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.
The Heather Ball was a great success again this year.
Mike Nichols and Mary Murray did a splendid job as dinner and dance MC and the music was spot on. The Ball was well attended and there were over 40 out of town guests.
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.
We had an excellent turnout on Welcome night. The 9 newcomers were very enthusiastic and showed great aptitude for Scottish Country Dancing. Thanks to Louise for providing excellent instruction and to all the experienced dancers who came out to help kick off our dance season.
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 2018 Burns Supper was highly enjoyable. Special thanks to Sally and Sandy Marshall for masterminding the event.
Several Gleneagles members played important roles in the evenings success including Simon (dinner MC), Rose (greeter) and Drum (posters and colour party). The demonstration team, led by Kay Sutherland, provided superb entertainment before the dancing commenced and at the break. You can watch Helene, Louise and Mike in the 'Canada 150' dance video below.
'Canada 150' by the Vancouver Demonstration team. Thanks to Ruth Burns for this great video.
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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