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Branch History - 1985 through 1989

1985

Calendar for 1985

January

5

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [Livermore & Hayward]

February

5

Valentine Ball

March

2

Monthly Dance, First Christian Church, San Jose, [San Jose Class and Red Thistle]

April

6

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [Lafayette]

May

4

AGM, Potluck and Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [SF]

June

1

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [Santa Cruz]

July

7

Dunsmuir Games & Branch Picnic, Dunsmuir House, Oakland

August

3

Concert & Dance, Alasdair Fraser & Paul Machlis, Chabot School, Oakland 8:00 PM, $6.00

 

31

Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Santa Rosa

September

7

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [Oakland(Tues) & Stanford]

 

26

Workshop at Chabot School, Oakland with Carl Wittman on SCD history and interpretation.

October

5

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [San Fran. & Stanford]

 

25-27

Asilomar Weekend

November

2

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [Palo Alto]

December

7

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [Lafayette]

 

21

Oakland/Berkeley Christmas Party, Chabot School, Oakland, San Francisco Scottish Players.

A series of SCD Demos at 15 Penny's locations throughout the Bay Area was organized by Sheena MacQueen as part of their `Best of British' Sale Days.  $1000 from the amount donated by Penny's for this effort was used to start a scholarship fund. The Dances done were De'il Amang the Tailors, Neidpath Castle and West's Hornpipe and, where highland dancers were available, Shepherd's Crook.  Each class arranged to cover one or more locations.

At the AGM annual fees were raised to $13.00 regular, $10.00 senior, 6.50 junior, $9.50 Life & Long term, $5.00 Affiliate, $6.00 Reel & Strathspeyper subscription, $4.00 shared discount & $3.00 1st class postage.  New Bylaws were approved, and Branch elections were held.

The class at the University of California San Francisco under the direction of Susie Langdon Kass was officially recognized as an Affiliated Class at the June 1st Board Meeting.

A raffle to support the Band was organized by Frank Orme. The $1204.00 netted was earmarked for purchase of a sound system. Tickets were $2.00 each, and the drawing was held at the June dance.

Prizes

Donor

Winner

Paid tuition and lodging at Asilomar for 1985

Board/ Berk/Oak Class/Anon donors

Celia Harris

Sgian Dubh

J Hudson

T Easton

Book of Clans

L Korsan

M Lancaster

Cut glass relish dish

 E Robertson

S Kass

Wine

M Hoffman

R Dondero

Strawberry wine

G Palmer

S Kass & N Lombrozo

Homemade beer

B Sholtz & F Orme

C Bowman & E Eisner

1 gal. paint

B McConachie

B Sholtz

Casserole carrier

C Sigg

P O'Brien

Bread

A Orme

C Sigg

Sail on the Bay

B Lewis

R Schuldheisz

Cookies of the Month

SF Class

J Connell

Shortbread

B McConachie

T Easton

Walnuts & Almonds

B Lewis

M Clark & J Ibbett

Garlic wine vinegar

N Anderson

K Hoard & L Bennett

Peasant Shirt

M Stocker

W McAdam

SCD Tee shirt

SF Class

J Haderle

Gift Certificate

Berk/Oak Class

J Evans

M&Ms (10 pkg)

B Lewis

many

9 Bookstore items

M Hoffman

many

Teachers' Examinations produced three Certificated teachers, Meredith Hoffman, Susie Langdon Kass and Douglas McConnell and three preliminary passes, Marjorie Kistemaker, Meg Laycock and David Newitt.

The Branch Picnic, organized by Jane Muirhead, was held at Dunsmuir House in connection with the Highland games sponsored by the Black Raven Pipe Band.  Informal dancing on the lawn was enjoyed by about 40 Branch members.

1986

Calendar for 1986

January

4

Monthly Dance, Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco

February

15

Valentine Ball

March

1

Monthly Dance, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [San Jose]

 

9

Camellia Festival, Sacramento

April

5

Monthly Dance, 1st Presbyterian Church, Burlingame

May

3

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland

 

18

AGM, Home of Gloria & Douglas McConnell

June

7

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland [Board & Teachers]

 

28-29

Scottish-Irish Festival, Golden Gate Fields, Albany

 

29

After Games Dance, Turf Club, Mark Post

July

19

Music Workshop and Dance, Chabot School, Oakland

 

20

Branch Picnic, Dunsmuir House, Oakland

August

2

Concert & Dance with Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis, Chabot School, Oakland, 8PM, $7.00

 

30

Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Santa Rosa

September

13

Monthly Dance, YWCA in Palo Alto [Stanford]

October

4

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland [San Francisco & Oakland]

 

31-2

Asilomar Weekend

November

8

Monthly Dance, YWCA in Palo Alto [Palo Alto]

December

6

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland [Lafayette]

At their January 18th meeting the General Purposes Committee approved the Branch's revised Constitution/Bylaws even though they were not very happy with our method of electing the Branch Committee as a whole and allowing the Committee to select its own officers.  This procedure is at odds with practices in the UK but conforms to Corporate practice in the US.

J C Penny Co donated $1000.00 to the Branch Scholarship Fund in appreciation of several teams dancing in their stores in connection with their British Days celebration and promotion.  The teams were lead by teachers of the various classes near Penney's stores, and Sheena MacQueen coordinated and arranged the whole affair.

Scotland was the 'honored country' at the Camellia Festival this year and Branch members participated under the direction of Dottie Carr in the Pageant that started the Folk Dance Festival.  About 20 3-couple sets staged an 18-minute formal SCD Ball as the first entry in the pageant.  The dances were Auld Commandant, Hooper's Jig, the Silver Tassie, Kendall's Hornpipe, highland dancing by the Sacramento Highland Dancers accompanied by the Cameron Pipe Band, & ending with Shiftin' Bobbins.

The AGM this year was unique being conducted at the home of Gloria and Doug McConnell in Palo Alto.  Most of the business of the meeting was conducted in and around the McConnells' pool, and there was dancing on the front lawn before and after the meeting and potluck barbeque.

In June the Board authorized spending up to $1000.00 to publish a songbook of Scottish songs popular at sing-alongs.  The book was put together by a committee consisting of Jane Muirhead, Karen Fitch, Marjorie Kistemaker, Kathleen McAdam, Bea McConachie, Jennie Peers and Alan Twhigg.

The former general manager for the Caledonian Games in Santa Rosa, John Dixon, organized a Scottish-Irish Festival at Golden Gate Fields in Albany on June 28th and 29th. Tickets were $10.00 for 1 day, 15.00 for both, children under 12 1.00. For it Jennifer Kelly organized the first (in this area) adjudicated Country Dance Festival.  Teams of 6 or 8 dancers were entered in either social or performance categories.  Each team danced a reel, a jig and a strathspey chosen from a published list.  (Group S - reels: The Duke He was a Bonnie Beau, The Sailor, The Flowers of Edinburgh & The Duke of Perth; Jigs: Ladies' Fancy, The Rakish Highlandman, Well Done Jack & Old Nick's Lumber Room; strathspeys: Lady Auckland's Strathspey, The Deacon of the Weavers, Donald bane and The Birks of Invermay. Group P - reels: A Trip to the Netherlands, Mrs. Stewart of Fasnachloich and The Gates of Edinburgh; jigs: Diamond Jubilee, Farewell to Crumlin, La Flora and St Andrew's Fair; strathspeys: Cuillins of Skye, Altshellach, Within a Mile of Edinburgh Toon and Miss Ogilvie's Fancy).  Adjudicators were Elinor Vandegrift and George Will. There was also participation dancing for anyone attending the festival. Marjorie Kistemaker and Mark Post organized a post games dance ($6.00) beginning at 7:00PM at the Turf Club with music supplied by the Four Winds Scottish Ensemble (Margo Leslie-Post, violin; Barbara McGowan, violin; Kim McGarrity, piano; and Robert McGowan, bass). Showers, a changing room and dinner ($15.00) were also available at the Turf Club.

July 19th an all-day music workshop was spearheaded by Andy Imbrie, Robyn Dondero and Anne Orme at the Chabot School in Oakland. Teaching was done by Barbara McGowan and Four Winds. Meals for the participants were provided by Barbara Imbrie.  Those attending played for a dance party at Chabot School that evening. Expenses for the affair exceeded income by $36.68; considered by all money well spent.

Teacher Candidates passing their preliminary test this year were: Sara Gratiot (at St Catherine’s) and Claudette Sigg, Kathy Krentz, Don Kennedy, Rebecca Davis and Alan Twhigg(at St Andrews)

The Asilomar Ball will be remembered as the night of the great blackout.  During the second dance all power at Asilomar was lost and Merrill Hall was plunged into total blackness.  Ball Chairman Meredith Hoffman call for everyone to stay where they were, a few well prepared dancers produced flashlights and Kathleen McAdam and Lyle Ramshaw lead everyone in a few songs. Power was restored after about 15 min when Asilomar workers got the emergency generators running, and the program continued.

Another first for this year was a `competition' for SCD at the Caledonian Club Games at Santa Rosa.  The Branch declined to cosponsor the event as incompatible with the spirit and intent of SCD, which is social in nature.  Many of the classes did send teams, and the event has now become the `adjudications' that are such a regular feature of the games.  The difference between competition and adjudication being that the latter awards no prizes and does not rank the performance of one team with respect to another. 

1987

Calendar for 1987

January

3

Monthly Dance, Robles Gym, Stanford, Palo Alto [Burlingame]

February

 

Valentine Ball

March

7

Monthly Dance, Robles Gym, Stanford, Palo Alto

April

1-2

Teachers' Examinations

 

4

Monthly dance with Stan Hamilton and Alasdair Fraser at Greek Orthodox Community Center, Oakland.

May

2

AGM at McConnells', 2PM

 

 

Monthly Dance, Robles Gym, Stanford, Palo Alto

June

5

Dance Workshop with Wes Clindinning, Chabot School, Oakland

 

6

Teachers' Workshop with Wes Clindinning, Chabot School, Oakland

 

6

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland

 

20-21

Golden Gate Games, Vallejo Fairgrounds

July

18

Music Workshop & Dance with Barbara McGowan, Chabot School, Oakland

September

5

Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Santa Rosa

 

5-6

Caledonian Games, Santa Rosa

 

12

Monthly dance, St Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto [Stanford]

October

3

Monthly Dance, Veterans' Memorial Hall, Oakland

 

30

Asilomar Weekend

November

7

Monthly Dance, Robles Gym, Stanford, Palo Alto [Stanford]

December

5

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland [Lafayette]

Pop & Mildred Gunn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 28th at the California Alpine Club Lodge, 730 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley with a dinner and ceilidh to which Branch members were invited.  There was SCD as well as related ceilidh acts.

1987 saw the beginning of a series of special parties held at the Greek Orthodox Community Center, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, engineered by Marjorie Easton.  The 1987 dance on April 4th, was dedicated to the memory of Marjorie's father, Tom Easton.   Music was by Stan Hamilton(piano) and Alasdair Fraser(fiddle).  These were two of North America's best known SCD musicians, but they had never before shared the stage.  It was a truly memorable performance.  Tickets were $10.00 for dancers and $3.00 for spectators. MCs for the evening were Marjorie Easton, Mark Post and Sheena West.

Exams were held for candidates tutored by Mark Post and Lynda Korsan.  The examiners were Duncan McLeod from Glasgow and Leslie Martin from Aberdeen.  Successful candidates were Lee Feinstein (full) and Andrew Imbrie, Barry Lewis, Denise Heenan, and Patricia O'Brien (preliminary). Marjorie Easton was also granted her Teachers Certificate at St Andrew's Summer School this year.

1988

Calendar for 1988

January

9

English/Scottish Workshops & Party, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [San Jose Class & English Country dancers]

 

30

Carol McQuilling New Dance Workshop & Party

February

13

Valentine Ball

March

5

Monthly Dance, Robles Gym, Stanford, Palo Alto [Mt View & Santa Cruz]

April

2

Music Workshop with Susie Petrov & Freeland Barber

 

 

Monthly dance, Veterans' Memorial Hall, Oakland [Oakland(Tues)], Music by Susie Petrov & Freeland Barber

May

7

AGM & Monthly Dance, Brotherhood Masonic Temple, San Fran. [San Mateo Class & Board]

June

10

Workshop & Social with Mary Brandon, Chabot School, Oakland

 

11

Teachers' Workshop, Piedmont School, Mary Brandon

 

11

June Event, Greek Orthodox Community Center, Oakland [Oakland(Fri) & Dunsmuir Dancers]

 

25-26

Golden Gate Highland Games, Solano County Fair Grounds, Vallejo

July

16

Music Workshop with Barbara McGowan, Chabot School, Oakland

 

16

Dance, Chabot School, Oakland, Music by workshop participants and The Four Winds Scottish Ensemble

 

16

Games at Dunsmuir House, Oakland

September

3

Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Santa Rosa

 

3-4

Caledonian Games, Santa Rosa

 

10

Scottish/English Workshops and Party, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [San Jose]; Teachers: Bruce Hamilton (ECD) & David Newitt (SCD)

October

1

Monthly Dance, Veterans' Memorial Hall, Oakland [San Fran. & Livermore]

 

8

Asilomar Ball Preview Classes

 

15

Asilomar Ball Preview Classes

 

  21-23

Asilomar Weekend

November

1

Monthly Dance, Roble Gym, Stanford ,[Palo Alto], Music by Andy Imbrie & John Taylor

December

 

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland [Lafayette]

 

10

Berkeley Christmas Party, Arlington Community Church music by Medicine Hatband

 

16

A Night to Remember, music by Kim, Margo & friends

In early 1988 a call came from Headquarters for each branch to submit a dance to be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming subscription book. The Teachers' Committee drew up a `Procedure for Choosing SF Branch Dance Submission to RSDS'. xx dances were received by the submission deadline of September 30, 1988 - The Sunny Vale 3x32S3, Sweet Sixteen 3x40S3, The Golden Eightsome Reel 6x32R4 in square formation, The Cheerful Monk 4x32R4, The Social Whirl 4x32S3, Reel of Three for New Guinea 3x32S3, Welcome to San Francisco 8x40H3, Tilden Carousel 3x32J3, Wake Me Up in the AM 3x32J3 and Moment of Truth 8x32S3. A Dance- off was held at St Marks Church, Palo Alto on February 4, 1989 where 3 sets of volunteers chose the dance to represent SF Branch. The Winner was Moment of Truth by Claudette Sigg, which subsequently was chosen to appear in Book 37. Unfortunately, none of the other dances have ever seen the light of day.

The 1988 June dance was held on June 11th again at the Greek Orthodox Community Center and with the same musical duo. It was organized by Marjorie Easton with help from Larry Breed, Charlene Dugan, David Gok, Andy Johnson, Mimi Mueller, David Newitt, Brian Tailleur & Alan Twhigg.

The adjudication at the Golden Gate Games was replaced by demonstration dancing by the various classes (see schedule below), but the Caledonian Games seeing the success of last year’s Golden Gate adjudications inaugurated their own Celtic Heritage program (SD adjudications, fiddling & harping) for this year organized by Doug McConnell.  The first adjudicators were Jennifer Kelley and Ron Wallace

Golden Gate Games CD Platform Schedule:

Saturday 25th

 

Sunday 26th

Oakland(Fri)

10:30

Oakland(Tues)

San Francisco

10:45

Stanford

APD*(Marjorie)

11:00

APD (Gloria)

Oakland(Tues)

11:15

Oakland(Fri)

APD (David)

11:30

APD (Sheena)

San Jose

11:45

San Francisco

Ladies' Solo

12:00

Ladies' Solo

Stanford

1:30

Dunsmuir Dancers

APD (Douglas)

1:45

PD (Sheena)

San Francisco

2:00

Oakland(Tues)

APD (Marjorie)

2:15

APD (David)

Ladies' Solo

2:30

San Jose

San Jose

2:45

Dunsmuir Dancers

APD (Jennifer)

3:00

Ladies' Solo

Oakland(Fri)

3:15

Stanford

 

APD=participation dancing taught by (  )

1988 Saw the first of a series of Scottish/English workshops and parties held September 10th.  96 Scottish Country dancers attended the English Country dancing as a second language workshop conducted by Bruce Hamilton and 26 English country dancers attended the SCD as a second language workshop.  There were 117 at the party that evening that featured both Scottish and English Country dancing and music by musicians from both communities.

Asilomar Ball Preview Classes were taught at St Alban's Church in Albany on October 8th and 15th by Sheena MacQueen and at First Methodist Church in San Jose on the 8th by Alan Twhigg and on the 15th by Carolyn Hunt.  The cost was $3.50 per class or $6.00 for both.

1989

Calendar for 1989

January

7

Monthly Dance, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [Stanford]

 

21

3rd Carol McQuilling New Dance Workshop & Party, Methodist Church, 5th & Santa Clara Sts, San Jose $5.00

February

11

Valentine Ball

March

4

Monthly Dance, Robles Gym, Stanford, Palo Alto [Mt View & Santa Cruz]

April

1

Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland [Oakland (Tues)]

 

7

Social Evening with Geoffrey Selling, Chabot School, Oakland [Teachers & Oakland(Fri)] Music by Kim McGarrity & Friends $5.00

May

5

AGM & Monthly Dance, Veterans' Memorial Hall, Oakland [Oakland(Fri) & Dunsmuir]

June

3

June Event, Greek Orthodox Community Center,

 

 

Oakland, 7:30PM, $13.00, spectators $5.00

 

17-18

Golden Gate Games, Solano County Fairgrounds

August

5

Dance Around the World

 

19

Summer by the Sea Dance, Santa Cruz Class

September

2

Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Santa Rosa

 

2-3

Caledonian Games, Santa Rosa

 

9

Scottish/English Party, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [San Jose & Red Thistle]

October

7

Monthly Dance, Veterans' Memorial Hall, Oakland [Livermore & San Fran.]

 

7 & 14

 Asilomar Ball Review Classes, St Alban's Church, Albany, Teacher: Sheena MacQueen

 

 21 & 28

Asilomar Ball Review Classes, First Christian Church, San Jose, Teacher: Alan Twhigg

November

3-5

Asilomar Weekend

 

11

Monthly Dance, Robles Gym, Stanford, Palo Alto [Burlingame & Palo Alto] Music by Muriel Johnstone

December

2

Monthly Dance, Veterans' Memorial Hall, Oakland [Lafayette & Santa Rosa]

The third Hamilton/Fraser special June dances was held June 3, 1989 again at the Greek Orthodox Community Center.  The event was organized by Marjorie Easton with help from Charlene Dugan, Jo Hamilton, Patricia O'Brien, Douglas McConnell, Mimi Mueller, David Newitt & Gary Thomas, and made a profit of $61.94.

There were Highland Games at Vallejo again this year with adjudications organized by Jennifer Kelly. Mary Brandon and Gary Thomas were the adjudicators. The San Jose Class stage, engineered by Joel Theriault, made its debut. Harry Holt put up the Branch tent and Susie Kass saw to its staffing.

Adjudication Schedule:

Saturday

 

Sunday

Dunsmuir B (P)

10:30

 

Ladies' Step

11:00

Ladies' Step

San Francisco A (S)

1:00

 

Stanford (P)

1:30

Oakland A (S)

Dunsmuir A (P)

2:00

Stanford (S)

San Francisco B (S)

2:30

Lafayette (S)

San Jose (S)

3:00

Oakland B (S)

Each performance group was required to dance Major Ian Stewart plus a strathspey from Miss Catherine Allen, Haig of Bemerside or The Sow's Tail and a reel from Over the Water to Charlie, My Mither's Coming in or The Cumbrae Reel. Each social team danced Tayport Beauty plus a strathspey from The Earl of Home, Miss Isabella McLeod or Inch of Perth and a jig from Middling Thank You, Scotland or Miss Clemy Stewart's Jig.

Each demonstration was followed by audience participation dancing

The RSCDS organized a `Dance Around the World' for August 5th in which the branches were asked to organize dances for their area with the objective of having someone somewhere over the entire world dancing every minute of the day.  Proceeds were to go to a locally selected charity. San Francisco Branch did not organize an event but encouraged its classes to do so.  Lafayette Class danced at Wisecarver Hall and the Monterey Class staged a dance  (Monterey Mist) as part of the Monterey Games. It was held at Carmel Middle School with music by Andrew Imbrie and John Taylor

Santa Rosa again featured a Celtic Heritage Program, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, including SCD adjudications organized by Douglas McConnell.  The adjudicators were Elinor Vandergrift and Bruce Hamilton.  Lynda Korsan, Gloria McConnell, Marjorie Easton and Jo Hamilton acted as scribes.  Entered teams were coached by Jo Hamilton, Gary Thomas, Mariana Harvey, Rebecca Davis, Claudette Sigg and Ed Johnston.



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