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The society sponsors this 1st annual event at City Park Grill in Petoskey.
Robert Burns, also known as Robbie Burns, born Jan. 2, 1759, was known as Scotland’s national poet with such famous works as A Red, Red Rose, Tam o’Shanter and Auld Lang Syne. He is also considered a pioneer of the Romantic movement.
His birth is celebrated throughout the world by Scottish and Celtic-themed organizations with a traditional Robert Burns dinner, complete with poetry reading and bagpipes.
The Robert Emmet Society is honoring this poet that hails from Ireland’s Celtic cousin, Scotland, with it’s own Robert Burns Dinner that features such items as: cock-a-leekie soup, meat pie, fish and chips and desserts including whiskey cake.
Poetry reading of Burn’s famous works is on the program, with guests invited to join in. Additionally, there will be poetry readings of works written by the Irish patriot Robert Emmet, the namesake of Emmet County. Plus, guests of the dinner are invited to read their own original poems in the spirit of the literary theme of the night. Prizes for most popular poem will be given.
The evening also includes a taste of the famed Scottish dish haggis, bagpipes and Celtic-themed music by the local band The Hooligans.
The cost is $10 per person. This gets you entry into the event and a chance to try the haggis. Please call City Park Grill, 231.347.0101 for reservations.
The Robert Emmet Society is a local community organization that sponsors an outstanding North Central Michigan College Student for a fall semester of study in Galway, Ireland. The Robert Emmet Society Mission Statement is: To Educate and enrich the community about Robert Emmet, the namesake of Emmet County Michigan, and the history and cultural heritage of Irish immigrants in America.
The organization is sponsoring this winter event to raise funds for the NCMC scholarship and a new music scholarship program called The Ned Fenlon Music Award that will provide music education to area students.
Petoskey, on Little Traverse Bay, is about 60 miles north of Traverse City on US-31.