On Saturday, January 28th, 2017, the annual Robert Burns Dinner and Ceilidh was held to toast and celebrate the bard of Scotland. Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, composed some of the world’s most recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics. Robert Burns was born on January 25th, 1759, and died at the age of 37.
Despite his short life, Burns left a huge catalogue of poetry and songs that have been poured over, enjoyed and spoken aloud for over 200 years. His timeless words have echoed throughout the generations, inspiring people from every walk of life.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”
― Robert Burns
In 1998, The MacLeod Highland Dance Studio hosted their first Robert Burns Dinner & Ceilidh. Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and established in 1993, the studio specializes in nurturing the tradition of Scottish Highland Dancing.
Catherine MacLeod is a fellow with the Scottish Dance Teacher’s Alliance and a member of the Judges Panel with the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. MacLeod is the founder and director of the Highland Dance studio.
The Robert Burns evening featured combined bagpipes, drums and dancers of the 155 Borden Gray G.C. Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and 2310 Royal Canadian Army Cadets.
The evening featured several highland dance performances. The crowd was awestruck as the Red Dresses ensemble performed ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
The Chamber Singers of Algoma, under the direction of Patty Malone Gartshore, conductor, shared three beautiful Scottish tunes, including ‘The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond’.
The Toast to the Haggis was offered by Ian MacKenzie. Aye!
It’s a lang road that’s no goat a turnin.’