Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Aloha to Robert Burns, Elizabeth Essex, and Beach Blanket Bingo

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Today is Robert Burns' birthday.  From (link),

Born on January 25, 1759, in Alloway, Scotland, Robert Burns was the eldest son of tenant farmers William Burnes and Agnes Broun. After some rudimentary education, Robert’s parents encouraged him to read books by important contemporary writers as well as Shakespeare and Milton.

Robert Burns was a man of great intellect and considered a pioneer of the Romantic movement. Many of the early founders of socialism and liberalism found inspiration in his works. Considered the national poet of Scotland, he is celebrated there and around the world every year on "Burns Night,” January 25. 

Romance author Elizabeth Essex features Scottish Sunday on her Twitter account (link) .... and she's an intriguing writer. From her website (link),

Elizabeth Essex is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Reckless Brides historical romance series. When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth can be always be found with her laptop, making up stories about heroes and heroines who live far more exciting lives than she. It wasn’t always so. Long before she ever set pen to paper, Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classics and Art History, and then earned her MA in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University. While she loved the life of an underwater archaeologist, she has found her true calling writing lush, lyrical historical romance full of passion, daring and adventure.

Elizabeth will be hosting a table at Beach Blanket Bingo at the RT Booklovers' Convention (link):

Join Annette Funicello (Kim Rocha) & Frankie Avalon (Kim Lowe) for a special edition of Book Cover Bingo. Expect spontaneous singing, dancing, & flirting with lifeguards inspired by the beloved 60s film. Readers will join sun loving authors at their favorite beaches and compete for the book laden gift baskets ... perfect for the sand and surf!

Elizabeth's favorite beach is Hammonasset Park, CT (link),

"Hammonasset" means, "where we dig holes in the ground" and refers to the place where a settlement of eastern woodland Indians farmed along the Hammonasset River. They subsisted on corn, beans, and squash, and by fishing and hunting. The first colonists arrived in 1639. Property changed hands frequently between Native Americans and the first colonists.

In 1898 the Winchester Repeating Arms Company bought Hammonasset and used it as a testing site for their new rifle. Their Lee Straight Pull rifle was mounted on a horse drawn stone boat, from which it was fired into targets on the beach.On July 18, 1920, Hammonasset Beach State Park was opened to the public. The first season attracted over 75,000 visitors. The park's reputation drew tourists from across the continent as well as the state.

During World War II the park was closed to the public and loaned to the federal government as an army reservation. Meigs Point functioned as an aircraft range. Planes flew over Clinton Harbor, fired at the range and then flew out over Long Island Sound.

The stone breakwater at the Meigs Point end of the park was built in 1955. The stones were brought in by truck from quarries in northern New England.

Today, over one million people come annually enjoy to Hammonasset Beach State Park.


I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about Robert Burns - have you read any of his poetry or attended a Burns Night?

2. Comments are open through Sunday, January 29, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3. I'll post the winners on Monday, January 30.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. We studied Robert Burns in High School. I can't remember any though.

  2. Yes, I've read his poetry but I haven't attended any Burns night.

  3. I am sure I read Burns' poetry in school,but it was so long ago! Interesting biography!

  4. Long time bagpipe lover!! Seen several performances in the USA and in Scotland. Thanks for the reminder of Burn's poetry!

  5. I've read a couple. Never attended a Burn's night. Something I'd actually like to do.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. No, I've never read him or attended a Burn's night.

  7. I have read some of his poetry and know he wrote Auld Lang Syne.

  8. haven't attended a Burns night, but have a couple of Staffordshire style figures from my grandparents of 'Bobby Burns & Highland Mary' - they are in my front window

  9. I've read a few of his poems. We (ok, he was my mother's baby) had a shiz tsu named Tam O'Shanter.

  10. Read his poetry in h.s. many years ago.