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Burns Night 2021: The Home Edition

Mon, Jan 25, 2021 @ 7 pm8:30 pm

On Rabbie Burns’ 261st birthday, the Providence Athenæum invites ye tae journey virtually tae the highlands.

Experience a celebration like nae other, and, from the comfort of yer ain couches, toast the Scotch bard in style – accompanied by host Tony Estrella, Frederick Douglass his-self, and rowdy and rollicking fellow revelers. It’s Burns Nicht 2021: The Home Edition, and it’s nae tae be missed.

Attendees will each receive their own hampers full of nibbles, gifts, and a few surprises to be experienced throughout the evening. You’ll be treated to Burns poem recitations by Tony Estrella and Frederick Douglass, guided through an interactive tasting, shown gems from the Athenæum’s renowned Burns Collection, and sorted into Scottish clans to chat with fellow partiers. Choose between a Scotch or wine tasting, and prepare your tartan best for a costume competition with a basket of prizes. Sponsors are treated to even more – including vintage glassware, a handcrafted boutonniere, and a personal tour of the library’s renowned Burns Collection with tea-time goodies. Just remember! Don’t open your parcels until the festivities begin…

Proceeds from this evening will directly benefit the Providence Athenæum’s collections, programs, and historic home. Thank you for your support!

Tickets are limited, and our fundraisers always sell out! If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation in support of the Athenæum and its programs, please click here to make a gift online.

21+ event. Scottish attire most certainly encouraged. In-person pickup and local courier services are available. Unfortunately, we are not able to ship full hampers. If you would like to participate from out of state, please email

Please contact Jenny Young at 401-421-6970 x28 or with any questions about the event or if you would prefer to pay by check.

Member & non-member hampers include a cheese plate for one, a Scotch or wine tasting, and various treats and surprises. Attendees must collect their hampers at Easy Entertaining before the event (pick-up information to follow).

Sponsor hampers serve two and include everything in attendee boxes, plus a larger cheese plate, handcrafted sponsor boutonnieres, and vintage glassware for your tastings! These hampers will be couriered directly to your door the day of the event.

Lead sponsor hampers are the most extravagant of all! They serve two and include everything in sponsor boxes, plus an even larger cheese plate, a stunning floral arrangement by SEMIA Floral Design, and, scheduled at your convenience, a private tour of the Athenæum’s acclaimed Burns Collection and a basket of teatime treats to take home after your trip to the library. These hampers and the arrangement will be couriered directly to your door the day of the event. Lead sponsors will also be invited to give a toast during the evening if they wish, and will be specially recognized by the night’s host.

The Athenæum would like to thank this evening’s amazing friends and partners: Campus Fine WinesChef-a-Roni Fancy FoodsDWRI LetterpressEasy Entertaining, SEMIA Floral DesignScottish Gourmet USA, and, of course, Tony Estrella.