A Night with Robbie Burns set for Jan. 26

On Jan. 26 Rob­ert Burns enthusiasts will gath­er to celebrate the life, works, and spirit of Scotland’s famous bard at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fergus.
The Clans will gather at 5:30pm for refreshments and chin-wagging and festivities will begin promptly at 6:30pm with a Haggis ceremony that involves piping in the haggis in true Scottish style, and the cere­monial address, To A Hag­gis, by John K. Campbell.
A roast beef dinner will follow and the more adven­tur­ous can savour some haggis. The after dinner program, host­ed by Don Dewar, features en­tertainment by Kettle’s On, the Fergus Pipe Band, the Grand Celtic Pipe Band, and the Mac­Donald School of Scottish Arts Dancers.
To round out the night, work off your dinner as Siob­han Harrop leads participants through the steps of popular Scottish Country dances like the Gay Gordon’s and the Dashing White Sergeant, ac­com­panied by the music of Whirlygig.
Presented for the sixth year by the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games and the Fergus and Grand Celtic Pipe Bands, and sponsored by Meri­dian Credit Union, the even­ing’s proceeds will help those exceptional Pipe Bands offset their operating expenses such as competition fees, drum heads, bagpipe reeds, and uni­forms.
Tickets are available from the Fergus Scottish Festival office at 398 St. Andrew Street West, Fergus for $37.50. Visa, Mastercard, cheques, and cash are accepted.
This year, people can re­serve a table for parties of eight or ten. Tickets are also avail­able at The Wee Scottish Shop & More in Fergus and at the Chamber of Commerce office or at www.fergusscottish­fes­tival.com.
For more information on A Night With Burns, contact the Festival office at 519-787-0099 or visit the website.