Come and join us for our final festive event of 2018!
We will be at Aros Community Theatre at 2pm on Monday, 17th December for an afternoon of Christmas Carols and Crafts with musician, Donald Livingstone and artist, Caroline Dear. The event is our last of 2018 and is free of charge.
After the event, tea, coffee and mince pies will be available for purchase from the café-bar. For more information, see https://aroscommunitytheatre.co.uk/events/christmas-carol-sing-along-crafts or http://www.facebook.com/thaseomathdhuibh
Bidh fàilte romhaibh!
From tea ceilidhs in Breakish and Portree, drop-in workshops at Aros Community Theatre and workshops throughout Skye, it has been a busy few weeks for Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You.
It was great to see so many of you at our last Afternoon Tea Ceilidh at Skye Camanachd Club in Portree. We enjoyed some fantastic dancing, singing, eating, drinking and socialising. We are looking forward to being back at Aros on Monday for our next ceilidh.
Our ceilidhs in south Skye have been very lively and lovely events. Our next one will be on Friday, 7th December at Talla Bhreacais, Breakish and will include a special dance performance by Meena Watts as well as lots of Christmas cheer!
Rody Gorman led a Haiku writing workshop at Aros on the day that we had a power cut affecting many parts of the Highlands, which lasted the whole day in Portree. In spite of this, we still had a group of hardy folks who came along and wrote haiku with their jackets on!
On Monday, artist Caroline Dear ran a Ropemaking workshop at Aros. The group enjoyed learning how to make ropes and took a look at plant materials in the forest. Join Caroline for some binding and plaiting at a drop-in session at Aros Community Theatre tomorrow from 11am.
We have also been running art workshops at West Highland College and Dunvegan Youth Club with Kate McMorrine, movement sessions at Tigh na Drochaid NHS Resource Centre with Meena Watts, monthly sing-alongs at An Acarsaid Care-home in Broadford and a monthly Gaelic Conversation Group at Tigh na Drochaid with Hannah McDiarmid.
Musician, Rick Taylor is working with Kyleakin Connections, making music and having lots of fun with percussion. Some of the guys had a go at playing the purple trombone!
The guys at Kyleakin Connections will also be holding a St Andrew’s Family Ceilidh Dance with stovie supper on Friday, 30th November at Kyleakin Hall with all proceeds going to the charity. The Breakish Ceilidh Band who play at the Tea Ceilidhs will be providing the music for dancing.
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We have had some fantastic arts workshops at Aros recently.
Visual artist, Kate Mcmorrine, recently led a screenprinting workshop with students of West Highland College Skills for Learning.
Kate has since begun working with the students on a project about connections, isolation and living in Skye.
Drama and movement practitioner, Helen Danter, led a ‘Drama for Fun’ session in the theatre at Aros in October. The youngest person who took part was three years old, and the oldest over sixy five! It was a fun and inclusive session where we explored movement, role play and group story-making.
We have also had a ‘Trash the Orchestra’ Instrument-making workshop with Pam Allan and Rick Taylor, which involved making musical instruments out of recycled materials, decorating them and playing them.
Please keep an eye on Facebook for more updates on upcoming workshops and events. You can also now follow us on Instagram!
We are very excited to announce a programme of workshops and events in the coming weeks at Aros Community Theatre.
The idea of the sessions is to give people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to try a creative activity and meet new people. You are welcome to contact Iseabail@aros.co.uk or phone 01478613649 to find out more.
Chì sinn a dh’aithghearr sibh! See you soon!
We had a lovely Afternoon Tea Ceilidh in south Skye yesterday. This is the first time we’ve ventured outside of Portree with this.
There was some fantastic dancing. We also had lots of songs from various people there: Dolly, Brenda, Iseabail and Ester all sang. Ester gave an energetic dance performance to Mary’s puirt à beul.
As usual, we had the fabulous musicians of the Breakish Ceilidh Band playing music for the dancing.
We enjoyed delicious plates of home baking, cups of tea and coffee. Thanks to Corinne and Mary for serving it!
Thank you to all who came along – it was a great afternoon. Tha sinn an dòchas gun do chòrd e ribh.
See you at the next one!
We’ll be at the Skye Camanachd Clubhouse on Monday, 29th October, 2-3.30pm.
To book, contact Iseabail on email@example.com or phone 01478613649.
On the afternoon of Friday 1st of June, we had a lovely gathering at Aros to celebrate the end of the pilot year of Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You.
After a soup and sandwich lunch in the restaurant, about fifty eight of us went through to the auditorium where we enjoyed a matinée performance by Meena Watts, of Meena Arts, and her Bolly Babes.
They treated us to various dances, from Bollywood to Blair Douglas. Many of the dances were familiar to those who had taken part in Meena’s Movement for Health and Dance for Fun sessions over the past year.
It was great to see our friends from Tigh na Drochaid, Alzheimer Scotland, Bùdhmòr House Care-home, Kyleakin Connections, West Highland College, Portree High School and Sense Scotland.
We had the opportunity to join in with the movements and we had a relaxing and rejuvenating cool down at the end.
One or two of us went up on the stage at the end of the afternoon for a dance! Meena had been saying that she wants to have more men to join her Bolly group. Lachie John was keen to join them, and had a fantastic boogie with Meena and some of the Bolly babes.
Thank you to Meena and her Bolly Babes for putting on an excellent and colourful show and to everyone who came along in such good spirits. It was a really special afternoon. We look forward to having more day-time gatherings like this at Aros in the future.
Yesterday, we held our last Afternoon Tea Ceilidh as part of the pilot year. We have been coming together every month to dance, sing, eat, drink and socialise since last October.
These ceilidhs have grown with each month. The atmosphere is always warm, welcoming and lively. We have welcomed groups from Tigh na Drochaid NHS Resource Centre, students of the Skills and Learning Programme at West Highland College, Budhmor Care-home, Alzheimer Scotland, Sense Scotland and Homefarm Nursing Home. Local Scottish country dancers, new parents, babies and toddlers have attended regularly, as well as some visitors to Skye.
Yesterday, we had three visitors from across the Atlantic join us – Catherine, along with her husband and cousin who were visiting from Saskatchewan, Canada and Los Angeles. Here is Catherine, who was excited to see the Canadian Barn Dance as her cousin’s grandparents came from the Ottawa Valley from where she believes the dance originates.
We had a special treat as singer-songwriter, Donald Livingstone joined the band and gave us some lovely songs.
The band has observed an amazing improvement in the dancing with each month that has passed. A Strip the Willow was one of the dances requested on Monday. Anyone who has ever danced one will surely tell you a Strip the Willow is no mean feat! We also enjoyed a Friendly Waltz, Canadian Barn Dance, Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant and Gaelic Waltz.
So, a big well done the dancers!
A big thanks also goes out to the musicians of the Breakish Ceilidh Band: Lis, Christine, Scott, Donald, Keri and John. Without them, we wouldn’t have had fantastic, uplifting live ceilidh music and songs every month. A special thanks to Lis for her fantastic dance calling.
We will not be holding Tea Ceilidhs over the summer months, but we hope to be back in September with more of the same. If you want to ceilidh with the Breakish Ceilidh Band before then, they will be playing at the Skye Food & Drinks Festival at Aros on 14th June.
Chì sinn a dh’aithghearr sibh!
See you soon!