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Branch History - 1990 through 1994

1990

Calendar for 1990

January 6 Monthly Dance, First United Methodist Church, San Jose, [Stanford & Monterey]
February 10 Valentine Ball
March 3 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Mt View & Santa Cruz]
  23 Social Evening with Marianne Taylor at St Joseph's School, Berkeley $5.00
  24 Teachers' Workshop with Marianne Taylor
  31 4th Carol McQuilling New Dance Workshop/Party
April 7 Monthly Dance, Chabot School, Oakland [Berkeley (Tues)]
May 5 AGM & Monthly Dance, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, [Dunsmuir& Oakland]
June 2 Silver Jubilee Dance, Greek Orthodox Comminuty Center, Oakland [All classes]
  9 Benefit Program `The Highlandman Kissed His Mother' in honor of Mark DeLemos
July 9-14 Camp Mendocino
August 30 Jean Redpath & Alasdair Fraser in Concert, McKenna Theater, SF State Univ. Campus 8:00PM, $10.00, sponsored by SF Branch.
September 1 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance
  1-2 125th Annual Caledonian Games, Santa Rosa
  8 Scottish/English Workshop & Party, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [San Jose & Red Thistle]
October 6 Monthly Dance, OV, [Berkeley & Dunsmuir]
November 2-4 Asilomar Weekend
  10 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Burlingame & Palo Alto]
December 1 Monthly Dance, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [Lafayette & Santa Rosa]

To commemorate its silver jubilee, the Branch held a Dance at the Greek Orthodox Community Center in Oakland with music by Stan Hamilton (piano) and Alasdair Fraser (fiddle). The cost was #13.00 for Branch members & $15.00 for nonmembers, spectators $5.00. The event was chaired by Marjorie Easton.

The Dunsmuir Dancers and the Red Thistles, under the direction of Sheena MacQueen, staged a full evening performance of Scottish music, dance and readings in The Little Theater of the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. Tickets cost $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door, Children under 12 $8.00; all proceeds ($3286.10) were donated to the Leukemia Society in Mark's memory

The second Camp Mendocino was held July 9-14 under the direction of Arlene Baxter. Teachers: Jo Hamilton, Ron Wallace, & ?. Musical director: Kim McGarrity. Cost $275.00.

1991

Calendar for 1991

January 12 Monthly Dance, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [Mt View & Santa Cruz]
February 2 First Valentine Ball review session
  9 Valentine Ball
March 2 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Stanford & Monterey]
April 6 Monthly Dance, St Joseph's Elementary School, Berkeley [Oakland (Tues)]
May 4 AGM & Monthly Dance, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [SF. & Livermore]
June 1 Picnic, Garin Regional Park, Hayward
  15 June Event
July 7 Dunsmuir Games
August 9-11 TAC weekend, SF State Univ.
  12-17 Camp Mendocino
  31 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance
September 1 Caledonian Games, Santa Rosa
  7 5th Annual Scottish/English Workshop & Party, St Joseph's Elementary School, Berkeley, David Newitt (English), Pat O'Brien (Scottish). Musicians: Craig Johnson, Kim McGarrity, Kathrine Gardner, Jim Oakden, Lyle Ramshaw, Janet Kurnick David Newitt & David Mostardi. $4.00 workshop & $4.50 party [Berkeley]
October 5 Monthly Dance, First United Methodist Church, San Jose [San Jose & Red Thistle]
  25-27 Asilomar Weekend
November 2 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Burlingame & Palo Alto]
December 7 Monthly Dance, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [Lafayette & Santa Rosa]
  21 Berkeley Christmas Party Arlington Community Church music by Kim McGarrity & Friends

The first Valentine Ball review session was taught at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco, by Lee Feinstein assisted by Susie Langdon Kass. This first review (cost $4.00) was sponsored by the San Francisco Class.

The Teacher Candidates' Class under Bruce Hamilton produced 6 successful candidates at the exams conducted in March by examiners Norah Dunn and Alastair Aitkenhead. Ellen Aaron, Fiona Anderson, Meg Laycock and Vicki Wildman received Teachers Certificates and Marghie Goff and Bob McMurtry preliminary passes.

The Branch Picnic, organized by Marjorie Easton and Susie Kass, was held at Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park in Hayward from noon to dusk.  The cost was $5.00 per adult plus $2.00 per car for parking. The Branch provided barbeque facilities, utensils etc and soft drinks. Participants brought their own meet for grilling and a salad or dessert to share.  There were hiking trails, facilities for volleyball, badminton & softball, a visitors' center, and informal dancing on the grass to live music.

The Teachers' Association (Canada) (TAC) held its 33rd AGM at San Francisco State University. The organizing, needless to say, was done by San Francisco Branch Teachers.  Ron Wallace was piper and in charge of the Friday Evening Social. Alan Twhigg was registrar; Jo Hamilton took care of the registration packets; Lee Feinstein provided flowers; Ken McFarland and Russ King Videotaped the Ball, and Cathy Sponseller was official photographer.  Jane Muirhead and Betty Johnson assisted TACKBOOKS; Marjorie Easton was responsible for arrangements with the University.  Music for the Saturday Evening Ball was provided by Fiddlesticks and Ivory: Kim McGarrity, Janet Kurnick and Earl Gaddis - fiddles; Lyle Ramshaw - piano; Andy Johnson - bass; David Mostardi - accordion; John Day - drums; and David Newitt - sound engineer.  MCs were Ken McFarland and Kathleen McAdam. Ken McFarland arranged outside activities including tours to the wine country, Roaring Camp Steam Train and Yosemite, a Scottish Pub evening at Edinburgh Castle, an Old Chinatown Banquet & evening at `Beach Blanket Babylon', and a reception at an historic San Francisco fire house turned into a private residence (Engine House No. 31 on Russian Hill), and Social Dancing with Andy Imbrie, Margo Leslie and Linda Danielson at the Noe Valley Ministry.

Camp Mendocino was held August 12-17 under the direction of Arlene Baxter. Teaching staff: Bruce Hamilton (SF), Bill Zobel (Scotland) & Kathleen McAdam (SF). Musicians: Fiddlesticks & Ivory under the direction of Kim McGarrity. Cost $295.00

1992

Calendar for 1992

January 4 Monthly Dance, [Mountain View & Santa Cruz]
February 1 Valentine Ball
  22 Music Workshop and Dance
March 7 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Stanford & Monterey]
April 4 Monthly Dance, St Joseph's Elementary School, Berkeley [Berkeley]
May 2 Monthly Dance, Potluck and AGM, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [San Francisco & Livermore]  The only business was the election.
  30 Branch Picnic, Garin Regional Park, Hayward
July 11 Dunsmuir Games, Dunsmuir House, Oakland
  18 Campbell Games, Sponsored by Clan Chattan
August 1 & 2 Monterey Games
  17-22 Camp Mendocino
  22 Summer by the Sea Dance
September 4-7 Caledonian Games, Santa Rosa
  5 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance
  12 Scottish/English Party, St Joseph's Elementary School, Berkeley [Berkeley]
October 3 Monthly dance, Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto [Palo Alto & Mt View]
  4 & 25  Asilomar Ball Review classes, Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, Berkeley
  10 & 17 Asilomar Ball Review classes, St Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto
  30 Asilomar Weekend
November 7 Monthly dance, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [Lafayette & San Fran.]
December 5 Monthly dance, West Valley Junior College, Saratoga, [San Jose & Red Thistle]
  12 Berkeley Christmas Party, Arlington Community Church music by The Tuesday Night Band $6.00
  19 A Night to Remember Ball staged by the South Bay Classes, Fremont Hills Country Club, Los Altos Hills, 6:30 PM

A Music Workshop organized by David Mostardi was lead by Alasdair Fraser on February 22 at 1000 Oaks Parish Hall in Berkeley from 9:30 to 4:30. The cost was $20.00  Participants played en mass for part of the dance party that followed at Chabot School, the remainder of the music being provided by Alasdair, Kim McGarrity and Lyle Ramshaw.

The Branch picnic in May 30th was again held at Garin Regional Park, organized by Susie Kass & Colletta Hill. There was informal dancing on the grass to music organized by Kim McGarrity.  The cost was still $5.00 but parking was up to $3.00 per car.

Camp Mendocino was held August 17-22 under the direction of Arlene Baxter. Teachers: Elinor Vandegrift, Carolyn Hunt, David Newitt & ?. Music by Fiddlesticks And Ivory directed by Kim McGarrity. Cost $295.00

Attendance at monthly dances:

  Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Members 69 61 78 92
Nonmembers  4 14 18 24
Income 388 407 491 604
Expenses 514 134 477 200

1993

Calendar for 1993

January 9 Monthly dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Stanford & Burlingame]
February 13 Valentine Ball
March 6 Monthly dance, Veterans' Memorial Hall, Oakland [Livermore & Dunsmuir]
April 3 Monthly dance, First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz [Santa Cruz & Monterey]
  5-8 Examinations
May 1 AGM & Monthly dance, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [all classes]
June 5 Monthly dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Branch & Teachers' Committees]
July 10 Dunsmuir House Games
  31 5th Carol McQuilling New Dance Workshop & Party, Children's Day School, 333 Dolores St, San Francisco, $10.00
August 7-8 Monterey Games, Monterey Fairgrounds
  16-21 Camp Mendocino
  21 Campbell Games, Campbell Community Center
September 4 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Pleasanton
  4-5 Caledonian Games Adjudications, Pleasanton
  11 Scottish/English Party, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco
  17 Berkley/Oakland Class Introductory Party
October 2 Monthly dance, Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto [Mt View & Stanford]
  29-31 Asilomar Weekend
November 6 Monthly dance, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Berkeley & Lafayette]
  19 Celtic Fiddle Concert, Laura Risk & Athena Tergis
December 1 Monthly Dance, First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz [San Jose & Santa Cruz]
  7 Dunsmuir Holiday Dance, San Pablo Sportsman's Club music by Wild Rose $5.00
  11 Oakland/Berkeley Class Christmas Party
  13 San Jose Class Christmas Party
  16 San Francisco Class Winter Solstice Party

The Branch Directory of members was offered on disc as well as in printed format for the first time this year, but there were only two requests, so the offer was not repeated in subsequent years.

Camp Mendocino was held at Mendocino Woodlands Camp August 16-21. The teaching staff was: Anthony Moretti Tufts (New Hampshire), Paul Sarvis (Main) and Elinor Vandegrift(Seattle). Musicians were: Kim McGarrity, Janet Kurnick, Lyle Ramshaw, David Mostardi & Earl Gaddis. Meals were provided by chef Jeff O'Connor. Cost $295.00. Organized by Arlene Baxter.

In October Bill Wakeman, manager of the Lafayette Class, was named Lafayette Citizen of the Year.

Attendance at Monthly Dances:

  Jan. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Sept. Oct.
Members 79 109 33 73 83 73 92
Nonmembers 15 16 8 17 15 8 26
Income 490 651 214 462 506 428 622
Expenses 160 424 178 410 168 397 416

1994

Calendar for 1994

January 8 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Stanford & Monterey]
  22 2nd Annual Ball Gown Sale & Tea Party
  29 Burns Ball & Workshop, Plaza Hall, San Juan Bautista music by John Taylor, Andy Imbrie &Barbara McGowan
February 12 Valentine Ball
March 5 Monthly Dance, First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz [San Jose & Mt View]
April 2 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Oakland & Livermore]
  30 SF Scottish Fiddlers Concert, All Souls Church
May 7 AGM, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [San Francisco & Lafayette]
June 4 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Dunsmuir & Santa Rosa]
July 9-10 Dunsmuir Games, Oakland
  16 Stanford Class 1oth Anniversary Dance, J L Stanford Middle School, $10.00 music by Kim McGarrity & Lyle Ramshaw
  30 6th Carol McQuilling New Dance Workshop & Party, Children's Day School $15.00
August 6 Monterey Games
  20 Campbell Games, Campbell
September 2 Valley of the Moon Fiddle Concert, Santa Rosa
  3-4 Caledonian Games, Pleasanton
  3 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Pleasanton
  25 Asilomar Ball Preview Classes
October 1 Monthly Party, Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto [Mt View & Santa Cruz]
  2,9,16  Asilomar Ball Preview Classes
  21-23  Asilomar Weekend
  30 English/Scottish Dance Party, Berkeley
November 5 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Berkeley & Livermore
December 3 Monthly Dance, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco [San Fran. & Lafayette]
  6 Dunsmuir Christmas Party, San Pablo Sportsman Club music by Wild Rose
  17 Berkeley Class Christmas Party
  22 San Francisco Class Winter Solstice Party
  31 Mill Valley Hogmany Party, Almonte Hall

The Branch lost one of the persons most responsible for its birth and one of its staunchest supporters when Walter McAdam died suddenly February 2nd (see biographies).

The Caledonian Club Games, 3 and 4 September were held at a new venue this year; the Alameda County Fair Grounds at Pleasanton proved a very satisfactory local.  There was more room than at Santa Rosa, and there were trees to provide much needed shade, although the temperature was not as high as it usually is at Santa Rosa.  Bud Wisecarver again provided the ARF as a stage for the Country Dance adjudication.  Twenty six sets were critiqued by Marianna Harvey and David Tague.  These demonstrations were alternated by entertainment by Jimmy Wright, The Celtic Harpers, The Strathleven Dancers, and The Scottish Fiddle Club.  The San Jose Class stage was also in continuous use for demonstrations of country and step dancing, harping and fiddling.  So much was going on here that it was difficult to break away to sample the offerings at the three other stages where Scottish singing and fiddling was going on to say nothing of the highland dancing, piping & drumming and athletic competitions, the dart competition, Clan tents, or military encampment.  The Jean Patrick Memorial Dance was also held at a new location, the Pleasanton Middle School on Case St.  The school is only three years old and has been kept in immaculate condition.   The only drawbacks were that the floor though of wood and beautifully kept is not sprung, and there was no kitchen. Refreshments provided by the Livermore and Lafayette Classes were had in the courtyard. The weather was fine so that worked very well but could be a problem if conditions were less favorable.



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