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The Scots Who Built New York: A Walking Tour App and Map on the Horizon

The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to have a vibrant and growing platform of Arts and Culture programming, including our contribution to the Landmarks 50+ project.

Through this partnership, the ASF has developed the fascinating history of The Scots Who Built New York’s Landmarks, chronicling the contribution of Scottish Americans to the building of New York.

picture-3Recently, The Times of London published an article on how The American-Scottish Foundation® is embarking on this second phase of The Scots Who Built New York project with the development of an App and A Map. As The Times notes this will be so useful to visitors to the City, and here at the ASF, we are excited and proud to be undertaking this next phase of the project.

With research undertaken by Architect and Architectural historian John Kinnear, The American-Scottish Foundation has developed a photographic series of talks exploring the huge contribution of Scottish-Americans to the building of New York.

To date, the five The Scots Who Built New York lectures have reflected on eras of architecture as exemplified by a leading Scottish architect of the time. Noted within the research and talks are references to other contemporary, leading Scottish American architects.

picture-2Now, the Scots who built New York’s landmarks will literally be put on the map by the newest addition to the project. The Scots who created important buildings like Carnegie Hall and Penn Station will be celebrated by a Walking Tour App, and NYC Map. With our work around this project we will expand our research, noting additional Scottish-American Landmark buildings that were built over the last 350 years.

As ASF’s executive director, Camilla Hellman, explains, the research for the project has taken over 18 months. “Now we are looking to move on to create a city map and walking tour app which will allow visitors to discover the leading buildings that Scottish-Americans have been responsible for,” she said.

picture-8As The Scots Who Built New York project has shown, people are often amazed to learn how much of NYC’s famous skyline is the result of the innovative work of Scottish architects, developers, and engineers. According to Ms Hellman, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the author and director of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Centre, said she has now come to realize that “all the leading landmarks in New York appear to have been built by Scots.”

The Scottish diaspora has truly been a part of New York’s fabric since the city’s early days. As John Kinnear notes, “Scottish-Americans and Scottish architects, in particular, have been a leading force in the developing of New York and remain so today. We are now looking to bring this important and fascinating history to a wider audience through the walking tour app and map, and ultimately, a coffee-table book entitled The Scots Who Built New York.”

The forthcoming project will spotlight various locations, like the designs of architect Charles McKim, including the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University. The map will also feature Carnegie Hall, which was financed by Scots philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, and the Empire State Building, which was designed by William Lamb.

Other highlights will include Gracie Mansion, which was originally built for Archibald Gracie of Dumfries, President Ulysses Grant’s mausoleum, which was designed by John Duncan, and St Andrew’s Golf Club, the oldest golf club in the US.

picture-6We are looking to have the App and Map for April 2017, to coincide with the Tartan Week celebrations that will take place in New York City at that time.

Would you like to join us as a Sponsor or Patron of the exciting next phase of this project?

Find out more about The Scots Who Built New York, and how you can support the project on the ASF website, here.

Images via americanscottishfoundation.com.

The 2016 World Canals Conference is hosted this year in Inverness, Scotland by Scottish Canals, September 19 – 22

The 2016 World Canals Conference will take place this year in Inverness, Scotland, from September 19-22, hosted by Scottish Canals.

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the nation’s waterways themselves, which includes 251 bridges, 212 buildings, 256 locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 19 water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland.

The World Canal Conference, founded in 2008 by Inland Waterways International , is held annually to bring people and organisations together who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide.

This is the second time Scotland has hosted the Conference which will bring together more than 300 business leaders and global professionals to celebrate achievements and pioneering work taking place across the globe. Topics of discussion will include water management and flood mitigation, engineering and heritage asset management to commercializing the assets, growing tourism, regeneration and the impact of climate change.

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting the 2016 World Canals Conference and it’s shaping up to be the best yet, with a host of world-renowned speakers set to join us amidst the myth and majesty of the Scottish Highlands in September.

“From Panama to Paris, there are a huge number of innovative projects taking place on canals all over the globe and waterways continue to play a vital role in the communities that line their banks.” 

Joining from the Americas will be:
Roland Lewis, President and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance, New York, will join as a keynote speaker on day two of the four-day conference.

He will draw on his extensive experience in leading the transformation and regeneration of New York and New Jersey’s waterways and 700 miles of shoreline into a vibrant, healthy, resilient, and accessible resource.

Since the Waterfront Alliance’s inception in 2007, the Alliance has grown into a coalition of more than 900 organisations working together to bring about real change in New York and New Jersey.

Alexander ‘Pete’ Grannis
, First deputy comptroller for New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), Commissioner on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and former Commissioner of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

From fighting to clean up long-festering toxic waste sites and reducing damaging acid rain to championing groundbreaking laws to increase recycling, Mr Grannis has been driving positive environmental change for more than three decades.

Grannis will speak on day four of the conference, joining the likes ofProfessor Mark Horton - presenter of BBC’s Coast – and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Dame Seona Reid.

Completing the trio of speakers from the Americas isDanielFábrega, the Panamanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom who will be speaking about the Panama Canal extension.

Before his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Fábrega served as the Vice President for Exports for Varelas Hemanos S.A. Mr Fábrega will speak of the vital role of the Panama Canal in his nation’s economy during day two of the World Canals Conference.

For ticket information and events surrounding the Conference
visit the website at www.wccscotland.co.uk.

 

Delta has just launched ALL YEAR ROUND SERVICE from New York JFK to Edinburgh.

Delta has just launched ALL YEAR ROUND SERVICE from New York JFK to Edinburgh.

images_deltaheroimageFirst announced last Fall, anticipation has been growing for the new direct Delta flight – and the great connections it offers from around the States.

All flights from New York to Edinburgh will have Wi-Fi, we will be able to stay connected at 30,000 feet, with free on-demand in-flight entertainment in all cabins. Movies and TV shows can also be downloaded to tablet and laptop devices.

Tickets for Delta’s New York Edinburgh service are available directly through Delta Air Lines. Flights are operated in conjunction with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic

AND to learn more of where to go and what to do visit VisitScotland for help on planning your next trip.

Time to discover Scotland’s great new Gins and Vodkas from Arbikie

When you are next ordering a Vodka or Gin in Britain ask if they have the Award winning Arbikie Gin or Vodka. Arbikie is not yet available in the US but it soon will be available – and we can’t wait.

Arbikie-Distillery-900x600And who – what – is the Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery?

The Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery was launched in October 2014 from the family farm of the Stirling Brothers in Arbroath, ScotlandStirling Brothers

Since its launch only 18 months ago Arbike has introduced Gin and Vodka products that have roared onto the spirits scene winning such accolades as:
- Best UK Varietal Vodka and Best UK Traditional Gin by the prestigious World Drink Awards and
- Gold for Kirsty Gin at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

All the elements used in the production of Arbikie Highland Estates range use home grown ingredients, sown, grown & harvested – and then distilled and bottled at Arkikie.

Arbikie VodkaArbikie Gin, called “Kirsty’s Gin,” is named for the Arbikie Master Distiller, Kirsty Black, who oversees all areas of development and production – and YES Arbikie Whisky is on the horizon.

Arbike Gins and Vodkas is not yet available in the USA BUT if you are in the UK it can be ordered directly from Arbikie http://www.arbikie.com/product-list/ and is now widely available throughout the UK.

Beer at Breakfast – spread on your toast???

43_Marmalade_Beer_AR.jpg.galleryScottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has created the world’s first spreadable beer to mark the opening of its new Beer Kitchen in South Tay Street, Dundee.                                                                 Marm & Ale, the world’s first beer marmalade, combines Innes & Gunn’s oak-aged IPA with Dundee’s finest preserve. The brewer has also unveiled a new marmalade flavoured IPA.

Read the whole story  in the Herald  - http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14391821.Scottish_craft_brewer_launches__world_s_first_spreadable_beer_/?ref=mr&lp=1

 

All Aboard For Outlander

In 1998, April 6th was declared National Tartan Day.  Since then celebrations of scottish heritage and pride have taken place throughout the United States, and nowhere more than New York who top off a week long celebration of events throughout the City, with the annual New York Tartan Day Parade.

This years celebrations took on an added dimension as the hugely popular series Outlander, premiered their second season on the evening of the Parade – and the chosen Grand Marshal for the Parade was non other than the shows leading actor, Sam Hueghan.  Heughan plays the dashing Highlander, Jamie Fraser in the series.

Outlander fans were planning for months to come together in New York for the Parade and on hearing that Heughan was Grand Marshal the excitment grew.  Many of the fans have visited Scotland or plan to, and so the Scotland’s national tourism agency VisitScotland wrapped a double decker bus for the Parade with the image of the Callanish Stones and messaging, encouraging New Yorkers to book their tickets to the land that inspired Outlander.

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Image via wired.com

The series is filmed throughout Scotland, and already after the first series, premier locations featured in the series have seen an increase in visitors.

Locations include Doune Castle, Culloden, Falkland and Culross, all of which have enjoyed a dramatic rise in visitor numbers.

 

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland Week is an opportunity for members of the Scottish tourism industry to meet with prospective visitors from the hugely important North American market, with events such as our Diaspora Breakfast always proving popular. Outlander has taken the world by storm and it is important that we capitalise on the continued success of a series in which Scotland really is the star.

“With its stunning imagery of the Callanish Stones, which are just like the ones that play such a pivotal role in the series, our bus is sure to be a big hit during the hugely popular Tartan Day Parade, which regularly attracts thousands of spectators. Hopefully it will encourage event more people to look into booking a trip to Scotland and explore the land that inspired Outlander.”

Outlander fans in New York during Scotland Week also enjoyed a special event taking place at NYC Beer Authority on the evening of April 8th. The Belhaven Brewery-sponsored gathering saw a number of Scottish businesses showcasing their Outlander-inspired wares, including jewellery makers Hamilton & Young, Walkers Shortbread, tour operator Mary’s Meanders and “Outlander Herbalist” Claire MacKay.

Outlander is based on the best selling series of books by Diana Gabaldon.

For more information on Outlander and Scotland, go to www.visitscotland.com/outlander

Cabar Crafts: Handmade in Scotland With Love

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Image via etsy.com

Scottish sisters Jennifer and Julie-Anne share a real passion for quilting.

In November 2015 they opened their own quilting business, Cabar Crafts.

Prior to opening the business, they would often visit family in the Highlands. There the sisters would spend many hours looking around local woollen mills and admiring the handy work of the weavers in the Outer Hebrides.

Image via facebook.com/Cabar-Crafts

Image via facebook.com/Cabar-Crafts

After falling in love with the warm, durable fabric at the woollen mills, the sisters decided to put their own passion for sewing to use. At first they made quilts for their own young babies using locally sourced materials from Harris.

Image via facebook.com/Cabar-Crafts

Image via facebook.com/Cabar-Crafts

From these luxurious, homemade quilts, a business was born. Cabar Crafts now sells handmade Harris Tweed quilts and blankets on Etsy.

These gorgeous quilts are handmade in Scotland with love- order one of your own here.

To find out more about Cabar Crafts visit their Facebook page.

Strathberry: The Luxury Scottish Brand to Watch

It is not often that one comes across exceptional craftsmanship together with contemporary yet classic design – but earlier this year the American-Scottish Foundation was introduced to Strathberry of Scotland. The brand is taking the fashion industry by a storm, and with such beautiful craftsmanship and high-quality design, it is no wonder why.

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Image via twitter.com

Strathberry of Scotland is a leading, modern Scottish brand which prides itself on making luxurious, high-end bags that match other designer bags in quality, but with more reasonable price tags. 

Besides their collection of handmade bags, Strathberry also designs accessories with iconic Scottish textiles like tweed, lace, and cashmere from the Hawick Cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders. Non-endangered salmon skin is also used in the production of some bags and accessories, adding even more Scottish flair to the sustainable fashion brand.

Strathberry boasts the highest standards of quality and design. Not only does the brand support local producers, but every item in the collection is handmade in Europe. Taking inspiration from traditional means of artistry, Strathberry craftsmen take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours to create a single bag.

Image via thesun.co.uk

Image via thesun.co.uk

Strathberry founders, Guy and Leeanne Hundleby, officially launched their collection in 2013. Just three years later, the brand is really taking off. Celebrities like Emma Watson, Lily Allen and Paloma Faith are Strathberry wearers, and Strathberry bags appear in countless fashion-blogs and magazines.

Visit the Strathberry website to learn more about the luxury Scottish brand that is winning over the fashion world.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh

Afternoon Tea is a traditional custom in Scotland, and throughout the United Kingdom. The afternoon ritual became popular in the UK at the end of the 17th century.  In 1840 afternoon tea was first introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.

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Image via lastminute.com

The Duchess found that she was hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon, but dinner was served late, at eight o’clock, which was the fashion at the time. So the Duchess asked that a tea, bread, butter and cake be served to her every day in the late afternoon.

She eventually invited friends to join her for this ritual, and afternoon tea breaks suddenly became fashionable social events.

The tradition of enjoying an afternoon cuppa with sandwiches, breads, and cakes is still strong in Scotland today. In the city of Edinburgh there are many teahouses, cafes, and hotels where you can spend your afternoon sipping tea and sampling sweets. The American-Scottish Society has picked three top spots for Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh: a palace, a library, and a hotel.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Image via royalcollection.org.uk

Image via royalcollection.org.uk

If you are craving a spot of tea, why not head to a palace and enjoy Afternoon Tea fit for a queen?

Try Afternoon Tea at The Cafe at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the 16th-century palace of the Stuarts, located at the bottom of the Royal Mile. You can attend a tour of the royal reception rooms, antiques, and relics before heading to the elegant cafe. You can attend a tour of the royal reception rooms, antiques, and relics, or just go straight to the Courtyard Cafe. The former stable block has been converted into the cafe and the outdoor cafe is a tranquil surprise with shady trees. 

Enjoy your tea over the beautiful views from Arthur’s Seat. Afternoon Tea is served every day, between 12.00 and 3.00pm. Choose from a delectable selection of of freshly baked cakes, pastries and sandwiches, served with steaming cups of loose-leaf tea. If the magnificent surroundings have you feeling extra luxurious, champagne is on offer to sip with your Victoria Sponge Cake. If you attend Afternoon Tea at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, you can expect to have the royal treatment.

Colonnades at the Signet Library

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Image via afternoontea.co.uk

If you are exploring Edinburgh’s Old Town, head to Colonnades at the Signet Library. The grand old Library is an exquisite and interesting venue for an elegant Tea Salon.

Traditional Afternoon Tea is served Afternoon Tea is served Monday- Friday from 1pm to 7pm and 11am to 7pm on Sundays.

The building is filled with history. Corinthian columns line the salon, which is surrounded by ornate balustrades. Even some of the fine silverware is original to the Georgian building. While you take in the grand setting, treat yourself to one of the decadent cakes created by the resident pastry chef. Fresh sandwiches, a selection of teas and cocktails, and many other goodies are on offer to enjoy. You’ll never visit another library quite like this.

No. 11 

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Image via 11brunswickst.co.uk

No. 11 is a sleek and modern hotel set within a charming Georgian townhouse. The hotel is just a short walk from the Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh and Edinburgh Waverley Station. Even if you are not enjoying a stay at No. 11, the Brasserie is open to the public.

The dining area is lush, furnished with velvet and elegant artwork, serving as a perfect setting for a Traditional Afternoon Tea.

The luxurious Afternoon Tea at No. 11 offers a menu of sweet and savory treats, including fresh finger sandwiches, hand made fruit scones, and a selection of pastries including decadent chocolate eclairs and mini cupcakes. Help yourself to wine or coffee, or even a bottle of sparkling wine. You can book a table from 12:30 – 5:00, from Wednesday to Sunday, each week. Enjoy the elegance of modernity, fused with the traditional charm of a quintessential Afternoon Tea.

Shakespeare Theatre Company Announces 2016-2017 Season

The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. has announced the 2016- 2017 Season.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has become “the nation’s foremost Shakespeare company.” The production company has received more Helen Hayes Awards than any other theatre. Today the Shakespeare Theatre Company is thriving under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn.

The 2016-2017 season will kick off with a “Free For All” production of The Tempest directed by Ethan McSweeny. There will also be productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden, King Charles III, The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Macbeth, and Women Before Women.

To find out more about the productions visit the Shakespeare Theatre Company website.

Buy Season Tickets today! Subscribe to save up to 30% off ticket prices, get tickets to Free For All in advance, get discounts on additional tickets, get free standby if you miss performances, and more! To purchase your Season Tickets, call the Shakespeare Theatre Company Box Office at 202.547.1122. The Box Office is open 12-6 p.m. daily.