Tradition and tartan
Do you trace your roots back to the Stewarts, Campbells, MacPhersons or some other Scots clan? Dig out your tam or kilt and head to Bangor Celtic Crossroads’ Robert Burns Night/Supper from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Bangor Masonic Center at 294 Union St. in Bangor.
The celebration of Scotland’s bard, who lived from 1759 to 1796, will feature piping in of the guests by Pipe Major Scott Heney, and will include the chairperson’s welcome, the Selkirk Grace, piping in the haggis, address to the haggis, toast to the haggis, live music, dinner and Robert “Robbie” Burns’ poems and songs, including “Auld Lang Syne.”
The dinner menu will include cock-a-leekie soup, haggis (vegetarian option available) neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) coffee and dessert. A cash bar will be available.
A best dressed contest and a raffle for Robbie Burns CDs also will be held. Folks are welcome to bring a favorite Burns poem, song or instrument.
Tickets cost $15 per person. Proceeds will help fun the 2018 Bangor Celtic Crossroads festival. To reserve seats, call Pauleena MacDougall at 884-7902 or email her at [email protected].
How to cook French
Bill Morrison, co-founder of Southwest Harbor’s Common Good Soup Kitchen and the former Seaweed Cafe, will teach a two-part cooking series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 and 8, in the Mount Desert Island High School kitchen.
Offered through Mount Desert Island Adult & Community Education, the first class will focus on “The Art of Sauté.” Participants will learn how to prepare vegetables for sauté and how to create a pan sauce with this. The Feb. 8 class is “Crepe Making, Elegant Staple.”
The two-part series costs $59 per person. To sign up, call 288-4703 and visit mdi.maineadulted.org.
Saturday night in Sargentville
El El Frijoles will hold its January Supper Club dinners starting at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20, at 41 Caterpillar Road in Sargentville. The menu will include carrot leek soup, a platter of pickled and smoked delicacies served with brown bread, stuffed acorn squash, roasted duck breast and Portuguese custard tart. The cost is $55 per person. To make reservations, call 359-2486 and visit elelfrijoles.com.