The 25th of January, the birthday of Robert Burns, is celebrated by Scots around the world. Robert Burns endeared himself to the Scottish people because he wrote poetry and stories in the “Old Scots” and thus saved the dialect for posterity at a time when the English rulers were forcing the people of the Borders and Highlands to speak English.
Burns was born in 1759 in Ayrshire, Scotland and died in 1796. This year is the 252nd anniversary of his birth, and the 15th year that “Burns Night” has been presented in Franklin by the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center. In the 18th and 19th centuries, many people left Scotland after their defeat at the Battle of Culloden and because they were forced off their agricultural properties so the large landowners could raise sheep.
Scots took their love of family, songs and stories with them around the world. Much of the folklore and melodies of that country would have been lost if Robert Burns had not left his father’s farm and set about collecting and composing into song and verse the legends and tales of the Scottish people. An example of Burns’ work is the familiar New Year’s song heard ’round the world each year, “Auld Lang Syne.”
This year’s Burns Night Supper will be held at Tartan Hall on Saturday, Jan. 29, gathering at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner is served at 6 p.m. The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum host the event which features typical Scottish foods, stories and live music interspersed with toasts to Burns, “The Immortal Bard.”
Get your tickets now at the Scottish Tartans Museum, 86 East Main Street, Franklin, or call (828)524-7472. Ticket prices are $35. Purchase tickets by January 15 and get a $3 discount per ticket.
Local guitarist Ronnie Evans to be featured at Franklin Chamber Annual Awards Banquet
Franklin guitarist Ronnie Evans will present the special music at this year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at First Presbyterian’s Tartan Hall. The event will begin with a social hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, 425 Porter Street.
Evans will play a variety of songs, some of which are included on his eight CD recordings. Some of Evans’ 2010 performances have been on MY 40 TV in Asheville, Smoky Mountain Host Welcome Center, country clubs in Northeast Georgia, Highlands, and Cashiers, and in Franklin at Mistletoe Magic, Pumpkin Fest, Macon County Heritage Folk Festival. Evans is a native of Franklin and is retired from a career in radio and television broadcast engineering. He is a current member of the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and past board member.