Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail of Dundee – with auction on September 13th in support of the Archie Foundation.

Oor Wullie 1This Summer Dundee is a center for Art as Oor Wullies takes over the city.  From now till September one of Scotland’s national treasures, Oor Wullie, has multiplied x 55 – and now 55 5ft Oor Wullies are dotted throughout Dundee.

AND an additional 10 Oor Wullies are touring Scotland visiting Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, & Inverness, returning to Dundee in time to join the rest of the Bucket Trail at the grand auction of all the sculptures on September 13th.

So NOW is the time to take the Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail - and find the Oor Wullie which are dotted throughout Dundee – all this in support of The Archie Foundation Tayside - and held in collaboration with DC Thomson and Wild in Art.

Oor Wullies are each decorated by artists & designers, all are different.

Trail maps and a digital app will be made available to enable all to go out and find all 50 sculptures and to strike them off their ‘bucket’ list.

THEN on September 13th the statues will all be auctioned off in support of a new twin pediatric surgical suite for the Archie FoundationTayside Children’s Hospital.

The American-Scottish Foundation® is proud to help support the work of the Archie Foundation and is looking forward to seeing all the Oor Wullies in the weeks ahead!

This is Oor Wullie’s 80th Anniversary and the celebration is as part of The Scottish Government Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Find out more at www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com and by going to VisitScotlands website.

The Scottish State Coach, to be on view from July 30th – August 28th in the forecourt of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh.

The magnificent Scottish State Coach, will be displayed from July 30th – August 28th in the forecourt of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday year.

Scottish State CoachThe Coach which was originally called the Cambridge Coach, was built for HRH The Duke of Cambridge in 1830 and used for the coronation of his brother, William IV, the following year.  In 1968     HM The Queen instructed that she wished to have a coach for Scotland.

 The Cambridge coach was remodeled and renamed the Scottish State Coach.

The emblems of the Order of the Thistle, and the Scottish version of the Royal Arms were painted on the sides, and a model of the Crown of Scotland was added to the roof.

Scottish state coach 2As writer and historian, Roddie Martine noted:
“This is Scotland’s very own carriage of state, sleek and impressive, cherished throught the years ….. though not ideally suited to the cobbled streets of the Old Town.”

The coach is normally housed at the The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, home to the Royal Collection of historic coaches and carriages, and is usually drawn by four horses.

The Queen first used the Scottish State Coach on 22 May 1969, . The coach has conveyed the Royal Family in the Jubilee Procession, and to the The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh back to Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011

Sam Heughan, Grand Marshal of the 2016 New York Tartan Day Parade has been named Barbour’s first Global Brand Ambassador

sam-heughan-scottish-day-kilt-ss06Sam Heughan, Grand Marshal of the 2016 New York Tartan Day Parade has been named Barbour’s first Global Brand Ambassador of the British clothing company. Heughan, who stars as Jamie Fraser in the mega hit drama “Outlander” , will develop his own capsule collection for Barbour, made with the brand’s signature tartans, which are based on the Ayrshire District Tartan from where the Barbour family originated in the 13th century.

“I am delighted to be working with Barbour and feel very privileged that they have chosen me to be their first Global Brand Ambassador,” he said in a statement.

sam heughan barbour“Being Scottish, I grew up with the brand and have always been a big fan — being born in the same rural area as John Barbour, in the south of Scotland.”                                                                                                                         He also respects the longevity of the brand saying that he’s intrigued by how Barbour “has adapted yet retained its strong identity.”

“I have a great passion for the company and their employees that feels more like I’ve been welcomed into their extended family. I very much look forward to designing my own capsule collection based on this ethos and to representing the brand in the UK, the US and internationally.”

To learn more of the 2016 Parade and keep up to date on plans for 2017 visit NYC Tartan Week the central website for the Parade which is organized by Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New YorkNew York Caledonian Club, The American-Scottish Foundation® and Clan Campbell

We are looking forward to the first introductions to the Barbour Collection. Read more via the Barbour Blog:http://www.barbour.com/blog/sam-heughan-barbour-brand-ambassador

SUMMER THEATER SPOTLIGHT:

NYMFIn these coming weeks there is wonderful theater involving our Scottish community members taking place – from the New York Musical Festival to 59E59th Street East to Edinburgh Festival.

The New York Musical Festival  is a month long Festival of theater, the largest annual musical theater festival in America. 

Each summer the Festival presents productions, concerts, readings and special events in the heart of New York City’s Theater District. 

This year TWO of the Productions have been created by Scots and the American-Scottish Foundation Member and Friends can enjoy special ticket pricing to the productions.

NYMF offers ASF Members 15% off full price tickets to see Forest Boy and ULTIMATE MAN! at the 2016 Festival. Simply use the code AFD15 when booking tickets (maximum 4 tickets per person/order per performance – limited availability)

Forest BoyForest Boy,  Based upon the true story, this original work was selected from over 900 entries submitted to the New York Musical Festival.                                             Forest Boy has been created by the award-winning Scottish writing partnership of actor/writer Scott Gilmour and composer Claire McKenzie who are both graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Claire and Scott began collaborating together as students and have gone on to create new work for theaters including Dundee Rep Theater, The Roundhouse, St.James’ Theater, The Royal Lyceum Theater Company, Edinburgh, and now are beginning to be recognized internationally.

On September 5th, 2011, a boy appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest with his father for the past five years. He had no memory of his past – only that his name was Ray and he traveled to Berlin following the death of his father in the woods.

What followed were nine months of speculation, police inquiry, and a global media frenzy, as the mystery of the Forest Boy slowly unraveled. FOREST BOY is a modern-day fairytale of growing up and, above all, imagination.

The Pearl Theatre, 555 W 42nd Street (10th/11th Avenue)

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

ULTIMATE MAN!                                                                               The Comic World is in a state of chaos. Joe, the artist who draws the politically savvy                                                ULTIMATE MAN! has lost control of his characters and himself. 

 In a desperate attempt to save his beloved Cathy Cookie, he confronts the cartoonist in the Real World, and is faced with the dilemma of creating edgy art or embracing mass appeal in a corporate world. 

For Joe, worlds collide in this comic adventure.

From the book by Jane Edith Wilson & Charles Abbott;  Music By Alastair William King;  Lyrics by Paul Gambaccini, Alastair William King & Jane Edith Wilson; Conceived by Paul Gambaccini

Composer and Co-Lyricist Alastair King, was born in Glasgow and now lives in New York.  He is the co-composer/co-book writer for Outlaws -

The Ballad of Billy the Kid (NYMF 2011), composer of The Family Fiorelli (NYMF 2007, NAMT 2008 Finalist, York Theatre Developmental Reading Series 2010/11) and  He is also the composer for 3 children’s musicals The Adventures of Superbunny (Midtown International Theatre Festival 2013), to name but a few of his works.

The Pearl Theatre, 555 W 42nd Street (10th/11th Avenue)
 

Experience the excitement of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe without leaving New York!  
A month of great theater.  
 
Below are highlights of the coming two weeks.

 59E59 Theaters’ annual East to Edinburgh festival featuring – new work from North American companies before they make the journey across the pond to Edinburgh.

THE END OF POLITICS   July 14 – 16 at 9.15pm
“Why even get up in the morning?” asks Bob Bell in his searing and humorous one-man show about the issues that have led to the current 2016 election.

HAMLET IN BED   July 15 – 17 at 7.15pm

WITH ANNETTE O’TOOLE AND MICHAEL LAURENCE
A noir downtown thriller about sex, death, theater, and the world’s most famous play, by Drama Desk nominee Michael Laurence.
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VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF July 12, 14, 15 at 8.30pm and July 13 at 6.3o
Walter DeForest takes on the complex and elusive creative process as he draws portraits and paints Vincent van Gogh’s side of the story.

(CUT THE BULLSHIT) LEN BAKERLOO SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER 
 July 12-19 at 6.30om and July 13 at 8.30pm
Retired hedge fund manager Len Bakerloo, “The World’s Greatest Bullshit Detective,” goes postal on bullshitters and their bullshit.

LUCIE POHL: APOHLCALYPSE NOW! July 14- =16 at 6.30pm, July 17 4.30
A hilarious new comedy of terrors from NYC comedian Lucie Pohl–creator of smash hits Hi, Hitler and Cry Me A Liver. Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats, and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin.

MARILYN & SINATRA July 16 at 2.30pm & 8.30pm and July 17 at 2.30pm
You know the names but you didn’t know their love story–until now. This play explores the little-known relationship between two showbiz icons.