LAC LA BICHE - If you go to the Lac La Biche Legion on Saturday, January 28 to celebrate the birthday party of Scottish poet Robbie Burns, ya will 'av med a wee mistake, laddie.
The Robbie Burns Night at the Legion has been re-scheduled to March 4.
Organizer Molly Fyten said that due to some unforeseen circumstances, the party date had to be moved.
Despite the date change — a full month, two weeks and 264 years after his January 25, 1759 birth — Fyten says the night will still be a great party.
Scottish food, music and heritage will be on display.
"This will be an exciting, uniquely cultural evening full of traditional Scottish food, drinks, bag pipes and Celtic performances with honorary guests, fun presentations, laughs and much more," she says, keeping all the fun features in place from the initial date.
Also kept from the initial date is the feature dish — haggis. The Scottish delicacy, made from a mix of meats, suet, wheat and spices, all packed into a sheep's stomach and boiled.
"If you haven’t tried haggis…here’s your chance — or not," Fyten said with a laugh, explaining that a more traditional roast beef dinner will also be on the menu.
Tickets for the night of food and fun are $40 — and space may still be available for the new date. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Legion in person or by calling (780) 623-4334. Tickets can also be purchased directly through Fyten via Facebook or by phone: (780) 404-7740. A free ticket and a reserved table are bonus offers for ticket purchases of six or more.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Lac La Biche Royal Canadian Legion McGrane Branch 28.
The Lac La Biche Robbie Burns celebration is one of hundreds that take place around the world to celebrate the life and legacy of Scotland's national poet.
Burns was born on Jan. 25, 1759 in south-west Scotland, and died in 1896. In those 37 years, he fathered 12 children and wrote some of the world's most notable and well-known poems and verses, including the New Year standard "Auld Lang Syne" and "Scots Wha Hae", a song that was, for a time, the national anthem of Scotland.