Rabbie Burns Day
It rained in the afternoon, which did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the guests. Glenn Pryor, the musical talent for the event, piped everyone in. He's a formidable talent and the official bagpiper of Yale, piping in graduates at commencement. Today he was piping in the haggis--real haggis, plus a non-revolting veggie version.
Rabbie Burns Day, which is the birthday of the poet born in 1759, involves a speech about Burns (the "Immortal Memory"), recitations of his poetry (like "Address to a Haggis" and "Tam O'Shanter"), singing of his songs (like Auld Lang Syne), a supper of traditional foods (cock-a-leekie soup, tatties and neeps, haggis, and tipsy laird), and numerous toasts drunk with Scotch whiskey.
I'm not sure how much poetry got recited, as I was back at the Emory House, babysitting Maggie's beagles, rather than at the concert. The traditional food was all there, including the horrible haggis, and of course there was magnificent Scottish music played by Glenn Pryor. There was even a "wee dram" of Drambuie despite the ordinarily "dry" nature of the concerts. And hey, if the weather had been nice, it wouldn't have felt like a Scottish affair at all.