Hoot Mon!  The Bard ‘o’ Scotland will be honoured at the Robbie Burns Contra dance on Saturday, January 26th at the tartan coloured Merville Hall.  There, the Fiddlejam Funtime Fiddlers will play for your dancing pleasure while hairy legged, kilted Scotsmen and Scotswomen swirl about the floor shaking their thistles and spurtles; and discretely displaying their sgian dhus.

You’ll step lively as Celtic Caller June MacCannon guides the dancers with her clear brogue and clever instructions, always with an eye on those who might need a bit more guidance.  You’ll be thankful for your hearty breakfast of cock-a-leekie soup and Scottish tattie scones, as this dance will get your heart a-pumping and everyone will have a wee bonnie time. 

The hallowed castle doors will open at 7:00 pm and we generally have a complimentary Contra Dance workshop right before the dance to loosen you up and to prepare you for the spins and lively steps of the Virginnia Reel and the Gay Gordon

At these country Contra dances, families and single dancers are very welcome and singles can pair up with anyone during the dance. To strut our musical versatility, we also play old time waltzes and reels; jigs and swing; schottisches and foxtrots.  There is a dance for everyone at this Highland Hoedown as well as tasty helpings of “haggis” to titillate the tastebuds.  Wear your kilt and kick up your heels.

So, Saturday, January 26st, steer your Shetland Pony in the direction of the Big Yellow Merville Dance Hall, right on the Old Island Highway, between Campbell River and Courtenay.  Doors open at 7:00, dance starts at 7:30pm.  Cost is $10.00/adults, $5.00/youth and you can come as a family for $22.00.   For more infromation: 250-339-4249.  “Lang may yer lum reek”


Craig Freeman