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Middfest Celebrates Scottish Poet Robert Burns at Summer Party
Monday, July 7, 2003 12:00:00 AM - Monroe Ohio
For well over 200 years, friends and fans of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, have gathered on his birthday to celebrate his life. Since Scotland is the featured country for Middfest International 2003, it is only fitting that a celebration be held in Middletown. To be even more fitting, the celebration will be held in the most castle-like structure to be found—the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 2709 McGee Avenue.

Burns, born in 1759, spent his early years as a farmer and became known as the “Ploughman Poet.” Among his well known poems is “Auld Lang Syne,” which is always heard set to music on New Year’s Eve.

Middfest International organizers invite the public, Middfest volunteers and fans of Robert Burns to gather on Saturday, July 26, 7-10 pm for a celebration to make the Scottish bard proud.

Burn’s Night will be enhanced with exuberant piping, toasts, poems, dancing, songs and general high spirited fellowship. Dress is optional: kilts, 18th century Scottish dress or 21st century casual.

Please RSVP to the Middfest office 513-425-7707 or email Donations toward the cost of the dinner will be appreciated but are not required.

Church of the Ascension is just off Central Avenue, near Middletown Regional Hospital. Parking will be available in the hospital parking lot, across the street from the church.

Middfest International is an annual celebration of international friendships. An educational project, the year-long effort culminates in a festive celebration on Donham Plaza in downtown Middletown, Ohio on the first weekend in October, this year on October 3,4,5. Each year, a featured country is chosen as the focus of Middfest. Scotland is the 2003 Middfest International featured country. For additional Middfest International information, visit the website at

Story Contributed by Ann Mort
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