Members of the Society will be on Good Day PA to talk about the traditions of the annual Burns Dinner, the Haggis, and the Bagpipe.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Social Hour: 5 pm

Dinner:  6:30 pm

Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill

Link to RESERVATION Form. 




Robert Burns (1759-1796) was born to, and, generally, lived a difficult life including working  as a tenant farmer and an Excise Collector (not a popular person in Scotland in those times.) However, it is his poetry which has lived and brought admiration and fame worldwide. His poetry and song recorded and celebrated farm life and Scotland's culture and religion while celebrating life itself. He is truly the Scots Bard who frequently sought a better world of equality for those among who he was raised and lived.

He is truly the Scots bard who frequently sought a better world of equality for those among whom he was raised and lived. 

recorded and celebrated farm life, Scotland’s culture and religion, and celebrated life itself. He is truly the Scots bard who frequently sought a better world of equality for those amo



Celtic singer Charlie Zahm returns along with fiddler Tad Marks as the main entertainment for the Scottish Society of Central Pennsylvania's 62nd annual Robert Burns Supper. In addition to his expressive baritone voice, Charlie also performs with the bodhran (a Celtic drum), guitar and tin whistle.


Also featured will be the traditional "Address to a Haggis" performed by Fred Hait, a humorous "Toasts to the Lads and Lassies" by Bucky Nelson and the  "Immortal Memory" by Mark Hagenbuch. Our society piper will help lead the Ceremonial Haggis March. Speaking of that famous Scottish dish, individual servings of haggis will be available at each table, along with soup, salad, a choice of entrees (pecan-encrusted salmon, slow-cook beef or a vegetarian stack) and a tasty trifle for dessert.


Come meet your Scottish friends for a wonderful evening of music, fine food and drink, culture and a raffle drawing in which you can win Scottish-themed items. Be sure also to invite someone who has never attended a Burns Night Supper to come with you. We know they will enjoy it. The Radisson features free parking and overnight stays at a reduced cost for our society.


The objective of the Scottish Society is to promote an interest in the history, culture and traditions of Scotland and Scottish Americans in Central Pennsylvania. That's why we would like you to indicate your clan affiliation, if known, in the reservation form. It will help with seating and, perhaps, you will learn more about your Scottish ancestry that evening.


Published reports in the Guardian and the Scotsman state that US Department of Agriculture has agreed to publish draft rules which will permit resumption of import of lamb as soon as 2017.

This follows negotiations led by Scotland's food secretary accompanied by farmer and processing industry leaders. 

Importation of lamb (a KEY ingredient in haggis) was banned in 1989 following an outbreak of BSE. However, the last UK outbreak was in 1992 and the European Union lifted their ban in 2006.

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