August 19th, 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.

Our upcoming ScotsInUS Podcast on Monday August 26th is a 
Spotlight on Sounds from Scotland featuring  Scottish musicians who have
been performing over the summer on our monthly Sounds From Scotland Online Music Concerts and ScotsInUS Podcasts

With music from Hannah Read, Whisky Kiss, Laura McGhee, Noisemaker, Lisa Kowalski,Colin Hunter, Reely Jiggered and John Rush.
Listen via this LINK to SPOTIFY

Sincerely

Camilla G Hellman
President       
American-Scottish Foundation
 
ASF introduces you to Cameron Steer who is studying in the US on a Sports Scholarship.

Cameron represented Scotland as a member of Scotland's Men's National Lacrosse Team and the Scotland International Football Team before coming to the US to study at Medaille College in Buffallo NY three years ago.

As ASF Sports Ambassador, Cameron will share with us in the coming weeks his experiences and insights into Scottish sport as well as to the experiences of fellow Scots involved in sport here in the US. 

"I'm really looking forward to sharing my experiences with you. I've had some amazing experiences here as a Scot and as an International Student!

"I'm passionate about sports, psychology and most of all people! I look forward to reporting on Scottish sports and the experiences of Scots involved in sport here in the US in the coming months. It's been an honor to represent my country in sport and an honor to be the ASF's sports ambassador and sports reporter for the ASF Lord Malcolm Douglas Hamilton Bursary program", Cameron shared with us.  
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

Last 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.

September Virtual Highland Games 
- September 19 -20 NHScot are bringing the NH Highland Games to us virtually

September In Person August Highland Games 
- September 19 - 20 Niagara Highland Gathering, will be a smaller event, reserved tickets only

September Highland Games now cancelled:
- September 5 - 6 San Francisco Highland Games, Pleasant
- September 12 - 13 Kelso (WA) Highlander Festival - cancelled
- September 18 - 20 Oklahoma Scotfeld -
cancelled 
- September 25 -27 Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival (PA)
cancelled


A special Thank you to Michael Reid, ASF Board Director, who is keeping us up to date with news of Highland Games ever changing schedule.

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

In addition, to providing the following update on Highland Games and related events through the end of September, we will report on the Winter schedule in later editions as so much is in flux
 NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK from SCOTLAND
Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Perthshire bring us #PFTLightHopeJoy.

With the 2020 season postponed till 2021, Pitlochry has developed an entire range of digital content for the duration of the COVID pandemic.  

Pitlochry have initiated a play reading club, online theatre conversations with leading UK artistic directors, daily activities, a build your own theatre project, and a series of world premiere readings.

Looking ahead to 2021 a full summer season of plays and musicals is planned to from May with the postponed production of Gypsy and a stage version of Sense & Sensibility. 
Full details LINK HERE
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 Edinburgh Fringe continues 
one hour variety show  each Friday
upcoming on
Friday August 21st,  AJ Bell Fringe on Friday  
9pm UK - 4pm EST 

Lauren Pattison    Sacred Paws    Ben Hart
Alice Rabbit and Craig Hill  Todd Various
Christopher Macarthur-Boyd   Mo Omar 
Catherine Bohart   Bernie Dieter
with Host for the evening Nigel Ng

Reservation is £9 (approx $12) from Fringemakers
All monies raised will go to the artists and venues

Over 100,000 GBP (approx $150,000) was raised during first weekend.

Additionally The 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival invites you to
Pick n Mix featuring hundreds of artists and shows who have submitted their videos as part of the 2020 Virtual Edinburgh Fringe experience.
AS PAUSE CONTINUES ...
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019

Last Friday, August 7th, should have been the opening night of the 70th Anniversary of the
held on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Due to Covid-19 the 2020 Season was cancelled.

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

  
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 MEMBERS & FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO JOIN 
FOR UPCOMING EVENTS HOSTED BY OUR FELLOW ORGANIZATIONS:

Wednesday August 26th - 7pm - Zoom
New York Caledonian Club host a
Storied Bars of NY - a virtual tour

A photographic historical celebration of the 
best literary pubs, cocktail bars, and taverns of NYC 

Get your cocktail shaker and martini glass out, 
Learn how to mix the famous Dorothy Parker cocktail 
from the Algonquin Hotel.
 
To purchase Delia's book CLICK HERE

Registration:  rsvp@nycaledonian.org
You'll receive a Zoom link the day of the event
 
Suggested donation of $5 can be sent to: https://venmo.com/nycaledonianclub 
(Please specify that it's for this event)
SOUNDS From SCOTLAND - MONTHLY CONCERT 
LIVE STREAMED ON FACEBOOK 3rd Sunday of the month:

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

Catch up on our past concerts on YouTube
August concert featured:
Chris Andreucci, Paul McGranaghan, 
Matt Scott and Whisky Kiss  LINK HERE 

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan

Music is a key component to ASF Youth Bursary and Community programming - we love helping young emerging talent in Scotland have opportunities here in the US.   Next Sounds From Scotland on Facebook Live September 20th
 
ASF #ScotsInUS FORTNIGHTLY PODCASTS
Every Second and Fourth Monday ...

August 26  Spotlight on Sounds from Scotland featuring Scottish musicians who have been performing over the Summer on our monthly Sounds From Scotland Online
Music Concerts and ScotsInUS Podcasts

With music from Hannah Read, Whisky Kiss, 
Laura McGhee, Noisemaker, Lisa Kowalski,
Colin Hunter, Reely Jiggered and John Rush.
Listen via this LINK to SPOTIFY

August 10   Highland Games go Virtual
"In conversation" with Peter Wilson, President Scottish Heritage USA
Gus Noble of Chicago Scots, Amy Lehman of NH Scots and Deb Dalzeil of Fergus Scottish Festival, discuss Highland Games go virtual in 2020.

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

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
     
ASF SHARE SOME UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FROM SCOTLAND 

SCOTLAND SHOP
ASF MEMBERS ENJOY 10% Scotland Shop 
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.

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. 
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