Pipes and Drums serving haggis

The haggis will be the queen of the evening but lots of fun and entertainment is also on the menu

The haggis will be the queen of the evening but lots of fun and entertainment is also on the menu as the Cowichan Pipers and Drummers Society host their 17th annual Robert Burns Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Duncan Travelodge.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and program begins at 6:30 p.m.

The emcee will be the genial Peter Leckie, who will warm up the crowd with a few jokes.

Following the colourful entrance of the Haggis Party (made up of pipers, the sword-, haggis-, and scotch-bearers), Robbie Burns’s Address to the Haggis will be performed by Frank Nichol.

A traditional Scottish dinner featuring, of course, the haggis, will then be served.

In addition to toasts and a salute to the memory of Robbie Burns by Dick Nesbitt, a Celtic sing-along with well-known local entertainer Don Hall is scheduled.

For many attending, the highlight of the event will be a performance of the Cowichan Pipes and Drums, who are still excited about their trip to the Shanghai Tourism Festival in China.

But there is also always room for some Highland dancing, and the Kathy White dancers will be in the wings ready to step into the spotlight.

This celebration of the birthday of Scotland’s favourite poet is the Cowichan Pipes and Drums’ premier fundraising event of the year so the group is also holding an impressive silent auction. Have your wallets ready.

Tickets are $50 for adults, and $25 for under 16 years.

To buy them, contact Paul Scott at (250) 746-7296 or email pscott476@gmail.com