This week I bought some land in Scotland for our newest #NipClub location. To be precise, I bought the Eilean Donan castle and grounds, and we built a location that we'll use over the next few weeks for our official pawties. INCLUDING a 24 hour pawty on Feb. 4th/5th. But this week, we'll have a Burns Night Pawty and Feast.
Join us Thursday January 26th as we celebrate Burns Night!
Don't forget to help out our new charity Scotland Shar Pei Rescue
Burns Night, is the annual celebration that commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, as well as Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. It is typically celebrated in Scotland as well as places the UK and the rest of the world on or around January 25, the date of his birth in 1759.
The first Burns Night supper was held at Burns Cottage by Robert Burns' friends on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death. They have occurred regularly ever since. The Supper may be formal or informal. Since this is Nipclub after all, we'll be going the more informal route.
The evening traditionally begins with The Selkirk Grace, a well-known thanks said before meals, using the Scots language.
The Supper includes haggis (a traditional peasant’s meal of sheep’s heart, lungs and liver mixed with oatmeal, onions and seasonings, and then cooked inside the animal’s stomach), "neeps and tatties" (swede, yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes, boiled and mashed separately). Mashed together, "neeps and tatties" is also known as "clapshot". And of course, a "dram" (a glass of Scotch whisky). I'm guessing most of us will have had a wee bit more than a dram before trying the haggis).
In formal settings or where a set of bagpipes is at hand, the haggis is brought in with much ceremony and pipe music. Ok, we all know #Niplclub is not formal, but after a few pre-dinner rounds and toasts, if bagpipesdo show up, someone will try their hand/paw/wing at playing. Then we really will need all that Scotch to believe that they are playing well.
After tribute is paid to the centerpiece of the meal with the "Address to the Haggis" and "Toast to the Haggis" guests are ready to dig into the meal.
Dessert may include Cranachan (a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal) or Tipsy Laird (whisky trifle) followed by oatcakes and cheese. I'm guessing that by the end of the night, more than the Laird will be tipsy.
The evening continues with recitation of Burns' poetry, toasts and singing of his best known work, Auld Lang Syne.
Address to the Haggis
Head Barktender @GeorgeTheDuck presents the Haggis
while Head DJ @Lucky_gsd plays the pipes
@SquirtTheCat opens the haggis
@lampwireslayer Buffy and @patsydog1 get the afterparty started
Noms & Drinks
Haggis, Tatties & Neeps
Aberdeen Angus Steak and fries
Fish and chips
Cranachan with nip garnish
Tipsy Laird trifle
Important announcement!!! #NipClub will be opening a branch in SCOTLAND and we will pawty the for 2 weeks (Jan. 26th will be the Haggis Festival and Burn's Night Pawty) and Feb. 2nd will be Highland Games!!! AND THEN on Feb 4th to 5th we will hold a 24 hour pawty with games, prizes and around the clock fun!!!
Watch for information coming soon!
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