‘Burns Night Supper’ to celebrate Scottish poet’s 264th birthday

The haggis was browned and bloated, with whisky set aside for ‘gravy.’

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The poems and songs of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns, born on Jan. 25, 1759, are still celebrated 264 years after his birth, not just in Scotland but around the world.

And once again in Pinedale, Wyoming.

The Pinedale Library’s new adult services director, Alise Watson, decided early on – with a lot of encouragement – she would revive the 2020 debut of an evening of haggis, whisky and ballads.

Of course, the haggis – traditionally a sheep’s stomach filled with offal, suet and oatmeal and gravy of Scottish whisky – will be honored as “Great Chieftain of the Puddin’ Race,” as Burns proclaimed

A loose committee of local Scottish descendants jumped into help organize the celebratory return of the Burns Night Supper this year, on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room.

At 5:45 p.m., mistress of ceremonies Joni Mack will welcome the plaid-festive public, with music by Talli Manning, a special toast by Madeleine Murdock, Toast to the Lassies by Stephen Lottridge, Grace by Jeff Forsdick and recitals and music by Jocelyn Moore, Larry Phillips and others. It is a Burns Night tradition to quote one of Burns’ poems, so those attending can join in.

There will be whisky – BYOB – and people are invited to bring a Scottish dish to share.

Past offerings included meat pies, shepherd’s pies, oatcakes, scones, neeps and tatties and Scotch eggs. The event is free and better suited to those 21 and older.