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Tributes to the Bard

 | January 17, 2013

The Bard (2)Robbie Burns night is just around the corner, and local Scots are ready to celebrate.

There’s a long legacy of celebrating Burns in Kamloops; it was 126 years ago that the Kamloops Caledonian Society hosted this city’s first Robbie Burns dinner, and the Kamloops Highland Games Society (KHGS) teamed up with them three years ago to keep the popular evening going.

For those not familiar with Robbie Burns and his annual birthday dinner, KHGS member Heather Hamilton explains a little about why the Scots love Burns so much.
“The Bard, Robbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son. Robbie Burns was a poet who wrote of his love of women, love of scotch, friendship, heartbreak and the joys and sorrows found in everyday life as a Scot,” she explains. “His works were peppered in humour, irony and great insight into matters of the heart.”

Today Scots all over the world celebrate his life and legacy with a dinner on or around his birthday.

Masa’s Bar and Grill will be hosting a Robbie Burns day celebration on Friday, January 25. Kicking off at 4 p.m. it will include all things Scottish including dancers, haggis and scotch.

The Kamloops Robbie Burns dinner will take place on Saturday, January 26 at the Kamloops Convention Centre.

“The event will (include) time honoured events found at every Robbie Burns dinner such as Ode to the Haggis . . . and of course the readings of some of Burns’ poetry,” says Hamilton. Entertainment will also include Highland and Scottish dancing, performances by the Kamloops Pipe Band, and more. Funds raised from the Kamloops event will support the KHGS’s annual Kamloops Highland Games held in July.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and tickets include a three course meal and entertainment. They’re available at the Kamloops Florist, Overland Press and Movements Dancewear: $45 adults, $30 youth and $15 for children.

For more information visit: kamloopshighlandgames.ca or call 250-828-6688

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