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The 27th Burns Night Gala Celebration


The American-Scottish Foundation® invites members and friends to join for the 27th Annual Burns Night celebration, held in association with the University Club, New York, on Friday, January 21, 2022.

The Burns Supper celebrates, in words and music, the immortal memory of Robert Burns and Scotland’s heritage. The first recorded Burns celebration was held in 1801, when a group of his good friends gathered – and so was born the legendary “Burns Supper.”

The evening will begin with a Reception and Whisky Tasting After viewing the exciting Silent Auction, guests will then be piped into dinner where a traditional Burns Night Supper will follow.

Kenneth Donnelly, President, Burns Society of New York and Chairman, American-Scottish Foundation as The Master of Ceremonies will introduce us to the world of Scotland's most famous son, Robert Burns. With full fanfare, the piper will herald the Haggis, leading a procession comprising the chef, the orator and the whisky bearers to present the Haggis. After circling the room in order that all assembled guests may see the magnificent Haggis, it then is placed in position ready to be "addressed".

Our orator, Robbi Munro, will present a resounding and animated recital of Burns' "Address To A Haggis". At the appropriate time, during the line "An cut you up wi ready slight", with a flourish taking his dirk and piercing the Haggis, concluding with "Gie her a Haggis!".

We look forward to presenting plenty of music and entertainment for this special evening. With Toasts to the Lads and the Lassies from Jamie McGeechan.

Join us as we honor and celebrate Scotland’s national bard in words and music. Reserve your tickets for a wonderful evening in true Scottish style and tradition!

One of the evening’s features is “Piping in The Haggis.” With full fanfare, the piper announces the arrival of the Haggis, leading a procession comprising the chef, the orator and the whisky bearers to present the Haggis. After circling the room in order that all assembled guests may see the magni icent Haggis, it then is placed in position ready to be “addressed.” 

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Robert Burns is regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is acknowledged by recent public vote to be “The Most Important Scot” by the people of Scotland. Burns was born on January 25, 1759 and died on July 21, 1796 at the age of 37.