Acclaimed Scottish Actor Tommy Flanagan to lead the 2017 New York Tartan Day Parade

NYC Tartan Week have announced that acclaimed Scottish actor Tommy Flanagan, will be Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade on Saturday April 8th capping off a great week of events and celebration.

FLANAGAN“It is an honor to celebrate my culture,” said Mr. Flanagan about his appointment to Grand Marshal.                                                                                                                                          “I have great pride in my heritage.  Although I now live in Malibu, I visit Scotland regularly with my family. I’ll have my daughter flying her flag forever.”                                                                                         Flanagan stars in the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, scheduled for release in May 2017.

Read the full report http://nyctartanweek.org/

An Evening with Ian Rankin at Little City Books, Hoboken, NJ

Acclaimed Scottish crime writer, Ian Rankin, is bringing his famous detective, John Rebus to the Little City Books in Hoboken, New Jersey
on Monday February 6th at 7pm,

This is the first stop on Rankins US Grand Tour as he launches his 30th Rebus novel, Rather be the Devil.
Ian RankinASF Members and friends – you are invited to this special evening. There are limited tickets available (no charge) to this intimate evening which will include a reading, book signing, and Q & A session with a dram of whisky, shortbread, live music.
RSVP info@littlecitybooks.com

Rankin’s first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. Today, the Rebus series is translated into twenty-two languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents!

Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels are set mainly in Edinburgh, and are considered major contributions to the Tartan Noir genre, a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers.

To learn more of Rankin’s work visit his website at http://www.ianrankin.net

National Theater of Scotland production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart extended at the McKittrick Hotel through February 28th

prudencia_hart_2016_nyc_hpThe Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is now playing,through February 28th, featuring an all Scottish cast.

 Presented by National Theatre of Scotland                                     and The McKittrick Hotel                                                                                 at 530 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

The McKittrick has been transformed into a high-spirited Scottish pub for the production.

prudence-nycWith a welcoming whisky shot ready for you upon arrival, one is transported to the Borders of Scotland on a snowey, snowey night…. and for the next two hours one joins Prudencia on her journey, and one does participate ….

For tickets visit : strangeundoing.com

The Hollywood Reporter when seeing the production noted:  ,,,,”playing traditional melodies on the auld instruments .. all the world’s a stage for The National Theatre of Scotland as they present David Greig’s knowing appropriation of “Border Ballads,” 

“Robert Burns and all manner of Gaelic culture, Highland and low. 

 “Audience participation will be demanded throughout…

 “The National Theatre of Scotland could tour this extravaganza forever, and it’s welcome finally to arrive here.”

 

Members of the ASF – Walkers Shortbread is offering you an exclusive 25% off discounts

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A very special gift to ASF Members from our great friends at Walkers Shortbread.

As Members of the ASF – Walkers Shortbread is offering you an exclusive 25% off discounts when you shop using this link.

In addition to their great shortbread we all love, try their preserves and also chees biscuits or oatcakes.

The offer will automatically be added to your order at checkout.

To inspire you, Visit the Recipe of the Month section and try CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE SHORTBREAD.. delicious!

INGREDIENTS  -  Yield: 12 cookies

(1) box Walkers Shortbread Petticoat Tails

12 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon refined coconut oil or any light flavored oil

3 small candy canes, crushed

DIRECTIONS    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chocolate chips and the oil in a medium-size glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir until smooth. Dip the shortbread in the chocolate and place the coated shortbread on the parchment lined tray. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the chocolate to harden. Store the finished cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

ASF Member Special Membership offers from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

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The ASF is delighted the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be our Whisky Ambassadors for our  22nd Burns Night Celebration on   Friday January 20th hosting the Whisky tasting prior to the Burns Supper and helping to oversee the Address to the Haggis presentation.

scotch-malt-whisky-club We are also pleased to present a unique Holiday offer – from now through January 31st, 2017, ASF members will receive a special discount on membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - a perfect gift for the holiday season.

 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a private members’ club offering the world’s widest selection of single cask, single malt whisky. Bottled at cask strength without the addition of water, coloring, or filtration.

Founded in 1983 by a small group of friends celebrating the excellence of single malts from a single cask, the Society is based in Edinburgh with a membership today of over 30,000 whisky lovers.

 ASF Members now have the opportunity of Special Membership pricing AND

- Access to the purchase exclusive single cask whiskies, only available through SMWS.

- Access to the SMWS Member Rooms in Edinburgh, Leith and London

- Invitations to tasting and events

- Quarterly subscription to Unfiltered -

· Membership with welcome kit of  three carefully selected 100ml single cask, single malt whiskies, plus other Society goodies;

SMWS Price $229 : ASF Special Member $165 + tax and shipping

· Membership without welcome kit giving a Member preferred pricing on all casks

SMWS Price $129 : ASF Special Member $95

MEMBERS CONTACT THE ASF OFFICE to receive your Code – Not yet a Member, Join today and take advantage of this great membership offer.

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A special ticket offering to The Seeing Place Theater production of MACBETH

bloody_crown_smlThe American-Scottish Foundation® Members and Friends, a special ticket offering to The Seeing Place Theater production of MACBETH by William Shakespeare at       TSP Main Stage                             The Paradise Factory,                 64 East 4th St, NYC

Performances through December 22nd

Purchase through on line LINK HERE
with special discount code for ASF Member & friends,
Enter SCOTS01 when prompted

downloadThis fast-paced, modern dress performance features a diverse cast, exploring the lives of strong and witty Scotsmen undergoing turmoil and doing all that’s in their power to save their country.                                                                “I see thee compassed with thy kingdoms pearl,                                        That speak my salutation in their minds,  Whose voices I desire aloud with mine. Hail, King of Scotland!”.

 

HAPPY ST ANDREW’S DAY to one and all

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The American-Scottish Foundation wishes all our Members and friends a great St. Andrew’s Day. 

About Scotland shares a Greeting to the World for a
Happy St Andrews Day.  Delivered in an array of different languages from Mandarin to Arabic, Bengali, Hindu and Gaelic.

View here and then share YOUR Greeting using #ourstandrewsday. The Scottish Government will then be looking to share clips from your messages.

We share this powerful message from Scotland on this
St Andrew’s Day, that of friendship and unity among all people of the world.

A VERY HAPPY ST ANDREW’S DAY

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GIVING TUESDAY, Tuesday November 29th – Become a Member of the American-Scottish Foundation.

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PLEASE SUPPORT The American-Scottish Foundation® on Tuesday November 29th, GivingTuesday

A great way to become involved and support the work of the Foundation is to become a Member in this the 60th Anniversary of the ASF.

http://www.americanscottishfoundation.com/…/indiv_membershi…

Help us to build upon our mission, bridging Scotland and the USA.
Learn more of how you can become involved
http://www.americanscottishfoundation.com/home/index.html

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Scotland

pilgrimsAre you in Scotland and wondering where you can enjoy a great Thanksgiving – with Turkey, pecan or pumpkin pie?  Do not despair – you can still enjoy Thanksgiving food!

This time of year, many Scottish restaurants have festive menus that feature full turkey dinners. If it’s not turkey you’re after, but just a bit of classic American grub (hot dogs anyone?), there are plenty of American-style eateries in Scotland’s cities as well.

But with Scotland’s own unique cuisine and so many phenomenal restaurants to choose from, maybe Haggis could become your new Thanksgiving tradition!

For those of you still craving a classic American feast, we have provided a list of Thanksgiving Dinner options from two of Scotland’s big cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. So tuck in, enjoy, and be thankful!

Where to go in Edinburgh on Thanksgiving …

 Twenty Princes Street, Edinburgh

21-prince-street-png-masterTwenty Princes Street is an award-winning contemporary Scottish restaurant,  with a Modern Scottish menu, set in a Victorian building with skyline views.

With a festive menu on offer from November 22nd, you can start your Thanksgiving meal with one of the restaurant’s unique appetizers, such as Parsnip soup or Mulled Wine Pear & Lemon Ricotta Tart. Then move on to the main course, Ballotine of Turkey with apricot, cranberry, and sage stuffing, chipolatas in bacon, roast potatoes, glazed potatoes, and port jus.

If you are having Thanksgiving in Scotland it needs to be different .. and this modern twist on a classic holiday meal will surely leave you in the holiday spirit.

See the full menu, here.

The Three Sisters, 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh

The Three Sisters is a cozy pub with a casual atmosphere, and usually a lively crowd that spills out into the outdoor courtyard.

With sports games playing throughout the day, and drinks specials to draw in a crowd in the evening, you can celebrate Thanksgiving all day and night!

For Thanksgiving 2016, The Three Sisters is hosting a special event in which they’re serving up a roast turkey dinner, complete with mashed and roast potatoes, peas, and corn on the cob. Rather than pumpkin pie, they’ll be slicing up blueberry cheesecake.

With turkey to eat, beer to drink, and American football on the screen, you might just forget that you’re not in the States!

Find out more, here.

Frontier  8 Gillespie Pl, Edinburgh

Although a full turkey dinner is not on the menu, “Native New Yorker” hot dogs, “Frontier Classic Nachos”, and “The Great American Mac & Cheese” are. They also serve American beers like Sam Adams, so you can wet your whistle American-style.

So enjoy a taste of the USA this Thanksgiving, even while you are so far from home! And if you try out the “Great American Pie of the Day”, it might just feel like a traditional Thanksgiving after all!

Read the menu, here.

Where to go in Glasgow on Thanksgiving … 

Ad Lib, 33 Ingram Street, Glasgow

Ad Lib is a cozy and casual US-style diner with two locations in the city, one in the City Centre, and one at Merchant City. The restaurant has an “American Classics” menu that includes dishes like burgers and fried chicken.

If you’re looking to skip Thanksgiving dinner and delve right into dessert, this menu also features two Thanksgiving staples: apple pie, and pecan pie.

However, their seasonal Christmas Menu does include a turkey dinner, so you can enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. The dish is a turkey breast glazed with maple and chilli, and served with thyme gravy and all the trimmings. So if you want a casual Thanksgiving complete with turkey, pie, and a classic diner vibe, Ad Lib is the perfect destination. 

Have a look at the menus, here.

The Bothy Restaurant. 11 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow

The Bothy is a warm, welcoming restaurant in the West End of Glasgow that cooks up traditional Scottish dishes served by friendly, kilted staff. Although the restaurant serves Scottish cuisine, their festive menu features a unique – great – turkey dinner – with a Scottish twist!

The turkey is served with date and apple stuffing, pork chipolatas, and cranberry jus. Finish off your meal with a traditional Christmas pudding, or a decadent chocolate truffle cake. With an extensive wine and drinks menu, pick your poison and propose a toast to celebrating the USA in Scotland.

Read the menu, here.

TriBeCa, Glasgow - four locations to choose from ..

TriBeCa is a casual NYC inspired restaurant and bar that is decorated with hanging lights and posters of New York. The restaurant is instantly recognizable by the NYPD Cruiser and NYC Cab parked outside.

Rated highly for its brunch, TriBeCa is a great stop if you’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with a big, New York style breakfast. The brunch menu features American-style pancakes and bacon, french toast, breakfast burritos, and more. Order a side home fries or pulled pork, and drink plenty of their bottomless coffee to wash it all down. At this rate, you’ll probably be stuffed until Christmas.

If Thanksgiving brunch wont cut it for you, TriBeCa will also be serving up a set menu on Thanksgiving, so you can spend your evening digging into a real turkey feast.

Have a look at the menus, here.
AND to one and all we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.