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A Wee Bit of Scotland Comes to the Library

"Oh, ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll get to the Library afore ye..."

Join Literary Residents Jim Welch and Ceille Baird Welch for a Ceilidh (pronounced "kaylee") -- a traditional Gaelic social gathering featuring music, poems, stories and more in celebration of the culture of Scotland. The program will also feature elements of a Burns Supper and an overview of the life and writings of Robert Burns. (Don't worry, we won't make you eat haggis!)

Included in the festivities will be Jim Welch singing along with a Scottish musical group featuring Richard McLeod, Doug McDonald and Dan "Campbell" Orta. Ceille Baird Welch will premiere a new poem, “Gilfillan’s Ghaist,” and members of the Robert Burns Society and the Scottish Country Dancers will provide authentic Scottish dance, songs and stories.

Sunday, April 21st from 3 p.m. to 4:00 pm in the Bostick Auditorium at the Main Library -- 1431 Assembly Street


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