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LANCASTER—The Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band will host its 20th annual Burns Night supper and concert January 26 at the Masonic Lodge #100, 1434 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner preliminaries, including the presentation of the haggis, will begin at 6:20 p.m., and the program will continue following the dinner, reported president Bob Swann.

The Burns Night supper is traditional all over the world and commemorates the January 25, 1759, birthdate of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, said Swann. Following a social period from 5-5:30 p.m., the band will open with a program of pipe and drum tunes mixed with Scottish songs and Burns’ poems and even a wee bit of Scots’ humor, he said.

During the dinner, tradition requires a toast to the lassies and a reply to the laddies, said Swann.

This year’s Immortal Memory will tell the story of the Battle of Culloden in word and song, he said. While occurring just before Burns’ birth, this pivotal battle greatly affected his life and the history of Scotland.

After dinner the band will continue with more pipe tunes, poems and songs. The festivities will conclude around at 8 p.m.

Most musical and poetic offerings will be translated to modern English to improve comprehension for the American audience, but the band will play traditional Scottish pipe tunes. The traditional “Address to a Haggis” will still be in Scots dialect with a translation provided, said Swann.

While mixers and light snacks are provided, guests are invited to bring their own beverages and appetizers to share at their table if they wish, he continued. Alcoholic drinks are permitted but patrons must bring their own.

This year the band again plans an Americanized dinner menu rather than the traditional Scottish fare which is less palatable to many patrons. The supper menu will include salad, roast beef and/or chicken, potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. The dinner will be catered again by Tracy Lee of Fabulous Occasions. Both traditional and vegetarian haggis will be available for the traditionalist and the adventurous to sample as they wish.

Tickets are $40 each and are on sale until January 18 at The Local in Irvington, Chesapeake Bank in Kilmarnock and Virginia Commonwealth branches in Kilmarnock, White Stone and Burgess.

After purchasing tickets, patrons may make table reservations for tables of eight (only) by calling Madge Rollins at 580-4441.