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Hylton In the Highlands: A Taste of Scotland

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Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater

Scotch Whisky Master Class with Dougie Wylie, “The Scotch Whisky Man,” on Saturday, Jan. 18

MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 6, 2014 – The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas celebrates one of Scotland’s longest standing traditions with a tribute to Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. On the 255th anniversary of the poet’s birth, the Hylton Center presents its 2nd annual Burns Night Supper on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Gregory Family Theater.

This formal dinner includes all the pomp and pageantry fit to honor the life and works of this prolific poet and lyricist. The evening will feature a special performance by award-winning duo Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner, as well as poetry reading, Scotch whisky tasting provided by Glenfiddich and the presentation of Scotland’s national dish, Haggis. Tickets to the Burns Night Supper are $97 per person.

In addition, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 2 p.m., the Hylton Center presents a Scotch Whisky Master Class with Dougie Wylie, “The Scotch Whisky Man,” who will showcase Scotch whisky from the Lowlands to the Highlands and from the islands to the small distilleries on the mainland. Tickets to the Scotch Whisky Master Class are $45 per person.

To purchase tickets to the Burns Night Supper or the Scotch Whisky Master Class, please visit the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s box office (open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or visit or call 888-945-2468. For more information about these events or any events at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, please visit



Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland on Jan. 25, 1759. The son of a tenant farmer, Burns was mostly educated at home and penned his first poem at age 15. The majority of his poems and folk songs were composed in the Scots language, and among his best-known works are “A Red, Red Rose,” “Ae Fond Kiss, and Then We Sever,” “A Man’s a Man for A’ That,” the mock-heroic “Tam o’Shanter,” “Scots Wha Hae” (which was long considered the unofficial national anthem of the country) and the New Year’s favorite, “Auld Lang Syne.” Burns died on July 21, 1796 at the age of 37. Each year on Jan. 25, Burns’ birthday is celebrated with Burns Night Suppers in Scotland and across the globe.


Hors D’oeuvres to include:

  • Baked Scotch Egg
  • Forfar Bridies
  • Scottish Bubble Squeak Patties

Cauliflower and Cheddar Cheese Soup

Scottish Buffet Dinner:

  • Haggis
  • Salmon and Whisky Sauce
  • Neeps and Tatties
  • Roasted Root Vegetables


  • Cloutie Dumpling Parfait

*Menu subject to change. Patrons with dietary restrictions please contact the Hylton Center Ticket Office at [email protected].

A Special Thanks to the Following:

Scotch Whisky Sponsor:

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Beer Sponsor:

Heritage Brewing

Wine Sponsor:

Desert Rose Ranch & Winery

 Dinner Sponsors:

Craig Gerhart and Martha Reinhart

Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Leet

Anne E. Nordness and Mary Postma

To purchase tickets to the BURNS NIGHT SUPPER or the SCOTCH WHISKY MASTER CLASS, please visit the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s box office (open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or visit or call 888-945-2468. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. FREE parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts. 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.

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