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Celebrate Scottish heritage

Robert Burns (1759-1796), above, is considered the poet laureate of Scotland. A dinner in his honor will held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Hotel Colorado.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The life, works, and spirit of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The seventh annual Robert Burns Supper and Ball will be held on Burns’ birthday in the Devereux Grand Ball Room, beginning at 6 p.m., and will include a four-course meal and dessert highlighting everything Scottish.

Through his songs and poems, “Rabbie” Burns captured the heart and soul of Scotland, kindling in his countrymen a fierce pride in their own culture and independence. “Burns Suppers” have been held in honor of his birthday for the past two centuries. The Hotel Colorado will celebrate this tradition with an elaborate evening hosted by Ron Young of the Celtic band “Fifth Reel.”

The evening will begin with a traditional four-course meal, starting with Scotch broth, followed by smoked salmon and Scottish eggs. No Burns Supper would be complete without the third dish, haggis with “neeps and tatties,” a traditional Scottish dish.

Party-goers will finish the meal with steak and ale pudding and a dessert of clootie dumpling and custard.

The celebration will continue with a “grand march” to the sound of the bagpipe. Some of the Bard’s more significant poems and songs will also be performed, including “A Man’s a Man’s for A’ That,” “Tam o’ Shanter,” and “Auld Lang Syne,” among the world’s most beloved songs. Fifth Reel will play a variety of Scottish music and guests will have the opportunity to participate in simple traditional dances often enjoyed at Scottish “ceilidhs” (parties).

Larry MacDonald, former general manager of the Hotel Colorado, was the spark behind this event. He encouraged local Celtic musicians, pipers, and dancers to put on a Burns Supper, and now for the seventh year the event will be held at the Hotel Colorado.

“This historic building is a classic venue for this event, it’s a perfect match,” said MacDonald. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy an elegant evening out and celebrate Scottish heritage with some terrific entertainment.”

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