With best wishes for July 4th Celebrations

June 29th, 2020

Dear ASF Members and Friends of the Foundation, 

As all of us grapple with the Covid Pause for us in New York City it has been a time of side walk dinning as we have seen cafes and restaurants build out their outside dinning into the streets, lifting the spirits of so many I speak to.  

Later this week we will have July 4th Celebrations mid Pause, Summer has truly arrived and we send everyone very best wishes for weekend of celebration.

Below we share updates of events, now virtual, that we hope you will join - collaborations that we are proud to be a part of and hope you will be too as we share our love of Scotland. 

With strong thoughts from all of us at the American-Scottish Foundation - and as the "mighty" lions in front of the NY Public Library masked up this week, reminding us to stay masked up and safe.

Camilla G Hellman
After hearing of the cancellation of so many of the Summer and Fall Highland Games, Michael Reid, ASF Board Director shares updates and news of  late Summer/Fall Highland Games that are scheduled

August Games
-Loch Norman Highland Games - August 15-16, 2020

September Games
- ScotFest, Okl - September 18-20
- Springfield Area Highland Games & Celtic Festival (IL) - September 26

October Games   
- Arkansas Scottish Festival - October 9-11
- Northeast FL Scottish Games & Highland Festival - October 11
- Red Stone Highland Games Utah, October 14 -15
- Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Decatur, October 18-20
- Iron Thistle Scottish Festival OKL, October 16-18

November Games
- Dunedin Scottish Games, FL - postponed to November - Date TBD

Awaiting Dates we are hoping for this Fall
- Latta Celtic Festival (North Carolina) - postpone - new date tbd
- Sherman Celtic Festival & Highland Games (Texas) - new date tbd
- Ormond Beach Celtic Fesit (FL) - Postponed - new date tbd
- Cheyenne Celtic Music & Arts Festival - Postponed - new date tbd

With so much in flux we ask that you stay in touch with the organizing committee of the games you normally attend and check status as with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 all is subject to change.

ASF will share updates as we learn more.  Keep up to date with ASF News on our website and Facebook pages.

Going Virtual - The British American Summer Societies Garden Party 

Wednesday 15 July - 6pm 
Tickets are $15 - Use on line LINK HERE
(all tickets via St Georges Society)

Every Summer over 25 British American Societies and Organizations in New York come together to celebrate our rich history, culture and community at a wonderful annual summer Garden Party
Although we won't be gathering in person this year, the tradition will continue in 2020 as we take the Garden Party virtual!
Join us for an exclusive evening featuring:
A Cocktail Class, a virtual tour of a Garden, a 'Garden Glam' Competition, live music and special appearances from members of our community. 
Guests will receive: 
A DIY Garden Party Guide with garden-inspired food and drink recipes, details of how to enter the 'Garden Glam' competition, and ideas for celebrating with family and friends (socially distanced and following government guidelines of course!)
A wonderful look back to July 2017 and the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra performance in New York during their US - Canadian visit.

The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra performing for the American Scottish Foundation in NYC
The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra performing for the American Scottish Foundation in NYC
The American-Scottish Foundation┬« arranged a concert for the 70 young musicians aged 12 to 17 in  Bowling Green Park, Financial District NYC.   With grateful thanks to  New York City Parks & Recreation for their help that day - one of the hottest days that summer!

We hope to welcome the AFO back to  the US again soon - THANK YOU fo  Passionfornyc - another great moment captured by Cissy Paul 

Come join the Dance : Scottish Country Dancing 

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.  With in person classes on hold,  they now offer classes by Zoom.  

SCOTIA host on Zoom RSCDC' Thursday's Dance Classes  at 7pm - Contact Scotia for a secure Zoom link, meeting ID # and password.  

Join in the dance for 45 minutes or so, with a short virtual tea time to socialize with other Scottish Dancers in the area.   Their email is  scotiadancers@gmail.com  or contact the RSCDC New York Branch 
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
great recipes and videos.  Click HERE 

Gary's Cookbook is a great roadmap.  Kitchen Essentials - The Joy of Home Cooking  Amazon CLICK HERE - it will become your go to cookbook - AND heres hoping to see Gary back here in the States .. he is SUCH an Ambassador for Scotland.




50ml Arbikie Kirsty's Gin

  • 20ml fresh pressed lime juice
  • 10ml peppermint cordial
6 mint leaves

Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupe. 
Garnish with the top of a mint sprig.
SCOTTISH BANNER share their July issue with
American Scottish Foundation members & friends

The issue is packed with news and updates from  around the global Scottish American Community

To access the issue use LINK HERE
The issue spotlights the Highland Games.

As Editor Sean Cairney notes:
... " Sadly, due to Covid-19 large scale events cannot take place just now and this has been devastating to the Highland Games communities across the globe.

For some going to a Highland Games each year was their only time to connect to their ancestry or was part of their family's tradition. To not have Highland Games taking place certainly leaves a void for so many facets of the Scottish community."

On June 21, in celebration of the Summer Solstice, ASF joined with Make Music New York for Sounds from Scotland.  Produced by Jamie McGeechan we had a great time = and the Facebook Streaming drew great audiences for our musicians.  

Following the great reception ASF is launching a 
Monthly two hour concert - 3rd Sunday of the month: 

Our first one will be on Sunday July 19th - 3pn - Live Streaming on Facebook.

Music is a key component to our youth bursary programs and to our community programming - we love helping young emerging talent in Scotland have opportunities here in the US.  

If you would like to listen to the June 21st performances click the links below as the performances are still available 

Watch the fantastic performances from our musicians on Facebook Live on Links below
Jamie McGeechan aka  Little Fire  LINK HERE      Laura McGhee  LINK HERE  
Alan Frew  LINK HERE      Craig Weir & the Cabalistic Cavalry  LINK HERE
Mike Nisbet  LINK HERE   John Rush  LINK HERE     Colin Hunter   LINK HERE
Every second and fourth Monday ...

"In converstation" with Dr Bruce Durie,  Genealogist and Heraldist, 
and Bart Forbes, President of the Clan Forbes Society, USA

With music from  Lisa Kowalski, Anna MacDonald and Jamie McGeechan aka Little Fire
Pod and Zoom Library
..Take a listen if you missed  on - our library of Pods in on:
MixCloud   and  Spotify  :   # ScotsInUS Podcast

"In Conversation" - With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events -  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

"In Conversation" with John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  discussing the  state of the US Scottish Clans and roles played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs and of Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms

With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller

"In Conversation" Greg King, Brand Ambassador of GlenDronnach

With music from  John Rush Laura Mcghee  and  Have Mercy Las Vegas

JUNE 8,  
Come Dance - The World of the Ceilidh
and  award winning musical theater  composers,  Noisemaker

With musical from Whisky Kiss and Noisemaker

JUNE 22, ScotsInUS PODCAST Spring Roundup
Presenter Jamie McGeechan takes a look back at the ASF Pods
during this time of Pause.  An hour of Music and Conversation 

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.

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% Scottish Creations 

We love these new gift ideas  Click Here
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.

Your only qualification for Membership is to have

Donations: At this time please consider a donation to the ASF.  Click here
to help support of our Heritage, Arts, Culture and 
Youth Bursary programming, Your support would be greatly appreciated