The Winnipeg Branch

The Winnipeg Branch is one of approximately 170 branches throughout the world that are members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society head-quartered in Scotland.

Dance classes for all levels, taught by teachers accredited by the RSCDS, are held from September to April. In addition, there are several socials during the year with music provided by Scotch Measure, as well as ceilidhs and other activities. To see a full schedule of events, visit the Events page.

Branch History

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Mug Pub

Mug Pub plaque

Mug Pub was the British Pavilion at Folklorama from 1969 to 1989. Founded by Margaret Bowie, Mug Pub was jointly sponsored by the Winnipeg Branch and St. Andrews Society. From the outset the Branch was the major participant, staging the shows and setting up food and drink services. The St. Andrews Society provided security and many of their members volunteered in other areas. The Pavilion was open for a week each year and required over 700 volunteers to function. Many people with no involvement in R.S.C.D.S. or St. Andrews worked faithfully year after year at Mug Pub. Mug Pub had a long association with the “Bunch of Grapes” who presented a brilliant British music hall show.

Back in the years when Folklorama was only one week long, the popularity of the festival was such that almost every one of the 30 to 40 Pavilions had block-long line-ups an hour before the 6:00 p.m. opening. The longest line-ups were always at Mug Pub and continued every night for every show. To help alleviate the problem, the Beausejour Room was opened at the University of Manitoba in 1978, to take in 250 people from the lines where they could eat, drink, relax and be entertained until the main hall was emptied after each show. These people were then piped into the hall for the main show.

The Branch suspended operation of the Mug Pub pavilion in 1989.

To keep alive the memories of what was always the exciting and enjoyable highlight of the year, the Branch has initiated several Mug Pub evenings.

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