January 13, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
865.981.8209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryville College will join Scotland and those of Scottish ancestry Jan. 23 as the campus community celebrates a long-time Scottish tradition, the annual Robert Burns Dinner.
Burns, one of Scotland's favorite sons, was a poet, writer and composer during the late 1700s. The Scots traditionally celebrate his life and work on, or close to Jan. 25, the bard's birthday. The Maryville College celebration will include traditional bagpipe music, Highland dress (kilts), and haggis – a dinner casserole of mixed meats, oats and winter vegetables. It is customary for guests to participate by reading, reciting or singing their favorite Burns works and toasting his immortal memory.
WHO: Students, faculty and staff from Maryville College. (Unfortunately, because of space limitations, this dinner is not open to the public.)
WHAT: Annual Robert Burns Dinner commemorating 244th birthday of Scotland's National Bard whose writings includes "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose," "To a Mouse," "Tam O'Shanter," and more than 400 other songs and verses. Burns died at 37 of probable heart disease related to strenuous work on the farm as a youth. His humble beginnings lead him to become known as the "ploughman poet." Scottish traditions surrounding this dinner will be observed.
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Maryville College campus, Proffitt Dining Room in Pearsons Hall
WHY: To allow students to participate in a long-standing Scottish tradition and to underscore the College's Scottish roots.
PHOTO/VIDEO OPS: Several faculty members and students are scheduled to recited Burns works and offer lively toasts to his memory. The College's a capella group Off Kilter will perform. The haggis will be presented in a traditional style with a bagpipe procession and reading of Burns' prose "To A Haggis." As is customary, a rousing verse of "Auld Lang Syne," partially written by Burns, will conclude the festivities.
CONTACT: Nick Roberts, director of community enrichment, at 865.981.8013 or nick.Roberts@maryvillecollege.edu.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.