Atlanta Burns Club Visit 2009
Ceilidh Evening at Lochardil House Hotel, Inverness for Atlanta Burns Club
On the second evening of their two day visit to Inverness the visiting party from Atlanta Burns Club in Georgia was treated to a feast of entertainment on Tuesday, 28th July 2009 by Inverness Burns Club.
President Cliff Sim welcomed a company of over 100, including 18 guests from Atlanta Burns Club. The evening began with a presentation of commemorative gifts to Past President Richard Graham who received the Johnstons of Elgin Homecoming Burns Tartan rug used for the plaque unveiling the previous night, a copy of “A Fickle Man” (a book about Burns), and whisky miniatures from Inverness City Council together with individual photographs of the presentations of their Homecoming 2009 Certificates at the Civic Reception the night before.
Richard Graham thanked the Club for their generous gifts and the tremendous hospitality they had received since their arrival. He presented Cliff Sim with a personal copy and a club copy of two pictures of their “replica” Burns Cottage in Atlanta, Georgia with a promise to return our hospitality to anyone visiting them in the United States.
The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Local Councillor and past President David Henderson, who introduced Iain Gordon, Ian Douglas and Elizabeth Curtis Mackenzie who individually and collectively sang and recited and David Bowen provided accordion music all evening. John Smith, in costume, recited “Holy Willie’s Prayer” to great effect. The Elizabeth Fraser Highland Dancing team with their own piper provided a very attractive demonstration by a group of young dancers and a Royal Scottish Country Dance team of 8, arranged by Committee member, Campbell Dickson, also gave two demonstration dances and then invited our American visitors to join in. Another highlight of the evening came when Hugh Peterson Jr, of Atlanta, played his mandolin to accompany his wife Mary Jane’s singing.
Stovies and oatcakes, coffee and shortbread were served during a short break in the proceedings. The refreshments were followed by everyone joining in traditional ceilidh dancing and David Henderson leading the whole company in singing specially selected community songs including an American ‘trilogy’ song, specially devised for the occasion, to make our guests feel really at home amongst us.
Duncan Chisholm Kiltmakers for decorating the room so effectively with tartan, Johnstons of Elgin for their Homecoming Burns Tartan rug, Provost Gray for the whisky miniatures and the Civic reception the previous night and to our MC David Henderson, before the whole company closed the proceedings with Auld Lang Syne.
Cliff Sim – President
Lochardil House Hotel
Home of the Inverness Annual Burns Supper and the Venue for the Ceilidh Evening for Atlanta Burns Club