Got My Burns Supper Tickets
How about you? The premier winter event of Cape May takes place January 22nd at the Ugly Mug. The house is usually packed full. This year will be no exception. A friendly text message reminded me to grab my tickets before they run out.
Mission accomplished, confirmed by email. This year’s event supports the Cape May Film Festival.
Jack Wright, publisher of Exit Zero Magazine and host of the event that brings revelers into Cape May (in the dead of winter) to celebrate the Scottish Poet Robert Burns, brilliantly reads the Address to the Haggis, the center piece of any properly run Burns Supper.
Exit Zero Magazine’s Burns Sup presentation does not lack in any detail. Complete with a parade of Haggis, the delicacy prepared from sheep’s stomach (think scrapple) is escorted into the room heralded by Bagpipes and drums.
My first fuzzy remembrance of a Robert Burns Supper took place in Exton Pennsylvania, at the home of Ian and Pamela Coats, coincidentally from the same neck of Scotland as Mr. Wright. There was Haggis, poetry, singing and single malt Scotch. Lots of Scotch, that’s why its fuzzy.
I was delighted to learn when I moved to Cape May that first winter, there would be a local Burns Supper. At that first event I recall dialing my friend Ian at the reading of Address to the Haggis.
Each year since then, if I have been in town, I try not to miss this cultural experience. Neither should you.