"My love is like a red, red rose," wrote Robert Burns in one his most famous poems. But if you're more concerned with your red, red nose from the cold spell that's descended upon Hamilton, why not warm up by celebrating the famous Scot's birthday? While Robbie Burns Day is technically Friday, Jan. 25, all of these events except one take place on Saturday.
Music and Meat
If traditional Scottish music floats your boat, you can stop by the third annual Burns Supper, presented by the Branch 58 Royal Canadian Legion Pipes and Drums. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person. Call ahead for tickets from either Doug Tulloch at 905-664-4086 or Jim Murray at 905-544-1819.
Warm up with Whisky
Enjoy haggis, Scottish-themed refreshments and, of course, a whisky tasting at the Old Town Hall in Ancaster. Host Bill Nesbitt will walk even novice whisky drinkers through five Scotch whiskies. Live music will be provided by the Vine Tuned acapella ensemble and Allan Eaton, a bagpiper. Tickets are $45. To purchase yours, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-648-8144. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.
Family friendly fete
If you want an event the whole family can take enjoy, the Erskine Presbyterian Church is hosting a Robbie Burns Dinner complete with live music by the Glennfiddich Group. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person or $45 for a family. Tickets can be reserved by calling the church at 905-529-2255, 905-523-0931 or 905-912-7265.
A Robbie Run
This event sold out weeks ago, but you can still go check out the Burlington Runners' annual Robbie Burns Road Race to cheer on the contestants. The race starts Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Brant St. and Baldwin St. in Burlington. They'll be bagpipers and awards for the best costume, so come take in the fun.