Burns and a Taste of Scotland
by Val Orange
There was a good attendance at the first meeting of 2017, which included two visitors, hopefully members to be. Vice President Sue Burton-Griffiths welcomed everyone wishing all a happy new year and led members through Resolutions and other institute business before asking member Dorothy Anderson with help from Val Orange to “educate” in true W.I. spirit all about the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns and the traditions associated with him.
Both proud Scots Dorothy outlined the short but very busy family and celebrity life of “Rabbie” particularly explaining a Burns Supper, while Val performed several poems as well as explaining the correct way to sing Auld Lang Syne. The influence that this simple yet passionate man continuing to weave his magic throughout the world centuries after his passing.
There were the tasting delights of Haggis (for the discerning diner), home-made Border tart, Scottish tablet and Shortbread, accompanied by a CD of some Burn’s songs from Scottish folk singer Eddi Reader while refreshments were served, being much appreciated and enjoyed. The evening ended with members trying to work out the meaning of several colloquial Scots words still used in conversation today.
Dorothy was warmly thanked for organizing the evening along with all her helpers.