MIDLAND, MI — Toasts to the lassies, the laddies, the haggis and Scotland’s famed poet son Robert Burns marked the return of the annual Rabbie Burns Dinner at the Midland Country Club.
Again sold to maximum capacity, the five-course dinner in the plaid-carpeted lounge featured entrees by Chef Ryland Bever with Scotch pairings by Kurt Busard. Between courses, tunes by the White Pine Pipes and Drums of Midland, with special friends from Glen Erin Pipe Band of Lansing, Michigan, entertained the assembly.
Piper Robert Monticello recited Burns’ poem “To A Haggis” before plunging his sgian dubh — pronounced “skeen-do” — into the delicacy. Glen Erin’s Alyse Collins performed the Highland Fling and Sword Dance to the accompaniment of Bill Collins.
The private dinner was open to MCC members and their guests.