News from the Orange and District Scottish Association and Burns Club!
SHORTBREAD, HAGGIS, AND THE POETRY OF BURNS AT BONNIE ORANGE!
The Club is again hosting its annual Burns Supper in the Skylight Room at the Orange City Bowling Club:
Friday 31 January 2014 at 6.30pm for fellowship, followed by dinner at 7.00pm
Honorary Secretary, Charlene Lambert, is the right person to contact for enquiries about invitations to this popular celebration of the life and times of the great Scottish poet (Telephone (02) 6362 2370):
"The poetry of Robert Burns.... ...for each mouthful of haggis!"
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|SHETLAND'S UP-HELLY-A' FESTIVAL - VIKINGS WITH ATTITUDE|
Flickering torchlight begins to illuminate the dark, cold granite walls as they glow brighter and warmer. The torchlight comes from huge flaming brands, fully 5 feet long - still yet obscured out of line of sight.
Then, the first of the procession begins to appear: 832 torchbearers, two or more abreast, stream along narrow streets that bear names extolling a Nordic past - King Erik Street, St Olaf Street, King Harald Street...
They march to the sound of tacketty boots on the cobbles and the klinketty-jink of body armour.
It's Shetland's Annual Viking Festival, held each January... 28 January in 2014 ....read more here.......
The darkness of a northern night is lit up by the burning galley, winged helmets silhouetted against the flames.
ARE YOU ALL SET FOR BRIGADOON?
You'll surely need your own clan crest, your tartan tie or scarf, a tweed cap, or an item of fine Scottish jewellery to wear proudly...
And why not carry a traditional cromach (walking stick) to complement your outfit?
But if you're entering the Bonnie Bairns Highland Dress competition, you'll be wanting tartan ribbon!
Essential supplies are available now from A Little Piece of Scotland, which you'll find in the Mittagong Antiques Centre, open every day from 10 to 4.30: phone 4872 3198.
The Bundanoon Highland Gathering ( 'Bundanoon is Brigadoon')
Saturday 5th April 2014 - starting with the spectacular street parade at 9.30am.
See more at the Brigadoon website.
"Brigadoon: One magical day each year, the best-known Gathering in the southern hemisphere".
" Respectful of Scottish traditions, and proud of the pioneering role Scots have played in the history of our nation, but a family day at heart, with a distinctive Scottish Australian character".