Celebrate 260 years of Robbie Burns

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by Doug Hendry

New Year is a time for resolutions, for renewed optimism and for pretending we know what we’re singing when we say “Auld Lang Syne”. For many people, this last item is all the acquaintance they have (if ever brought to mind) with the Scots poet Robert Burns who collected the song and gave it such longevity.

This year signals 260 years since Robert Burns was born and, to mark the occasion, on Saturday January 26, the Friends of the North Grenville Public Library have teamed up with St John’s United Church and local folkies, Fiddlehead Soup, to celebrate the legacy of this man. A dinner is being held at St John’s United Church. Roast beef is on the menu, as is haggis (made by B&H) for those brave enough to try this Scottish delicacy, so enjoyed by Robert Burns that he wrote an address to it.

After the dinner, there will be a demonstration of Highland Dancing by pupils of Andrea Goral School of Highland Dance and, afterwards, a good old Scottish ceilidh dance, taught and led by Fiddlehead Soup & Friends. No experience is required, but some enthusiasm would go a long way! This type of dancing is something that all generations can do together and a wonderful time will be had by all.

Note that this event is alcohol free, but a selection of cordials and juices will be available.

Tickets are available at the Library and cost $40 for adults and $10 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Tickets are also available online at fiddleheadsoup.com

The Friends of the North Grenville Public Library welcome you to 2019 and encourage you to come and take part in what will certainly be a highlight event of the coming year!

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