June 1st, 2020
Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation,
As the uncertainty and challenges continue at this time, ASF shares our weekly news of webinars, podcasts and ideas for the week ahead as we navigate our way through the global challenges of COVID - helping, we hope, to make our community feel closer through the sharing of our love of Scotland.
We do enjoy hearing from you so please email us with your questions or concerns -
Follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram - and watch for future news of virtual events in the days ahead - more details below.
With strong thoughts from all of us at the American-Scottish Foundation.
Camilla G Hellman
Come join the Dance : Scottish Country Dancing
ASF Members and Friends - many of you join us for our Annual Burns Night Celebration where we "enthusiastically" take on Scottish Reels. Now is an opportunity to take part from home and help increase your knowledge of the reels.
And so, during this period of pause, there are still
opportunities to enjoy
the vigorous, lively traditional
Scottish dance form.
In New York, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
has two groups that are active in Manhattan.
have suspended classes until it is safe to resume them,
they recently resumed classes by Zoom.
SCOTIA host on Zoom RSCDC' Thursday's Dance Classes
at 7pm - Contact Scotia for a secure Zoom link, meeting ID # and password.
Join in the dance for 45 minutes or so, with a short virtual tea time to socialize with other Scottish Dancers in the area.
Their email is
or contact the RSCDC New York Branch
Gary Maclean - Inspiration - On Line Cooking Class!
Gary Maclean, Scotland's National Chef
has been holding Weekly Cooking Classes full of great ideas and demonstrations.
Visit Gary's Facebook to catch up on
He has just been featuring
Passion fruit, lime and vanilla syrup
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Honey glazed
figs and cinnamon ricotta cheese - and Gary just
One things most of us I think can agree that has happened during "the Pause" has been a focus on food - on cooking - on really making meals, and Gary's Cookbook is a great roadmap.
Kitchen Essentials - The Joy of Home Cooking
Amazon CLICK HERE
ASF SUMMER COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK SPOTLIGHT
Mixologist Richard Vila, of the Rusted Mule.
1.5 oz BenRiach Aged 10 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky
.5 oz BenRiach Curiositas
.5 oz blended honey syrup
.5 oz port
. 5 oz sweet vermouth
Express lemon rind on cocktail and discard.
Express the rind of an orange and keep as garnish.
The inspiration Vila explains is:
Playing on the honey and port notes in the BenRiach Aged 10 Years, the cocktail brings up hints of peat with a touch of Curiositas and a lightly spiced sweet vermouth. The lemon and orange accent the honey and help add a wisp of light fruit
Hear ASF's ScotInTheUS Podcast as Greg King
and GlenDronnach distilleries speaks to us
of their long history.
#ScotsInUS PodCast May 25th - available to listen
Normally available only via subscription but in this time of
"Pause" and with events cancelled, SB offer us a news
- updates - helping us all feel a bit closer through our
love of Scotland
Full of news from Scotland and the US we thank
Scottish Banner for a great issue once again
Robert the Bruce
- DVD AVAILABLE ON JUNE 2nd
Released on all on line platforms last month, after having had to change from theatrical to on line with the onset of Covit 19 - we share with you news of the DVD National Release June 2nd
Robert the Bruce received terrific reaction resulting in it being #1 Independent film release for the first two weeks of its release on I Tunes and a top new US release nationwide.
Available at Walmart, Redbox and Family Video.
The release has coincided with the 700th a
nniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, AND the 25th Anniversary of Braveheart, from which Robert the Bruce picks up the historical timeline.
Visit the website for all platforms
and more background to the release
Pod and Zoom Library - We are looking to add interesting content in the weeks ahead ..Take a listen if you missed ...
ASF FORTNIGHTLY PODCASTS
Monday June 8th - 7pm EST
Come Dance - The World of the Ceilidh
hosted by Jamie McGeechan
With musical interludes from Whisky Kiss and Noisemakers
Catch all our Podcasts -
APRIL 27 A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2020
"In Conversation" - With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events.
Camilla Hellman, President, American Scottish Foundation,
discussed the 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
MAY 11 CLANS, THE LORD LYON AND HIGHLAND GAMES 2020
Bellassai discusses the state of the US Scottish Clans and role played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs and role of
Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms is explained and challenges facing the Highland Games in 2020.
With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller
ASF SHARE SOME UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FROM SCOTLAND
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.
ASF MEMBERS ENJOY 10% Scotland Shop
DISCOUNT CODE ASF2019 on all purchases or custom orders
- We love these new gift ideas
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".
SC 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
ASF MEMBERS ENJOY 10% Scottish Creations DISCOUNT USE CODE ASF10
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
This Spring The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra should have been undertaking a tour of the US, but like all events was cancelled due to Covid-19
Here is a rousing piece recorded at Highland Cathedral over New Year this year. We look forward to seeing them here next year.
l update with news of their tour dates when announced.
Ways to Support the American Scottish Foundation
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Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, and dream of Scotland!