Join us for our 13th celebration of Scottish music & culture on the night of Robert Burns 250th birthday.FESTIVAL 5:30-7:00 followed by CONCERT 7:00-9:30Robert Burns songs and Scottish music performed by Uncle Dirty Toes and Forest GreenHeritage by Rev Douglas Phenix, bagpipers, traditional Celtic jam session, Scottish treats by Rocky Road Bakeries, Clan booth, Scottish heritage info, dancers & more.Kilts encouraged!Tickets at the door $15 Adults, $12 YouthADVANCE TICKETS$12 adults are on sale NOW until FRIDAY, Jan. 23rd at Mass Street Music (14th and Massachusetts) and Brits (929 Massachusetts) in Lawrence. Tickets at the door are $15 adults, $12 youth.Festival in the Foyer, 5:30-7:00 PMThe festival portion starts with a Celtic jam session (Bring your acoustic instrument! Dancing encouraged!) and Highland Bagpipes (Bill Read and Dana Morris from Kansas Territorial Pipes & Drums) PLUS - a Wandering Piper (Tom Averill on parlor bagpipes), a Clan Heritage booth (Peggy Baker), a KC Highland Games booth (Highland Game's President, Mark Milliken and his wife Teresa) and a Scottish society booth (Topeka St Andrew Society). At 6:00 there will be a brief opening ceremony as Larry Carter (producer, Master of Ceremonies) is presented the Lawrence Scots Sword by the Ceremonial Guard (Jeff Eubanks). With a cry of "Let the feasting begin!" the traditional Scottish treats (Rocky Road Bakeries) are unveiled. For the next hour, the pipers trade blocks of performance time with the traditional Scottish dancers (Bridget Bailey and friend) and the Celtic jam session as Lawrence Scots freely sample the treats (while they last) and the Wandering Piper weaves through the crowd. Concert in the Hall, 7:00-9:30 PMThe concert portion starts with bagpipes as the Ceremonial Guard and the Master of Ceremonies place the Robert Burns portrait and the Lawrence Scots Sword center stage. The concert includes Scots/Robert Burns heritage by Rev Douglas Phenix (Topeka St Andrew Society), traditional Scottish dance by Bridget Bailey, and traditional & contemporary Scottish music by Forest Green. The traditional "Haggis Ceremony" occurs right before the intermission, followed by Lawrence Scots sampling the Haggis Master's culinary creation. After intermission the Celtic rock band "Uncle Dirty Toes" is on. The evening will end with all performers on stage for Robert Burns' "Auld Lang Syne."
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