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.

If you are able to,  please consider making a gift to ASF it will make a huge difference to us at this time, 
- from renewing   Membership early

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.  
While both  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  scotiadancers@gmail.com  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
great recipes and videos.  Click HERE 

He has just been featuring  scrumptous desserts:  Summer Strawberries,  Passion fruit, lime and vanilla syrup
and theres:
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Honey glazed 
figs and cinnamon ricotta cheese - and Gary just  featured Cullen Skink.   

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 


Misty Mountain
shared by  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    of the  Ben Riach and GlenDronnach distilleries speaks to us  of their long history. 

#ScotsInUS PodCast May 25th - available  to listen 
for Words, Whisky, Music and Gin - Listen  on SPOTIFY   or  MIXCLOUD

The American-Scottish Foundation® shares with  our Members and Friends the May/June issue of Scottish Banner

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

Enjoy - its packed full of news -   CLICK HERE

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    CLICK HERE 

Pod and Zoom Library - We are looking to add interesting content in the weeks ahead ..Take a listen if you missed ...


Monday June 8th - 7pm EST
Come Dance - The World of the Ceilidh
hosted by Jamie McGeechan

In Conversation with  Whisky Kiss - the chart topping 
Ceilidh Band and award winning musical theater 
composers,  Noisemaker

With musical interludes from Whisky Kiss and Noisemakers 

Catch all our Podcasts - 
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.  

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

"In Conversation" with John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  

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

"For Freedom Alone": Is the Declaration of Arbroath the Most Important Document in Scottish History?

Click HERE to hear if you missed this discussion with Prof. Heddle

On May 21st, ASF joined with 
NY Genealogical & Biographical 
for a At Home Talk 
with Historian and Architect, John Kinnear

The Impact of Andrew Carnegie on the 
Building and shaping of New York 
- as part of The Scots who Built New York project

CLICK HERE to Purchase a download : $20 - available through June 20th


Scotland Shop  -  Click Here 
  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

Scottish Creation  - 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


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 

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 .
The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra - Highland Cathedral
The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra - Highland Cathedral

Here is a rousing piece recorded at Highland Cathedral over New Year this year.  We look forward to seeing them here next year.

We wil l update with news of their tour dates when announced.  

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.

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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  
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, and dream of Scotland!