We, the Blue Water Scots, will be hosting our 10th annual Burns Supper at Port Huron Golf Club on January 25th, 2020 on the day of his 261st birthday. The charge per guest is $40.00 and attendance has been in the 110-120 range. Some guests wear Highland dress but it certainly isn’t a requirement.
The Burns Supper is one of the most celebrated events in the Scottish cultural calendar, not just in Scotland, but throughout the world. While some of the parts of the Burns Supper are used in other Scottish cultural celebrations (St. Andrews Day celebrations, Tartan Day events, etc.) the Burns Supper follows a common agenda, specific to the celebration of the life, works, and cultural heritage of Scotland’s beloved bard, Robert Burns. In addition, as Burns has evolved over more than 200 years to become an icon of Scotland and Scottish identity, the Burns Supper is also an important celebration of Scotland itself. The main objective of this evening is to celebrate Burns’ memory on or near his birthday and also celebrate our Scottish heritage!
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with “The Gathering” and music is provided by the School for Strings Fiddle Club. At 6:30 p.m. the bagpiper plays “Scotland the Brave” and leads the head table into the banquet room. Shortly after, the haggis is “piped” in and Burns’ poem “To a Haggis” is recited. The “Bill O’ Fare” which includes Cock-a-Leekie Soup, three meat selections, (yes, one is haggis prepared by Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery of Redford, MI, and most previous guests have loved it!) champit tatties and bashed neeps, (potatoes and turnips) served family-style along with salad, Baps, (Scottish rolls) and a Tipsy Laird trifle for dessert. (all traditional Burns Supper fare) During supper, the Port Huron Schubert Club will be singing Celtic songs interspersed with some Burns poem recitations.
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Following dinner, the program begins with a bagpipe selection and dancers performing authentic Scottish dances. Also traditional at the Supper is the delivery of the Immortal Memory speech, the Toast to the Lassies, and the Response from the lassies. This year will be less formal as Scottish Ceilidh dancing will be danced by some of the guests. (some previous guests have even been known to raise a wee toast or two during the evening’s festivities!) The evening ends with all the guests standing around the perimeter of the banquet room, holding hands, and singing “Auld Lang Syne.” (the current version credited to Burns) For those who wish, more Scottish Ceilidh dancing will take place after the program has ended.