Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bagpipes, haggis for Robert Burns' birthday


Peter Cormack, left, and Andrew Allan
Finger Lakes Community College will celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s bard, poet and lyricist Robert Burns, on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

The festivities, which are free and open to the public, begin at 12:30 p.m. in Stage 13 on the second floor of the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. Parking is available in the lot in front of the building and the CMAC parking lot.

Joseph Nairn of Rochester, executive assistant to the FLCC president, will give the chairman’s welcome to a shortened version of the traditional Burns supper and a brief description of the kilt and other Scottish attire.

Andrew Allan of Farmington, originally from Dunblane, Scotland, will recite the Burns poem, “The Address to the Haggis,” a reference to the customary Scottish fare similar to sausage. Samples of haggis will be served along with “bashit neeps an’ champit tattles,” or mashed turnips and mashed potatoes.

Peter Cormack of Pittsford will talk about and play the bagpipes, and Allan will perform traditional Scottish dance. The merriment will conclude with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” written by Burns.
For more information, call (585) 785-1905.

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