Bryant Park, Fountain Terrace, Summer 2019

July 18th, 2020

Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation, 

This week as we continue to navigate this challenging time, adjusting to the "new formal", Team ASF, working remotely, look to help our Scottish community feel closer together, sharing our love of Scotland through our new roots of communication.

Below we share news of virtual Highland Games that are planned, and learn of some Games now postponed to late Fall; of emerging plans around a  Virtual Edinburgh Festival this August. 

ASF this coming week brings you:
- ASF #ScotsInUS Podcast - Mid Summer Burns, our next installment of the 
In Conversation with Kenneth Donnelly, Burns Society of New York, President and
Alistair McCulloch, renowned fiddle player as in Word, Music and Verse we learn of their love of Robert Burns.
Learn more via our website LINK HERE - and LINK to SPOTIFY

- Our monthly "Sounds from Scotland" - launching on July 19:2 - 4pm, following our first Facebook streaming last month for the Solstice that we so enjoyed bringing to you, and was so well received. LINK TO ASF FACEBOOK 

- Our E News sharing our collaborations and news from fellow organizations and societies.

- AND Zoom events we have been partnering on .. plus plus ... 

As the "mighty" lions in front of the NY Public Library remind us - to masking up and staying safe.

Camilla G Hellman
We know from recent messages from ASF Members and friends how important Highland Games are to our constituents, and are delighted that on  August 1st Chicago Scots are among those in the Scottish-American community who are leading the way in providing a safe, meaningful alternative to live games in this era of COVID-19 with some form of streaming event.  As the Chicago Scots so aptly put it, 
"  On Saturday, August 1st we are bringing the fun and traditions to you-wherever you are! "  

-   We have also heard that  NHScot are bringing the NH Highland Games to us virtually over the weekend of September 19-20

Michael Reid, ASF Board Director shares updates and news of  late Summer/Fall Highland Games that are scheduled

Visit our ASF Highland Games Magazine Report for
full news.  LINK HERE
Last week, the organizers of Grandfather Mountain also had a streaming concert in lieu of games.  

Later in October this year, the Celtic Colors event in Nova Scotia will be a streaming festival.  While a virtual event is not the same experience as a games with caber toss, sheaf toss, IrnBru, ginger beer, Scotch eggs, fish & chips and ice cream, it nonetheless provides an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and maintain an active event for annual continuity.  

We at the American Scottish Foundation know how much work these online events entail and applaud this innovative option. 

In addition, we are providing the following update on Highland Games and related events through the end of August (we'll report on September, October and November in later editions as so much in flux):

August Games
-Cold Spring Village Celtic Festival, NJ - August 8-9 - still on
-Amherst Scottish Festival & Highland Games - August 15-16 not confirmed
-Douglas County, OR Highland Games & Gathering - August 22 - not confirmed

August Games Cancellations:

-  Monterrey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival - Cancelled
-  Montreal Highland Games - Cancelled
-  Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games - Cancelled
-  Central New York Scottish Games & Celtic Festival - Cancelled
- -Loch Norman Highland Games -Cancelled 
-  Maine Highland Games - Cancelled
- Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival (MT) - Cancelled
- Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games - Cancelled

With so much in flux we ask that you stay in touch with the organizing committee of the games you normally attend and check status as with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 all is subject to change.

ASF will share updates as we learn more.  Keep up to date with ASF News on our website and Facebook pages.

This week we learnt that as of August 1st
Historic Environment Scotland will partially reopening of
Edinburgh Castle and  Stirling Castle .  Please visit HES website for full details HERE 

National Trust for Scotland will be announcing their phased reopening of properties over the coming months, not all are set to open this year, some will follow in Spring 2021. Please visit NTS website for details HERE

The 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival is going Virtual.  Plans are hastily being put in place for a virtual Edinburgh Festival this August.  A schedule of events will be announced by the end of July.  Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival site for updates HERE

Amazing Grace - Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra
Amazing Grace - 
Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra
The American-Scottish Foundation┬«  Is grateful to Iain Sutherland for sharing with us this past moment, as he conducted the City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra with the City of Glasgow Chorus and Pipes and Drums in a wonderful performance of Amazing Grace.  As he explains:

..... "I was commissioned by the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to write a suitable Finale for the Last Night of the Glasgow International Gala Season. I arranged "Amazing Grace" for the Pipe Band and Orchestra"

Amazing Grace, The Scottish Classics-  Available on Amazon - Link HERE 
Come join the Dance : Scottish Country Dancing 
Summer Class Updates:

Save the Date - ASF Burns Night Celebrations 
Friday January 15, 2021.  

In preparation for ASF Burns Night Celebration and our guests "enthusiastic" reeling, we highlight the opportunity to take part in "At Home" Scottish Country Dancing to help increase your knowledge of the reels.

In New York, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society  has two groups active in Manhattan.  

July Zoom Classes move to Tuesdays at 7pm
(teachers from NJ are alternating with the NY
teachers over the Summer)

This weeks link is 

Meeting ID: 875 0428 9021     Password: 893679

August NY Classes will be Thursdays at 7pm

SCOTIA Monday classes are suspended for the Summer.

Join in the dance for 45 minutes or so, with a short virtual tea time to socialize with other Scottish Dancers in the area.     EMAIL  


Arbikie Greyhound  
  • 40ml Arbikie AK'S Gin
  • 100ml grapefruit juice.
Pour gin into a tall glass filled with ice. Pour over grapefruit juice. Garnish with a sprig of thyme

SCOTTISH BANNER share their July issue with
American Scottish Foundation members & friends

The issue is packed with news and updates from  around the global Scottish American Community

To access the issue use LINK HERE
The issue spotlights the Highland Games.

As Editor Sean Cairney notes:
... " Sadly, due to Covid-19 large scale events cannot take place just now and this has been devastating to the Highland Games communities across the globe.

For some going to a Highland Games each year was their only time to connect to their ancestry or was part of their family's tradition. To not have Highland Games taking place certainly leaves a void for so many facets of the Scottish community."

Following ASF's initial 
Sounds From Scotland Livestream concert in celebration of the Summer Solstice, we are now launching a monthly livestream concert 

ASF Sounds from Scotland
Monthly two hour concert 
 3rd Sunday of the month 3- 5pm EST

Please join us on 
Sunday July 19th - 3pn - Live Streaming on Facebook.

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan

With performances from:
Lisa Kowalski, Nicola Cassells, 
Kieran Robinson and Reely Jiggered

Music is a key component to our youth bursary programs and to our community programming - we love helping young emerging talent in Scotland have opportunities here in the US.  

If you would like to listen to the June 21st performances click the links below as the performances are still available 

Watch fantastic performances from June 22nd Sounds from Scotland on Facebook Live 
Jamie McGeechan aka  Little Fire  LINK HERE      Laura McGhee  LINK HERE  
Alan Frew  LINK HERE      Craig Weir & the Cabalistic Cavalry  LINK HERE
Mike Nisbet  LINK HERE   John Rush  LINK HERE     Colin Hunter   LINK HERE
Every Second and Fourth Monday ...

"In converstation" with Kenneth Donnelly, President, Burns Society of New York and Alistair McCulloch, renowned Fiddle player and teacher at the Royal Conservatoire, Scotland 

With music and verse from  Alistair McCulloch and Jamie McGeechan - Little Fire and Kenneth Donnelly.

Pod and Zoom Library
..Take a listen if you missed  on - our library of Pods in on:
MixCloud   and  Spotify  :   # ScotsInUS Podcast

"In Conversation" - With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events -  virtual recognition of National Tartan Day,  The Declaration of Arbroath Anniversary and other important  April events that we looked to not overlook.

With music from Alan Frew, Hannah Read and Colin Hunter

"In Conversation" with John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  discussing the  state of the US Scottish Clans and roles played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs and of Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms

With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller

"In Conversation" Greg King, Brand Ambassador of GlenDronnach

With music from  John Rush Laura Mcghee  and  Have Mercy Las Vegas

JUNE 8,  
Come Dance - The World of the Ceilidh
and  award winning musical theater  composers,  Noisemaker

With musical from Whisky Kiss and Noisemaker

JUNE 22, ScotsInUS PODCAST Spring Roundup
Presenter Jamie McGeechan takes a look back at the ASF Pods
during this time of Pause.  An hour of Music and Conversation 

"In converstation" with  Dr Bruce Durie,  Genealogist and Heraldist, 
and Bart Forbes, President of the Clan Forbes Society, USA

With music from Lisa Kowalski, Anna MacDonald and Jamie McGeechan aka Little Fire

ASF MEMBERS ENJOY 10% Scotland Shop 
DISCOUNT CODE ASF2019 on all purchases or custom orders
From  Made to Measure services, to gift items.

Tartan Face Masks are now being offered by the Scotland Shop who WILL DONATE 20% from all mask sales to the NHS .  As Scotland Shop explain, in purchasing one you are supporting self-employed seamstresses who have lost a huge amount of their income due to Coronavirus.

A New wonderful way to help the ASF whilst receiving a 10% discount ...  Here is a link to our designated page ... enjoy shopping!

We love these new gift ideas  Click Here
HC Apron, HC Tea Towel and Wooly Ewe Apron & Tea Towel:  
As owner Hilary Creighton explains - 

"We Scots do love our Highland Coos and Sheep and these delightful Aprons and Tea towels come with their own gorgeous Highland Cow or Sheep Pin. Designed in Scotland and all made in the UK".

Scottish Creations work with small independent artists and designers across Scotland, allowing them to bring you the very best in contemporary and traditional Scottish designs.- A great source for unique gifts and a favorite of the ASF Team

Enjoy a Taste of Scotland:
ASF are delighted to announce our new ASF Member Benefit with our partners - and offering during this period our discounts to our Friends as well as Members:

- 20% discount 
(free freight on orders over $90- exclusive of frozen goods)
 Link HERE - Code ASFM20

HARNEY & COMPANY ASF Scottish Teas: Support us as you enjoy our wonderful Scottish Morn or Scottish Afternoon Teas from Harney & Company, a portion of all sales goes to support ASF programs. 

Walkers Shortbread who have a large selection of wonderful Scottish shortbread and biscuits 
ASF Members and Friends a special 20% discount on 

Ways to Support the American Scottish Foundation 
Membership: A corner stone of organizations is Membership.  If not yet a Member of ASF we invite you to  join and take advantage of all of the Foundations benefits 
and ways to be involved.

Your only qualification for Membership is to have

Donations: At this time please consider a donation to the ASF.  Click here
to help support of our Heritage, Arts, Culture and 
Youth Bursary programming, Your support would be greatly appreciated