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.
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
to their Facebook page for the Livestream
CAPTAIN TOM MOORE, A BRITISH INSPIRATION WE SPOTLIGHT
THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND ....
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
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
The Desserts he is featuring at the moment
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
ASF SUMMER COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK SPOTLIGHT
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 -
Hear ASF's ScotInTheUS Podcast as Arbikie joins us on May 25th - 7pm
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
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
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
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 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
The conversation continues with
oldest distilleries in Scotland.
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!