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News Community Burns Night celebrated

Museum Curator Matthew NewsomeFriends of the Scottish Tartans Museum hosted Franklin’s version of Burns Night, a traditional feast celebrating the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns (born Jan. 25, 1759).

From the “haggis” ritual to the singing of the songs and the toasts to the laddies and the lassies, Burns Night is a celebration of the national poet of Scotland.

Mayor Joe Collins with Carl McSweenFolks turned out in traditional Scottish garb, dancing to the tunes of Caledonia Swing and Franklin’s own piper, Jean Hayes.

The mission of the Friends of the Scottish Tartan Museum is to encourage the diffusion of knowledge of Scottish heritage, culture and arts through various events throughout the year such as Tartan Day and The Taste of Scotland street fair, and Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan and participation in Heritage Week and Window Wonderland.

The Scottish Tartan Museum in Franklin is the only Tartan Museum outside of Scotland.

Caledonia Swing Piper Jean Hayes



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