September 4th, 2020
Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation,
As we enter the first days of Autumn within "new normal" we are working to develop our Events programming virtually and with a socially distanced "in-person" element in this ever evolving landscape.
We have adjusted our Fall programming with
- The Scottish NA Community Conference, now scheduled as a Virtual Event for December 4 - 6 in New York, with we hope limited in person opportunity to join us. Further details below.
- The ASF Wallace Awards Dinner has been postponed to April 12th 2021.
A calendar of Virtual programming is being developed for the weeks ahead, building upon on our bi-weekly #ScotsinUS podcasts, monthly Sounds from Scotland live streamed concerts. More details of our past and future Pods and on line concerts below.
A special thank you to our Members. Your support which is greatly appreciated at this time.
There are indirect ways to support ASF too, and we spotlight two here. Please also note the donation links below.
SCOTTISH CREATIONS - Under "Scots Working Together, ASF will receive a 10% donation whilst YOU also receive a 10% discount
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.
We continue below our updates of Highland Games and share news from Scotland.
Camilla G Hellman
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SNACC is now scheduled as a Virtual Event on December 4 - 6 in New York
with we hope limited in person opportunity to join us.
For further details visit the SNACC website - Link Here
ASF COMMUNITY NEWS UPDATES
We know from recent messages from ASF Members and friends how important Highland Games are to our community, and this week report on news around Virtual Highland Games planned in the weeks ahead. Visit our ASF Highland Games Magazine Report for full news LINK HERE
Earlier this month ScotsInUS Podcast entitled The Highland Games Go Virtual
was in conversation with representatives of
Fergus, New Hampshire, Chicago and Grand Father Mountain Highland Games who shared news and thoughts of their Games during this time.
September Virtual Highland Games
- September 12 Braemar Gathering,there have been gatherings taking place at Braemar for 900 years, and the Braemar Gathering since 1832.
We will share further log in details in the days ahead.
- September 19 -20 NHScot are bringing the New Hampshire Highland Games to us virtually, one of our favorite Games to attend, the ASF is so glad we will have a chance to transport ourselves up to Lincoln NH all be it virtually.
September In Person August Highland Games
- September 12
Lancaster, PA , is planning a hybrid event, combining a celebration of Robert Burns, a Kirkin' of the Tartan and a Highland Games. The Covenanter Scottish Festival will be a small, ticketed event with no gate purchases at the event itself: limited advance admission is still available via this link
We are grateful to Donna McCool for calling this event to our attention.
- September 19 - 20 Niagara Highland Gathering, will be a smaller event, reserved tickets only.
A special Thank you to Michael Reid, ASF Board Director, who is keeping us up to date with news of Highland Games ever changing schedule.
With a special thank you to
Scottish Banner for sharing with
ASF Members & Friends the September issue of Scottish Banner.
The September issue is once again packed full of news and events - together with historical spotlights.
Scottish Banner - Helping to bring Scotland a little closer during these difficult times.
EDINBURGH IN AUGUST IS FESTIVAL CITY - and this year the Festivals are going Virtual.
As galleries and museums slowly begin to reopen, mainly on a ticket in advance booking system, it was wonderful to see that the Edinburgh Festivals found Virtual ways forward.
The Fringe raised $400,000 (approx) during the Fringe Festival month.
Reopening of our cultural institutions ....
In Scotland, a great deal of though has gone into safely reopening historic and cultural institutions in Scotland, the U.S. and Canada, a process which is slowly happening on either side of the pond.
The castles, abbeys and other sites managed by Historic Enviroment Scotland, Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, are reopening one by one.
We shared with you news last month of the National Galleries of Scotland
and National Library of Scotland reopening, and are delighted to share further updates. Reopening is around a timed ticketing system.
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow also reopened August 17.
Dunblane Cathedral reopens on Wednesday 2 September
Aberdour Castle and Gardens reopen on Friday 4 September
Craigmillar Castle reopens on Friday 4 September
Dryburgh Abbey reopens on Friday 4 September
The National Portrait Gallery remains closed (an autumn reopening is slated on a date to be determined).
In New York
, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
reopened to the public on
August 29 and the Museum of the City of New York and the Morgan Library will reopen the following week, after Labor Day.
In Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago after a controlled reopening that began July 30 for Illinois residents only, has now opened to all.
In Washington DC, the National Gallery of Art has reopened recently.
In Ottawa, the National Gallery of Canada began a phased reopening on
In Los Angeles, several museums reopened in early July, apparently too soon. By early August, all the reopened museums there had re-closed. We will continue to track this key issue, for many of us a vital sign of life and beauty!
That being said, virtually all of these require prior booking for timed tickets with a strong recommendation that visitors review specific site safety protocols. In some cases, be prepared for temperature checks prior to entry.
Scottish Artist - ASF Spotlights Julian McLaughlan, Jr.
ASF reporter Jamie McGeechan turns our spotlight onto Ayrshire artist Julian McLaughlan Jr Art
. His abstract works are bold and bright - his influences he notes as ...
.... " Picasso and Jackson Pollock play a certain influence in some of my works although I'd never studied them at school"
Scottish Cinema - New US Release
We were delighted to read in the August 28 New York Times about a new Scottish film that has just been released for streaming viewing via Amazon:
Get Duked! A coming of age comedy set in the Highlands, this 87 minute film involves Glaswegian lads and cartoonish violence. Need we say more?
"A Ragtag Team of Misfits Run Riot in the Scottish Highlands in a Zany Charmer" Indie Wire
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.
September Zoom Classes return to Thursday
Contact the NY branch of RSCDS to secure you Zoom link: Email
SCOTIA Monday classes will resume in September, details
to be announced shortly.
Join in the dance for 45 minutes or so, with a short virtual tea time to socialize with other Scottish Dancers in the area.
SOUNDS From SCOTLAND - MONTHLY CONCERT
LIVE STREAMED ON FACEBOOK 3rd Sunday of the month:
Mark your calendar to join us on
Sunday September 20th
Hosted by Jamie McGeechan
Catch up on our past concerts on YouTube - link HERE
Music is a key component to ASF Youth Bursary and Community programming
Every Second and Fourth Monday ...
September 7th Re-Emerging, Relfecting and Remembering : 7pm
As Autumn arrives and as we reflect on 2020,
we also take a moment to look back 19 years
this week to September 11, 2001.
Camilla Hellman is joined by Laura McGhee, who reflects on her musical contributions to moments of 911 Commemorations she was involved in in both New York and London.
We also take a moment to celebrate the
Edinburgh Virtual Festivals that took place this past monthand look to the weeks ahead.
With music from Laura McGhee, Sgoil Lion Acleit Pipe Band, Band of the Coldstream Guards and John Condroa
August 26 Spotlight on Sounds from Scotland featuring Scottish musicians who have been performing over the Summer on our monthly Sounds From Scotland Online
Music Concerts and ScotsInUS Podcasts
With music from Hannah Read, Whisky Kiss,
Laura McGhee, Noisemaker, Lisa Kowalski,
Colin Hunter, Reely Jiggered and John Rush.
August 10 Highland Games go Virtual
"In conversation" with Peter Wilson, President Scottish Heritage USA
Gus Noble of Chicago Scots, Amy Lehman of NH Scots and Deb Dalzeil of Fergus Scottish Festival, discuss Highland Games go virtual in 2020.
With music from Sean Gray and Finn Magill, Sean Heely and Meredith MacCrindle
..Take a listen if you missed on - our library of Pods in on:
ASF SHARE SOME UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FROM SCOTLAND
ASF MEMBERS ENJOY 10% Scotland Shop
DISCOUNT CODE ASF2019 on all purchases or custom orders
From Made to Measure services, to gift items.
ASF spotlights the great tartan shoes and boots Scotland Shop are now offering.
SCOTTISH CREATIONS -
Under "Scots Working Together, ASF will receive a 10% donation whilst YOU also receive a 10% discount
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)
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
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