2016 Robert Burns Scottish Evening
Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Littlefield Celtic Center, 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 Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon, WA 98273:
From Bellingham area – traveling South on I-5, take the Kincaid Street exit (#226). At the end of the exit, turn right, and continue through two stoplights. At the stop sign, take a left onto Cleveland. Continue on Cleveland for several blocks. Littlefield Celtic Center will be on your left. Parking is behind the building or on the street.
From Seattle area – traveling North on I-5, take the Kincaid Street exit (#226). At the end of exit, turn left, and continue through three stoplights. At the stop sign, take a left onto Cleveland. Continue on Cleveland for several blocks. Littlefield Celtic Center will be on your left. Parking is behind the building or on the street.