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The 2009 Burnett Gathering - Wednesday Activities
Wednesday July 29th House of Crathes Dinner We started the visit with a welcome dinner in marquees on the lawns at the House of Crathes. Dinner was followed by a visit to Alexander and Vinny Burnett's nearby House, Kashentroch which has been widely written up as a fine example of eco-friendly design. To replace some of the association with Robert Burns which we missed due to the postponement of Monboddo the Musical, we had a short concert planned for the evening. Having confessed that budgetary restrictions prevented us from doing this in style, I announced that I would be personally leading it with all the guests providing a chorus when required. Because I am somewhat challenged as a singer, I had managed to obtain the service of Andy Linklater on the fiddle to enhance what might have been a very poor performance. Having started with a couple of lines of truly appalling song, I was fortunate that one of the catering assistants was a professional singer, Gordon Strachan, whose speciality is the works of Burns and who took over and completed the presentation. All this was purely a coincidence of course! Attending for the evening were Bill and Eileen Bailey, our genealogist and family historian and Richard Miller and his partner, Debbie Betz. Richard takes charge of Burnett merchandise, which many guests have requested in the past and which we have learned that we must be more organised in providing it. Tartan sashes were in heavy demand for Friday's Ceilidh.
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The 2009 Burnett Gathering - Wednesday Activities
Wednesday July 29th House of Crathes Dinner We started the visit with a welcome dinner in marquees on the lawns at the House of Crathes. Dinner was followed by a visit to Alexander and Vinny Burnett's nearby House, Kashentroch which has been widely written up as a fine example of eco-friendly design. To replace some of the association with Robert Burns which we missed due to the postponement of Monboddo the Musical, we had a short concert planned for the evening. Having confessed that budgetary restrictions prevented us from doing this in style, I announced that I would be personally leading it with all the guests providing a chorus when required. Because I am somewhat challenged as a singer, I had managed to obtain the service of Andy Linklater on the fiddle to enhance what might have been a very poor performance. Having started with a couple of lines of truly appalling song, I was fortunate that one of the catering assistants was a professional singer, Gordon Strachan, whose speciality is the works of Burns and who took over and completed the presentation. All this was purely a coincidence of course! Attending for the evening were Bill and Eileen Bailey, our genealogist and family historian and Richard Miller and his partner, Debbie Betz. Richard takes charge of Burnett merchandise, which many guests have requested in the past and which we have learned that we must be more organised in providing it. Tartan sashes were in heavy demand for Friday's Ceilidh.