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Galt Museum celebrates Robbie Burns with Scotch, pipes and haggis

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Everybody  gets to release their inner Scotsman on Robbie Burns Day. So the Galt Museum is happy to help out with their annual Robbie Burns Day/ Scotch tasting celebration, Chris Roedler examines a map of Scotland in preparation for Scotch and Burns. Photo by Richard AmeryJan. 21.
 “I’m quite looking forward to it,” said Galt Museum special events co-ordinator Chris Roedler, who has never helped organize one of these events before.

While he noted there probably isn’t a lot of Scottish in his family tree, Roedler being a German name,  he is excited to be involved with the event.

He will be working with Alex Lawson on the details of the event.

“I’ve always been interested in Robbie Burns party,” he said.  

“it’s always a lot of fun. We’ll have drummers to pipe in the haggis. We’ll recite  Robbie Burns poetry and  have a sing along of Auld Lang Syne,” he continued.
 Andrew Hilton is on board to sponsor the Scotch and there are plans in the works to get pipers, dancers, drummers singers and of course haggis.

“Robbie Burns is such an integral part of  Scottish heritage, so to  bring this to Southern Alberta is fantastic,” Roedler said.
“And it always sells out fast every year,” he said.
 Roedler may even wear a kilt.

“If they give me a kilt, I’ll wear it,” he said, adding he may even give the bagpipes a try.
“I’m always willing to try something new,” he said.

They are also looking for a few volunteers to help out. They need 13 or 14 volunteers to do a variety of tasks to help make Robbie Burns Day a success.
 Scotch and Burns begins at 6:30 p.m., with Scotch tasting. The all ages program begins at 7 p.m..

 Tickets cost three dollars for the public and one dollar for annual pass holders. It is free for children six and under to attend.

  A version of this story appears in the January/ February edition of Bridge Magazine.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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