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Raise a toast to Scotland’s Favorite Son

01/09/2014 11:49 AM

01/09/2014 11:49 AM

Quick, who wrote “Auld Lang Syne”? That would be Robert Burns, the poet laureate of Scotland (1759 to 1796).

The Dixon Scottish Cultural Association knows all about Burns, and is hosting a birthday party in his honor. Burns was born on a Jan. 25; the ceremonial dinner will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 1. at the Masonic Lodge, 1655 Da Vinci Court in Davis. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

What’s on the menu? For one thing, lodge member Alex Henderson is cooking a traditional haggis as a side dish. “It’s has a bad reputation, but its very, very good,” he said. “It’s a great big sausage of lamb parts, oatmeal and seasonings in beef casing.”

The haggis will be brought to the tables while a bagpiper plays, then Burns’ poem “Ode To the Haggis” will be read.

Also on the menu will be grilled tri-tip and chicken, and vegetarian lasagna, along with Scotch whiskey tastings and toasts, more bagpiping and readings, raffle prizes and, yes, men wearing kilts.

Tickets are $40 and must be purchased by Jan. 25; (707) 678-8814 (no ticket sales at the door).

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