St. Andrew's Society of Central Illinois Robert Burns Dinner
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center 3280 Northfield Dr, Springfield, Illinois 62702
About the Annual Burn's Night
So, people (who are not quite sure what it is exactly) have been asking me, “So Brian what is this Burn’s night, what is it all about? I have never heard of this before.” Well, if you have ever been asked this question, this might be the answer you might want to re-iterate. ..
“Burn’s Night” is the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). Celebrated on, or about, the Bard's birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of partiers. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honored form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal (Haggis, neeps and tatties), the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.
Every Burns Supper has its own special form and flavor, though there are probably more similarities than differences among these gastro-literary affairs. Individual tastes and talents will determine the character of your Burns Supper. Some celebrants may contribute the composition of original songs or poems; some may excel at giving toasts or reciting verse; while others may be captivating storytellers. A particular group of celebrants will, over time, develop a unique group character which will distinguish their Burns Supper celebration from every other. It actually is a very fun time and I hope that you will come and enjoy the night with us.
Vice President of the St. Andrews’ Society of Central Illinois