Maine Celtic Celebration plans Burns Supper

Jan 06, 2014

Belfast — The Maine Celtic Celebration will offer relief of the mid-winter blues with a combination Burns Supper and Cabin Fever Ceilidh Saturday, Jan. 25, the 255th anniversary of the bard's birth. A Burns Supper, as described by the official Robert Burns website, is the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).

Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. The local festivities will aim for somewhere in the middle of this range. The event will take place at the Waldo County Shrine Club on Northport Avenue, starting with a traditional whiskey tasting. This will be followed by an evening of hearty food, entertainment and fun, including a performance to celebrate the Burns theme by local Celtic favorites Castlebay. The Castlebay duo of Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have studied Robert Burns, the man, the myth and the music. In their program, romantic love songs are interspersed with lively dance tunes as well as poems and anecdotes about the Scotland's National Poet.

Audience participation is always encouraged at a Burns Supper, and prizes will be awarded for recitations of Burns' poetry. A listing of Burns' complete works can be found at

The whiskey tasting will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and doors for the supper will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the entire event including the whiskey tasting; or $10 in advance ($12 at the door) for the dinner and entertainment. Tickets are available at Out of the Woods on Main Street in Belfast or by calling 338-2692. All proceeds will benefit the Maine Celtic Celebration.

Robert Burns (Source: public domain art)
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