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Scottish Bard-B-Q

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Scottish Bard-B-Q

Mentioned at a meeting of Glenafton Athletic Junior Football Club, New Cumnock, Ayrshire on Monday 16th April 2012:

"Would it be possible to hold a Scottish Bard-B-Q in memory of Robert Burns' death on the 21st of July (1796)?"

This could be a world-wide family event for tourists and communities if it was to be aired on sites like TripAdvisor, so, if you don't mind, can I ask the Forum for their opinion?

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1. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

The Haggis will explode on the BBQ, but apart from that, it sounds as good as an excuse for a drink as any.

And it would be almost exactly halfway between Burn's Nights, so ideal for those poetry-lovers who can't wait for the next rendition of "To a Louse"....

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2. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

Sure there must be Haggis Burgers roasting somewhere.

Bard BQ: Burns, Haggis, Neeps & Tatties

We need a picture of Rabbie wearing a peenie, holding a BBQ fork next to a Barbeque.

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3. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

would it be veggie friendly;)

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4. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

Beef Course,

Sorry, I mean, of course (he says with a splutter).

The neeps and Tatties would definately be very friendly with veggies; the haggies; not so sure ; ()

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5. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

:) Am I having a senior moment or didnt you mention this a few years back on one of your occasional forays on to the forum?

ps no luck with the airport renaming>?

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6. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

Great idea and could be a fantastic event. Time that Scotland and Ayrshire had this event afrer the World's first in Buenos Aires this year January 2011.

There are a couple of people that dress as Robert Burns and it would be great to have either or both there...Could be a great festival. Best wishes

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The First Scottish National BardBQ 2014: visitscotland.com/info/events/homecoming-sco…

Background:

In 1801, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Robert Burns, 21 July, nine men who knew him met for dinner in Burns Cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire, to celebrate his life and works, In Memoriam. The Master of Ceremonies was a local minister a liberal theologian and an equally liberal host. Hamilton Paul and his guests shared Masonic brotherhood with Rabbie and Paul devised an evening which looked a bit like a lodge ceremonial, centred on a fine fat haggis; with recitation and singing of Burns' works and a toast (in verse) to the memory of their friend and hero.

It was such a jolly evening, all agreed to meet again the following January for a Birthday Dinner for the bard, little knowing that they had invented a global phenomenon that we know as the BURNS SUPPER which still broadly follows the Reverend's original plan. Edited from scotland.org/features/the-legend-of-the-burn… on 3rd August 2013

I can see no reason for us not to commemorate the life of Robert Burns annually, as they did, on the anniversary of his death: 21st July.

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A Template of the annual event "The Scottish National BardBQ" :

On the 21st of July: BardBQ’s can begin at any time of the day but go silent approaching 17:55, when a tale of The Haggis is unravelled, something along the lines of:

In days long past in Scottish valleys, whistles were used to lure haggi down from the hills for the village feast.

When the haggi were really close to the waiting villagers, everyone blew their whistles as hard and as long as they could, frightening away the creatures. The slowest, weakest haggi were caught and put into the pot.

This helped the haggi grow in numbers of strong, healthier beasts.

The tale ends with the lines:

How softly the whistle, like down of the thistle,

It calls the great chief to the flame,

The red embers glow and remembrances flow,

Bein’ Puddin’ Race winner’s nae shame

Then at 17:59 a pied Piper plays ‘The Whistle’ on a penny whistle. The tune is made to last exactly 2 minutes, ending at 18:01, where everyone in attendance blows their own whistle as loudly as they can.

[The poem and ballad 'The Whistle’ by Robert Burns recalls how a whistle was the prize to be held by the greatest drinking man in Northern Europe and when brought to Scotland the challenge was won by Robert Lowrie (d. 1804). The contest was renewed in Burns' presence at his neighbour's house and inspired him to recite the tale in verse.

The Whistle is still extant in the home of Cunningham of Caprington by Kilmarnock, having been handed down by the winner of the last held contest in Friars Carse on 16th October 1789. The contest was witnessed by Burns who wrote to Riddle on the day 'Wishing that your head may be crowned with laurels to-night, and free from aches tomorrow'.]

Edited on 08/11/13 from: http://www.burnsscotland.com/items/p/poem-by-robert-burns-the-whistle-a-ballad-(page-1-of-4).aspx

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9. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

Eh? Is that you done for another 6 months VisaB?

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10. Re: Scottish Bard-B-Q

Hiber Nation is calling Purple :)

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