Robbie Burns party at museum on Jan. 24

The life and times of Scotland’s favourite poet will be celebrated at Rob­bie Burns Day at the Guelph Civic Museum on Jan. 24 from 1 to 4:30pm.


Those who enjoy all things Scottish will be entertained with special talks, music, Highland dancing, spinning and weaving, calligraphy, tradi­tional food (including haggis), and family activities.

A full itinerary of special pres­entations continues all the afternoon. Starting at 1:30pm, the haggis will be piped in and Don Macrae will entertain with a presentation of Ode to a Haggis. At 1:45pm, enjoy a lecture entitled Bur Burns and the Radical Tradition, by Mark Dorsey, Scottish Studies, Uni­versity of Guelph; and at 2:30 pm, members of the award-win­ning Mary Ellen Cann School of Highland Dance will perform. Throughout the after­noon students from Riverside Celtic College will entertain with Scottish music.

Ongoing will be demon­strations and displays organiz­ed by local groups who con­ti­nue to keep alive the tradi­tions of Scotland. They include representatives from the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games, the Guelph Guild of Handweavers and Spinners, The Royal City Calligraphy Guild, and the Centre for Scottish Studies at the Uni­versity of Guelph. Visitors will also enjoy sampling haggis and oatcakes and participating in the many hands-on activities planned for the day. 

Burns’s love of Scotland, its language and people, continues to endear him to Scots throughout the world. Cele­brat­ing Scottish heritage would not be complete without the tradi­tions that surround Robert Burns.

The museum is located at 6 Dublin Street South. Admission is $6 for adults, with seniors, students and children, $4, families $12 (Guelph Museum members pay half price).  Contact Guelph Muse­ums at 836-1221 or visit for more information.