Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Robbie's Birthday in Ohio

What started in our living room a number of years ago has now gone public. We've had to move it for the last 10 years or so, using , first to the UU church social hall (basement) and for the last two yeasts the Kelso House (Brinfield Historical Society) meeting room. John has been on the board of the historical society for several years and this year that body decided to make the Robbie Burns night a part of their public offerings. We hope that many folks will show up for it this coming Saturday night (Jan. 22). We hope our old friends will also show up as they have in the past.

Last year was the first year we actually had a Scotsman wearing a kilt and playing bagpipes. He did not criticize our lack of Scotch whiskey or the Sacred Haggis. Our version of this festival is a lot less formal than the usual celebration. We do require that guests perform: tell a joke, tell a story, sing a song, play an instrument, do a jig or whistle a tune. It's always fun and surprising and everyone seems to have a good time. I know that we do. The audience is uncritical and appreciative. I'll let you know how it turns out in this new format.

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