Archive for August 5, 2008

Children of Culture

by Loraine Ritchey
For over 11 years I wrote the Highland Highlights column for Dancer Magazine. Highland is a little known dance form- most think of “Irish Dancing” and it is always confused with River Dance . I did my best to give the children of the “Scottish Dance” their just due. As with everything “politics” also played a role in Highland Dancing.

Over the years I have written about literally hundreds of dancers and their competitions. I have donated trophys and medals but the one trophy that holds that “special place ” is the trophy for the best beginner at Airth Highland Games in Scotland- maybe it is because of my friend Alex McGuire

and the fact it is a “Quaich” or maybe because this “loving cup” is given to the “littlest child” who strives to do the very best they can performing the dances of their heritage. Little “Andromeda Gibb” was the overall baby champion at Airth Highland Games 2008 . Andromeda is being presented with her trophy by Pat Reid, Lord Provost of Falkirk Council who was the Chieftain for the day.

There is magic in the world at that age, a time of innocence , a time for learning a heritage, the folk tales and a “loving ” cup.

You don’t have to take the road high or low to share the stories with your wee dancer – Mary Beth Klein ( one of the very few American Highland World Champions) and owner of Highland Xpress has some delightful reading for your young lad or lass

The Wee Scots Book:
Scottish Poems and Stories
Written and illustrated by Aileen Campbell
64 pp. 8 1/2 x 11 Age Range: 4 to 8
Illustrations (29 color and 45 b/w) – Glossary
Filled with lullabies, folk tales, and playful rhymes. Gather around children for the stories of the Highlands and stone castles, and the blow of the bagpipes usher in the sheep from the hills and sailors on the coast. Illustrations highlight the landscapes of the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. Recommended for parents and grandparents who want to pass along their favorite stories of their childhood.

By Duncan Crosbie
16 pp. 3 x 4
8 color illus. Ring included! Ages 5-8
The legend of the Claddagh ring involves romance, adventure, and an everlasting love that is sure to capture hearts. This charming tale begins in Claddagh, Ireland, with the love of Richard and Nuala, who wish to be married but cannot afford to do so. Richard, in turn, leaves Claddagh in search of his fortune, and along the way, his ship is taken over by pirates. Richard is sold as a slave, and many years pass before he is able to return to Claddagh. Much to his surprise, he finds Nuala still waiting for him. As a symbol of their love, friendship, and faithfulness, Richard crafts a ring for Nuala, which is now known as the Claddagh ring, and gives it to her on their wedding day. When the ring is worn on the left hand with the heart facing inward, it means that two loves are forever joined. A child-sized Claddagh ring is included with the book, so the young reader can enjoy the enchanting legend.

Written by T.E. Watson FSA Scot
Illustrated by Steve Ferchaud
60 Pages Full Color Hard Cover
The wondrous wee village of Glen Robbie has come alive once more to find someone to help.But if they dinnae fine someone they will disappear forever. It is a timeless and wonderful story for children of all ages.
Note: Limited quantities of autographed editions on hand!

Written by T.E. Watson FSA Scot
Illustrated by Steve Ferchaud
48 Pages Full Color Hard Cover
The kindly old MacGregor cherishes his family of cats. But one has gone missing and he doesn’t know where she has gone. He and the other cats wonder where she could be. Will she come home?
Note: Limited quantities of autographed editions on hand!
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August 5, 2008 at 11:27 pm 1 comment

Paula’s Perspective- Art

Paula Tobias by Paula Tobias
Tonight we are without a Council Meeting, so I thought I’d do a follow up to Liz’s presentation at the Waterloo Art Festival.

We were there 2 hours before it started to help Liz and Jeremy set up.

After we had everything in place we looked around and found some very unique and special places. Café Marika had Hungarian Food, Coffee, pastries and a full bar with some very interesting wines and beers. The family that runs/owns is from Hungary so we had to try a dish. Frank had yellow bean soup that was to die for. Don’t tell Grandma Tobias but it was better than hers.
We found a couple of interesting Art Studios with very lovely pieces.

But the highlight for the proud parents was to watch Liz sell her art. It was also very reassuring to observe people as they came in smiling and commenting on how lovely her pieces were.

Her crocheted toys/dolls were a big hit.

piggy  pig

piggy pig

Hun Bun

The good news was they made a profit and this may be the beginning of something big for her. Yes! I am a biased Tobias but you should see her paintings and photographs in person, pictures don’t do them justice.

May I suggest if you’ve never been to an Art Show to try it sometime. Whether you’re 2 or 92 you should experience all the Arts at least once. I remember taking the girls to ballets, the Orchestra and Art museums when they were little. I found exposing them to many different forms was very enriching for them and us as well. We met interesting people, learned about the different forms of art and feel that the Arts are a very important part of our lives.

Support your local (starving) artists.

August 5, 2008 at 1:48 am 9 comments



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