What a convivial evening as Scots, Scotiaphiles, and lovers of poetry, music, haggis, and bagpipes gathered for the third annual Burns Supper in Greenwich, CT , celebrating the 258th birthday of Scotland’s bad boy bard. For the uninitiated, Burns collected songs including “Auld Lang Syne,” wrote poetry and songs of his own, and influenced modern writers and singers including Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, JD Salinger, and John Steinbeck. People around the globe celebrate his legacy every year around his January 25 birthday.
The new venue this year, First Presbyterian Church, was a big hit, with its soaring ceilings, excellent sound system, and elegant architecture.
A piper from the Greenwich Pipe Band welcomed guests at the door and the band treated everyone to a rousing performance. Gregor piped in the haggis, and Billy and Sheena (Sheena especially, being a vegan!) were sports to read Burns’ “Address to a Haggis” whilst Duncan stabbed the “great chieftain o the puddin’-race” at the appropriate moment and then said the Selkirk Grace.
After dinner, Stasha gave the Immortal Memory (the highlight this year was finding out that the Burns Supper is the largest literary festival in the world according to Clark McGinn’s PhD thesis undertaken at none other that the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow). Stasha, however, studied Burns at the University of Edinburgh.
Trish Hussey sang a selection of Burns’ songs beautifully and we are immensely grateful that she agreed to step in last minute after the previously booked singer found herself in Singapore during the event.
Thank you for a great evening and see you next year!