The Initial Notice - more memories below.
Everyone is welcome to this wonderfully atmospheric evening. After a delicious buffet meal you are invited to dance under the stars - or you can relax and be entertained by those who get up to try! No one who wants to dance need be left out whatever their age, experience or fitness level. The programme includes dances that are slow, as well as faster ones and 'singles' find it as easy to join in as couples. All dances will be taught and called on the night so you don't have to do more than enjoy yourself (though we'd love to see you at the classes beforehand).
Don't forget to contact Irene to book your place or you won't get fed!
Pictures of the preparations
On the night
This wasn't the most well attended event in our history however it must easily be one of the most enjoyable. The food from the Elea chef's was truly excellent, the best they've ever done for this event and we have had such fantastic positive feedback it could have gone to our heads if we weren't permanently grounded by the desire to do better. Everyone - both the dancers and the spectators - really enjoyed the dancing despite the occasional false starts with the music. The programme was a selection of possibilities, the dances we actually did were:- A Highland Welcome, The Fairy Ring, The Gypsy Thread, The Gay Gordons, The Dashing White Sergeant; Waratah Weaver and St Bernard's Waltz. Well done to everyone who got up and had a go.
With dancing out of bounds, even possibly illegal (how strange that seems), a decision was made to use our superb summer dance venue, at the Elea Golf Resort, for a different type of evening. Our first St Andrew Group Quiz was well attended and a real success. Thanks go to Graham for an entertaining and very professional quiz set at a level we all could enjoy. And thanks, as always to Sally, Julian and the team who catered for our needs so well.
To start the evening everyone enjoyed a welcome drink while the sun set in the distance. The 'Finger Buffet' turned out to be a huge and delicious selection of hot and cold goodies that was preceded by starters delivered to the table, and followed by a selection of individual deserts. Even those needing to be GF were catered for, though we didn't get the beef & horseradish sandwiches which were pronounced by many to be the pièce de résistance, we did get the fish cakes which were excellent!
This year we have moved back up to the main patio at the Elea to accommodate the demand for tickets that we couldn't satisfy last year. We had an excellent turn out for the time of year with the real pleasure of entertaining lots of people who we haven't seen for a long time - some were attending one of our events for the very first time - this included the star of the night - an already talented dancer of only 4 years old who kindly brought along her mum and dad as well as her grandparents (who are members of the society) and they all joined in the dancing and had a superb night. We were blessed with a lovely balmy evening and the moon shone as advertised all evening adding to a magical atmosphere.
As always we have to thank the fantastic staff at the Elea who make all our events there so special - the pictures below include shots of the Thank-You card that was sent on behalf of the Society and guests.
If anyone wants to send me shots to add to the memories of the evening they are gladly recieved - conversely if you'd rather your picture wasn't posted here - just let me know and I'll happily remove it. Jx
And For The Young Ones
The Gay Gordons
(classic & progressive vsn)
The Gypsy Thread
Dashing White Sergeant
The Bridge of Athlone
Geud Man of Ballangigh
Butterscotch & Honey
The Ring of Brodgar
Yet again we were dancing under the full moon
Venue - Elea Golf Club
This was another magical evening at the Elea utilising the lower terraces below the main patio area to create a lovely intimate setting for our 'picnic' and dancing. After a scorching early May, June has been decidedly mixed weather wise (at least for Cyprus) and even this late in the month there were slightly worrying dark clouds hanging around all morning. The evening was almost clear however and the temperature comfortable for most people, when the wind finally became just a little too chilly to bear the excellent staff brought blankets for everyone who needed them. Those of us who were dancing, of course, didn't need any warming up and had a hilarious time with some enthusiastic guest dancers doing really well. The moon was full, the food fantastic and it proved to be as beautiful an evening as any we've had before. Below are a few pictures of the morning setting up and of various moments throughout the evening.
Images are credited where they aren't mine.
We had a truly magical night at the Elea Golf Club. We were situated on two of the lower terraces which provided a lovely setting. The area was decorated as usual by our dedicated St Andrew Society decorators, but in addition, as the sun set, the Elea staff also scattered lanterns and lights around the area. The standard of service was second to none with the staff going out of their way to ensure we had a good night both of eating and drinking and of dancing. We've always had a good time at the Elea, but this event was exceptional. Thank you to all involved - here are a few pictures to remind people of what a good time we had.
For those who wish to know, the dances we did were - Beyond the Black Stump; The Gay Gordon's; Butterscotch & Honey; The Grassmarket Reel; The Borrowdale Exchange (twice); The Eva Three Step; The Dashing White Sergeant; The Ring of Brodgar; The Galloping Carousel; The Pride of Erin Waltz and Deil Amang the Tailors.
Thanks to Irene for more pictures of a great night
The first June Jamboree is over. After many weeks of hard work. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a great evening, not least all the guests - members and non-members - who got up to dance and literally, dancied the night through.
Our Dance program for the night was:
The Waltz Country Dance; The Dhoon; The Ring of Brodgar (class dance); The Gay Gordons; The Haymakers; The Britannia Two Step; Festival Interceltique; Butterscotch & Honey (class dance) The Dashing White Sergeant; St Bernard's Waltz.
If anybody who took photographs or videos of the night are willing to share them on this site please contact me, I would love to have them. The pictures that I took are all available here - I'm afraid I didn't take that many but I was otherwise engaged most of the time!
What it's about
The June Jamboree 2014 was our first attempt at a Summer End of Season Ball and our first Summer event at the Elea Golf Club. It was, without doubt, a great success. Since then we have continued holding an event at the Elea although with slightly varying formats. We always have an excellent night.
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