Shelburne to celebrate all things Robbie Burns on Jan. 24

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Capt. Abraham Van Buskirk and his wife have been regulars at the annual Robbie Burns celebration.

Gather up your lads and lassies and join your friends and kith and kin for an evening of all things Robbie Burns.

Since his death in 1796 Robert Burns, and especially since the early 1800's, when a group of men from Ayrshire were honouring their friend and poet Robert Burns in an annual dinner, evenings in January celebrating his life and work have become staples in many communities throughout the current and former British empire.

On Friday, Jan. 24, Shelburne again celebrates the life and work of this Scots hero with a supper and entertainment at the Sea Dog Saloon, starting with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Bagpipes, music by Pat Melanson, Scots dancing by the MacKenzie Dancers, readings and poetry and the Prince of Wales Historic Dancers will all be part of the evening.

The traditional meal of roast beef, taters and nips will be served, and of course, the perennial haggis. The traditional toast to the haggis will be followed by readings of some favorite Burns poems.

18 century, Scots or fairly formal attire is encouraged, but not required. Cost for the evening’s meal and merriment is $25 per person. Reserve tickets only at the Whirligig Book Shop or by calling 875-2862 or 875-1117

 

Organizations: Prince of Wales Historic Dancers, Whirligig Book Shop

Geographic location: Shelburne, Ayrshire

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