Bakersfield celebrates Scottish poet

January 5, 2014 by  

In honor of the birthday of one of Scotland’s most famous poets, the Kern County Scottish Society, in Bakersfield, will be hosting a dinner later this month.

The dinner is held in honor of Robert “Rabbie” Burns, who began writing poems in the 18th Century, at the age of 15, as a way to avoid working as a slave on his father’s farm. His poems were mostly written in regional Scottish dialects, rather than formal English.

Burns’ work reflected his desire for a class-free Scotland, where both the high-born and low-born were treated equally. Along with writing poetry, he also wrote the lyrics to a number of well-known Scottish songs. Although he died penniless in 1796, his work is still highly regarded today in Scotland and around the world.

The Kern County Scottish Society’s Burns’ Supper will feature a three-course meal. Dishes offered will include haggis, “tatties and neeps” (potatoes and turnips), and prime rib. The society could use methods like flyer printing to promote the event.

Tickets for the supper are $40 in advance, from the Scottish Society’s website, and $45 on the day. Sales are limited to the first 100 people. People have the option of reserving full tables, of 10 people, as well.

The event will start at on January 25 at 6:00 pm with a social hour. Dinner is served at 7:00 pm. A 50/50 and raffle will be held and all proceeds will benefit the Scottish Society.

The dinner will be held at the American Legion, Bakersfield Post 26, 2020 H Street.