The pipes are calling
With much pageantry, piper Kenneth Pfeiffer ushered in the haggis, presented by executive sous chef Troy Himmelman and followed by men in Scottish dress. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Tartans made of good Scottish wool were perfect cold-weather wear last Saturday night, although some of the men dressed in kilts might have found them a bit breezy on the way into the Harbor View Hotel, site of The 20th annual Burns Nicht Supper.
Catherine Mayhew of Vineyard Haven raised a toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at last Saturday's Robert Burns dinner at the Harbor View Hotel.
Alan Reekie had the honor of reciting "Ode Tae a Haggis," ending with a shot of scotch whiskey. Some traditions are better than others. The various toasts, some funny, some more poignant, linked the Island event to similar dinners around the globe. A solemn moment came with the reading of the names of friends and family who died since last year's dinner. The names were read to the beautiful music of "Flowers O' the Forest," played by Sandra Bitterman on the Celtic harp.