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January 2015

Sat-Sun, January 24-25
Charlottesville (VA) Burns Birthday Celebration at Odd Fellows Hall, 116 4th St NE, and Michie Tavern, 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway. Sat: Tea Dance 1 pm, Dinner & Ceilidh 6-10pm; Sun Brunch 10:30am-12:30pm. Sponsored by Charlottesville Scottish Country Dancers. Music by Thistle House: David Knight (fiddle), Dan Emery (flute & pipes), Dave Wiesler (piano). Dance: afternoon wear; Ceilidh: semi-formal attire. Dance: $20, Dinner: $40. Finger buffet, dinner. Reservations required for dinner at Michie Tavern. Contact Kelly Dryden 434-295-5733 or Patricia Ruggiero 434-589-6264 []

Sat, January 24
St Jacobs (ON) 34th Annual Burns Supper and Dance at St Jacobs Community Centre, 31 Parkside Dr. 5:30pm-midnight. Sponsored by RSCDS Kitchener-Waterloo Branch. Music by Fred Moyes. Semi-formal attire. Traditional dinner of steak pie, chappit tatties, bashed neeps, haggis, dessert etc (vegetarian option available) with refreshments (tea and shortbread) served during the dance. Cdn$45. Contact Susan McTavish 519-743-4143 or Sylvia Dugan 519-885-5454 []

February 2015

Fri-Sun, February 6-8
Ottawa (ON) Ardbrae Ball Weekend, Ottawa at Glebe Community Centre Heritage Ballroom, 175 Third Ave. Fri Welcome Dance, Sat Dinner & Ball, Sun Brunch. Sponsored by Ardbrae Dancers of Ottawa. Music by Torridon Scottish Country Dance Band. Catered buffet dinner. Cdn$90 US$90. Slow jam for musicians Sat morning. Non-dancing tickets: $60. Dancing at the ball only, followed by dessert & coffee: $60. Hospitality available. Contact Elaine Hoag or Elizabeth Woodbury []

Fri-Sun, February 13-15
Honolulu (HI) Aloha Winter Weekend at Ala Wai Golf Club Ballroom and others, 404 Kapahulu Ave. Fri: eve social; Sat: classes, eve ball; Sun: am classes, eve ceilidh. Sponsored by Hawaii, RSCDS Branch. Teacher is Linda Henderson. Music by Humuhumunukunuku & Strathspey Society Band. Casual / semi-formal attire. Fri: finger buffet; Sat: 3 meals; Sun: breakfast & dinner. US$160. Contact Melissa Lindsay 808-256-3347 or Bruce McEwan 808-538-7707 []

Sat, February 21
§ Toronto (ON) The 52nd Tartan Ball at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St W. Cocktails at 6pm, followed by dinner & dancing. Sponsored by Toronto RSCDS Association. Music by Scotch Mist. Formal attire. Full dinner. Cdn$145. Dinner, Dancing, Live Music in a spectacular Ballroom. Come and join us! $120 for first time attendees, $130 for RSCDS members, $145 for non-members. Contact Laurie McConachie 416-567.0010 or Jane Robinson]

Sat, February 28
§ Alexandria (VA) Snowdrop Ball at St Stephen's and St Agnes Lower School, 400 Fontaine St. 8pm. Sponsored by RSCDS Northern Virginia Branch. Music by David Knight (fiddle) and Neil Pearlman (piano). Ball attire. Refreshment contributions welcome. US$25. Ball review will be held at 7pm. Student ticket pricing is $15. Program and cheat sheets available on the website. Contact Elizabeth Holtan []

March 2015

Mon, March 2
Winnipeg (MB) Spring Dance Social at Silver Heights United Church, 199 Garrioch Ave. 7:30pm. Sponsored by RSCDS Winnipeg. Music by Scotch Measure. Casual attire. Light refreshments. $10. Contact David Kroeker 204-284-4667

Sat-Sun, March 7-8
West Hartford (CT) New Haven Highland Ball and Brunch Weekend at West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium, 50 S Main St. Sat: Ball 5-11pm; Sun: Brunch 11am. Sponsored by New Haven RSCDS. Music by Tom Pixton with Saucy Bess. Catered dinner at the Ball, potluck at the brunch. Contact Karen Pestana 860-539-2944 []

Sat, March 7
San Rafael (CA) Monthly Party at Unitarian Universalist Marin, 240 Channing Way. 7:30-11:30pm. Sponsored by RSCDS - San Francisco Branch. Kilts for men, and skirts or dresses for women. Finger buffet following the dance. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come and join us! Contact Sharon Stewart 415-257-6322.

Sat, March 14
Lake Oswego (WA) Portland Branch Workshop and Ball at Christ Episcopal Church, 1060 Chandler Rd. Workshop classes 10am-4pm, Ball 7pm. Sponsored by RSCDS Portland, Oregon Branch. Teachers are Roberta Gotfried and Bob McMurtry. Music by Deby Benton Grosjean and Cynthia Soohoo. Semi-formal attire. Lunch provided to dancers, finger food at the Ball. US$65. Contact Linda Mae Dennis 360-609-0623 []

Sun, March 15
Ottawa (ON) Ardbrae Spring Tea Dance at Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Rd. 2pm-4:30pm. Sponsored by Ardbrae Dancers of Ottawa. Cdn$6. Contact Elaine Hoag or Elizabeth Woodbury 613-746-5466 []

Fri-Sun, March 20-22
Madison (WI) Annual Ball Weekend at University of Wisconsin Memorial Union - Great Hall, 800 Langdon St. Sponsored by Madison Scottish Country Dancers. Music by Paul Woodiel (fiddle) and Susie Petrov (piano). Fri: Concert 8pm; Sat: Dance Workshop 9:30am, Music Workshop 1pm, Reception and Sit-Down Dinner 5:30pm, Ball 7:30pm, Sun: Brunch 10am. Contact Nancy McClements 608-233-2956 or Ann Lindsey 608-833-7690 []
Washington (PA) Pittsburgh 43rd Annual Highland Ball and Workshop at George Washington Hotel, 60 S Main St. Sat: Class 1-3pm, dinner and dance 6pm; Sun: Class and brunch 10am. Sponsored by Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dance Society. Teacher is Ellen Sears. Music by Thistle House. Semi-Formal to Formal attire. Saturday includes dinner, Sunday includes brunch. Any or all Saturday events: $80; Any or all Sunday events: $20. Contact Arthur McNair 412-915-0585 []

Sat, March 28
Brampton (ON) 30th West End Workshop at Turner Fenton Secondary School, 7935 Kennedy Rd. 8:4am-5:30pm. Teachers are Ron Wallace, Scott Reid, Keith Bark. Music by Don Bartlett, Laird Brown, Fred Moyes. Hot lunch and afternoon tea included. Cdn$58. Full day workshop and lunch $58 adults, $30 youth (age 14+), Tea dance only $20. Contact T. Malek []

April 2015

Wed, April 1
Winnipeg (MB) April Social at Silver Heights United Church, 199 Garrioch Ave. 7:30pm. Music by Scotch Measure. Casual attire. Light refreshments. $10. Contact David Kroeker 204-284-4667

Sat, April 4
Mountain View (CA) Monthly Party at Mountain View Masonic Temple, 890 Church St. 7:30-11:30pm. Sponsored by RSCDS - San Francisco Branch. Kilts for men, and skirts or dresses for women. Finger buffet following the dance. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come and join us! Contact Rebecca Davis 408-378-3817 or Sue Anderson 650-327-0762.

Fri-Sun, April 10-12
Lethbridge (AB) Lethbridge Scottish Country Dance and Music Workshop and Ball at Lethbridge Lodge Hotel, 320 Scenic Dr S. Fri: Ceilidh and Registration 8:00; Sat: classes 9am-3pm lunch incl, Banquet and Ball 6pm. Sponsored by Lethbridge Scottish Country Dance Club. Teachers are Barbara Johnstone, Heather Graham, Blaine Peet, Lisa Scott. Music by Glen Morin, Ron Krug and Ken Nattrass. Ball is formal attire. Lunch, Banquet. $100. There will be a music class with Lisa Scott teaching. Contact Fiona Miller 403-329-3582 []

Fri-Sun, April 17-19
Melrose (MA) RSCDS Boston Branch Highland Ball Weekend at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St. Fri: Welcome dance 8pm; Sat: Reception 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Grand March 8pm; Sun: Brunch 11am-3pm. Sponsored by Boston, RSCDS Branch. Welcome Dance music by Ed Pearlman (fiddle) and Neil Pearlman (keyboard). Ball music by Frost and Fire: Peter Macfarlane, fiddle, Viveka Fox (fiddle, Aaron Marcus (keyboard), Hollis Easter (flute and pipes). Sunday Brunch music by Dan Wheatley and the Gunns.Welcome Dance will be held at First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Rd, Weston, MA. See website for application, dance program and directions. Contact Sara and Ed Pokrass (Co-chairs) []
Picton (ON) Tartan Tea Workshop Weekend at Prince Edward Yacht Club, 30 Fairfield St. Fri: Social Sat: Workshop, Dinner, informal Dance & Ceilidh Sun: Tea Dance. Sponsored by Picton Scottish Country Dancers. Teachers are Christine Basnet and Lorraine Sutton. Music by Fred Moyes. Fri: Finger Buffet Sat: Lunch & Dinner Sun: Tea & Refreshments. Contact Sheila Keller 613-393-2915 or Odessa Fraser 613-549-6818

Sat-Sun, April 18-19
Ottawa (ON) 49th Annual Ottawa Branch Ball at Ottawa Conference & Events Centre (formerly Hampton Inn) 200 Coventry Rd. Reception 5:30 pm, Dinner-6:15; Dancing-8:15. Sponsored by RSCDS Ottawa Branch. Music by The Scotch Mist. Formal attire. Sunday Brunch at McNabb Community Centre at 180 Percy St Ottawa ON at 10 am April 19th. Contact Karen Moxley 613-232-6451

Sat, April 25
Hamilton (ON) John Middleton Ball at The Scottish Rite, 4 Queen St S. Welcome 6pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Grand March 8:30pm. Sponsored by Hamilton RSCDS. Music by Scotch Mist. Cdn$75 . Hamilton Ontario branch is the oldest branch in Canada. We hope you will join us as we celebrate our 60th Spring Ball.Contact Annette Sabourin 519-647-3055 or Elaine Lawrence 905-319-2227 []

May 2015

Sat, May 2
Alameda (CA) Monthly Party at Alameda Masonic Temple, 2312 Alameda Ave. 7:30-11:30pm. Sponsored by RSCDS - San Francisco Branch. Kilts for men, and skirts or dresses for women. Finger buffet following the dance. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come and join us! Contact Linnea Johnson 415-841-9456 or Greg Reznick 510-558-8075.

Sat, May 9
Ottawa (ON) Ardbrae Pot-luck, AGM & Dance at Parkdale Church Hall, 429 Parkdale Ave. 6pm (pot-luck dinner), 8pm (dancing). Sponsored by Ardbrae Dancers of Ottawa. Pot-luck dinner. Cdn$6. Contact Elaine Hoag or Elizabeth Woodbury []

Fri-Sun, May 15-17
Hopewell Junction (NY) Pawling Weekend at Circle Lodge, Sylvan Lake. Fri: 8pm Welcome dance, 11pm-?? After-party. Sponsored by RSCDS New York Branch. Teachers are Jim Stott (Aberdeen, UK), Marjorie Mclaughlin (San Diego) and Fred DeMarse (San Francisco). Music by Scotch Mist and Jim Stevenson-Mathews. Welcome dance: casual attire; Ball: formal attire. Sat: 9am-12:15pm Classes, 2pm Teacher workshop or Ball walk-through, 8pm Ball, midnight: Ceilidh, 1am After-party; Sun: 10.30am Classes, 2pm Champagne dance. All meals provided from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. Prices: See website in January 2015. Contact Sally Clayton []

Fri-Mon, May 22-25
Copenhagen (Denmark) RSCDS International Branch Dance Weekend at Go Hotel (Lanes and Lounges). Fri: dance 7:30-10:30; Sat/Sun/Mon: classes 9:30-12:30; Sat eve: ceilidh; Sun eve: Ball. Sponsored by RSCDS International Branch. Teachers are Ron Wallace (USA), Jessie Stuart (SCO), Gary Coull (SCO). Music by Ian Muir and the Craigellachie Band. attire. May 26-31: Six-day holiday of Denmark is also available immediately following the dance weekend. Contact Fred DeMarse or Chris Harris []

June 2015

Fri-Sat, June 5-7
Beloit (IL) Midwest Scottish Weekend at Beloit College, 700 College St. Fri welcome dance 8-11pm; Sat classes, Ball, ceilidh; Sun classes 9am-noon. Sponsored by Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee Scottish Country Dance Groups. Teacher is Linda Henderson. Music by Katie MacNally (fiddle) and Neil Pearlman (piano). US$240. Contact Mady Newfield 630-584-0825 []

Sat, June 6
Aptos (CA) Monthly Party at Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Dr. 3:00-7:00pm. Sponsored by RSCDS - San Francisco Branch. Kilts for men, and skirts or dresses for women. Finger buffet following the dance. Please note that the attire for this dance is a bit unusual. Since this is Santa Cruz, Hawaiian prints and tie-dyed shirts and dresses are encouraged. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come and join us! Contact Colleen Brokaw 831-466-0503 or Kim Jorgensen 831-663-3227.

Sat, June 13
Columbus (OH) Columbus Workshop & Ball 2015 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Rd. Workshops 9:30am-3pm; Sherry & Ball 7:30-11pm. Sponsored by Heather N Thistle, Columbus RSCDS (Cincinnati Branch RSCDS). Teacher is Melbourne Briscoe. Music by Dave Wiesler and Mara Shea. Casual daytime, formal evening attire. Box lunch from local gourmet store; sherry party & dessert buffet at ball. US$95. Contact Laura Russell 614-270-9160 or Sue Wartell []

July 2015

August 2015

Mon-Fri, August 24-28
Wolfville (NS) Scotch on the Rocks at Old Orchard Inn - Heritage Barn, 153 Greenwich Rd S. Classes: 9:30am-12.30pm. Teachers are Duncan and Maggie Keppie. Music by MiniMacs. Cdn/US $200. Scottish country dance (Four day classes at Intermediate-Advanced level) & a dance with live music. Two one-half day excursions into the past 350 million years at beautiful shoreline localities. One 1-hour massage designed to help keep one dancing through the years. Accommodations not included. Special rates available at Old Orchard Inn. See flyer for further information. Contact Valley Scottish Country Dancers 902-542-5320 []

Fri-Wed, August 28-September 2
Salzburg (Austria) SCD Workshop and Tourist Program at Turnhalle Maxlan, Maxglaner Hauptstrasse 29a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. Fri: ceilidh 7pm; Sat classes morn&aft, ball; Sun morn class, optional tour of Salzburg, Mon-Wed optional tourist program. Teachers are Ron Wallace & Jim Cook. Ceilidh music by Liam Smith and his band, Ball music by Sarah-Jane Summers, Workshop music by Sue Bollans and Silke Groshoz. Meals, snacks, drinks provided. US$255. Contact Regina Freinbichler []

September 2015

Fri-Sun, September 18-20
High View (WV) Scottish Weekend at Timber Ridge Camp. Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Sponsored by Scottish Weekend. Teachers are Antoine Rousseau, Janet Walker, and Ellie Briscoe. Music by Jim Lindsay, featured musician. Casual, semiformal, formal attire. All meals and refreshments/snacks. US$275. Weekend includes Welcome Dance, classes Saturday morning, evening dress Ball followed by a ceilidh; Sunday morning classes. Friday dinner, all meals Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, along with snacks, included. Camp located in beautiful West Virginia mountains. Contact Scottish Weekend []

October 2015

Sat, October 17
Halifax (NS) Fall Workshop 2015 at All Nations Christian Reformed Church, Charles and Robie Sts. Class 9-12, Social 1-4. Sponsored by RSCDS NS Branch. Teachers are Charlie Inglis (Ottawa, ON). Casual attire. Breaks and Lunch included. A Challenge Class on Sunday (18 Oct) will be taught by Charlie as well. See Branch Calendar on our website. Contact Lydia Hedge 902-827-2033 []

November 2015

December 2015



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