Och aye! It's Rabbie Burns Nicht
Bag&Baggage Productions is celebrating the life and poetry of the great Scottish bard Robert Burns with a traditional Burns Night Supper at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at Merriwether Golf Club, 5200 S.W. Rood Bridge Road in Hillsboro.
Burns Night is a traditional Scottish holiday and the Bag&Baggage event will closely follow the tradition by featuring a bagpiper, drams of whiskey and a traditional Scottish meal complete with cock-a-leekie soup, neeps and tatties, bangers and mash, sticky toffee pudding and haggis. A cash bar featuring a range of Scotches, wines and beers will also be available.
Guests will be piped in to the event by Geoff Fraiser, a local professional bagpiper, and will also be entertained by B&B resident actors performing Burns poetry and other contemporary Scottish poems. Singers from the Oregon Chorale will also perform a range of Scottish songs, including The Rose of Scotland and Auld Lang Syne.
After the meal and entertainment, guests will have the opportunity to learn a few Scottish dances during a lively ceilidh (a traditional Scottish dance).
Scott Palmer, artistic director of Bag&Baggage, lived in Scotland for more than six years and promises an authentic evening of festivities.
As someone whos lived in Scotland, Burns Night has become an important holiday for me, he said. Burns was a remarkable man and poet, and this event not only celebrates his legacy but also celebrates Scottish culture and history.
Tickets are $80 and must be purchased in advance online at bagnbaggage.org or by calling the box office at 503-345-9590.