Grant is part Scottish. His father, James Maloney, was born in Scotland. He passed away a few years before I met Grant in 1996. Despite having not met him, I can tell from photographs of him (always a twinkle in his eye) and stories about him told by Gerene, Grant’s mother, that James was a wonderful husband, father and friend.
The Robert Burns night is a night to celebrate Scotland’s rich culture and heritage. This year, Grant’s mom treated our family to the Burns night event in MA on Saturday night. The night included a wonderful roast beef dinner, toasting, dancing and music featuring the Scots Highland Pipes and Drums and the band Jug O’Punch.
So who was Robert Burns? He was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.
Here is a bit from Wikipedia about Robert Burns.
“He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.
As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) “Auld Lang Syne” is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and “Scots Wha Hae” served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include “A Red, Red Rose”; “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”; “To a Louse”; “To a Mouse”; “The Battle of Sherramuir”; “Tam o’ Shanter”; and “Ae Fond Kiss”.
Burns night celebrations usually take place close to Robert Burns birthday, January 25th.
Ok, it is brewed in Ireland, but still, it was a great night to enjoy a Guinness!
Here is my niece Marie, Nephew Andrew and mother-in-law Gerene. The small pouch that Andrew is wearing around the front of his kilt is called a sporran.
This is Donald Waugh (right) leading us all in Grace.
Here is the famous Haggis! It is a Scottish dish consisting of a sheep’s or calf’s offal (entrails and internal organs) mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally one made from the animal’s stomach. Have you ever tried it?
My sister-n-law Gisele was asked to do the response to the “Toast to the Lassies” with what is called a “Response to the Laddies”. Both are short, funny speeches and a tradition at a Burns night celebration. She did a great job!
This is the Scots Highland Pipes and Drums performing for us. Their mission is, in part, to preserve and promote Scottish and Celtic heritage through the promotion of pipe music, traditional Scottish arts and culture.
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