Burns poetry, tea at Kelpie Gallery

Jan 10, 2017
Graham Phaup

South Thomaston — Back by popular demand, the Kelpie Gallery and Lewis Conservation Services will present a traditional reading of the poetry of Rabbie Burns Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. as the next event in the Tea & Talk Series.

In celebration of the 258th birthday of Scotland's venerated National Poet Robert Burns, Graham Phaup of Camden will recite Burns' poetry, complete with a whiskey toast, followed by a traditional British Tea served by hosts Susan Lewis Baines and Lauren Lewis.

Burns, affectionately known as Rabbie Burns, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He probably is best known for penning the lyrics to the beloved “Auld Lang Syne,” traditionally sung by millions on New Year’s Eve. His January birthday is celebrated yearly by Scots everywhere with feasting, poetry and song, as well as a whisky toast to “The Bard.”

Phaup was born and raised in Selkirk, Scotland. Selkirk is in the Scottish Borders and is about 100 miles due east of Alloway, Burns’ birthplace. In common with most school students in Scotland, Phaup was taught Burns poetry from an early stage, and Burns poetry and songs featured strongly in his home. Graham’s professional career has embraced civil engineering, international and public affairs and, until 2011. serving as CEO of the Institute for Global Ethics, based in Camden.

Tea and Talk at the Kelpie Gallery events give the community an opportunity to gather and socialize in an artistic setting; enjoy tea and traditional fare from the British Isles; and learn about a variety of topics from local speakers.

Seating is limited, so early reservations are a must. Tickets are $18 per person. Due to the demand for these events, tickets must be purchased in advance online at TheKelpieGallery.com. More information is available on the gallery’s Facebook page.

The Kelpie Gallery is located at 81 Elm St./Route 73 in the 'Weskeag Village. For more information, call 691-0392 or email gallery@thekelpiegallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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