April 5th, 2020
To American Scottish Foundation Members and Friends,
This weekend should have seen us celebrating Tartan Day - in New York we would have had a great weekend of events - topping off events throughout the week. There would have been the wonderful NY Caledonian Club Ceilidh and the ASF would have just concluded our Tartan Day Observance on Friday before Parade Day on Saturday. And today there would have been Whisky Kiss performing at Bryant Park and Post Parade brunches taking place.
This year it is different - and our first concern is to distance, stay safe at this very difficult time.
BUT as Kyle Dawson, President of the National Tartan Day NY Parade Committee, has devised, we will "pivot" (my new favorite word) and there will be a VIRTUAL Tartan Day
On April 6th 2020 the National Tartan Day NY Committee are asking us to flood their social media accounts with videos and photos showing off your Scottish splendor.
Post to their page or group on Facebook and tag @nyctartanweek on Instagram and Twitter!
.... "Gather your pipes and bands and play your wee hearts out, record us a Celtic tune on your fiddle or accordion, sing or recite you favorite Scottish poem, recite your best Burns quote!"
Kyle Dawson, President of NTDNYC nyctartanweek.org
AND in honor of the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath
and National Tartan Day,
Joins a webinar hosted
by NY Genealogical & Biographical in assoc with ASF
Monday April 6 - 12pm
for a Talk with Prof. Donna Heddle of University of the Highlands and Islands.
The webinar is Free - but you need to register
All this we hope helps
give a sense of center to the chaos - a reminder of our love of our
Scottish-American heritage and culture.
Follow us on Facebook and watch for future news of virtual events in the days ahead.
With strong thoughts from all of us at American-Scottish Foundation.
Camilla G Hellman
A look back at the
2019 New York Tartan Day Parade Weekend
Enjoy these two ASF videos - with grateful thanks to David De Monde and all who took part and to all
of us being together "on the Avenue" for the
2021 New York Tartan Day Parade next year.
ASF are proud to be a founding member of The National Tartan Day NY Committee which was formed in 2002 to take forward and grow the NY Tartan Day Parade and give oversight to leading events of the week. Founding members are Saint Andrews Society of the State of New York, The NY Caledonian Club, The American Scottish Foundation and Clan Campbell.
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:
(free freight on orders over $90- exclusive of frozen goods)
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.
who have a large selection of wonderful Scottish shortbread and biscuits - ASF Members and Friends a special
20% discount on orders
Scottish Banner April Issue is packed full of news
from Scotland, the US and Canada - together with
a great interview with Angus MacFadyen around
his role in "Robert the Bruce" which will be
available shortly - More news soon!
This month issue is available FREE for
ASF Members and Friends to download
There are Ideas for that trip
never taken and events to mark in the
calendar for next year
(like the 2021 NY Tartan Day Parade!)
Ways to Support the American Scottish Foundation
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
At this time please consider a donation to the ASF.
support of our Heritage, Arts, Culture and
Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, and dream of Scotland!
Photo: Roger Jepson / Mercury Press.