Burns celebration has ticket to ride

Jan 09, 2003, vol. 26, no. 1
By Carol Thorbes

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Have no fear if you board skytrain on Jan. 24 and feel as though you're being transported to the Gaelic highlands.

You're still on the Lower Mainland.

You've just encountered Simon Fraser University's tartan-clad band of well wishers, celebrating Robbie Burns' birthday.

For more than 20 years, a merry troupe of faculty, staff, students and community participants has paraded through the learned halls of Burnaby campus in honour of Scotland's national bard.

For the first time, the troupe is boarding skytrain (at 9:15 a.m. at the Production Way station) to bring the annual festivities to Surrey and Harbour Centre campuses.

Led by a piper from SFU's four-time world champion pipe band, the celebratory troupe will arrive at Surrey campus in the Central City Mall on King George Highway at 10 a.m.

Frank Campbell, a true Scot from SFU's learning and instructional development centre, will address, cut and serve the haggis at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to Surrey campus.

Then it's back to Burnaby campus via skytrain.

Once atop Burnaby Mountain, the troupe will help unveil a new display case at SFU's W.A.C. Bennett library.

The display case will house several coveted bagpiping trophies belonging to the St. Andrews and Caledonian society of Vancouver, and now in SFU's care. Then the day's parading of the haggis resumes.

The estimated times for breaking haggis at Burnaby campus are: Diamond University Centre, 12:05 p.m.; MacKenzie cafeteria, 12:20 p.m., Highland pub, 12:35 p.m. and Raven's cafeteria, 12:50 p.m.

The troupe will catch skytrain at Production Way and disembark at Waterfront station at about 2:30 p.m.

Then it's off to Harbour Centre campus where another haggis will be carved at 2:40 p.m.

The SFU Robbie Burns dinner and silent auction will cap off the day's shenanigans. The gala event takes place at the Executive Inn hotel, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam.

For more information and tickets contact Laurie Kortschak, 604-536-5601, lauern@shaw.ca

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