Saturday, January 26, 2013
A happy (belated) Burns Day to you all.
Yesterday, Friday 25th, I did indeed attend a Burns Supper & Ceilidh! It's the first time in years, as I am not a lover of haggis.
However, the Church had an open night, for members and for the community, and it was well attended.
The ceilidh band was "Jiggered" who are apparently not just local or national, but international too, having had a number of gigs over in the US. I'm presuming they maybe did a wee tour one summer (or more). But my reasoning is based on the fact that one member is a school teacher here locally (as well as a member of our church), so would not be able to be away at times other than school holidays.
Yes, we had the traditional haggis, neeps an' tatties - boiled haggis with boiled and mashed potatoes, and boiled and mashed turnip (maybe swede - I never know the difference - but rutabago?)
I didn't get my own hubby up to dance - he was too aware of the potential for getting his leg knocked and having to cope with another ulcer (having not had one for almost 2 years now, since taking early retirement). But I did drag my friend's husband up for the St Bernard's Waltz, which meant that she was then able to get him up for the Military Two Step.
I missed not being able to join the other dances, but I'm still not over the lurgies sufficiently to have coped with breathing!
I enjoyed some good chat and some lovely music.
Hubby enjoyed some chat and, more so, the music/songs performed between dance sets.
A fun night was had by all. The age range was age 87 to age 18 months! Most of the children responded really well and tried to be part of the dancing.
It was amazing to see the organiser (a bachelor in his late 30s) dancing the Military Two Step with a child in each arm (ages 4 and 2) while their Mummy helped to clear up a bit and their Daddy played the piano and organ in the band!
An eightsome reel has never been the same when a few of the folk have a child attached!
And Strip-The-Willow ........... One set of 8 had 3 adults and a young "challenged" lad, plus about half a dozen under-5s.
The evening should have been video'd, I think it was probably taped. I'll maybe find out tomorrow at church :)