255th birthday of Robbie Burns honored by The Scots of Prescott
PRESCOTT - The eighth annual Robbie Burns Supper hosted by The Scots of Prescott kicked off Saturday night celebrating the 255th birthday of the famous Scottish poet with food, fellowship and live music.
Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his birthday is celebrated worldwide. He is best known for his poems "Address to the Haggis," "A Red, Red, Rose" and "Auld Lang Syne."
"Robbie Burns was voted in 2009 the greatest Scot in history," Chieftain Peter Robinson said.
The event began with the presentation and blessing of the Haggis. Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made of sheep heart, liver and lungs; mixed with minced onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt, and stock. The mixture is then encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.
Along with Haggis, Scots from across the area feasted on cock-a-leekie soup, cottage pie and peas, and authentic Scottish whiskey.
Burns Suppers generally feature traditional Scottish music, the reading of Burns' poetry, and a comic toast to both the "laddies" and "lassies."
"He is the most wonderful poet because we quote him in many of our everyday life," Barbara Ore said. "My favorite Burns poem is 'Auld Lang Syne'."
In addition to celebrating the famous Scottish poet, the event helped raise money for the Southwest Skye Pipes and Drum band.
The Scots of Prescott is Northern Arizona's only Scottish Society. The non-profit group has been operating for more than a quarter of a century. Membership is open to anyone with Scottish blood, ties to Scotland or has an affinity for anything Scottish.
For more information on the group or to become a member, contact Chieftain Peter Robsinson at (928) 443-5191 or Denise Robinson at Piperlady77@msn.com.
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