Robbie Burns Night a fundraiser for the PGSO

The third annual Robbie Burns Night celebration takes place Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Exploration Place at 6:30 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO).

The traditional piping in the haggis will take place featuring renowned piper Marvin Hawke.

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There will be a roast beef buffet dinner with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes) along with other vegetables to follow and the haggis will be on offer for those who would like to try the infamous Scottish dish.

"For the last couple of years the emphasis was on ceremony in the Scottish Robbie Burns tradition and were a little bit stuffy and we're calling this one Robbie Burns Unstuffed," Teresa Saunders, general manager of the PGSO said. "So it's a party and it's just meant to be a wonderful and fun evening while at the same time raising money for the PGSO."

There will be the hilarious toast to Robbie Burns, the Scottish people's poet, a live auction and 50/50 draw.

Then the real action begins with a variation of the Highlander Games including mini contests of skill and silliness, including many from the Scottish tradition.

"There's going to be a mini pool tournament, putting in the Scottish style and a Scotch sampling booth in the middle of it all," Saunders said. "There's a card tournament and haggis toss and a tabletop curling tournament."

Burns Bucks can be purchased in the games room, which will allow guests to play all evening.

There will be a live band playing throughout the night for those wishing to dance.

"Come out and enjoy this Robbie Burns Night out with a new twist," Saunders said.

There is a complimentary shuttle ride home from 9:30 to midnight.

Tickets are $80 per person or $560 for a table of eight.

Tickets are available until Thursday at www.pgso.com or at the office at 2880-15th Ave. or call 250-562-0800.

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