A toast to the haggis at Robbie Burns Night in 2011.

The pipes, the pipes are calling…

Robbie Burns Night takes place on Sunday, January 29

Robbie Burns Night at the Royal Canadian Legion

Pirjo Raits

Sooke News Mirror

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne?

 

Those are the words of the immortal Robbie Burns, Scotland’s beloved poet and favourite son.

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide.

To honour Scotland’s poet there will be a Robbie Burns Night at the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, Jan. 29 with a traditional haggis and roast beef dinner. And don’t forget the wee tot of whiskey.

In keeping with the reason, the Sooke Pipes and Drums will be playing Scottish music, there will be dancing and other live entertainment. Janet McTavish will be there to sing fresh from the finals of Island Star Search. The event is a fundraiser for the Sooke Pipes and Drums Band. The band is at almost every public event in Sooke and they are called upon often. In fact, you can’t have a real event in Sooke without them!

So come prepared to immerse yourself in an evening of fun, food and frivality, from the piping in of the haggis to the tribute to Robbie Burns to the dancing, it’s all happening on Sunday, Jan. 29. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. It’s downstairs at the Legion and dress is semi-formal. Kilts and tartans are encouraged for men and women alike. And as the ladies say, “there’s nothing like a man in a kilt!’

And the best thing? You don’t have to be Scottish.

Tickets are available at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sooke or from any member of the Sooke Pipes and Drums Band.

Seating is limited.