Haggis for all! Maplewood celebrates Robbie Burns Day

Pictured above, the haggis with whisky sauce Maplewood served for Robbie Burns Day.

Traditional Scottish fare and bagpipe music mark birthday of Scotland’s most celebrated poet

Maplewood residents and staff members celebrated the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns on Friday (Jan. 25) with a traditional Burns supper and bagpipe music.

Of course, the focal point of every Burns supper is haggis, a mixture of minced organ meat, suet, onions and spices that’s baked in a sheep’s stomach.

The haggis was served with whisky sauce and with the traditional neeps (mashed turnips) and tatties (mashed potatoes). Everyone enjoyed tipsy laird, a Scottish trifle, for dessert.

While a bagpipe player was scheduled to “pipe in the haggis” to start the celebration, he was unable to attend, so team members played bagpipe music from YouTube over the Brighton long-term care home’s PA system.

“The resident’s loved (the celebration),” says nutritional care manager Nancy Stillman.

Nancy adds that when she and her family were in Scotland last year she declined the opportunity to try haggis. But she decided to have a taste at the Maplewood Burns supper.

“I had to try it. … Surprisingly, it was really good,” she says.

Robbie Burns Day, which is commonly celebrated in long-term care homes, marks the birth of Burns, who is best known for his poems “A Red, Red Rose,” “The Battle of Sherramuir” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

Burns, affectionately known as “The Bard,” was born Jan. 25, 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, and people around the world celebrate his birthday each year.

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