September 18th, 2020

Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation, 

In the coming days we hope you will join for two of our ongoing monthly programs:

Sunday September 20th 3 - 5pm for
Sounds from Scotland, Streamed live on ASF Facebook
Anna MacDonald, Merridth McCrindle, John Condron and Starsky

Monday September 21st - 7pm for
2020, The Challenges and the Way Forward 
"In Conversation" with
Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to North America
& Gus Noble,
President, Chicago Scots, reflecting on the challenges of overseeing Caledonia Senior Living during this time. 

With musical interludes, we do hope you will join us.

In the coming weeks we will share further virtual events - and we hope - with a socially distanced "in-person" element to them in this ever evolving landscape. 

A special thank you to our Members 
Strong thoughts,                              
Camilla G Hellman
American-Scottish Foundation 

We continue our regular update 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 19 -20 New Hampshire Highland Games, 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.  On Facebook Live and YouTube - more details at

Highlights begin at 11am on Saturday and include video representing the Opening Ceremony of the Games, always a wonderful experience.

Saturday night will feature a live concert by Albannach.  Please visit nhscot website for updates.
- September 19-20, Niagra Falls Highland Games will be a smaller event, reserved tickets only. 


ASF Members & Friends are invited to join 
as special guests of 
The Royal Oak Foundation 
Fakes, Forgeries & New Discoveries
Wednesday, September 23rd at 2pm EST
Online via Zoom Webinar

Every collector, museum curator and art dealer lives in fear of being deceived by a fake or forgery. Indeed, art history is littered with the handiworks of forgers who have deceived the art market for centuries. 

This lecture will examine some of the most famous fakes and forgeries in western art that fooled scholars, scientists and art historians from the 16th century through to today.  It is not just "masterpieces" by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Renoir, held in museum collections which have been involved.  From Tudor portraits to Turners, and from Gainsborough to Freud, art in English country houses and private collections have also been revealed to be not what they seem.

To register: Please visit Please enter The American Scottish Foundation code AMSCOTT20 at check out to receive the discounted co-sponsor price. 

Live from Scotland this weekend: 
Scottish International Crime Writing Festival Bloody Scotland
September 18th - 20th 

A celebration of Scottish literature, crime novels and stories will take place entirely online, allowing crime writing fans from all over the world to be a part of the Bloody Sunday experience. 
Reopening of our cultural institutions .... 

Both sides of the Atlantic historical and cultural institutions are working to find a way to navigate safely the "new normal" 

In Scotland, Castles, abbeys and other sites managed by Historic Enviroment Scotland,Historic Scotland have been reopening - with a more staggered opening of
National Trust for Scotland properties.

Last month the National Galleries of Scotland and National Library of Scotland reopened.  We will share further updates in the weeks ahead.

In New Yorkwe were delighted to learn that 

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 
July 18.

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.

Congratualtions to BBC Alba, MacTV and Peat and Deisel for winning the
International Documentary Feature at the Williamsburg International Film and Music Festival in Brookly, New York, this week.

Peat and Diesel Western Isles
Peat and Diesel Western Isles
Peat and Deisel hail from Stornaway and the video here will give you a taste of their punchy celtic rock music 

Leat and Deisel have taken the Scottish music scene by storm, capturing the country's imagination through their infectious music and unique tales of island life.

That's The Way We Do It! received the prize for International Documentary Feature at the long-running Williamsburg International Film & Music Festival in Brooklyn, New York.

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY ... and the 3rd Sunday of each month

Mark your calendar to join us on 
Sunday September 20th 3 - 5pm EST

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 

Come join the Dance : Scottish Country Dancing 
Fall 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 Thursdays at 7pm
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.  
Every Second and Fourth Monday ...

September 21st : 2020, 
The Challenges and the Way Forward 7pm 

"In Conversation" with Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to
Gus Noble President, Chicago Scots and Calednonia Senior Living 

We will be discussing the challenges of the moment, how our community has stood together in friendship and solidarity and 
we will take a look to new opportunities on the horizon in 2021

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, 
with Camilla Hellman, President, American-Scottish Foundation.

With music from Starry Skies, Anna Sweeney, Sean Kennedy

Pod and Zoom Library on Spotify - LINK HERE
..Take a listen if you missed on - our library of Pods in on:
MixCloud  and Spotify :   #ScotsInUS Podcast

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.

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:

The Scottish Grocer - 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 

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