Gathering the Clans.

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

A taste of Scottish hospitality.

On Saturday night, we attended a program by the Scottish St. Andrew’s Society of Springfield. The occasion was their Annual Robert Burns Supper. Robert Burns is most often recognized as Scotland’s famous poet and the Burns Supper is held each January around the world to pay homage to his written word.

The Burns Supper was comparable to a church service, although Burns is on a pedestal, he was hardly a saint. Sitting and standing, candlelight, listening to the poems and singing the lyrics. Added to this was the addressing and eating haggis; toasting and drinking whisky; bagpipes and guitar; kilts and tartans. Burns isn’t worshipped but he is celebrated.

For the 2013 event, the Springfield group was joined by a group from The Scottish Club of Tulsa for the stories and songs at the Tower Club. The full house was entertained by pipers Jay and Lucinda Goetz and by folk performer Colin Grant-Adams. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the life and poems of Robert Burns by several members of the society.

Are you Scottish or Scotch-Irish interested in learning more about the activities of the SASS? If so, check out their website at http://www.springfieldmissouriscots.org

At the store: A cabinet from Scotland, featuring the Scottish Thistle carving.

At the store: A cabinet from Scotland, featuring the Scottish Thistle carving.

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