the site, Frank Campbell, tells us how the St Andrews Society of Tampa Bay,
Florida, celebrates Burns in the sun. Sounds like a breathtaking event.
Celebrating Burns .Tampa Bay Style
Unlike a traditional Burns Supper, let me tell you of the way we, The St. Andrew's Society of Tampa Bay, Inc. Florida remember the Bard of Scotland.
The first Saturday in December each year, celebrations start with "The Feast of the Haggis". (This is held at this time each year as a duel purpose celebration of St. Andrew's day) In January, around the 25th we hold a "Burns Supper". The unique blending of these two functions is our Society's tribute to Robert Burns.
Feast of Haggis
This is a most prestigious event held in the elite Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa. On every table there is a bottle of 'Glenlivit', and there is an open bar for the entire evening. A nine piece orchestra is present for dancing and the assembly is graced with the sound of The St. Andrew's Pipes and Drums of Tampa Bay, who parade into the grand ballroom in all their glory. A sound and a spectacle to stir the blood of Scots and 'wannabees' alike. Dress for the evening is Black Tie and Highland Dress.
(2001) was the 25th anniversary of the Society and every member and guest
received a commemorative shot glass with 25th and the Society emblem on it.
The typical program for the Feast is:-
Dinner is then served:-
we are graced with the beautiful Scottish Music on the Harp.
Followed by the Toasts:-
1. To the Pious and Immortal Memory of St. Andrew.
2. To our new Scotia, America
3. To the Tartan
4. To the Bonnie Lassies
5. Reply: to the Braw ladies
6. To the Auld Hame frae whence we came
Annual Burns Supper.
Held on or close to Jan 25th.
Member of Burns Federation
Chief Steward on Board of Directors, of St. Andrew's Society of Tampa Bay, Inc.
And Editor of the "Tatler"
Anyone else care to share their Burns celebrations?