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The Whin & Thistle - Fall 2014: Volume 7, Issue 3 of The Whin & Thistle newsletter is now available.
2015 Burns Nicht Supper - Saturday, January 24, 2015
The 2015 Burn’s Night Dinner, honoring the 256th birthday of Scotland’s greatest poet and author, Robert Burns, will be held on Saturday, January 24th, 2015, in the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Suggested attire for gentlemen include Highland dress, black tie, or military dress. The Burns Night committee has once again been able to hold prices steady for this year. The evening will commence with cocktails and socializing followed by toasts to the President, the Queen and to the Troops, followed by dinner and a celebration of the life and contributions of Robert Burns.
Dana Linnet, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of State, will be presenting the “Immortal Memory” toast to Robert Burns at the 2015 Burns Nicht celebration this Saturday, January 24, at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Virginia! For three years, she was U.S. Consulate General based in Edinburgh, America's top diplomat in Scotland, in charge of promoting all U.S. government interests. She is the recipient of the Burns medal from the Edinburgh Burns Society.
Scottish soprano Lesley Craigie will be presenting a medley of songs by Robert Burns. Ms. Craigie was recently named the runner up finalist in the New York Chamber Orchestra's Respighi Prize. Specializing in both classical and Scots song, Lesley made a professional move to the U.S in 2003. Now based in New York, the soprano has performed with opera companies such as The Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute and the Washington Concert Opera, the Baltimore Opera, and New York Bel Canto Opera Association.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: Seven O’Clock Cocktails, Eight O’Clock Dinner
Cost: $95.00 (plus $5 processing fee if purchased online)
Location: Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307, (703) 329-1448 (Directions)
Attire: Highland Evening Dress, Military Evening Dress, Black Tie
Download the 2014 Burns Nicht Reservation Form.
Pay for your tickets on-line here..
Wee Dram - Thursday, January 29, 2015
Please join your fellow members and Society guest for a "wee dram" o' whisky (or perhaps a pint) at the Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 465-9360. We'll gather at half past six for drinks and fellowship. Wee Drams are usually held on the last Thursday of every month, except for November due to the Tartan Ball. The next Wee Dram is scheduled for February 26 at the Metropolitan Club, hosted by Andrew McAllister. The next events are plnned for March 26 at the Royal Mile Pub, Wheaton, MD and April 30 at Union Jack’s, Bethesda, MD.
National Kirkin' o' the Tartan - 4:00pm, Sunday, April 19, 2015
The annual National Kirkin' o' the Tartan will be held at Washington National Cathedral at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015, two weeks after Easter. This tradition is inextricably linked to the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC, and has spread from humble origins as a 1941 fundraiser for British war relief to the point where Kirkin’ services are now celebrated throughout the U.S. and Canada. The service, complete with the Pipe & Drums, now raises funds to support scholarships awarded by the Society annually to U.S. or Scottish students. The massed Pipes, Drums, & Color Guard will lead the Tartan Bearers & Society Members into the Cathedral Nave at 4:00 PM for the start of the service. The National Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan Service is free of charge (although contributions to the offertory are welcome) and no R.S.V.P. is necessary but guests should plan on arriving early to secure seating for this popular worship service. Reserved seating in the National Cathedral is available for this service in reserved areas. Reservations are free to all Members and Guests and they may be obtained, preferably via e-mail, or by phone, from the Society’s Sergeant-at-Arms and Kirkin' Chairman David S. McKenzie. For seating , please e-mail the Chairman at e-mail address: email@example.com. Your message should be titled simply "Kirkin2015."
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