Robert Burns Dinner celebrates Scottish Poet in grand style

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The Robert Burns Dinner isn’t exclusive to La Crosse. It’s a tradition in which hundreds of communities worldwide host a dinner to celebrate the birthday of famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

It typically falls on the Saturday closest to his birthday, January 25th.

Robert Burns is a folk hero who used simple words to express big ideas through poetry and ballads.
His fans say he was way ahead of his time. 200 years later his memory is bringing people together.

Dr. Steve Webster joined the La Crosse Highlanders back in the 70’s. He says Scottish or not, people that attend the dinner are rarely disappointed.  

“We read some of his work and we are able to relate that to our own lives.And then we go out and continue to relate it. And that’s what Robert Burns did some 200 years ago and he made civilization a little better because of his beautiful poetry and ballads,” said Webster.

Webster is a past Festmaster and as Master of Ceremonies for the Robert Burns dinner he brings a lot of theatrics to the poetry readings. There is also a silent auction, Scottish music and the traditional Scottish Haggis served in addition to other meal choices.

The 42nd annual Robert Burns Dinner is February 2nd at the UWL Student Union. Cocktail hour starts at 6 pm followed by dinner at 7 pm.

Tickets are $60 before January 15 and $70 after that.

For more information call 608-780-1865.

Heather Armstrong

Heather Armstrong

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