Paint the town plaid for Burns

Celebrations in honour of Robbie Burns are slated for the Quesnel Legion Jan. 21

Burns’ Night tradition is addressing the haggis.

Burns’ Night tradition is addressing the haggis.

Support your local pipe band and join the Quesnel Pipes and Drums for their annual celebration of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns at the Quesnel Legion, Jan. 21.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the Sweet Harmony Singers.

These ladies have participated in Burns Night festivities for several years and their renditions of traditional Scottish folk songs are truly lovely and not to be missed.

The Braveheart Highland Dancers will regale the crowd with their prowess in Scottish Highland and National dance.

Of course the Quesnel Pipes and Drums will be playing.

“We’ve been following up on our success from our piping workshop in November and are looking forward to performing for everyone,” pipe major Lisa McCargar said.

“The scotch Bar is returning due to popular demand.

“This is an excellent opportunity to sample several types of scotch and compare the different tastes.”

The main part of the evening is the ceremonial supper, with the Haggis being piped in.

This large sausage of lamb and oatmeal was a mainstay of the Scottish diet back in the 1700s, and was immortalized by Burns in his poem Address to a Haggis.

Classic poems such as Auld Lang Syne, My Love is like a Red, Red Rose, and Tam O’Shanter were written by Burns and are as relevant today as they were 250 years ago.

The evening will conclude with a dance, with music provided by Night Owl Music.

All ages welcome.  Tickets are $30 (adults) and $25 (children under 10 years) and are available at the Legion bar or from Lisa, 250-992-9769.