Hey, Celtic Culture Friends!
It's time again to celebrate the Great Rabbie Burns!
There is a whole traditional menu and program that we follow, and everyone participates. Here are the details, so all can plan!
Please join the Triangle Celtic Culture Group for our FABULOUS 4th Annual
ROBERTS BURNS SUPPER PROGRAM -
THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 22nd, 7:00 pm
AT: Ione's House - 710 Coker Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 [masked]
Get out your dress kilts, plaids, badges, and bagpipes, and your Robert Burns poetry, songs, stories and bios! We need everyone to sign up for parts of the program!! We have some menu items called for already, but there is still plenty to claim. Please take a part in the program, too! Here's the outline/ sign-up sheet:
Burns Night Program and Menu:
1. Gather - Ione - welcome
2. Meal Grace - Ione and all together
3. Soup Course is served – Cock-a-Leekie soup - Brooke
4. Parade of the Haggis –
- We need haggis! ?? Any ideas? I have an email in to Southern Season and will call them tomorrow
- we need a piper!! - ?? (Tommy?)
- Address to a Haggis - ?? (Jerry, or ??) (I have the text.)
5. The meal is then served. The "Bill O Fare":
- Haggis - ??
- mashed turnips and mashed potatoes - Mary
- a main course of a Fish or Beef dish - Ione - FIsh
- other main dish - ??
- Other veggies / salads / side dishes - ??
- Colcannon – Jan
- Cullen Skink (fish/onion/potato mash) - ??
- Greens - Ione
- Others - ???
- Sweet course of Scottish Trifle - ?? - I will make if no one else wants to!
- Final course of "Bannocks an Cheese" :
- Traditional Scottish Oatcakes/ Bannocks - ?? (I have recipes)
- and assorted cheese board - ??
- Beer and/or Wine / Ice Tea - ??? - with the meal
- finishing off with Coffee or Tea - IOne
- and of course generous quantities of the finest Scottish malt whisky - ???
( I have Irish whiskey, but no Scotch ... )
6. Song - Who wants to sing us a first song ( or recite a poem)?
(A good warm-up for the Immortal Memory, a musically inclined guest, or two, may sing a Burns song)
7. Immortal Memory - Who wants to do it? (I have one written if you don’t want to research/write your own)
The designated speaker, delivers the Immortal Memory address. This should be a rather serious and careful consideration of the life and art of Robert Burns. It may be a general, biographical sort of speech, or may address a specific aspect of the Bard's work that is relevant to the particular group of assembled celebrants. This speech should be long-winded enough to remind the guests that this isn't the office Christmas party, yet not so long as to induce cramping, dry-mouth, or ringing in the ears (about 25 minutes). This speech always ends with standing guests, raised glasses and an offered toast to the immortal memory of the Bard of Ayr.
8. Songs, Music & Readings - Everyone prepare at least one piece to share! –
http://www.robertburns.org/works/index.shtml#alpha for complete works of Burns to choose from
The readings at a Burns Supper are not confined to the writings Burns exclusively. Anything that honors the immortal memory and spirit of the Bard is welcome. These include stories and anecdotes pertaining to Burns and his time, poems and songs by other Scottish poets, and original works composed by the celebrants for the occasion.
9. Toast To The Lassies -Which Gentleman will do this?
A traditional Burns Night ritual, this toast should be a light-hearted lampoon of the lassies' (few) shortcomings. Warning: Please be tactful!
10. Reply From The Lassies - Which Lady will do this?
Always delivered with grace, charm and wit, this savaging of the lads' crude dispositions and social inferiority is always accepted with good humor by the menfolk present.
11. Tam o' Shanter - who would like to read this? I can send you the text to practice.
No Burns Night is complete without a recitation of the great narrative poem
12. More Songs & Poems – any and all!
13. Closing Remarks From The Chairman - Ione
The chairman should thank the guests for their attendance, good cheer and high spirits. A few reciprocal remarks, or a toast, may be made by one of the celebrants and a vote of thanks offered to the host, chairman, chef, piper, etc.
14. Auld Lang Syne
The traditional end to any Burns Night - indeed, an appropriate end to any evening spent among the company of friends - is the singing of this sentimental Scottish song. It always helps to have the correct lyrics printed out for the, by now, groggily satisfied celebrants. (I have the lyrics printed out!)
Tapadh Leibh agus Beannaichten Leibh!!! (Thank you and Bless you All!!)
See you at my house this Friday evening!!
Remember your $1 meet-up fee, or bring you $15 annual fee if you haven't already! See you there for Friday movie night!
Ione's home phone; [masked], cell [masked]
Beannaichten leibh / Blessings, IOne