the world an opportunity to observe the meeting.
We can access the YouTube channel event at
or the archived recording at
We can access the AGM agenda at
and the previous 88th AGM minutes at
Nov 10: Footwork Finesse and Fugue Workshop
The Portland Branch is holding a mini workshop with a focus on footwork finesse and on fugue dances. Attendees should be able to dance reels of three from each position without hesitation.
Teacher: Melissa Whitson
Cost: $5.00
Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
8936 SW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
2:30-4:30 pm
Attend both the workshop and the dance later the same evening (a $17 value) for a combined price of only $15.
Nov 10: Portland Dance Party
Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
8936 SW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
Music provided by Lisa Scott (piano) and Maggie Hannahs (fiddle)

$12 at the door; 7:30 pm
There is also a special workshop in the same venue earlier in the afternoon. See the previous calendar entry for details.
Attend both the workshop and the dance (a $17 value) for a combined price of only $15.
Dec 29: Betwixt And Between Dance
This is a dance and ceilidh (party!) for all dancers and their families who will be in the Vancouver and Portland area between Christmas and New Year's. It will be a shorter dance program so we have time to enjoy the treats that we bring to share as well as the entertaining ceilidh acts.
Columbia Dance Center
1700 Broadway, Vancouver WA.
2-4 p.m. $5 at the door.
Feb 9, 2019: Déjà Vu Scottish Dance
Back by popular demand with a program of six Scottish dances that would be really fun to dance a second time.
We will dance six dances during the first half and repeat the six dances after intermission.
Columbia Dance Center
1700 Broadway, Vancouver, WA
7:30 PM
Live music by Cynthia Soohoo and Tricia Fairman. Admission $10 at the door.
St Andrew's Fair Jig Five Scottish Country Dances 1982
Slytherin House Strathspey RSCDS Book 52.3
The Australian Ladies Reel Glasgow Assembly
The Cranberry Tart Jig 7 Year Itch
The Gentleman Strathspey RSCDS Book 35.5
The Reel of the Royal Scots Reel RSCDS Leaflet 7
Cribs and diagrams:

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