Photos: Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard celebrates Burns Nicht

Colin Ewing models a tartan. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

In celebration of the 254th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, the Bard of Scotland, the Martha’s Vineyard Scottish Society held its 26th annual Burns Nicht Supper this past Friday evening.

Held at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, the evening featured traditional Scottish food from Cock-A-Leekie soup and Island made Haggis to Scottish Buttermilk Biscuits, toasts to both President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the lassies and the laddies, plenty of music, and an auction run by Trip Barnes.

“The Burns Nicht recalls the life and influence of Robert Burns through music, traditional toasts, and a keynote address that is one of the cornerstones of all Burns Nichts, ‘The Immortal Memory,'” according to the event’s program. “The basic format for this evening has remained unchanged when in 1796 nine friends gathered in an Alloway cottage, the bard’s birthplace, to pay tribute to his memory.”