Moose Javians are invited to Bobby's Place Olde World Tavern on Wednesday, Jan. 25 to celebrate the life and times of Robert Burns. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Burns was a Scottish poet and songwriter, who wrote over 600 pieces of work throughout his career. He was born on Jan. 25, 1759, and died on July 21, 1796.
Former Mayor and city councillor Don Mitchell is a member of the local Celtic band Desperate for Haggis.
He says the evening will feature a combination of live music and a program.
"There's a menu offering for those that want to join for supper and that's with an offering of Haggis samples plus roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with turnips which is the classic Burns Night dinner," explained Mitchell.
Haggis is the national dish of Scotland. It's a type of pudding composed of the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep (or another animal), minced and mixed with beef or mutton suet and oatmeal and seasoned with onion, cayenne pepper, and other spices. The mixture is packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled.
There will also be several toasts during the event including the Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns.
"Just good conversation and people relaxing and enjoying themselves," continued Mitchell. "A lot of people have been going for a long time. We have some old timers that have been there a number of years. It's been going since, I think 1908 was the first Burns supper in Moose Jaw and generally, it's been every year since then."
Mitchell explained the significance of Robert Burns to Scottish culture.
"He was a poet and an author and basically grew up with a poor farm family in Scotland but he became famous in his life. He lived for 37 years and he travelled the country and really was a major part of the resurrection, the re-enlightenment of Scottish culture. Scotland in the 1800's was under the yoke of Britain. The Scottish parliament had been closed down in 1707 and there was resistance to British domination in the 18th century. It was also the time of the French and American revolutions, so Burns was very much in the mood of change. Abolition of slavery and promotion of human rights in his time and more famously, with his writings after his time."
He commented further on the relevance of Burns' message to a modern-day audience.
"We try and connect what Burns' message means in a current context. That's usually a focus of the Burns Toast, is why it's important for us to celebrate what he represented today and it's not just Scottish culture but the brotherhood of man, which is suffering these days with the climate that we're in with a lot of polarization and violence. It's important to live our lives in his memory and practice what he was famous for."
Everyone is welcome and there is no additional cover fee to attend the event. Food is available for purchase from the Bobby's Place menu.