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Club to celebrate St. Andrew's Day

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THE Scotia Club is holding a St. Andrew's Day celebration featuring the traditional Scottish fare of dancing, bagpipes and haggis.

The celebratory dinner is happening Nov. 22 at Bronx Park Community Club, 131 Chelsea Place in East Kildonan.

St. Andrew's Day is named for the patron saint of Scotland. He represents Scottish nationalism and culture. Scottish people around the world celebrate the day in November.

Janice Glays, Scotia Club spokeswoman, says the public will delight in the upcoming event.

"It will be similar to what you see at the Scottish pavilion during Folklorama. There will be entertainment, Scottish dancers and traditional food. Anybody who wants to experience the Scottish culture will enjoy this."

One of the highlights of the night will be the Address to a Haggis, a tongue-in-cheek Scottish custom that pays tribute to haggis, a dish made from oatmeal and sheep's liver, heart and lungs. The strange sounding fare is served up in the lining of a sheep's stomach.

The Address to a Haggis is an ode written by famed Scotsman Robbie Burns and is often read at Scottish cultural events. The poem praises haggis as a dish that symbolizes the strength and sturdiness of the Scottish people.

The dish can be traced back to the 18th century. It was a practical meal, making use of the all parts of an animal, including the highly perishable organ meats.

"Haggis isn't for everyone," jokes Glays, adding that those who aren't adventurous enough to try it can opt for some less exotic fare.

The Scotia Club has held St. Andrew's Day socials in the past, but Glays says this is the first year the club is holding a dinner to mark the day.

She hopes to attract about 130 people to the event.

Money raised from the event will go to the Scotia Club. The city club has been around for three years and is part of the Sons of Scotland, a fraternal organization with branches, or camps, all around the country. The group was formed in 1876 and seeks to preserve and celebrate Scottish culture.

Scotia Club's St. Andrew's Day celebration starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Glays at 334-2863.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 12, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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