August 14th, 2020

Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation, 

Greetings from our new home at 864 Lexington Avenue, 2nd floor, (65th Street), New York, NY 10065. Our move is progressing well - we hope we can welcome you here soon in our "new normal".

A special thank you to our Members, your support is greatly appreciated at this time. 
There are indirect ways to support ASF too and we spotlight two here:

SCOTTISH CREATIONS are making a donation to the ASF with each product you buy under a program aptly called
 "Scots Working Together".

This is a wonderful way to help the ASF whilst YOU receive a 10% discount 

Scottish Creations 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

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. 


As we continue to navigate this challenging time, with the Team ASF mainly working remotely, we help our Scottish community feel closer together, sharing our love of Scotland through our new roots of communication.

We continue below our updates of Highland Games as we learn of more Highland Games sharing a virtual experience in the weeks ahead,  and share news from Edinburgh as August Festival celebrations are taking place in the days ahead.

This week our 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.

It takes a tremendous amount of planning and we commend everyone.
Listen via this LINK to SPOTIFY

This Sunday is our monthly  "Sounds from Scotland" -bringing you live performances via ASF Facebook page  
With Whisky Kiss, Chris Andreucci,  
Paul McGranaghan and Matt Scott

Sincerely

Camilla G Hellman
President       
American-Scottish Foundation
 
ASF COMMUNITY NEWS UPDATES
HIGHLAND GAMES: 
We know from recent messages from ASF Members and friends how important Highland Games are to our community and this week report on news around Virtual Highland Games planned in the weeks ahead.  Visit our ASF Highland Games Magazine Report for full news  LINK HERE

Upcoming Virtual Highland Games in the weeks ahead:
- September 19 -20 NHScot are bringing the NH Highland Games to us virtually

As of now the following In Person August Highland Games are taking place:
- August 15-16 -Amherst Scottish Festival & Highland Games - - 
smaller event will take place but online reservations only
- August 22 - Douglas County, OR Highland Games & Gathering -still on

A Thank you to Michael Reid, ASF Board Director, who is gathering the updates and news of  late Summer/Fall Highland Games that are scheduled.  

PLEASE REACH OUT TO US WITH YOUR HIGHLAND GAMES NEWS and email us at americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com


The virtual Highland Games that have been taking place have been a wonderful way for us to connect to the Communities and Games we love - and miss so much - and show our support.

In addition, to providing the following update on Highland Games and related events through the end of August, we are looking to report on September, October and November in later editions as so much in flux
 NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK from SCOTLAND
Stirling Highland Games is going Virtual
In addition to the current trend toward virtual Scottish events here in the USA, we are receiving news from Scotland.  

Saturday August 15th 
Stirling Highland Games - Virtual 
Streamed on Facebook Li ve : LINK HERE
6am - 9am EST (GREAT way to start the day) 

This historic city in central Scotland has a young games, just seven years young!  With travel to Scotland from the US severely restricted, we urge you to investigate this event.  

We will endeavor to continue to update you on similar online festivals and games being hosted in Scotland over the coming months as a part of our effort to connect the United States and Scotland.
EDINBURGH IN AUGUST IS FESTIVAL CITY - and this year the Festivals are going Virtual.
As Galleries and Museum slowly begin to reopen, mainly on a ticket in advance booking system, it is wonderful to see that the Edinburgh Festivals are finding Virtual ways forward.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe has Virtual programming each Friday through August (noted below) and additionally:

announced this week that for classic music lovers 16 past concerts will be streamed through the rest of August. 

For literary enthusiasts there will be in the coming days talks and readings with a virtual
Edinburgh International Book Festival and enjoy a Virtual Edinburgh Art Festival , taking place August 15 thought the 30.

The 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival is presenting Friday night programming through August.

Upcoming on Friday August 14th, 
9pm UK - 4pm EST 

Laurie Black | Rachel Fairburn | Sadia Azmat
Daniel Sloss | Craig Hill | Alfie Ordinary
Travis Jay | Reuben Kaye | Fern Brady | Abandoman
...and your host for the evening Jayde Adams

With further performances streaming on 21st and 28th August, each show will feature 9 acts each night all for £9 (less than $12 a night!).

All monies raised will go towards the artists and venues
Over 100,000 GBP (approx $150,000) was raised last weekend.

You can purchase your ticket directly from the Fringemakers page on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website  
AS PAUSE CONTINUES ...
Only in Scotland: Edinburgh & The Lothians


We share with you a wonderful journey back to Scotland ... it will transport you back  

To inspiring you in your plans for you trip back

Only In Scotland: Edinburgh &     
the Lothians.
Come join the Dance : Scottish Country Dancing 
Summer 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.  

August Zoom Classes return to Thursday 
at 7pm
Contact the NY branch of RSCDS to secure you Zoom link:  Email
rscdsnewyorkorg@gmail.com 

SCOTIA Monday classes are suspended for the Summer.

Join in the dance for 45 minutes or so, with a short virtual tea time to socialize with other Scottish Dancers in the area.  

ASF SUMMER COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK SPOTLIGHT
ASF's suggestion this week from Arbikies receipe chest:

STRAWBERRY FIZZ 
Ingredients
20ml Strawberry Vodka
1/2 lemon juice
5ml sugar syrup
  • Top with champagne or prosecco 
Method 
Pour all ingredients into a shaker apart from fizz. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Double strain into Champagne flute, top up with fizz and serve with half of a strawberry.

SOUNDS From SCOTLAND - MONTHLY CONCERT 
LIVE STREAMED ON FACEBOOK 

ASF Sounds from Scotland 
Monthly two hour concert 
 3rd Sunday of the month 3-5pm EST

Please join us on 
Sunday August 16 - 3pn 

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan

With performances from:
Whisky Kiss, Chris Andreucci,  
Paul McGranaghan and Matt Scott

Music is a key component to our youth bursary programs and our community programming - we love helping young emerging talent in Scotland have opportunities here in the US.  
 
ASF #ScotsInUS FORTNIGHTLY PODCASTS
Every Second and Fourth Monday ...

August 10   Highland Games go Virtual
"In conversation" with Peter Wilson, President of Great Scot International and President, Scottish Heritage USA, Gus Noble of Chicago Scots and Amy Lehman of NH Scots and Deb Dalzeil of Fergus Scottish Festival, as they discuss how their Highland Games are going virtual in 2020.

With music from Sean Gray and Finn Magill, Sean Heely and Meredith MacCrindle

Pod and Zoom Library
..Take a listen if you missed on - our library of Pods in on:
MixCloud  and Spotify :   #ScotsInUS Podcast
     
ASF SHARE SOME UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FROM SCOTLAND 

SCOTLAND SHAP
ASF MEMBERS ENJOY 10% Scotland Shop 
DISCOUNT CODE ASF2019 on all purchases or custom orders
From  Made to Measure services, to gift items.

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.


SCOTTISH CREATIONS are making a donation to ASF when you purchase from them through their program Scots Working Together

This is a great way to help the ASF whilst receiving a 10% discount 

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".

Scottish Creations 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 



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.

Membership is open to ALL - you only need to have

Donations Please consider a donation to the ASF. 
Click here to help support of our Heritage, Arts, Culture and 

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