It’s a lucky few nations that can boast a national man-o’-letters of Robert Burns’ stature. The Bard of Ayrshire’s contributions to literature echoed through the rolling highlands of his native Scotland and out into the universe. Even you know a few words from a Burns poem if you know a few words from “Auld Land Syne”. Burns’ cheeky, touching poetry brought the Scots dialect to the popular imagination and his sympathy for the common folk struck a chord with successive generations of readers the world over. Today, Burns Clubs celebrate his birth with a Burns Supper. Burns Suppers feature recitations, toasts, and of course, the “great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race”, haggis. The St. Andrew’s Society of NL is hosting the 176th-annual (!) Burns Supper to be held in the city, featuring pipe music and highland dancing, Scottish eats, celebrity guests, and more.
Tickets are $50 and it’s being held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pleasantville at 7pm. Call 579-6114 to reserve.