Robert Burns Night

5:15pm, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, CA
Admission: Adults $15, children 12 & under $10

Robert Burns Night is a traditional celebration of the birthday, on January 25th, 1759, of Scotland's most famous bard. Burns died in 1796, and people have been holding dinners in his honor nearly ever since.

According to the good folk at

Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts.
While certainly far from the former, the SFSF Burns Night celebrations have managed to avoid falling completely into the latter category, so they are quite suitable for the entire family. There is great fun to be had, and if you've never been to one, this January 21th brings the perfect opportunity to remedy this deficency.

There is quite a bit of planning that goes into the affair, and though it is not entirely predictable, it is fairly certain that the evening will include at least the following (not necessarily in this order):

  • Piping of the Haggis
  • Toasts
  • Dinner
  • Songs & Poems
  • Sillyness
  • A Ceilidh
  • Dancing (with live music, of course)
  • Carrying On
  • A truly heartfelt rendition of Auld Lang Syne by all present

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. The festivities begin at 5:15pm, immediately following the official club meeting. (There is no admission charge for the meeting itself, which begins at 2:00pm, and newcomers are quite welcome.) Dinner is potluck, so contributions are encouraged. Club members should see the December newsletter for specifics.

For questions particularly about food, contact Randa Jacobs.
For general questions about the event, contact Francis Slimmer.

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