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Burns Night at Chappie’s to become new area tradition

Special event will celebrate Scotland’s national poet in food, song and libations

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Jonathan Kruk

Jonathan Kruk

A little bit of old Scotland comes to Roxbury later this month when James Chapman and his crew at Chappies Restaurant present a ribald night of celebration of the legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Hosted at the Roxbury eatery by Hudson Valley Storyteller Jonathat Kruk, the evening will feature a three course traditional Scottish Burns Dinner along with a bagpiper, a Parade of the Haggis, a Toast of the Lassies, Singing of Auld Lang Syne and Whiskey Tasting as well as Scottish Ale Tasting.

Chapman told the news this will be the first annual celebration of its type and he and the staff are eager to present the event. “It’s all about the party. It’s about good food, entertainment and good company,” he noted with a touch of a Scottish accent thrown in for good measure.

Festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 and advance reservations are strongly suggested. Kruk will be leading the group through the event which will feature the recitation of Burns’ poetry, a traditional dinner with the entrance of the haggis, storytelling, songs, and whiskey and ale toasts.

Robert Burns, known the world over as Scotland’s national poet, is celebrated every year on his birthday, with “Burns Night” celebrations similar to the one Chappie’s will host. Though Burns died at the young age of 37 in 1796, his popularity in his native land has never waned. Friends of his began celebrating his life within a decade of his death and such celebrations have continued for the 200 years since.

Kruk, one of the Hudson Valley’s premier storytellers has made the craft a career since 1989. In addition to telling stories live, Kruk has made eight recordings for children and adults and penned the book Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands and produced a DVD on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He has made appearances on the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC’s Good Morning America among others.

To make reservations for the Burns Night dinner, which is expected to last from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., call 607.326,7020. For those who might want to stay overnight in Roxbury after partying with other Burns fans, special room upgrades will be available at the adjacent celebrated “The Roxbury” hotel for Burns Dinner guests. As is true of the dinner, advance reservations are strongly suggested as both are expected to sell out for the evening.

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