In celebration of friendship, Scottish culture, and the legacy of Robert Burns, the Celtic Heritage Alliance invites you to attend their 4th Annual Robert Burns Supper as we celebrate Scotland’s favorite poet in an evening of frivolity, honor and retrospect during our 4th annual Robert Burns Supper and the Shilo Inn Ballroom in Newport, Oregon set for Saturday January 24, 2015, 6:00 to 10 p.m. in Newport, Oregon.
This literary soiree is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, and since his passing in 1796, annual commemorations have been held on or near the bard’s birthday, 25th January, where hosts hold a raucous evening to celebrate the spirit of his lusty life and works. The first suppers were held in Ayrshire, Scotland at the end of the 18th century by Robert Burns’ friends on the anniversary of his death, 21 July, In Memoriam.
The unlikely guest of honor; the mighty haggis makes its entrance on its fine silver platter, led by a piper and presented by the chef to the humbled host who pays homage through reciting Burns’ famous “Ode to a Haggis,” and then bathes the sausage in a fine single malt Scotch, slices it open with a ceremonial dirk and serves it to awaiting partygoers.
This traditional Scottish delicacy is, of course, only one of the many tasty temptations presented to accompany a virtual feast of Scotch Eggs, garden salad, “cock-a-leekie” soup, stuffed chicken breast, seasonal vegetables, “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes), with a delectable Drambuie trifle, shortbread and truffles for dessert! Please tell us if you have special dietary requirements. Beer & wine available for purchase.
Between courses, whisky connoisseurs will enjoy five exceptional tastings of fine single malt Scotches.
Having enjoyed this wonderful feast, the guests then partake and participate in an evening of verse and song, fanciful readings, and now (feeling a bit more brave), the lads offer a “Toast to the Lassies”, where they lampoon the shortcomings of the fairer sex. This is usually met with great hilarity from the crowd and a witty “Reply from the Lassies” as a charming assault on the crude ways of Burns and the lads’ in general, but all in good fun.
Guests are then invited to share selected readings from Burns’ poetry such as “A Red, Red Rose,” and “Ode to a Mouse.” Then, the evening concludes with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”.
Guests will be guided on a tour of all things Robert Burns and those participating in the optional Scotch Whisky Tasting will sample five separate exemplars from areas all over Scotland; each different than the previous year’s tastings. Information and tasting notes on each sample will be provided to participants.
Attire is semi-formal, however, kilts and family tartans are highly encouraged as are readings from Burns’ poetry if you desire.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
6:00 – 6:30 pm – Guests Arrive and Mingle
6:30 – Guests take their seats; Opening Remarks
7:00 – Appetizer course is served and the formal Supper program on Burns begins with live entertainment
10:00 – Supper ends with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”
SEATING WILL BE LIMITED TO 90 PERSONS!
Your ticket purchase serves as a fundraiser for the benefit of the Celtic Heritage Alliance, a 501(c) 3 charitable non-profit organization. (A member of the Oregon Cultural Trust).
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