Madison Scottish Country Dancers invite you to usher in the new RSCDS century at our Centennial Ball!
Thank you for joining us!
Join us for a swinging good time with the acclaimed New England father-son duo, Ed Pearlman, fiddle, and Neil Pearlman, piano. With unique and jazzy flavors added to traditional Scottish music, they will inspire us as we dance a program celebrating RSCDS dances from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries! As an added bonus, the duo will be joined for part of the program by Madison fiddler Dave Mullen of Sogan. Bagpiper extraordinaire Andrew Seevers will lead the Grand March.
Based in Boston and Maine, Ed has been a pillar of the American Scottish music scene for over 30 years. While focusing on Scottish and Cape Breton styles, he also plays a variety of others, including American contra dance music, Irish, bluegrass, jazz. He has performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada and Scotland, working with almost every major name in Scottish and Cape Breton music.
Neil Pearlman grew up with this legacy and has infused it with jazz, Latin, and pipe band rhythms. A multi-instrumentalist, step dancer and host of the podcast TradCafe, Neil is known for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton styles, his playing incorporates jazz harmony and syncopations of funk, Cuban, and Brazilian dance music to create a unique and infectious sound. Neil tours and teaches in his own right, in the USA, Canada, Scotland and Galicia.
Friday, March 24
7:30 pm Concert & Dessert Buffet
$15 suggested donation
General public welcome
Ed & Neil Pearlman
Bethany Ministry Center/Evangelical Free Church
(Parking behind church and on side streets. Enter from parking lot.)
Saturday, March 25
10:00 - 11:00 am Cape Breton Step Dance Workshop
$15 fee (cash/check)
General public welcome, pre-registration not necessary
WORKSHOP STILL ON DESPITE SNOW! BE SAFE DO NOT DRIVE IF YOUR ROUTE IS BAD.
Neil Pearlman, teacher
Ed Pearlman, musician
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
(Entrance to parking & workshop on Langlois St.)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
Multiple options available inside Memorial Union or nearby on State St.
1:00 - 3:00 pm Beginner Walkthrough (1st year dancers)
Memorial Union 3rd Floor, Old Madison Room
1:00 - 3:00 pm Advanced Walkthrough
Memorial Union 4th Floor, Class of 1924 Room
5:00 pm Social Hour with Cash Bar
Memorial Union, Great Hall, 4th Floor
6:00 pm Sit-down Dinner
7:30 pm Grand March and Ball
Musicians: Ed & Neil Pearlman with Dave Mullen
Piper: Andrew Seevers
Midnight After-Ball Party at a member's home*
Sunday, March 26
10:00 am Potluck Brunch at a member’s home*
*Maps available at ball
We suggest taking a Covid test before arriving. Full refunds are available for medical reasons.
The following applies to all Saturday events:
• Up-to-date COVID vaccination (as defined by CDC) is required. Eligible persons must also be boosted. In most cases, this means that you have had a booster since the newest was available, September 2, 2022.
• Proof of vaccination is required (vaccination card/photo, state online immunization record, etc.)
• A liability waiver must be signed and handed in or filled out electronically.
• Masks over the nose and mouth are required unless the Dane County risk level is low. We will have extras in case you have forgotten yours.
• Please clean your hands frequently throughout the night with sanitizer or soap and water
Walk-ins welcome (all except dinner). Pre-registration appreciated. DINNER OPTIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Register by mail/check or online/PayPal using the above buttons. Dinner registration deadline is March 8. Meal requests after March 8 not guaranteed; contact Registrar Barb Samdahl for availability. Mail-in registrations with dinners must be postmarked by March 3 to avoid a $10 late dinner fee. Online registrations with dinners must be submitted by March 8 to avoid a $10 late dinner fee.
Student Discount / Scholarships
We offer a $10 discount for students attending the ball and/or workshop. Scholarships are also available for those otherwise unable to attend. For more information, contact Barb Samdahl, Registrar, by March 8.
There will be a silent auction with many fabulous items to purchase--bring your checkbook or cash! And if you have an item to donate to the auction, print and fill out an auction bid sheet and give it to Gill Robertson.
Please indicate on the registration form if you desire hospitality and also contact hospitality chair Scott Weiss. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, but can't guarantee it. Hotel information can be found at visitmadison.com/accommodations/ or by calling the Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800 / 373-6376.
Registrar: Barb Samdahl, 608 / 241-8995
Ball co-chair & Hospitality: Scott Weiss, 608 / 358-1388
Ball co-chair: Ann Lindsey, 608 / 833-7690
Dance workshop: Nancy McClements, 608 / 358-4478
Friday concert: Barb Samdahl, 608 / 241-8995
Silent auction: Gill Robertson, 608 / 843-3134
Mark your calendars for our 44th Ball Weekend, March 22-24, 2024, when our guest musicians will be Andy Imbrie and Deby Benton Grosjean from Reel of Seven!