May 24th, 2020

Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation, 

This week there are signs of "putting one's head over the parapet" amid all the uncertainty and challenges for all.  Our weekly news shares with you today news of webinars, podcasts and ideas for the week ahead as the Covic Pause continues - 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

Monday May 25th Memorial Day Observance - Livestream

This year in place of the ceremony at the 
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument, New York 
A livestream virtual event will take place via the 
Soldiers and Sailors Facebook page

Please note the LINK HERE 
 to their Facebook page for the Livestream


An outstanding and trully inspiring moment during Covid-19 has been hearing the updates and news of Captain Tom Moore, British WWII veteran, who has now just turned 100 years old.

Moore was hoping to raise $1500 for the NHS in their fight  against Covid-19 - as news of his effort spread. British  people were so inspired as they watched him walk around  his garden in England, as donations kept coming in Moore  kept walking. Moore completed 100 laps and raised  over $39 Million dollars.

Now it has been announced that Moore has just been advised that he is to receive a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honors - receiving the news from Prime Minister  Boris Johnson who noted that what Moore did was ..."a beacon of light". He will be known by his full title of Captain Sir Thomas Moore

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 

The Desserts he is featuring at the moment 
are so  scrumptous :  Summer Strawberries
Passion fruit, lime and vanilla syrup'
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Honey glazed 
figs and cinnamon ricotta chees

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 


This week ASF ScotsInTheUS Podcast on Monday May 25th
will be in conversation with the Arbikie Distillery, talking with
David Sterling of their award winning range of "field to table"
Gins and Vodkas.  

Arbikie share with us their   CHIPOTLE BLOODY MARY
  • 50ml Arbikie Chilli Vodka
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 5ml Fernet Branca
  • 3 plum tomatoes
Muddle the plum tomatoes.   Ad d all ingredients to shaker and shake.   Fine strain.  Enjoy..

Arbikie is now available in NY, CT, PA and Canada. 
Visit their website for a list of outlets -   Click HERE and 

Hear ASF's ScotInTheUS Podcast as Arbikie joins us on May 25th - 7pm 
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 is now available on all on line platforms having had to change their US release from theatrical to on line with the onset of Covit 19.  As their US distributors, Screen Media explains, the reception to the movie has been
Robert The Bruce - Official Trailer

resulted in it being #1 Independent film release for the past two weeks oI Tunes and a top new US release 

The release has coincided with the 700th a nniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, AND the 25th Anniversay 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 May 25th - 7pm EST
Words, Music, Whisky and Gin
hosted by Jamie MacGeechan 

Join us for an "In Conversation" with ASF President Camilla Hellman and David Stirling, Co-Founder and            Ambassador  for the  Arbikie Distillery , Scotland.

The conversation continues with Greg King, 
Brand Ambassador for  The GlenDronach  and 
BenRiach Glendronach Distillery,  one of the 
oldest distilleries in Scotland.

With music from  John Rush Laura Mcghee
Catch all our Podcasts - 
on MixCloud  and Spotify :    ScotsInTheUS 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 
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and ways to be involved.

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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!