Burns Dinner 2019

It is nearly time for Burns Dinner again! Time to make your reservations! Click on the above tab “Burns Dinner 2019”

Here is what you need to know:

WHAT: Annual Burns Dinner, by H.A.G.G.I.S. 2019
WHEN: Saturday, January 19th, social hour starts at 4pm, ceremony starts at 5pm
HOW: Go to www.haggis-iowa.com, click on the Burns Dinner tab to fill in the reservation form and pay via PayPal. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-18, age 5 and under free
WHERE: St. Wenceslaus Church Hall, 1224 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids

The ABSOLUTE deadline for reservations is January 12th. We will not be accepting any reservations after January 12th.

Get your kilts ready, we hope to see you soon!
Your HAGGIS council members


Getting some questions about our festival so, if you missed previous statements about it, it bears repeating that the group has decided not to continue with further festivals. While unfortunate, it was a decision based on many factors and decided upon by our council. We will still continue to promote our annual Burns Dinners and encourage fun gatherings throughout the year.

Burns Dinner 2017

It’s time to make your reservations for our annual Burns Dinner! Click on the link above to pay by PayPal, or for instructions to send payment by mail. Reservations are due by January 20th! Also: *share this event with your friends and family-let’s get it plastered all over Facebook* *Bring a dessert to share and enter our dessert contest* *Bring an item for our raffle table* *This event is open to the public!* Share, share, share! Make your reservation NOW-don’t miss out!

Upcoming Events and Info

Dear HAGGIS members,

Here is some information relating to the most recent council meeting, and upcoming events:

1) EVENT: Bloomsday Kilt Krawl, Friday, June 17th, 7pm, starting at Parlor City
Join us as we celebrate our Irish roots HAGGIS-Style! Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. We will be celebrating by doing a pub crawl (in kilts) around Cedar Rapids, while reading from Joyce’s famous novel, Ulysses.

*Part of our new focus for this year is to reach a wider audience by appealing to ALL things Celtic. We want to be very inclusive and welcoming to new members, so look forward to lots of different kinds of events that reflect holidays and traditions of all the Celtic Isles…including, but not limited to, whiskey tasting, rugby games, solstice potluck, mini golf, Guy Fawkes, tea parties, and fund raisers such as yard sales or kilt-car washes! 🙂

2) Order requests: We are gathering requests to place an order for Iowa Tartan. We are 5 yards short of a minimum of 30 yards to place an order. If you are interested in ordering yards of Iowa Tartan (at $69.95/yard), please let us know so we can get closer to our goal!

3) Eastern Iowa CelticFest: As most of you know, our 2016 CelticFest was canceled due to construction at Squaw Creek Park. What we just learned was that the prices for renting the location we have used for the past 2 years has nearly doubled, making that location no longer viable. Please submit and investigate any suggestions you may have on a location for our festival for 2017. The Cedar Rapids are is most ideal, but we may need to start to search beyond in order to find a suitable and affordable location.

Join us for Tartan Day Celebration!

Join us as we celebrate Tartan Day, a celebration of Scottish heritage, remembering the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. We will have social dancing and festivities, with live music provided by Lilywren.
Saturday, April 9th, 6pm
at Dublin City Pub, in Cedar Rapids.

Burns Dinner Menu

Here is the menu for our Burns Dinner, provided by Congrats Catering: shepherd’s pie, neeps, tatties, veggies, and soda bread. And, of course, there will be haggis!

Lilywren performing for Burns Dinner

We are pleased to announce the band, Lilywren, will be performing for our Burns Dinner!  Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQxXdNMESYc&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

Robert Burns Dinner-public welcome!

Celebrate a Scottish tradition with H.A.G.G.I.S.! We will be hosting our annual Robert Burns Dinner Saturday, January 30th, at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. There will be a raffle table, traditional ceremony with toasts, and traditional food including shepherd’s pie, neeps, and (of course) haggis! The evening will be conclude with traditional Scottish dancing. You do not have to be a member to attend. Please join us! Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for age 6-18, 5 and under free. Reservations are required, click on “Robert Burns Dinner” to make yours today!

Guys Fawkes Night is here again!

Join us at the Kula Farm Saturday, November 7th, at 5pm for the traditional bonfire, effigy buring, and fireworks!  Bring a bag chair and a dish to share.  Board games are welcome and we’ll try to fit in some dancing, too!  Invite your friends, open to non-members!  Contact a board member or visit our Facebook page for more information!

Freedom Festival Parade and Kilt Krawl

We will be promoting CelticFest this Saturday in the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival parade, followed by a Kilt Krawl (pub crawl) in the NewBo district.  If you can join us, please meet in the staging area at 9am in Czech Village, at the corner of 18th Ave SW and A St SW.  We will be handing out fliers, and you are also welcome to bring candy to pass out to the children along the route.  And, of course, wear kilts (if you have them) and HAGGIS t-shirts!  See you there!