Rabbie Burns Day At International House

(1.22) Haggis. Bagpipes. Neeps. Tatties. Men in skirts. Whiskey. It’s time for the annual Robert Burns supper at International House of Rhode Island, a celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns “The Bard of Caledonia.”

…featuring Joe Scott, Master of Ceremonies, and presenter of “The Immortal Memory”; the procession of the haggis with Pipe Major Debbie Kane of the Rhode Island Highlanders; Scotch whiskey tasting courtesy of Campus Fine Wines.  Guests are invited to read or sing their choice of Burns’ work.

Dinner — Haggis, (also, vegetarian haggis), Scotch broth, salmon, neeps ‘n tatties, (potatoes and turnips), salad, and shortbread by Sheila Steiner (from her Scottish mother’s recipe!).

Haggis is traditionally made from sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs, all mixed up with oatmeal, onions, suet, and salt. Then it’s all stuffed into a sheep’s stomach. Burns even wrote a poem about the stuff, Address to a Haggis.

His knife see rustic Labour dight, 
An' cut you up wi' ready sleight, 
Trenching your gushing entrails bright, 
Like ony ditch; 
And then, O what a glorious sight, 
Warm-reekin', rich! 

Haggis is used in a sport called haggis hurling which involves throwing a haggis as far as possible. Scotch whiskey tasting courtesy of Campus Fine Wines.

Tickets are $15 for students; $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers. Space is limited.

6pm to 8pm, Friday, January 22, International House, 8 Stimson Avenue

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