Approximately 45 dancers joined us at the Gleneagles Fall Tea Dance on November 20th. The afternoon dance, which was held in the Peak Room of the new Lions Gate Community Center, was filled with good dancing, fellowship, and fabulous food. It was a particularly special event for Gleneagles - this was our first tea dance in 3 years.
A great big thank you to those who helped make the afternoon special. Alison Moen did a wonderful job selecting the dances and acting as dance MC. The program included 2 dances devised by Simon Scott - 'Father to Son' and the 'Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch'. Brenda Anderson and her team did a great job of organizing the venue, selling tickets and preparing the after dance food. Kerry McDevitt took some memorable pictures. A special thank you to the new dancers who braved this event - Rachel from the Lonsdale Dance Scottish class and Desiree and Brenda from Gleneagles.
Twist is a comedic mystery put on by North Vancouver Community Players at Hendry Hall in North Vancouver. It was an excellent production with laughs and twists from start to finish.
We all had a great time at the picnic on July 8. Friends were renewed and made. Thank you to May for hosting us once again in her lovely home. A HUGE thank you to Brenda and her team for taking care of all the logistics and details. Congratulations to Rose and Imelda for their wins in the Bocce Ball tournament.
We had a great time at this years Bridge Festival. The Festival was very well attended - and the rain held off. We promoted Scottish Country dancing and ScotFest 2022 in the UK Pavilion. It was encouraging to see so many people enjoying and taking pictures as we rehearsed outside the Pavilion. Our performance on the Cultural Dance stage was magnificent. Well, you can be the judge by watching the videos.
Special thanks to Alison for getting the dancers ready, to the dancers for your hard work, and to all of our members who attended our table promoting Scottish Country Dancing during the day.
Peterborough Chorister was devised in honour of my father, the Reverend Canon Eric Walter Scott. As a young boy Eric entered King's School in Peterborough and sang in the choir twice daily, eventually becoming head chorister. The school is part of the Peterborough Cathedral and was founded in 1541 by Henry VIII and still operates at its Park Road campus. Thereafter Eric attended Saint John's College at nearby Cambridge University as a choral scholar.
My mother and father met at Peterborough Cathedral at the age of fourteen. When I was last in Peterborough, I sprinkled a mixture of my father's and mother's ashes at the centre of each of the four pieces of lawn in the centre of the garden in the aerial photo shown below.
Here then is Peterborough Chorister danced by the Gleneagles Dancers of West Vancouver. The deviser is dancing as second man. Eye-level videoing follows the 3X-through videoing from above. The dance includes a couple of unique and interesting figures.
Aerial View of Peterborough Cathedral garden
Peterborough (pop. 202,100) is a cathedral city in the northwest corner of England's Cambridgeshire and is in fact the largest city in that county, larger indeed than the better-known university city Cambridge (pop. 158,400 including 29,300 students). Peterborough was traditionally within Northamptonshire but ended up in Cambridgeshire as a result of that 1975 major reorganization of British counties and their boundaries which so greatly affected Scotland as well.
Peterborough is located along the hundred-mile River Nene, which flows into the Wash, an arm of the North Sea, thirty miles downstream....
Peterborough Cathedral, officially the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (thus the city's name), St. Paul, and St. Andrew (whose statues look down from the three gables above the arches of its famous West Front) is primarily a Norman-architecture structure of the 12th century, and it is one of the three major 12th-century English cathedrals, along with Durham and Ely, to have remained largely intact since its original construction..
Peterborough has its own Scottish Country Dance Branch
The 56th Gleneagles Ball was a very enjoyable event. Thank you to the 105 dancers who attended - including the 20 dancers from outside the Vancouver area, the 22 dancers attending the ball for the first time and the 15 dancers from the Dunvegan Dance Academy in Maple Ridge.
The grand march was ably led by Simon Scott and our piper Mike Chisholm. We are very thankful to Mary Murray for her splendid work as dance master of ceremonies. One of the dance highlights was the 'Lady of Wishaw'' - a dance devised by Simon Scott and dedicated to May Loudon - a longtime teacher at Gleneagles. The Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra was once again in very fine form.
We thank everyone responsible for organizing the Gleneagles ball and appreciate your efforts in making it the highlight of our dancing year.
The Gleneagles Fall Tea dance was a highly enjoyable event for the sixty four dancers who attended. Six dancers from Pat Johnson’s youth group performed for us at the break, to the delight of the audience. Thank you! As well, we were glad to see Simon Scott back on the dance floor and looking in fine form. Congratulations to Ann Ferries for winning the Grand Raffle Prize - A Night at the Fairmont.
We are very grateful to Heather Fawkes and the whole Fall Dance team for bringing food, organizing the kitchen, selling dance and raffle tickets, setting up the sound system, tables and chairs, and printing the beautiful program posters. It was an impressive display of organization and team work.
A special thank you goes to Louise Murphy for doing a great job briefing the dances - and to all of the dancers who attended.
We had a beautiful day for this year's barbeque with approximately 60 people attending. The barbeque was a great chance to reconnect with our dancing friends - old and new.
Our heartfelt thanks to May Loudon for hosting us once again. Her gardens were beautiful. Special thanks also to Helene and Douglas for organizing the event and to all those helped make it a success. The barbeque team of Robert, Paul, and Ann did an exceptional job and deserve a special mention.
Here are some of the barbeque highlights.
Auctioneer Simon did a masterful job and the auction raised $1,600 for club funds. Congratulations to the successful bidders - Heather Fawkes (Whistler weekend), Keith Errington (Boat Cruise), Jeff Peterson (Dinner and Fireworks), and Susan Haug (Scotch tasting and Dinner). The club thanks everyone who donated the auction items – Ursel, Frankie, Douglas and Helene, Drum and Pat..
JOHN FREELAND MEMORIAL SPORTS TOURNAMENT
Norm Haug organized and managed our first Bocce Ball competition this year. Jeff Peterson and Gillian Muir emerged victorious from the 4 round team knock out team competition. Their names inscribed on the impressive Freeland cup.
We had a great deal of fun performing De'il Amang the Tailors, White Cockade, and Reel of the Royal Scots at the Bridge Festival Dance stage in Ambleside Park. The weather was perfect - and there were lots of spectators watching.
Thanks to all of the dancers who participated. Susan Haug and Simon Scott deserve special mention for getting us organized for this event. Thanks also to Helene Nelson who took care of the music and Norma Errington who videoed the dances.
We all had a great time. Thanks to everyone who brought food and to Simon for selecting just the right Valentine inspired dances
The 2019 Burns Supper was highly enjoyable. Special thanks to Jennifer Shearman and her team for orchestrating the event. Drum Cavers (dinner MC) and Mary Murray (dance MC) did an outstanding job and the speeches were excellent. The demonstration team, led by Kay Sutherland, provided superb entertainment before the dancing commenced and at the break.
Rose was inspired to devise this dance by her trip to the Zillertal (a region in the Austrian Tirol) last August. The Zillertal begins at village Strass and ends at the village Mayrhofen with the Glorious Hintertüx. There is a promenade that goes from village to village. Rose's dance captures the hiking, jogging, cycling and social activity that the Zillertal is famous for.
Watch the dance being expertly performed by the Tuesday challenge class.
The Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance is a very significant annual Remembrance Day event of the Vancouver branch. This year Gleneagles was the host club. Special thanks to Event Manager Susan Haug and her team for making the event a big success. Approximately 180 dancers attended and $2,700 was raised for the charity "Doctors without Borders".
Lady Aberdeen, as she became in 1877, when marrying Lord Aberdeen, the 6th Earl and 1st Marquess of Aberdeen, was certainly a most significant figure of her time.
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