Edited by Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot, Greater Atlanta, GA, USA
There has been “many a
good time” held at our Atlanta Burns Cottage since it was built in 1910
and used for the first time on January 25, 1911. The time had come for
this grand old lady to undergo some reconstruction, and so she did.
Members have expressed the idea that maybe, just maybe, she will last
another 100 plus years. Guests from all over the world have visited this
venerable structure, it being the only look-alike structure patterned
after the very home where Robert Burns was born and lived as a child.
The reconstruction project provided a new warming kitchen, restrooms,
and a wet bar, where I estimate more whiskey has been consumed by
Atlantans and guests since 1911 than in any other space of the same size
in Atlanta, if not in the entire state! (My estimate only, but I’ll bet
anyone willing to lay down the money with me!)
A lot of hard work went
into the renovation and a lot of money was raised by the membership for
the occasion. The article by member Ross Wyllie below credits the movers
and shakers in the club who got the job completed. The biggest holdup
was the time it took getting the various permits from the governing
powers that be in the City of Atlanta. Makes you wonder how the city has
grown as much as it has over the years. But all of that is now over, and
we have a beautiful home to meet in each month. Many of us can’t wait
until the first match is struck to light the timeworn fireplace to make
the place feel even more home like.
For those of you who are
not members but might be passing through Atlanta, let us know ahead of
time and we’ll do our best to accommodate your visit to one of Atlanta’s
best kept secrets! (FRS: 9.23.15)
Burns Cottage Rededication
Saturday, August, 22, 2015, 5:00 P.M.
By E. Ross Wyllie, Editor, Burns Club of Atlanta Newsletter
The Burns Club of Atlanta
formally dedicated its newly renovated addition to the historic Burns
Cottage replica in Atlanta. The addition includes a warming kitchen, a
wet bar, modern handicapped accessible restrooms and a spacious
The planning and
execution of this event fell to member David Piet, Chairman; and
committee members, Dave McDaniel and Paul Douglas. These gentlemen and
their wives (Jo Ann Piet, Mickie McDaniel and Susan Douglas) put on a
first-class event with close to 90 members and guests attending. The
arriving attendees were met by member and Past President, Henry Frantz,
official Piper of the event. After some brief words of welcome,
President Woody Woodruff introduced the special guests: Tom Gay, Phil
Rutledge and Tom Cole of Gay Construction, general contractors for the
addition Norman Koplon, Special Use Permit and Building Permit
consultant; David Arnold, project architect; and Carol Basile, kitchen
christened the stonework of the addition with a bottle of Robert Burns
whiskey, followed by a ribbon-cutting with Richard Graham and Thomas R.
Todd, Jr., the Chair and Co-Chair of the addition renovation project
President Woodruff called
on Past President, James Montgomery to unveil the granite slab over the
back door with the inscription: “BURNS.”
Piper Frantz led the
members and guests inside for the reading from Burns by Frank Shaw, who
read John Anderson my Jo. The reading was followed by the building
blessing and prayer from Past President, Rev. Dr. James Powell. A Burns
Cottage Addition Dedication Cake, featuring the image of Burns was cut
with a Claymore sword.
Honored guests were
invited to be first in line for the dinner buffet provided by members
and their spouses. When all were comfortably seated with well-charged
glasses a round of toasts and thanks were offered to those
most-deserving members who made the success of this project possible.
Richard Graham was presented with a plaque for his outstanding service
in supervising this project from start to completion.
entertainment was provided by members Keith Dunn on Scottish fiddle,
Hugh Peterson on guitar, Vice President Bill Tucker on percussion and
Walt Hubert on various instruments.
The dedication ended with
'circling up' for Auld Lang Syne with musical accompaniment by Keith
Dunn and Hugh Peterson.
Many thanks for the
photos by Bob Pierson and Susan Douglas. Also, the video by Past
President Victor S. Gregg.
Here is a selection of
pictures from the event...
Frank Shaw reciting the poem
The above pictures were
taken by Susan Shaw Douglas and more pictures can be