Burns Supper and Ball 2010 - RSCDS Los Angeles
Volume 41 Number 3 March 2010Burns Supper and Ball 2010It was a wonderful eveningof dancing to lively music byCalum McKinnon on fiddleand Lisa Scott on piano. Withno curfew to worry about, wewere able to enjoy the entire18-dance program, whichlasted until nearly midnight.Ann McBrideA late night (and, for some, afew aches the next day), but so worth it!We sang and we danced; we feasted and we toasted; we kept allthose favorite traditions of honoring Scotland’s favorite poet, RobertBurns, at this year’s Burns Supper and Ball. Hosted with the OrangeCounty Branch, the gala evening was held Jan. 23 in O’DonnellHall of the American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach.Ann McBride’s Immortal Memory of Robert Burns was aninteresting and instructive review of what else was happeningduring the years Burns was writing his songs and poems, fromworld news to British politics to the classical composers of hisera. It helped put his life and work into perspective for us.Ray TuckerRay Tucker gave the Toast to the Lassies,with many Burns lines noting women’sattributes from fragile to strong anddetermined. Wilma Fee’s Toast to theLaddies was a clever rejoinder withhumorous reminders of the other, lessflattering meanings of the words Rayhad intended with such kindness.Jim Bell with help from John Zeigler, Bill Hartung and Terri Speakman.With a nod to Burns’ “O my luve islike a red, red rose,” the beautifuland spacious hall was decorated byLinda Boucher in black, white and redribbons and twinkle lights, plus redroses printed in various sizes mixedwith silhouettes of dancers on thewalls. Line Anderson arranged vasesof red roses for each of the 12 dinnertables set for more than 100 dancersand their guests.