In 1930, prohibition had been in effect for 10 years as the world was tumbling into the Great Depression. But in that dark year, the Scottish Rite Temple was built by a branch of the secretive society known as the Freemasons. Like a scene from the Da Vinci Code, we were fascinated to discover what mysteries were hidden behind the stone walls of this temple.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets is the national poet and a cultural icon in Scotland. He is most famous for writing Auld Lang Syne.
At Burns Cottage In 1801, on the fifth anniversary of his death, friends gathered at Burns Cottage to hold a memoriam supper. The celebration known as Burns Night has been a regular occurrence ever since with Burns Nights and Burns Suppers held throughout Scotland and the world each year on his birthday.
We chose this special occasion to hold a tasting of Brown-Forman’s scotch and Irish whiskeys. Englishman Max Heinemann and Irishman Micheal O’Flaherty introduced us to several scotches from their three brands: The Benriach, The Glendornach and Glenglassaugh as well as Slane Irish Whiskey.
Of course, no Burns Supper would be complete without the infamous Scottish delicacy known as haggis! The haggis was brought in with bagpipes, drums and great fanfare, followed by a presentation of the Robert Burns poem, "Ode to Haggis" presented by Rick Tabb. We had tatties, bashed neeps and short bread cookies to accompany the haggis.
In addition to our usual door prizes, we also held a raffle for a Woodford Reserve wristwatch to raise money for the Scottish Rite Foundation to benefit children with speech disabilities.
The event concluded with the Knights of St. Andrews providing a guided tour of the temple.