Robert Burns Supper
Monday, January 25th, 2021
From 6.00 pm till 10.00 pm
Doors open 5.30 pm
Robert Burns was born January 25, 1759, in a two-roomed cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire, in the south west of Scotland. He was the eldest child of Agnes Broun and William Burns, a poor and simple farmer, but a progressive fellow, who was determined to have his children educated. Robert worked with his father, first at one farm and then another until, in 1784, his father died and the son moved the family to yet another farm. At the age of 15, Robert wrote his first poem but it was not until after his father's death that he began to write seriously. His career as a writer did not really begin until 1787 and lasted until his death in July 1796 at the young age of 37 years.
So what is it about this lad, often referred to as a bard, who inspires hundreds of thousands of people the world over, to host a dinner in his honour every year? What the heck is a bard anyway, and what did he write about that was so blessed wonderful? Well, to begin with, a bard in ancient times, was an officer of the Druid class who had the responsibility of memorizing and putting to verse, the 2000 year old genealogies of the royal family, or perhaps to record in his memory, the events of great battles. For some, the task to record the history of the whole nation, in all it's great and accurate detail. So did young Robert do all or any of this? No, in the main, hardly at all. So then what was his claim to fame?
Well you might blush a bit but Robert wrote about the little things in Scottish life in a unique style. Things like turning up a mouse's nest whilst plowing a field; things like the pretty legs and the lovely kisses of the local lasses; a drunken farmer's wild imagination of witches, who haunted a derelict kirk and kirkyard, and chased him most of the way home, grabbing his horse's tail as he crossed the Brig' O' Doon. Aye; real important stuff. At times Burns stretches himself to mention a few historical notes such as found in "Caledonia" but this has more of a legendary quality than any mention of historical fact. He then goes on about such things as a winter day, a water-fall, a hen pecked husband, a death, and so on. Drivel; just pure drivel. So again you may ask, since the question is more important than the answer: " What makes this man a legend?
Well: here's the thing of it. It's no' the words o' Robert Burns that contain the answer to his greatness. It's what he wrote between the lines that says it all. What he says there is a description of those most intimate bits and pieces that make Scots, Scots. So now ya have a sense o' the thing, but if'n ya want ta ken sa' more; come celebrate Robert Burns Night with us. Enjoy with us as we dance around the subject o' wha t'is ta be Scots, and, like, the reek of fresh roast haggis freshly ripped apart; ye may get a whiff and a taste, to be sure, o' that curious ancient something of the Scottish Gael. And ye'll be back again next year for another whiff and a wee taste, wont'ya?
In Canada, a nation built by Scots and whose very bones are Scottish, where the hand of the Scots can be seen on nearly every page of its history, where Scots carved out new lives from the gloomy woods by strength of heart and hand, we remember and celebrate the life of Robert Burns because he has seared our identity and our origins into our hearts. Though generations have passed, we are a people with long memories, and neither borders, nor seas, nor time itself will deny us our proud Highland heritage.
So this January, don your kilt and plaid and join us in Cobourg for our Robert Burns Dinner, and raise a dram to Scotland's National Poet, Robert Burns.
Join us for the taste of Scotland by celebrating with us at our Robert Burns Supper, at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn, on Burns Day, Monday, January 25th, 2021, from 6 pm till 10 pm
Due to Covid-19 we are limited to selling only 50 tickets, so we have decided to put them on sale early, so that you may reserve your seat now.
Seating will be arranged, so that you may have a group of 2, 4, 6, or 8, forming your own "bubble" of friends.
We recommend that 1 person in the group contact us with your seating request, and the names of who will be seated at the table. A seating plan will be made available when we have more information on the required numbers per table.
Supper menu (served at the table) :
Ice water on the tables
Fresh bread and whipped butter
Soup - Scotch Broth
Supper - Shin of Galloway, Beer braised Roast Sirloin, with Scotch Whisky sauce, served with, Neeps, Tatties and Haggis
Dessert - Cranachan (Scottish Trifle in Sherry)
This Burns Supper will be a more traditional and formal affair than we normally hold, due to the Covid-19 rules that are in place. We will sadly miss our friends from the Cobourg Legion Pipe Band, but hopefully may have a few Highland Dancers giving us a demonstration.
We will do the "Address to the Haggis", the "Immortal Memory" and the "Toast to the Lassies", as well as the reading of some of Burns' works. There can be no public dancing or singing.
We must follow the guidelines set up for restaurants, by the Provincial Government, so masks must be worn, when not seated at the table.
Tickets are $75.00 each. A tax-receipt for $35.00 will be issued upon request
FINAL DAY for ticket sales, Wednesday, January 20. 2021
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Some pictures and video from previous Robert Burns Suppers
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The Lindsay Rose Highland Dancers at our 2019 Robert Burns Supper