The Ghillie Gazette

The November/December 2013 newsletter of the Portland Oregon Branch of the R.S.C.D.S.

Come As a Dance, October 2013

Come as a Dance, October 2013

President’s Message

by Linda Gertz

November is here & that means time for Scottish Rose to play for our November dance. In case you don’t know, the members are part of the Portland Scottish Fiddle group. They are led by our extremely capable Cynthia Soo Hoo, who plays piano with the group. Those who missed last year’s November party missed some great music. I’m sure this year will be just at great. So plan to be there Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 pm!

December will be here before we know it. For the December party we are planning to have a contest based on dressing as your favorite Christmas carol. The choices of what to dress up as range from “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” to “Silent Night” to name just two. So it should be a fun party to see what people come up with. We have some fun times ahead of us and I hope you will be a part of the fun. If you are interested in helping out for either of these events, just let me know. The more involved the merrier!

Teacher’s Corner

by Linda Mae Dennis

We’re so lucky! One great thing about fall is it promises lots of great dancing opportunities. We are so lucky to have found a form of exercise that is so much fun, and that we can do even when the days are short and the weather is iffy. This is the time of year when we transition from nice long days and moving around in the light to short, often rainy days that close down into darkness way too soon. Many days, the sun seems to barely get above the horizon, lingers behind the clouds for a few hours and then suddenly, it’s dark again. There’s a temptation to hibernate. But don’t succumb!

This is the time of year when dancing becomes most important. Even if you have to drag yourself out of the house by the collar, come dancing! Moving around makes everyone feel so much better. Chatting and laughing with friends is so beneficial to your overall health. I always, and without exception, feel better after dance class than before, and I think you will too.

We’re also so lucky to have such a great group of people to dance with. I still marvel at the dedication of the intermediate dancers to get to class on time, and be so willing to dance helpfully with beginning dancers. There are many groups where the intermediate dancers are less than patient, and don’t want to be bothered dancing *easy* dances that they feel are beneath them. Perhaps it’s not so much luck as culture in this group, but it sure is great!

So even if you have to really talk yourself into it, dance at every opportunity through the fall and winter months, and appreciate all the wonderful and diverse dancers you know. And keep in mind this quote from Edwin Denby: “There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.”

Bizarre Bazaar Time

by Linda Gertz

It’s Bizarre Bazaar Time!

At our November Party we will hold the “Bizarre Bazaar” as a fund raiser for our workshop and ball. For this event we ask you to clean out your closet, shelves & wherever else these treasures may be, to bring your treasures to sell at the Bizarre Bazaar. Things like the gift from Aunt Mabel that she thought was perfect for you, but isn’t! Other things might include, but are not limited to: Books, DVD’s, CD’s, toys, decorations, jewelry, plants, food, pictures, art work, more food. In other words, bring anything you no longer want or something you wish to donate that you think someone else might want!

November Dance Program

by Don Gertz

Mrs Stewart’s Jig [videos: 1, 2]
Frans Ligtmans, RSCDS Book 35
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-2 1s set;
3-8 1L cast 2 places, cross and cast up to 2M’s place WHILE 1M cross, cast 2 places and dance up between 3s to 2L’s place, 1s finishing facing down;
9-16 2s1s3s grand chain;
17-24 2s1s ladies’ chain;
25-28 2s1s3s advance and retire;
29-32 1s turn by the right 1½ times.
John Drewry, RSCDS Book 31
4×32S, 4C set
Note: 3s and 4s cross on second chord.
1-4 2s 3s petronella turn into the centre and set to partners (Mn back to back);
5-6 2s 3s turn partner ¾ by the right;
7-8 2s 3s right hands across halfway, finishing with 2M3L in promenade hold facing the M’s side and 3M2L in promenade hold facing the Ls’ side;
9-10 1s 4s petronella turn to the centre line WHILE 2M3L promenade out and up on the M’s side WHILE 3M2L promenade out and down on the Ls’ side;
11-12 1s 4s set to partners WHILE 2M3L cross between 1s WHILE 3M2L cross between 4s;
13-14 1s turn halfway by the right to face Ls’ side in promenade hold WHILE 4s turn halfway by the right to face M’s side in promenade hold WHILE 2M3L promenade down Ls’ side WHILE 3M2L promenade up M’s side;
15-16 all promenade clockwise one place to finish in a square set, 3M2L in first place facing down, 1s in second place facing in, 2M3L in third place facing up, 4s in fourth place facing in;
17-20 1s4s half ladies’ chain;
21-24 2s3s half men’s chain with an extra half turn so that 2L 3L finish on partner’s left;
25-26 all set facing the centre;
27-28 all 8 hands round to the left;
29-32 all dance toward the centre and cast to the right, finishing 2s4s1s3s in the side lines of the lengthwise set.
RSCDS Book 1
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses and dances up behind Men as 1M dances up centre to 1st places on opposite side and 1s set
9-16 1M followed by partner repeat above Fig and set in own places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. Ends 2-1-3; repeat having passed a couple.
John Drewry, Silver City Book
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s2s3s set and cross by the right;
5-8 repeat bars 1-4 (2s finish facing out);
9-16 1s2s double figures of 8 (1s cross down to start);
17-24 1s with 2s3s Inveran reels;
25-27 1s followed by 2s lead down;
28-29 1s 2s turn by the right;
30-32 2s followed by 1s lead up, finishing 2s1s3s.
W. Campbell, RSCDS Book 2
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s set & cross passing RSh, set & cross back passing RSh
9-16 1s lead down the middle & back for Allemande
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande 1s end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corner 2H, pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corner 2H & cross passing RSh to 2nd place on own sides
Mairi’s Wedding [videos: 1, 2]
James Cosh, 22 Scottish Country Dances (and 2 more)
8×40R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s turn by the left to face 1st corners;
9-12 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners;
13-16 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners;
17-20 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners (in partner's corner's position);
21-24 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners (in partner's corner's position);
25-32 2s1L 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s giving left shoulder to first corners to start;
33-40 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.
Tom Isbiki, Jean Patrick Collection
4×32J, 4C set
1-8 1st couple lead down the middle for three, up for three, cast off into 2nd place. 2nd couple step up on bars 7 and 8.
9-12 1st couple and 3rd couple turn by the right hand ending as in diagram 1 (1st couple facing up in the center, 3rd couple facing down in the center, ladies on the men’s side, men on the ladies side of the dance).
13-16 1st couple set to 2nd couple. 1st couple turn 2nd couple ending in 2nd place on opposite sides. 3rd couple dance similarly with 4th couple, ending in 3rd place on opposite sides.
17-20 1st couple and 3rd couple dance half rights and lefts.
21-24 1st couple and 3rd couple turn by the right hand, 3rd couple finishing in 2nd place. 1st couple stays in the center while 4th couple steps in.
25-32 1st and 4th couples poussette.
R. Goldring, Graded and Social Dances 2
3×32S, 3C set
1-8 1s+2s dance RH across back to places but 1L faces out and casts 2 places followed by partner, 1L crossing to 3rd place opposite side
9-16 All dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s set, turn 2H ½ way and dance up to top and cast to 3rd place own sides
25-32 All circle 6H round and back
John Drewry, Bon Accord Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s half figures of 8 (L up, M down);
9-12 1s half reel of 3 on opposite sides;
13-16 1M3s half reel of 3 across (at top) WHILE 1L2s half reel of 3 across;
17-18 1s turn by the left;
19-20 1s turn first corners (in partners’ first corners’ positions) by the right;
21-24 1s pass partner by the right, turn second corners (in partners’ second corners’ positions) by the right and take promenade hold;
25-28 1M2L 1L3M promenade across the set (giving right shoulder) finishing 3L1L3M on M’s side, 2L1M2M on L’s side;
29-32 Half diagonal rights and lefts, 1L diagonally down to start, 1M up.
The Frisky [videos: 1, 2]
R. Bremner, RSCDS Book 26
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s turn RH and cast 1 place, turn LH and cast down 1 place
9-16 2s+3s+1s circle 6H round and back
17-24 1s lead up to top and 1s+2s set twice
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ R&L, set and cross RH to own sides
John Drewry, RSCDS Book 42
8×32S, 2C (4C set)
1-4 1s2s right hands across, 2s finishing facing out;
5-6 1s cross down to 2nd place on opposite sides, finishing facing out WHILE 2s cast up;
7-8 2M1L turn ¾ by the right WHILE 2L1M turn ¾ by the left, 2M 2L making a polite turn to finish 2M1L1M2L in line across, all facing down, nearer hands joined;
9-11 all lead down and release hands;
12-12 1s turn about WHILE 2s cast to meet below them, finishing all facing up, nearer hands joined;
13-14 1s followed by 2s lead up;
15-16 1s cast to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 2s lead up to 1st place;
17-18 2M1L 2L1M take hands on the sides and set facing across the set;
19-20 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing 2L1M just above 1st position facing down, 2M1L just below 2nd position facing up;
21-22 2L1M 2M1L set facing up and down;
23-24 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing in original places, 2s on opposite sides;
25-26 1s2s set;
27-28 1s2s 4 hands round halfway;
29-32 1s turn both hands 1½ times, finishing 2s1s.
S Phillips, 2nd Graded Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s cast below 3s and dance up to top then cast to 2nd place
17-24 1s+3s dance RH across and LH back
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

December Dance Program

by Debbie Mc Robert

R. Goldring, 24 Graded and Social Dances
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s+3s dance RSh reels of 3 on own side
9-16 1M+2L turn RH, 1L+2M turn LH
17-24 1s cross RH, cast down 2 places, cross LH and cast up 1 place
25-32 1s+3s dance RH across and 2s+1s dance LH across
J. Drewry, RSCDS Book 43
4×40S, 4C set
1-8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across and all chase clockwise ½ way to opposite sides. (4)(3)(2)(1)
9-16 4s+3s also 2s+1s dance reels of 4 across (4L+3M and 2L+1M passing LSh) all ending on sides
17-24 4s+3s also 2s+1s dance RH across and all chase clockwise ½ way to original places
25-32 1s+2s also 3s+4s Set+Link, 1s+4s Set+Link
33-40 2s+4s+1s+3s circle 8H round and back
M. Brandon, Let’s All Dance Too
4×48J, 4C set
1-8 1s lead down to bottom and cast up on own sides back to place
9-16 4s cast up behind own sides to top and lead down to places
17-24 2s+3s circle 4H round and back
25-32 1s and 4s turn RH (4 bars), turn LH (4 bars)
33-40 2s and 3s dance Figs of 8 round end couples
41-48 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross LH and cast to bottom
C. Menzies, RSCDS Book 10
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1M sets to 2L and casts 1 place, 1L sets to 2M and casts 1 place
9-16 1s turn 1st corner RH and pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corner LH pass partner RSh to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance “Hello-Goodbye” setting and end BtoB (1M facing up and 1L facing down)
25-32 1s giving RSh to 2nd corner and dance reels of 3 on sides with 2s+3s and cross RH to 2nd place on own sides
Joan Baker, Los Angeles Branch; Let’s All Dance, Too, No. 10
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1st, 2nd, and 3rd couples dance mirror reels of three on own sides. To begin, 1st couple dance in and down, 2nd couple dance out and up, 3rd couple dance in and up.
9-12 1st couple turn with right hands and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4 of the phrase.
13-16 1st couple dance back to back and finish facing down.
17-24 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a Grand Chain.
25-32 All circle six hands round and back. Repeat having passed a couple.
M. Johnstone, Blackadder Collection
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cast 2 places and turn RH
9-16 3s+1s Set+Link, circle 4H round to left
17-24 2s+1s Reverse Set+Link, circle 4H round to right
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. Ends 2-1-3.
Tom Isbiki, Jean Patrick Collection
4×32J, 4C set
1-8 1st couple lead down the middle for three, up for three, cast off into 2nd place. 2nd couple step up on bars 7 and 8.
9-12 1st couple and 3rd couple turn by the right hand ending as in diagram 1 (1st couple facing up in the center, 3rd couple facing down in the center, ladies on the men’s side, men on the ladies side of the dance).
13-16 1st couple set to 2nd couple. 1st couple turn 2nd couple ending in 2nd place on opposite sides. 3rd couple dance similarly with 4th couple, ending in 3rd place on opposite sides.
17-20 1st couple and 3rd couple dance half rights and lefts.
21-24 1st couple and 3rd couple turn by the right hand, 3rd couple finishing in 2nd place. 1st couple stays in the center while 4th couple steps in.
25-32 1st and 4th couples poussette.
R. Goldring, Graded and Social Dances 2
3×32S, 3C set
1-8 1s+2s dance RH across back to places but 1L faces out and casts 2 places followed by partner, 1L crossing to 3rd place opposite side
9-16 All dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s set, turn 2H ½ way and dance up to top and cast to 3rd place own sides
25-32 All circle 6H round and back
M. Stewart, L. & D. Gertz, RSCDS Portland Branch, 20th Anniversary Collection, No. 4
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
Note: The dance was devised to celebrate the 40 years that Florrie Milligan and her late husband, Ian have held monthly Scottish Country Dances in the Portland, OR area. Note that there is one bar for each year of dancing. Dedicated 18 December 1991.
Music: The Maple Leaf Rant on HISCD, BRG 017
1-4 1st couple cross over giving right hands and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5-8 1st couple dance a half figure of eight round 2nd couple and finish in the center with nearer hands joined facing 2nd couple.
9-10 1st couple set diagonally to 2nd couple.
11-12 1st couple turn away from each other with two pas de basque steps to face 3rd couple with nearer hands joined.
13-14 1st couple set diagonally to 3rd couple.
15-16 1st couple turn with right hands halfway to face 1st corners.
17-20 1st couple dance a half reel of four with 1st corners and pass each other right shoulder to face 2nd corners.
21-24 1st couple dance a half reel of four with 2nd corners and pass each other right shoulders to face 1st corners again.
25-32 Repeat bars 17-24 to finish with 1st couple in 2nd place own sides.
33-36 1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple, dance right hands across to finish in 2nd place.
37-40 1st woman with 3rd couple and 1st man with 2nd couple, dance left hands across to finish in 2nd place. Repeat having passed a couple.
Mrs Stewart’s Jig [videos: 1, 2]
Frans Ligtmans, RSCDS Book 35
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-2 1s set;
3-8 1L cast 2 places, cross and cast up to 2M’s place WHILE 1M cross, cast 2 places and dance up between 3s to 2L’s place, 1s finishing facing down;
9-16 2s1s3s grand chain;
17-24 2s1s ladies’ chain;
25-28 2s1s3s advance and retire;
29-32 1s turn by the right 1½ times.
John Drewry, RSCDS Book 31
4×32S, 4C set
Note: 3s and 4s cross on second chord.
1-4 2s 3s petronella turn into the centre and set to partners (Mn back to back);
5-6 2s 3s turn partner ¾ by the right;
7-8 2s 3s right hands across halfway, finishing with 2M3L in promenade hold facing the M’s side and 3M2L in promenade hold facing the Ls’ side;
9-10 1s 4s petronella turn to the centre line WHILE 2M3L promenade out and up on the M’s side WHILE 3M2L promenade out and down on the Ls’ side;
11-12 1s 4s set to partners WHILE 2M3L cross between 1s WHILE 3M2L cross between 4s;
13-14 1s turn halfway by the right to face Ls’ side in promenade hold WHILE 4s turn halfway by the right to face M’s side in promenade hold WHILE 2M3L promenade down Ls’ side WHILE 3M2L promenade up M’s side;
15-16 all promenade clockwise one place to finish in a square set, 3M2L in first place facing down, 1s in second place facing in, 2M3L in third place facing up, 4s in fourth place facing in;
17-20 1s4s half ladies’ chain;
21-24 2s3s half men’s chain with an extra half turn so that 2L 3L finish on partner’s left;
25-26 all set facing the centre;
27-28 all 8 hands round to the left;
29-32 all dance toward the centre and cast to the right, finishing 2s4s1s3s in the side lines of the lengthwise set.
RSCDS Book 1
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses and dances up behind Men as 1M dances up centre to 1st places on opposite side and 1s set
9-16 1M followed by partner repeat above Fig and set in own places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. Ends 2-1-3; repeat having passed a couple.

A Study in Tartan

by Molly Mc Friday

Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

In writing about Ft. Worden in the past, the usual procedure has been to review the day’s events, talk about how fantastic the music was, and how much fun everyone had. This year’s report is a little different. Instead of just saying everyone had a lot of fun, here’s a short anecdote to illustrate how those in attendance did not want to leave because they were enjoying the dancing and music too much. Remember that all names used are aliases and any resemblance to their real names is purely coincidental.

This is Ft. Worden. This is where we dance, we are Scottish Country dancers. The scene is Sunday morning in Erickson Hall, where the evening dances and Sunday morning class are held. Sunday morning is a time when everyone limps out on the floor for one more session, and each of the four teachers from the weekend teaches at least one dance.

Several of the Portland/Southwest Washington contingent were quite happy to sit on the sidelines, enjoy the music (an absolutely heavenly sound provided by Waverley Station), and watch everyone else dance. One of the group who had been dancing, Ron, came over and asked those who were sitting when they wanted to leave. He didn’t want them to be bored while the others were having fun dancing. As is usually the case, there was a lot of background noise and Ron did not hear Lindy’s response that sitting and listening was quite pleasant and there was no hurry, nor did he hear her question asking for the name of the last dance.

Instead, Ron heard “We’re enjoying the music and we can stay until the last dance.” With a gleeful look akin to that of a small boy who’s just been told he can play baseball as long as he wants and doesn’t have to do his homework, Ron ran back to his partner in the set. At this point, Sandra came over and wanted to know why Ron was dancing again. He ran back over from the set and said, “They” (indicating those sitting) “said it was fine to stay until the last dance.” To which Lindy said, “No that’s not what I said. I said ‘what was the name of the last dance?’.” By this point Ron had to stay and dance (rats!), and then the group stayed for one more dance after that. Some of us, who shall remain nameless (fake or otherwise) would have been happy to stay until the very end, but all good things must come to an end and it was time for the coach to turn back into a pumpkin and return to real life. Until next year, that is.

October Dance Notes

By Martin Mac Kenzie

The most recent dance party we had in Lake Oswego was a themed party, “Come As A Dance”. To be honest, I was terribly distracted most of the evening thus much of it went by without much sticking in my memory but some rather fantastical creations as you can see here. They were, as my kids would say, awesome. If you want to see them all in action, please click the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUCVL1qh14I

The Dread Pirate Roberts and Miss Spock
The Dread Pirate Roberts and Miss Spock
The Dragon (On the Hunt)
The Dragon (On the Hunt)
Shiftin' Goblins and Sleepy Maggie
Shiftin’ Goblins and Sleepy Maggie
The River of St. John and Autumn in Appin
The River of St. John and Autumn in Appin

Upcoming Events

Here's a list of events coming up in the next ninety days. This calendar is kept up to date at http://portlandscottishdancers.org/events.html.

September 2017

Ft. Worden, Wash.
9/8
Ft. Worden, Wash.
9/9

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