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Branch History - 2000 through 2004

2000

Calendar for 2000

January 1 Hogmany Party, Julia Morgan Theater, Dunsmuir Dancers, music by Wild Rose & Friends.
  8 Ball Gown Sale & Tea Party
  8 Monthly Dance Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [San Francisco & Burlingame]
  29 Valentine Ball Preview, Noe Valley Ministry, SF, Teachers: Bruce Herbold & Susie Langdon Kass
February 2 Ball Preview, Mountain View Sports Pavilion. Music by John Taylor & Andy Imbrie.
  5 Valentine Ball, Scottish Rite, Oakland
March 4 Music Workshop, Chabot School, Oakland, Barbara McGowan
  4 Monthly Dance Chabot School, Oakland [Berkeley Mon & Fri]
  18 Victorian Ball, The House of the Four Winds, Monterey
  25 Mad Hatters' Ball
April 1 Monthly Dance Park School, Mill Valley [Santa Rosa & Dunsmuir]
May 6 Monthly Dance, AGM & Pot Luck Dinner Masonic Temple, San Mateo,[San Jose & Red Thistle]
  3-14 Monterey Games
June 3 Monthly Dance Soquel Grange Hall, Soquel [Monterey, Santa Cruz & Soquel]
  8-9 Dunsmuir Games
  17 Beginners' Ball, Hermann Sons Hall, Petaluma, music by Wild Rose.
July    8-9 Dunsmuir Games, Dunsmuir House, Oakland
September 2 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance, Pleasanton Middle School, Pleasanton. Andy Imbrie & Friends
  2-3 Caledonian Games, Alameda County Fair Grounds, Pleasanton
  22 Birthday Party for Alex Harvey, Greek Orthodox Church, Oakland, music by Muriel Johnstone & Alasdair Fraser.
  30 Dixon Games, Fairgrounds, Dixon
October  7 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Berkeley Mon & Fri]
  27-29 Asilomar Weekend
November 4 Monthly Dance, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto [Stanford & Red Thistle]
December 2 Monthly Dance, Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto [Mountain View]
  21 SF Class Winter Solstice Party

The second Children’s Ball (The Mad Hatters Ball) was held March 25th at the Orinda Community Center organized by Kathleen McAdam and underwritten by the Lafayette Class. Eighty dancers aged 7 to 19 from Berkeley, Lafayette, Livermore, Sacramento and San Francisco were lead in by Piper Jeff Campbell and Grand Marshall Jo Hamilton rigged out in tall hat and polka-dot coat, with a dormouse under her arm, and a large tartan umbrella as a staff. Dancing was MCed by Kathleen and Armin Busse to music provided by Andy Imbrie (piano), Janet Kurnick, Susan Worland and Duncan MacDonald (fiddles) and Sheryl Foxx (recorder). During Intermission Junior Piper, Heath Burton entertained the dancers and 114 spectators.  Refreshments were prepared by parents, teachers and friends under the guidance of June Christie.

Dunsmuir games saw performances on June 8th by Cairngorm (Step), Gleanmhor Dancers of Stockton (Country, Step & Cape Breton), Lafayette Scottish Dancers (Youth), Stanford Class, The White Heather Dancers of Sacramento, and Deely Irish Dancers. Some of the groups danced to live music by Daves & Babes (David Newitt, Heather MacKay, Janet Kurnick, Patti Cobb, Bruce Herbold, David Gold, Joelle de Jonge & Erin Wilcox). Performances on Sunday the 9th included Red Thistle Dancers, Berkeley Dancers, White Heather Dancers (Step & Country), McBride Dancers (Irish), Lafayette Youth and Berkeley Children's Class. Music was provided by Plaid Attitude (Janis & Ned Dairiki, Ken Thompson, Dave Mavity, Susan Coleman, Nettie Wijsman & Paul Costa). Dottie Carr announced her retirement as teacher of the White Heather Dancers. She will be succeeded by Lynne Lockwood.

2001

Calendar for 2001

January 6 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Lafayette & Livermore]
  20 Ball Gown Sale & Tea Party, SF
February 3 Valentine Ball Preview Noe Valley, SF
  7 Valentine Ball Preview, Mountain View
  10 Valentine Ball
March 3 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Mountain View [San Jose]
April 7 Monthly Dance, Park School, Mill Valley [Santa Rosa & Dunsmuir]
  21 Sacramento Workshop & Ball
  28-29 Sacramento Games, Woodland
May 5 Monthly Dance & AGM, Masonic Temple, Alameda [San Francisco]
  12 Children's Ball, Walnut Creek
  12 Beginners' Ball, Petaluma
  19 Victorian Workshop & Ball,
June 2 Monthly Dance, Soquel Grange Hall, Soquel [Monterey, Santa Cruz & Soquel]
  23 Truckee Workshop and Dance
July 14-15 Dunsmuir Games, Oakland
August 4-5 Monterey Games, Salinas
September 1 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance
  1-2 Caledonian Games, Pleasanton
  29 Dixon Games, Dixon Fairgrounds
  30 Asilomar Ball Preview, Lafayette Veterans' Hall
October 6 Monthly Dance Masonic Temple, Alameda [Berkeley]
  13 & 30 Asilomar Ball Preview, St Marks, Palo Alto
  14 Asilomar Ball Preview, Lafayette Veteran's Hall
  26-28 Asilomar Weekend
November 3 Monthly Dance Masonic Temple, San Mateo [Stanford & Red Thistle]
December 1 Monthly Dancer Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto {Mountain View]
  10 San Jose Class Holiday Party
  15 Berkeley Holiday Party
  20 San Francisco Class Winter Solstice Party
  29 Lafayette Tween Parry
  31 Monterey Class Hogmanay Party, Carmel

Dunsmuir Games in Oakland on July 14 & 15 saw performances by Red Thistle Dancers, Cairngorm Dancers, Gleanmhor, Dunsmuir Dancers, Sacramento Valley Cape Breton Dancers, New World, The McBride Irish Dancers, Classes from Berkeley, Santa Rosa and Stanford, Children’s' Classes from Lafayette and Berkeley, White Heather Dancers of Sacrament and White Heather Dancers of Monterey.

2002

Calendar for 2002

January 5 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Lafayette & Livermore]
  26 Ball Gown Sale and Tea Party, SF
February 2 Valentine Ball Preview, Noe Valley Ministry
  6 Valentine Ball Preview, Mountain View
  9 Valentine Ball
March 2 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Mountain View [San Jose]
April 6 Monthly Dance, Park School, Mill Valley [Santa Rose & Dunsmuir]
  13 Children’s' Ball, Orinda Community Center
  20 Sacramento Workshop and Ball
  26-28 Sacramento Games
May 4 AGM & Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Mountain View [Mountain View]
  18 Victorian Workshop and Ball, San Juan Batista
June 1 Monthly Dance, Soquel Grange Hall [Monterey, Santa Cruz & Soquel]
  15 Campbell Games, Campbell Fairgrounds
  15 Beginners' Ball,
July 13-14 Dunsmuir Games
August 3-4 Monterey Games
  31-1 Caledonian Club Games, Pleasanton
  31 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance
September 29 Dixon Games
October 5 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Berk M & New World]
  6 & 20 Asilomar Ball Preview, Lafayette Veterans' Hall
  12 & 26 Asilomar Ball Preview, St Marks, Palo Alto
November 1-3 Asilomar Workshop
  9 Monthly Dance, Lucie Stern Center [Board, Teachers & Red Thistle]
December 7 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, San Mateo [San Francisco]
  14 Berkeley Holiday Party, Arlington Community Center
  16 San Jose Class Christmas Party
  19 San Francisco Class Party
  28 Lafayette 'Tween Party
  31 Monterey New Year's Eve Party

In June the Board raised admission prices for monthly parties to $8.00 for members, $10.00 for nonmembers and $2.00 for beginners with a coupon from their beginner class teacher.

Dunsmuir Games in Oakland July 13 & 14 had performances on Saturday by Red Thistle Dancers, White Heather Dancers of Sacramento, New World Scottish Dancers, Lafayette Children, Glenmhor and Berkeley Children, and on Sunday by McBride Irish Dancers, Piedmont Highlanders and Cairngorm, White Heather Dancers of Monterey, Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers and Santa Rosa Class.

2003

Calendar for 2003

January 4 Monthly Dance, Masonic Temple, Mountain View [Mountain View]
  25 Ball Gown Swap/Sale, San Francisco
February 8 Valentine Ball Rehearsal, Noe Valley
  15 Valentine Ball, Scottish Rite, Oakland
March 1 Monthly Dance Masonic Temple, Mountain View [San Jose]
  29 Sacramento Branch Workshop and Ball
April 5 Monthly Dance Park School, Mill Valley [Santa Rosa & Dunsmuir]
  5 Children's Ball
  25 Sacramento Valley Scottish Games
May 3 Monthly Dance and AGM Masonic Temple, Alameda [Lafayette & Livermore]
  17 Victorian-Scottish Workshop and Ball, San Juan Bautista
June 7 Monthly Dance, Soquel Grange [Santa Cruz, Soquel & Monterey]
  14 Beginners Ball
  14 Campbell Games
  28 Truckee Workshop and Dance
July 12-13 Dunsmuir Games
August 2-3 Monterey Highland Games, Toro Park
  30 Jean Patrick Memorial Dancers
  30-31 Caledonian Games, Pleasanton
September 27 Dixon Games & Sebastopol Celtic Festival
October 4 Monthly Party, Masonic Temple, Alameda
  4 Loch Lomond Highland Games
  31-2 Asilomar Weekend
November 8 Monthly Party, Masonic Temple, San Mateo
December 6 Monthly Party Masonic Temple, Mountain View [Mountain View]
  13 Berkeley Holiday Party
  18 SF Class Winter Solstice Party
  27 Lafayette Tween Party

At the AGM Certificates of Appreciation were presented to J Douglas McConnell for his work on the Celtic Heritage Programs at the Caledonian Games, to Victoria Williams for editing the Reel and Strathspeyper, to Alan Twhigg for service as Monthly Program Coordinator, to David Newitt for serving as sound engineer on many occasions, and to David Reznick for his work on the Branch Website

This was Doug McConnell's last year as chair of the Celtic Heritage Program at the Caledonian Games, which he founded. He and Gloria are retiring to The Gold Coast of Queensland in his native Australia. Doug was presented with a pair of fancily decorated cakes at the setup lunch on the Friday before the Games; and both he and Gloria were presented at the Jean Patrick Memorial Dance with a dance (“McConnell's Awa”) and music for it (“Going Home”) both of which were written by  Bob McMurtry

2004

Calendar for 2004

January 3 Monthly Dance, Park School, Mill Valley [Santa Rose & Dunsmuir]
  24 Ball Gown Swap & Sale
February 7 & 11 Ball Previews
  14 Valentine Ball
March 6 Monthly Party, Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto [San Jose]
  13 Music Workshop with Alasdair Fraser & Muriel Johnstone, Albany Veterans' Hall 10:00AM to 4:00PM
April 3 Monthly Party, Masonic Temple, Alameda [Lafayette & Livermore]
  17 Sacramento Workshop and Ball
May 1 Monthly Party & AGM Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco [San Francisco]
  15 Children’s' Ball
  15-16 Livermore Scottish Games
June 5 Monthly Party, Soquel Grange [Santa Cruz, Soquel & Monterey]
  19 Beginners' Ball
  26 Campbell Highland Games
July 10-11 Dunsmuir Games, Oakland
August 7-8 Monterey Highland Games
September 4 Jean Patrick Memorial Dance
  4-5 Caledonian Games, Pleasanton Fair Grounds
  19 & 25 Asilomar Ball Previews
  25 Dixon Games
October 2 Monthly Dance
  3 & 9 Asilomar Ball Previews
  22-24 Asilomar Weekend
November 6 Monthly Dance
December 4 Monthly Dance Masonic Temple, San Mateo [SF Class]
  11 Berkeley Holiday Party, Arlington Community Center
  16 SF Class Winter Solstice Party
  20 San Jose Class Holiday Party
  30 Lafayette Class Party

The Reel and Strathspeyper became available electronically in March for the first time.  It was posted to the Branch website (www.rscds-sf.org) where it could be accessed &/or down-loaded by the membership.  Members can get on an Email notification list by sending an Email with subscribe as the subject to email-list@rscds-sf.org. Beginning with the 2004/2005 membership year this will be the primary method of distribution replacing the 4th class mailings.  Hard copy is still available as an extra cost option.  There are three advantages to getting the R&S from the website: 1) Distribution is cost free to the Branch. 2) It is faster since it is posted the same day that the hard copy goes to the printer. 3) Pictures are in color and have better definition than the hard copy, which are black & white only.

The AGM was held in conjunction with the May Monthly Party in San Francisco. The election was uncontested and the only other business was the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation to Janis & Ned Dairiki for their musical contributions, to Jennifer Kelly for her part in producing the Red Thistle teaching videos & for her many flower arrangements at Branch events, and to Bud Wisecarver for supplying & maintaining the high stage for the Caledonian Games.

Livermore produced its first Scottish Games on May 15 & 16 with the usual collection of athletic events, pipe bands, musical acts, venders and highland and country dancing. It was sponsored by LARPD and the Tri-Valley Scotian League at Robertson Park, 3200 Robertson Park Road. There was also an outdoor ceilidh of Celtic song and dance on Saturday evening in downtown Livermore, and the Livermore Class had a 'Try it Out Party” with music by Susan Worland Bentley and Andy Imbrie that same evening

The Branch Membership Committee finally finished the first membership handbook and got it approved by the Board.  A copy was sent to each member with the Branch Directory and Society subscription book. The project was started by Connie Wai and Bradley Hobbs some years ago and was completed by Eugene and Virginia Bissell, Bradley Hobbs (chair), Susie Langdon Kass (layout), and Witsie McKelvy. Alan Twhigg did the final editing.

Lafayette Class celebrated its 40th anniversary with a highly successful party at the Lafayette Veterans Hall on October 16th, and the Reel & Strathspeyper celebrated its 40th anniversary with the November/December issue



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