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Celebration of poet's life is a family event

It's time for a traditional Scottish celebration as the birth of poet Robbie Burns approaches. Excalibur Theatre Arts Company has held a special event on the Saturday closest to Burn's Jan. 25 birth date for years.

It's time for a traditional Scottish celebration as the birth of poet Robbie Burns approaches.

Excalibur Theatre Arts Company has held a special event on the Saturday closest to Burn's Jan. 25 birth date for years. This year the family event will be held Saturday at the Coast Inn of the North.

"It's a wonderful tradition," said Bonnie Leach of Excalibur. "I have been attending a Robbie Burns Night since I was four years old. It's not just for Scottish people, it's for anyone who enjoys Scottish traditions."

Hayley Scott, 16, is one of many Highland dancers who will entertain guests. Scott has been dancing for seven years and will be taking her associate teacher's diploma from the British Association Teachers of Dance.

"This will allow Hayley to teach anywhere in the world," said Leach.

Scott was attracted to Highland dancing from the very beginning.

"I like it because it is very unique and very structured," Scott said. "It's a challenge and I love to compete with other dancers from all over."

Leach said she has many other Highland dancers but Scott chooses to focus only on Highland.

At the Robbie Burns Night a traditional roast beef dinner will be served with Haggis, a dish only for those with discriminating taste. There will also be bagpipes and lots of high energy Excalibur dancers to entertain, she added.

There is a silent auction and a 50/50 draw, too.

Tickets are at the Coast Inn of the North. Adults are $30, seven to 12 are $15, children six and under are free.