The Town of Burns in Allegany County NY is named after Scottish poet Robert Burns
From the Marjorie Dieter Mastin Historical Society,
Pictured L to R- Terry Kane, Lauren Oliver, Andy Carbone, Blake Mayo
The Marjorie Dieter Mastin Historical Society of Canaseraga, town of Burns, celebrated their annual Robert Burns Supper this past Saturday, January 27th. The dinner was held at the Fawcett Post Legion, Main St. Canaseraga. The town of Burns is one of only three places in the United States named after this very famous poet. Attendees were treated to a delicious Scottish fare supper prepared and served by Andy Carbone of JC’s Café in Hornell, NY. Traditional Scottish music played on both mandolin and guitar and song was provided by Terry Kane from Philadelphia, PA. There was the Parade of the Haggis with the Address to the Haggis given by Blake Mayo of Alfred Station. The Immortal Tribute to Robert Burns was compiled and read by Terry Johnson of Canaseraga; Toast to the Lassies was given by Michael Paige of Hollins Center, ME with the Reply to the Laddies given by Laurie Travis of Canaseraga. Scottish jokes, music, songs and poetry of Robert Burns along with several toasts of scotch to the bard, made for a fun filled evening.
The 2024 celebration represented the 10th Anniversary of the Marjorie Dieter Mastin Historical Society. This was only one of between 12-15,000 Burns dinners that are held annually, in 150 countries, including Antarctica Robert Burns Suppers are held to celebrate his life and works on or near his birthday.
Robert Burns was born in Ayershire, Scotland in 1759 and was only 37 years old when he died. He is celebrated for his prolific writing of songs and poetry which include; A Red Red Rose, To a Mouse and best known for a song we all sing on New Year’s Eve – Auld Lang Syne
As mentioned, this is an annual event that the Marjorie Dieter Mastin Historical Society hosts and is open to the public. Check us out on Facebook, or mdmhs1826.weebly.com or visit our museum located at 9 Pratt Street, Canaseraga (by appointment 607-382-4267). We hope YOU can make it next year!