Friday, January 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Robert Burns!

Houston and I just got home from the Burns Supper, hosted by the Abilene Pipers Association. We had SO much fun...we ran into friends, enjoyed the music, and ate WAY too much (yes, we both tried the haggis!).

Not only did Sue bring me the photos you see here (her husband sent a CD of images and movie clips), but also check out the link provided by Robert in blog comments to see lots of images from the 2008 supper. (Just a year's Burns Supper will have to be really spectacular since it will be Burns' 250th birthday!)

The most rousing poem of the evening, performed in song by a band called The Axe Wounds (hmm...I might have that wrong...a band called The Axe Wounds? I'll see if I can find the program to check on that!), was Burns' "Scots Wha Hae." Read the lyrics for yourself, and you'll see why it was so powerful.

Our Scottish great-grandfather, Homer Reid, would have been so proud of Houston tonight, holding hands with strangers and singing "Auld Lang Syne." What a lovely evening...and it doesn't hurt that this even sparked Dear Nephew's interest in playing the bagpipes!

Thanks to Sue, who is a terrific piper, for so generously treating us to tickets.
We'll buy our own next year!


Robert said...

Here are some pix

Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno said...

LOVE the pictures! How awesome! Why didn't this stuff go on when I was there?

Anonymous said...

Those pictures illustrate the good times had by all--not a scowl nor a frown in the group! Loved seeing the pipes, the Glengarrys and tam-o'-shanters, the sporrans, etc. I'll bet there was even a Sgian Dubh or two tucked discreetly out of sight in their hose.

Three cheers for the descendants of Homer Reid, who would have been in his glory dipping into the haggis with his great- and great-great-grandchildren.