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Hamilton Hall: Burns Night 2018

  • Hamilton Hall 9 Chestnut Street Salem, MA, 01970 United States (map)

Kick off your 2018 with a Scottish experience that will build character and memories to last throughout the year!

Burns Nights (or Burns Suppers) began in July of 1801, five years after famous Scottish poet Robert Burns’ death. Friends gathered to give tribute to the Scottish bard, drinking whisky and reading his songs and poems. Over the centuries, Burns Nights have grown into an international phenomenon. These celebrations take place all over the world and can be formal or casual, but all have several features in common:

A Haggis (a Scottish delicacy) accompanied into the Supper by bagpipers,

The poem “Ode to a Haggis” is read to the unfortunate entrée before its demise at the end of a blade,

Women are toasted with a speech “to the lassies”, and women may often reply in kind,

Songs and poems by Robert Burns are performed, and

Scottish folk dancing takes place.

The Burns Night event is preceded by a whisky tasting and education with brand ambassadors, with a sample of a wide range of whiskies as well as delicious appetizers. There is also a silent auction featuring donations of selected bottles from these distillers, as well as a rare bottle or two, along with donations from local businesses.

Tickets: $100 members of Hamilton Hall, $125 nonmembers