The Arts and Entertainment Magazine attended the Robert Burns’ Supper held at the McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Warrenton, Virginia. The event was hosted by The Fauquier Scottish Heritage Society of Fauquier County.
The restaurant is a blend of Old World and New, and they serve some of the finest dishes in Northern Virginia. The restaurant is guided by Emmett Gallagher who proved to be a most gracious host and helped guide the evening’s event with excellent service. Jim Breeden, the master of ceremonies, led the program and saw to it that the event ran smoothly. The Rev. Brian Turner kicked off the evening with an Invocation and provided spurts of good humor throughout the night. Entertainment was provided by Pipe Major Dave McCrabb, owner of ‘The Scoti’, a local establishment that provides excellent Celtic and Gaelic goods and dress wear. He was accompanied by piper Jacob Loughfin, and drummers Brian Murray and Gordon Loughfin. Highland dancer Katie Weathers added zest to the evening with a fine display of her dancing, as well.
A number of Burn’s poetry was read by Mike Stenberg, Elaine McCrabb, Jim Nimmo, and our own Publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell. ‘The Immortal Memory’ was read by Bruce Raich, which told of the life and times of the Scottish Poet. The entire group participated in a number of favorite songs from Scotland, and toasts were given by The Rev. Turner to the ‘Lassies’, and Margaret Turner to the ‘Laddies’. Even the Haggis, a quaint Scottish dish, was lauded by Mike MacKay amid much fanfare.
The dinner was sumptuous with a choice of traditional Celtic food and spirits. Everyone was decked out in their finest Scottish attire, and the event proved very enjoyable. A surprise for our publisher came along when friends of his, Dave and Angela Contreras , and their lovely daughters Danielle and Grace, were seen dining in the next room. Our Publisher’s wife Maryann, and his son Joseph (who is also our photographer and guest author), accompanied him to the event to help record the evening’s activities. The Society hopes to gain more members in the coming years, and this magazine will be there beside them.