Events

Re: Tartan Day Monday April 6 th

This year Tartan Day falls on Easter Monday which shouldn’t be an issue for us, yet we do have to call your attention to a change this year with our normal Tartan Day routine, Pete Ferguson (Pete’s Pub) will be closed as Pete will be out of town on vacation and therefore not available for us.

Owing to the fact the executive felt Tartan Day should be celebrated on the particular day (April 6 th ) and not wishing to make the change to another day, we’ve decided to have our usual “Wee Dram” taken at Rocky’s Pub after the usual celebrations at the flag pole …

To summarize, we will assemble as usual on Easter Monday morning April 6 th at 11:00AM, in the plaza off the steps of city hall, there to raise the Saltire up the flag pole nearest the steps of city hall … Listen to a few comments from our President Bruce Campbell, government and city dignitaries and a prayer from our Chaplain Rev. John Martin …

After the usual round of “snap shots” and official photos have been taken etc, it’s off to the pub (Rocky’s Pub), which is located a short distant further on than “Pete’s Pub” in the Pedway of Brunswick Square

Hope to see as many of our members and others out to celebrate this important yearly date in our calendar in our best Scottish manner…. Wear your kilt but if you can’t, come out any way to join with us in our celebration …

Yours aye

John

Saint Andrew’s Society of Saint John P.O. Box 1061 Saint John New Brunswick E2L 4E6

Burns Supper Honouring Jean Armour wife of Robert Burns

Riverside Country Club, Friday April 24 2015 …

Reception 6:30 PM … Dinner 7:30 PM

$55.00 Haggis with Tatties and Neeps Buffet: Oak Crusted Salmon and Carved Prime Rib,

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad, Sweet Broccoli & Onion Salad, Cheese Display,

Assorted Pickle Tray, Roasted Potatoes & Vegetable Medley

Plus Dessert

Formal dress, Business suit or Highland Wear

Lads and lassies;

This year we’ve made several changes to our annual Burns Supper, most notably to you would be adding Bonnie Jean (Jean Armour)Robert Burn’s wife to our program, date change and the menu … The date Friday April 24 th we’ve chosen is quite different than our traditional Burns Supper date we normally use, on / near the “Bards” birthday of January 25 th , this change we feel will be more convenient and comfortable for everyone … The menu we’ve decided to use is a buffet style for the main course that offers a selection (have both if you wish) which should be interesting and prove positive, the other courses will be served at your table as usual … Adding a tribute to Bonnie Jean for this “Supper” is a much needed and worthwhile venture, particularly as she was the most devoted and dutiful wife and partner Burns could ever have had for his short life, we’re proud this year to pay a just tribute to this Saintly woman …

We will of course maintain and have the traditional Burns Supper “Must haves” on the program such as, Pipers, it wouldn’t be a Supper without the pipes and we have the best in the land to entertain you this night, members Al MacNeill & Liam Freill will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up as they do the honour with the pipes … Address to a Haggis a long standing tradition which we can never do without, as usual the address will be delivered in the strong Scottish brogue by our very own George McCaughey (you’ve just got to hear this) … Toasts, we will continue the tradition this year with a few toasts, “The Toast to The Lassies” will be given by gentleman farmer, Scotsman, sculptor and member Chas. MacKay (this should prove interesting, you don’t want to miss this) … We will have the traditional sing along of Scottish tunes under the direction of our Society Chaplain, Celtic songster, song writer, entertainer Rev. John Martin … We also have the Random Readings from our dinner guests of selected poems by Robert Burn’s (it could be you selected, maybe you should brush up on the Scotts dialog??) … These items we can’t change because a Burns Supper without them would not be a Burns Supper …

Some of the new bits we will be introducing to this supper is a highland dance demonstration from the young girls of the Rothesay Highland dance School, these kids are terrific and so much fun to watch we are so pleased this group of young girls can be with us, Al MacNeill & liam Freill will accompany them on the pipes … We’ve arranged and are pleased to present to our supper this year “Castlebay” , Julie Lane and Fred Gosbee from Round Pond, Maine, Celtic music makers who for more than 15 years have been touring the Eastern seaboard from Atlantic Canada to Florida presenting programs about Scotland’s Bard. In their program they perform the songs of Burns, recite some of his poetry and share anecdotes from his short but colorful life. I’ve seen these folks perform at Government House in Fredericton during the Highland Games a few years back and they were simply terrific, we tried since than to have these folks take part in our Burns supper but their schedule did not allow us to have the pleasure this year however we feel we’ve “struck gold” to have them perform for us on the 256 th anniversary of Burn’s birth with more of his songs, poems and stories (See attachment with this note) …

Additionally and importantly to be aware of, we are limiting the ticket sales to 150 this year which makes for a more comfortable seating arrangement at Riverside Country Club, but does mean we will sell out more quickly this year than previously, therefore please get your tickets early as possible by contacting any of the members below to have them mailed off to you … There’s lots of entertainment to enjoy so come out and join us for supper on April 24 th …

John Watson 657-3760 / 333-7684 Laurie Hossack 847-4420 Jim McKenzie 832-5334

“Whisky Warms the Heart & Soothes the Soul”

Yours Aye

John Watson