Robert Burns

Robert Burns

A “Highland welcome” awaits guests of the Highland Rim Scottish Society at the annual tribute to Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns.

This gala event is open to all. The celebration will be held in the Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church at 110 East Lincoln Street in Tullahoma on Feb. 1.

The gathering and silent auction will start at 5:30 p.m. with a Scottish Society welcome, dinner and entertainment starting at 6 p.m.

The society, a not-for-profit organization, hosts the annual community event to remember and celebrate Scotland’s poet laureate, Robert “Rabbie” Burns. This year marks his 261st birthday.

Those who love Scottish heritage, traditions, food and music are encouraged to make reservations quickly because seating is limited. The society welcomes anyone with an interest in Scottish culture to join the organization.

Attendees can expect a traditional Scottish dinner as well as a Scottish delicacy known as haggis. Diners have their choice of prime rib of beef, filet of salmon, or stuffed portabella mushrooms. Accompanying their entree will be salad, “mushy peas,” “tatties & neeps,” dinner rolls and iced tea. Dinner will finish with a Scottish “trifle” and tea or coffee.

Attendees can witness Rabbie’s “Address to the Haggis,” performed by Chuck Lawson, poetry from Burns, and Flowers of the Forest — a tribute for those who have departed this realm.

The silent auction of Scottish memorabilia will conclude at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds go to support the society’s heritage scholarships that promote the continuance of Scottish history, crafts and music.

The piper for the evening will be Andrew McRady. A professor at The Webb School, he is an accomplished musician on the Highland bagpipes, and is well versed on the Lowland pipes and other types of bagpipes.

Reservations are limited to the first 125 requests received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 and may be made by contacting Denise Smith at 931-563-7733, by sending an email to denise.thecelticcup@lighttube.net, or by mailing your reservation form and $35 per person to Highland Rim Scottish Society’s Burns Night 2020, P.O. Box 1701, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

Tickets are prepaid and non-refundable. Checks should be made out to HRSS. For more information, contact Alan Clark, HRSS publicity coordinator, at 931-691-1452.