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Robert Burns Scottish Evening

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Sat., January 17, 2015, at Hillcrest Lodge, in Mount Vernon, WA. Social hour: 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Dinner and program at 6:30 pm. Tickets (below) are $50 per person. Whisky, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

In January of 1991, the first formal Robert Burns dinner was held on the campus of Skagit Valley College, in Mount Vernon, WA. The ensuing years have witnessed gatherings large and small – always featuring the wonderful music and dance of Scotland.

Robert Burns, the Scottish national bard, is one of the best-loved poets of all time. A brilliant satirist who rebelled against the social order, Burns decried any religious thought that condoned inhumanity. He was born into a poor tenant farming family on January 25, 1759 in a cotter’s cottage in Alloway near Ayr, Scotland.

Some of his best-known works include:

  • Auld Lang Syne
  • My love is like a Red, Red Rose
  • Tam o’Shanter
  • To a Mouse

Much of Burns’ work was written in broad Scot’s dialect, which although endears him to Scots the world over, may also somewhat limit his audience. In his short life of some 37 years, he also collected and cataloged many folk songs from around Scotland. Every year, Scots and fans of Robert Burns’ work around the globe gather in January for a traditional Scottish meal to celebrate the memory of one of Scotland great sons. Poems are read, toasts given and lively music and dance add to the event.

To learn more about Robert Burns, Burns Suppers or poetry, here is a link to the Burns Country website, perhaps the most comprehensive site on Robert Burns.

Driving directions to Hillcrest Lodge: 1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98274:

From Bellingham area – traveling South on -5, take the Kincaid Street exit (#226). At the end of the exit, turn left back under freeway, and continue up the hill (this is called Broad Street). You’ll pass a school on your right, and approximately 3 blocks past the school, turn right onto 13th Street (heading south). Hillcrest Park is about 5 blocks down on the right side of the street, entrance clearly marked. The Hillcrest Park Lodge is in the middle of the park – lots of parking.

From Seattle area – traveling North on I-5, take the Kincaid Street exit (#226). At the end of exit, turn right, heading up the hill (this is called Broad Street). You’ll pass a school on your right, and approximately 3 blocks past the school, turn right onto 13th Street (heading south). Hillcrest Park is about 5 blocks down on the right side of the street, entrance clearly marked. The Hillcrest Park Lodge is in the middle of the park – lots of parking.

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