That’s right, on Jan. 23 Churchill’s is hosting their fifth Annual Burns Night. No, not Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, but Robert Burns, a famous Scottish poet who lived more than 250 years ago.
Churchill’s 5th Annual Burns Night Honors Fascinating Scottish Poet
Regarded as a national treasure in Scotland, his poetry has not transcended time but has inspired a global celebration that to this day holds the same pomp and circumstance as it did a century ago. It is called “Burns Night” or “Burns Supper” in honor of Robert Burns birthday. His mother made him a special dinner each year consisting of his favorite comfort foods, including Haggis accompanied with whiskey. He loved Haggis so much he wrote Ode to Haggis, and at each Burns Night the patrons read said poem as the Haggis is paraded around the room in high esteem.
The amount of respect and care taken to ensure that tradition stays alive is not only important but for Marie Briton, owner of Churchill’s, it’s a personal connection to her heritage. But Briton has also added her own twist to the celebration.
“Traditionally, only men were allowed to attend,” Briton said, “and during the celebration a man gets up and roasts the character of women. However, now after the man is through, I stand and deliver my own roast towards men.”
Briton also said that since it’s a celebration, guests must come in formal attire.
“Men in the past have worn top hats and coat tails,” she said, “and women have worn tiaras and long gowns.”
It’s first come first serve and please wear formal attire. Gents, if you have a plaid tie or bow tie wear it in honor of Burns motherland! If interested, you can join Churchill’s this Thursday, Jan. 23th at 7 p.m. for an evening of poetry, fine food and above all, a night of tradition and celebrating a man who inspired a country.