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Madison Scottish Country Dancers invite you to join us for our 44th Annual Ball!

Join us, friends, for a weekend combining the new and the old! As the camp song goes, “one is silver and the other gold.”  New and previous musicians, fresh and traditional dances, students and experienced dancers, we’ll have a ball (pun intended)! For the first time we’ll be enjoying the exciting music of Andy Imbrie and Caroline McCaskey from the San Francisco Bay area’s Reel of Seven. The duo will be joined for part of the program by Madison fiddler extraordinaire Dave Mullen. Talented piper Andrew Seevers will lead the Grand March.

Andy Imbrie (piano) began studying classical piano as a child and started playing for dances with the encouragement of Kim McGarrity and Barbara McOwen. He is the band leader for Reel of Seven, and plays regularly for Scottish country dancing, ceilidh dancing, and contra dances throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been on music staff for several tours, including one in France, three to New Zealand and one to Scotland, Orkney, and the Shetland Islands. He has also been on staff at Asilomar and Pinewoods workshops and was honored to have been invited to teach piano accompaniment at the Boston Harbor Fiddle School and the Valley of the Moon Scottish fiddling school for several years. Andy was delighted to serve as music director for the TAC Summer School in 2019 and to be on staff at the International Branch workshop in Italy in 2022. 

Caroline McCaskey (fiddle, saw) is the 2019 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two-time International Musical Saw Champion. A native daughter of the genre-bending West Coast music scene, she is equally at home in the traditional, improvisational and classical music worlds. In demand as a teacher and performer throughout North America and author of the AltStrings Fiddle Method, she holds degrees in music composition and performance, as well as Suzuki teaching certification in violin and cello. Caroline is a fiddler for the dance bands Tartan Suite, Reel of Seven and Greenwich Mean Time. She also performs regularly with Boston-based guitarist and banjo player Larry Unger, and with cellist Daniel Delaney as Secret Oaks, a jazz- and folk-inspired string duo.

Weekend Schedule

 

Friday, March 22

 

7:30 pm     Concert & Dessert Buffet

$15 suggested donation 

General public welcome

Andy Imbrie and Caroline McCaskey

Featuring Scottish fiddle and piano tunes, the musical saw, and Highland step dance demonstrations.

Bethany Ministry Center/Evangelical Free Church

301 Riverside Drive Madison 53704

(Parking behind church and on side streets. Enter from parking lot.)

Saturday, March 23

All activities at 

Memorial Union

800 Langdon St., Madison 53706

 

Ball Program Walkthroughs 

1:00 - 2:30 pm  Beginner Walkthrough (1st year dancers)

Old Madison Room (3rd floor)

800 Langdon St., Madison 53706

1:00 - 2:30 pm    Advanced Walkthrough

Class of 1924 Room (4th floor)

800 Langdon St., Madison 53706


4:30 pm    Social Hour with Cash Bar

Great Hall, 4th Floor


5:30 pm    Sit-down Dinner


7:00 pm    Grand March and Ball 

Musicians: Andy Imbrie & Caroline McCaskey with Dave Mullen

Piper: Andrew Seevers

      

11:30 pm    After-Ball Party at a member's home*


Sunday, March 24

 

10:00 am     Potluck Brunch at a member’s home*

 

*Maps available at ball

Health Policy

We suggest taking a Covid test before arriving. Full refunds are available for medical reasons.

Do not attend any of the weekend activities if you feel ill. Please test if you suspect you have contracted Covid. Follow the CDC guidelines about precautions and isolation if you have been exposed or if you have had Covid recently. Practice good hand hygiene. Masks are optional but welcome. We reserve the right to amend our policy if conditions warrant it. 

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Registration Information

Walk-ins welcome (all except dinner). Pre-registration appreciated. 

 

Register by mail/check or online (via PayPal) using the above buttons. Dinner registration deadline is March 7. Meal requests after March 7 not guaranteed; contact Registrar Barb Samdahl for availability.

Student Discount / Scholarships
 

We offer a $15 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 7.

 

Silent Auction

There will be a silent auction with many fabulous items to purchase--bring your checkbook or cash! And bring your PayPal details/password if you'd like to pay that way.  If you have an item to donate to the auction, print and fill out an auction bid sheet and give it to Gill Robertson or Bethany Wolkoff.

Accommodations

 

Please indicate on the registration form if you desire hospitality and also contact hospitality chair Carol Buelow. 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. 

Key Contacts

Registrar & Friday Concert:   Barb Samdahl, 608 / 241-8995

barbara.samdahl@charter.net

Ball co-chair:   Ann Lindsey, 608 / 833-7690

alindsey@chorus.net

Ball co-chair:   Scott Weiss, 608 / 358-1388

weissscott@hotmail.com

Next Year

Mark your calendars for our 45th Ball Weekend, March 28-30, 2025, when our guest musicians will be Susie Petrov and fiddler-to-be-named.

Past Balls

 

 2023 | 2019 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 2012  

 

More past balls

Parking Near Memorial Union 

Links to current availability and maps

       NOTE: The Lake Street portion of the garage is closed.​

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