Everything Scottish takes center stage on Jan. 22, as the Golden Triangle Celts at Three Generations Tea Room celebrate the birthday of Robert (Robbie) Burns.
The 18th Century Scotish poet is the National Poet of Scotland. This celebration was started by close friends of Burns a few years after his death (1759-1796) and has become a a scottish tradition around the world! â€śWhenever two or more Scots are gathered- there in lies the Scotch!â€ť
Some of the â€śLaddiesâ€ť will arrive in Kilts and the â€śBonnie Lassiesâ€ť in tartan scarves and tams, as bagpipe music set the tone for our festive clildh (party). Â
The basic format for these worldwide gatherings remain unchanging from the beginning. Â Burns "Selkirk Grace" is said and then all in attendance will rise to receive the haggis, a dish immortalized by the Bard himself. Â
The piper leads the procession followed by Gail Gillis carrying the haggis. Â The 1st part of "Burns" Ode to the Haggis is recited and then Dave Smith will wax elegant about the haggis- then making the first cut into the haggis with his dirk (small Scottish Dagger)
The Feasting Begins
After the meal we are honored to have a 2010 Mississippi Humanities Award recipient as our Keynote speaker. Â Carla Griffin , a southwest Mississippi College Biology instructor and Math and Science division Chain will focus on Burns famous poem Ode Fond Kiss written in 1791. Â
During his lifetime Robbie Burns wrote hundred of poems and songs, many of which reflected his great humanity and empathy for his fellowman.
Following the Immoral Memory Speech Dr. Joe Duncan as usual in great delight will give the "Toast to the Lassies" as Burns indeed loved the lassies. Â He had 15 children of whom six were illegitimate. Â The tongue in cheek response "Toast to the laddiesâ€ť will be given by Brenda O'Bannon.
Our celebration afternoon ends with the beautiful voice of MSU student Maureen Hughes, accompanied by MSU student Aaron Mann, singing a selection of Burns songs.
As tradition demands we finally close with the singing of burns Auld Lang Syne.
We will ajourn for a respite and gather together again at 6 p.m. at Rosey Babyâ€™s Pub for toasting and dancing and much merriment. Â All Celts are invited to join usâ€”only friendsâ€”no foes welcome.
For more information Paige Lawes at 324-1507