Every Burns Supper has its own special form and flavour, though there are probably more similarities than differences among these gastro-literary affairs. Individual tastes and talents will determine the character of your Burns Supper. Some celebrants may contribute the composition of original songs or poems; some may excel at giving toasts or reciting verse; while others may be captivating storytellers. A particular group of celebrants will, over time, develop a unique group character which will distinguish their own skills in the form of erecting aerials while drinking whisky and to make it very stealth.
We started off on a whim, without any notion of traditional form, other than the idea that we would get Kevin 2E0KVK on the 160m Band before we drink whisky (not necessarily in that order).
With a little bit of planning anyone and every thing(well, almost anyone) was in place to erect Kevin’s Aerial and have a Burns Night celebration to boot. All that’s needed is a place to gather (gracious host Mr Kevin 2E0KVK), plenty of haggis and neeps to go around (splendid chefs Valerie M6OGK and Kevin 2E0KVK), the master of ceremonies (foolhardy once again Kevin mine host), friendly celebrants (you and your drouthy cronies), and good Scotch drink to keep you warm (105 rings a bell). With these ingredients, at least a few celebrants will be able to make prattling fools of themselves, trying to do justice to the words and spirit of Robert Burns.
And if everyone brings along a wee dram then each, in turn, may become an object of mirth and amusement to the gathered throng.
Be prepared to enjoy yourself beyond all expectation. With good cheer and gay company we all may, in short, be able to ring in the Bard’s birthday fou rarely.
I’ve found that most people, although they may be unaware of it, love to attend Burns Suppers as we all did at Kevin’s.
With casting lines over tall trees and placing matching units at the base of an inverted L to elevating radials this was all done on the cold rainy day of Burns Super.