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Lloyd Swift (Center background), Chair of the Burns Night Dinner teaching “Canadian Barn Dance.” Students (l to r): The Hon. Arthur Hays and his wife Dottie, Bill Swift and his daughter Olivia. Photo by Susan Swift.The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum hosted the 16th Annual Burns Night Dinner at Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church on Jan. 21, to honor 253rd Birthday of national poet Robert Burns.



The fiddler in 'Caledonia Swing' Band plays for the dancing. Photos by Catherine HesterPresentation of the Haggis. The hot Haggis is presented in a formal parade led by piper Jean Hayes and protected by swords, followed by an ode by Robert Burns. It is then stabbed with a hunting knife and served. A haggis is a made from variety cuts of lamb and beef, chopped and mixed with spices, oatmeal and onion, and boiled in a casing. Long ago, the casing was a sheep's stomach, cleaned carefully and tied up tightly. This casing was purchased by the Scottish Museum and filled with contents by Martha Peek of Angel Hospital Catering.


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