An Evening with Robert Burns
Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Saturday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m.
Scotch bonnets and sonnets, whisky and Scottish Cottage Pie (made with local veggies) are part of Saturday night’s fare at the Trumpet Blossom Cafe. The event, An Evening with Robert Burns: Scottish Songs and Poems, is a celebration of the famous Scotsman poet and lyricist who was also known as Rabbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet and the Bard of Ayrshire.
In addition to toasts and poems, Nicole Upchurch and the Feralings will perform, Willy Robison will play the bagpipe and Tara McGovern will fiddle.
Burns wrote “An Address to Haggis,” which is a featured part of traditional Burns night proceedings. Trumpet Blossom, a vegan cafe, will not have the traditional haggis, and instead is serving a Scottish Cottage Pie (also known as Shepherd’s Pie).
Little known facts
• Imported Scottish haggis has been banned in the U.S. since 1971. But recent talks between the U.S. Department of Agriculture might lift the ban by 2017.
• Robert Burns is often credited with writing “Auld Lang Syne,” but he was probably just the first to write down the lines of the old (auld) tune.
• Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 would have been Burns’ 256th birthday. He died in 1796 at the young age of 37.