AUBURN — L/A Arts is urging folks to get out the kilts and gather up the pipes to celebrate spring Highland-style Saturday, April 17, at its second annual Whisky ‘n’ Plaid fundraiser. Pipers, Scottish whisky tasting opportunities, a brief history of the noble beverage, Gaelic poetry and prose, a buffet and silent auction are on tap.
Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Martindale Country Club, 527 Beech Hill Road.
“The night was inspired by the traditional deep winter Robbie Burns Night held to commemorate Scotland’s favorite son, The Bard – Robert Burns. We advanced the night into spring and broadened the theme to invoke a general Celtic celebration,” said L/A Arts staffer Cheri Donahue.
Guests will be greeted by a piper as they arrive. Upstairs, there will be a silent auction with items from the British Goods Store of Freeport, dining certificates from local eateries, bagpipe lessons, yoga classes, Highland Games tickets, Lia Sophia and Silpada jewelry, and more.
A short Gaelic poetry and prose reading will precede the traditional “piping in the haggis” and dinner. On the menu: haggis, tossed green salad, bangers and mash, fish ’n’ chips, spring vegetable medley, dinner rolls and for dessert, whisky bread pudding with whipped cream and a whisky raisin sauce. A cash bar will be available throughout the night.
After dinner, guests will get a brief history and learn about both obvious and subtle differences of the Highland’s national drink. There will be sampling opportunities after the talk as well as a chance to show off one’s Tartan dress in a costume review with prizes.
Tickets are $60 per couple, $35 per person. Kilts and sporran optional. For tickets, call L/A Arts at 782-7228 or log on to www.laarts.org.