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Our 4th Annual Fabulous Robert Burns Supper! - Fri. Feb 22nd!

  • Feb 22, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Ione's House

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

THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 22nd, 7:00 pm
AT: Ione's House - 710 Coker Lane, Chapel Hill, NC[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 - ??
          - Beverages: 
                    -  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! – 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; (919)[masked], cell (310)[masked]

Beannaichten leibh / Blessings, IOne

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  • Ione l.

    And thanks for th soup, Brooke - it was great!!

    March 3, 2013

  • Ione l.

    Great food and a wonderful night celebrating the great Bard! Thanks for coming out in the yucky weather, all - and special thanks to Tommy for the pipes and fiddle!

    March 3, 2013

  • Mary L.

    And thanks to Tommy for the wonderful piping and singing!

    February 24, 2013

  • Mary L.

    It was a wonderful time! Thanks to all for the delicious food and excellent Scotch!! Look forward to doing it again next year.

    February 24, 2013

  • Brooke

    Help! Can someone stop by my place to pick up the soup on their way to Ione's? My back/sciatica is flaring and I can't make it to the event -- but I have the soup ready... Call me if you can help:[masked]

    February 22, 2013

  • Ione l.

    Tommy is coming to play pipes and fiddle for us!! Hooray!! I will get some pate to make a fake haggis, since I have had no luck getting a real one.

    February 22, 2013

  • Ione l.

    If any brave meat-eating soul out there wants to make Haggis - here's the recipe!
    1/2 lb. beef liver
    2 lamb kidneys
    3/4 lb. lamb shoulder
    1/4 lb beef suet
    2 onions, minced
    1 c. oatmeal
    1 c. stock
    salt and pepper
    Boil the meats for an hour. Cool. Grate the liver. Chop the others fine. Chop the suet. Toast the oatmeal in a shallow pan in the oven, shaking occasionally. Mix the meats, suet, onions and oatmeal together with a cup of the stock in which liver and meats were cooked. Add salt and plenty of pepper to taste.
    Turn into greased Pyrex bowl. Cover with 2 or 3 layers of foil. Steam on a rack in a pan of boiling water for 2 hours, adding more boiling water as it boils away.
    Serves 6.
    Please let me know if you want to take this assignemnet!! Ione

    February 20, 2013

  • Ione l.

    Hey all - I sent out the program and menu sign-up sheet via email - also on bulletin board. I have recipes and program materials - message/email me via meetup here and i will send what you need!!

    February 20, 2013

  • Ione l.

    Sounds like it's shaping up! I will send out program, menu and recipes tomorrow. Brooke is doing the Cock-a-leekie soup, Jan -COlcannon, Mary - Neeps and Tatties. I htink I will do a fish entree. I am looking for haggis! I have Irish whiskey, but no Scotch ...

    February 19, 2013

  • Jan

    bringing- Colcannon

    January 26, 2013

  • Mary L.

    I found a report I did on Robert Burns as a child. I'll share the Burns bio and some poems. Sign me up for neeps & patties.

    January 5, 2013

  • Tom

    Calendar BrainFart: I have a conflict already scheduled on the 22nd and can't make this. So sorry.

    January 2, 2013

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