The Maine Celtic Celebration will celebrate the 258th birthday of Scotland’s most beloved storyteller, poet and lyricist, Robert Burns, with its annual Burns supper Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Waldo County Shrine Club, 85 Northport Ave.

Burns Nights are held across the globe to celebrate the contributions of Burns’ work to preserving Scottish culture and heritage both in Scotland and abroad. These events range from stately, ostentatious gatherings of esteemed scholars and nobles to rowdy, raucous shindigs at local pubs. Belfast’s promises to fall somewhere in between.

Doors open for dinner at 5:30, but many don’t want to miss out on a few drams at the Scotch tasting, which starts at 4 p.m. Tickets for the dinner, featuring traditional Scottish fare (including, yes, haggis), are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. For $30/$35, one can take part in the Scotch tasting, with dinner to follow.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at or locally at Left Bank Books on Church Street. Proceeds benefit the Maine Celtic Celebration, helping organizers plan and expand the annual summer festival on the Belfast waterfront.

Scotch tasters will tour through a range of whiskies from different regions of Scotland, from the peat-powered smokiness of Islay; to the vanilla and toffee notes of Campbeltown. Pipes will play, traditional music sung, toasts read and fun had.

Attendees are encouraged to put their Celtic pride on display — don your kilts, display your clan tartan proudly or just bring a festive attitude. Prizes will be awarded for best traditional dress and recitations of Burns’ poetry. Those who need inspiration will find examples at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or