A Scottish Affair – SFU Surrey Celebrates Robbie Burns
Bagpipes, poetry, McFogg the Dog and haggis! What more could we ask for?
For more than a decade, SFU’s Surrey campus has marked January 25th with a community celebration of the birth and literary works of Scotland’s beloved bard – Robert (Robbie) Burns. This year was particularly special, marking Burns’s 260th birthday and prompting us to host a Robbie Burns online trivia contest for SFU students and a library display at the Fraser Library.
This year, I was thrilled to also welcome two honored guests – Jim Gallacher and SFU’s principal Scottish ally McFogg the Dog! And yes, there were kilts.
Jim Gallacher, an occasional standup comic and the SFU Pipe Band’s annual Burns fundraising dinner emcee, graced us by joining the parading of the haggis around campus, led by Zephan Knichel, a piper with the six-time world champion SFU Pipe Band, and a kilted McFogg the Dog. The procession was followed by a formal address to the haggis and an animated rendition of Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse”.
I was especially delighted to see the keen responses to the informal poetry competition. Several students and community members emerged from the crowd to take a stab at reading Robbie Burns poetry for a chance to win a SFU swag bag. And not a crumb of haggis left over!
In celebration of Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary, SFU’s Harbour Centre campus also hosted a Robbie Burns community celebration with a similar procession and haggis address and tasting event.
If you missed this year’s event, not to worry, you can catch the highlights, and be sure to mark January 25th, 2020 in your calendars!