May 11th, 2020

Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation, 

Our message 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 

Gary Maclean - Wednesday On Line Cooking Class!

Gary Maclean, Scotland's National Chef
this week will have us baking up with him : 
Easy desserts and Puddings Live demo

May 13th - 3pm EST  80m UK 
Easy desserts and Puddings Live demo

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 

Monday, May 21, 2020 - 4:00pm

PRESENTER: John Kinnear

Online Program

NY Genealogical and Biographical Society & American Scottish Fdtn. 

At checkout ASF Members Use Code SCOTS : ASF & NYG&B $20 - Guests $23

Andrew Carnegie is the ultimate "rags to riches story" and the talk looks at the history of the United States and Andrew Carnegie-and his Legacy.  

Carnegie's contributions to industry and in particular his impact of the steel industry are examined, for it is steel which changed the way we build. We also look at Carnegie's philanthropy, through which buildings were built and thousands of libraries created around the world. New York became Carnegie's home, and he left us many buildings which to this day are dynamic city treasures.  

What made Carnegie? This we attempt to discover in "The Life & Impact of Andrew Carnegie on the Building & Shaping of New York."  

The Scots Who Built New York, is a project developed by the ASF chronicling the impact of Scots and Scottish Americans on the development of New York.
ASF FORTNIGHTLY PODCASTS  hosted by Jamie MacGeechan 
- in Conversation 

Monday May 11th 

Featuring a discussion with 
ASF President Camilla Hellman 
and John King Bellassai, 
President of the Council of Scottish 
Clans & Associations (COSCA) on the 
tradition of the Scottish Highland  Games and the celebration and community  of the clans in North America.

We'll have great music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater &Tullamore.  Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, the  podcasts 
come out fortnightly and  will be featuring news from across 
the diaspora. Email us your thoughts to
You can catch this all our Podcasts on MixCloud and Spotify :

Spotify for the latest
Monday May 11th 
7pm EST

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 on I Tunes and a top new release throughout the US.   
Robert The Bruce - Official Trailer
Robert The Bruce - Official Trailer

ASF are proud to have been working on the project helping to activate our community at a ground roots level.

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 

The English Game - tells of how British football - Soccer - developed from an elitist sport to what it is today.

The English Game | Official Trailer | Netflix
The English Game | Official Trailer | Netflix
Julian Fellowes latest series  is set in 1879.  Glasgow born Fergus Suter - a star player in Scotland moves south to play for Darwen and Blackburn Rovers with his best friend Jimmy Love. The FA Cup quarter finals is about to have the Old Etonian team, led by Arthur Kinnaird, play against the norther mill town of Darwen, going against everything the sport stood for at that moment.

It is the story of not just football but Victorian Britain. It is widely agreed that it was Suter who changed football from what it was to where we are today. 

The Etruscan Smile - (Official US Trailer)
The Etruscan Smile - (Official US Trailer)
Lightyear Entertainment ETRUSCAN SMILE has come up with a way to support ones local cinema whilst viewing new movies. For the price of a $10 you can help the cinema of your choice

50% of the net revenue from your ticket purchase will support the theater of your choice. List of Cinemas by State below, if no cinema in your area click another one to help!

Lightyear Entertainment explains had to pivot the release when U.S. theatrical roll out of when Covit resulted in Cinemas being shuttered.

"We are proud to present virtual screenings in association with   Film Movement Plus, and help local cinema partners at the same time". Arnie Holland of Lightyear noted.

Click HERE for full list of Cinemas by State and to purchase your virtual cinema tickets!
700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath On line : 

"Declaration" - a documentary on the history of the
Declaration of Arbroath
The Declaration of Arbroath
The Declaration of Arbroath
               Journalist and broadcaster 
Lesley Riddoch has invited us to share with our members noting, 
.." as soon as we realised the corona virus lockdown would also cancel every celebratory event, my filmmaker colleague Charlie Stuart and I dropped other work and decided to make a film ourselves with help from Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle, historian Fiona Watson and the actor Brian Cox."   Completed on Saturday April 4th we share with you HERE 


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 orders 

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra - Highland Cathedral

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.
We will update with news of their tour dates when announced.

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Thank you to VisitScotland - Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, and dream of Scotland!