January 13, 2017 11:32 am
Burns Nights (or Burns Suppers) began in July of 1801, five years after Robert Burns’ death. Friends gathered to give tribute to the Scottish bard, drinking whisky and reading his songs and poems. Over the centuries, Burns Nights have grown into an international phenomenon. These celebrations take place all over the world: Some are more formal and some are casual, but all have several features in common:
A Haggis that is piped into the Supper by bagpipers,
“Ode to a Haggis” is read to the unfortunate entrée before its demise at the end of a blade,
Women are toasted with a speech “to the lassies”, and women may often reply in kind,
Songs and poems by Robbie Burns are performed, and Scottish folk dancing may take place.
Hamilton Hall is beginning its Burns Night with a whisky tasting and education in the Hall’s Supper Room. Several whisky brand ambassadors have kindly agreed to attend the event and pour samples of their whiskies. They will also share their knowledge and explain the processes behind their distillation and maturation and what makes them unique. Not a whisky drinker? Fear not! There will be other beverages available for consumption, both alcoholic and otherwise, along with a table of appetizers.
We shall have the traditional haggis available for tasting, but our plated supper centers around soup, roasted chicken, neeps, and tatties. We’ll have live music by Scottish musicians, and Salem’s very own dance troupe, the Wee Bluets, will perform and teach a few simple dances for all to join in. There will be poems, songs, and toasts by entertainers and some guests during the evening. We will also have a silent auction with some choice bottles of whisky as well as items donated to the Hall.
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.
We hope you’ll consider joining us for a warm and spirited time on what will no doubt be a cold evening in the doldrums of winter. Slainte!
“Show yer colors! Don’t forget, Highland dress is encouraged! If you have a kilt, tartan, or shawl, dust it off and wear it to the event to represent your clan!”
this is a fundraising event to support the ongoing preservation of Hamilton Hall, an assembly hall since 1805.
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Find out about the life and legacy of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns in this short animation.