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Date Event Location Additional Information Host Organisation Ticket/Attendance Information
January 21st Annual Burns Night Dinner sponsored by The American-Scottish Foundation New York City’s University Club
This year's event brings back the much-sought-after talents of Fiona Kennedy, accompanied by Fergus Wood and the Kinlochard Ceilidh Band. The venue is New Yorks prestigious University Club. The evening, always a fun and lively affair, commences with a reception and whisky tasting at 7:00 pm. This year we will welcome Sir Philip Thomas, KCVO, CMG, New York Citys new Consul-General from the UK. Highland Evening Dress or Black Tie. American Scottish Foundation
For more information or to receive an invitation, call 212/605-0338.
February 10th Orchestra of St. Luke's- Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall
Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles returns to the podium for a concert contrasting a British, 20th-century first half with a Beethoven conclusion. The Symphony No. 2 of Scottish composer James MacMillan receives its New York premiere performance, and violinist Kyoko Takezawa joins the Orchestra to perform Vaughn Williams The Lark Ascending, as well as Beethovens Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F Major, Op. 50. To conclude, Runnicles and the Orchestra collaborate on Beethovens Symphony No. 5.
For more information call 212/605-0338.
February 1st - May 1st First Seen - Photographs of the World's Peoples, 1840 - 1880 Dahesh Museum of Art, 580 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 This unusual photographic exhibition features not only photographs of Scottish villagers but also the work of early Scottish photographers. Dahesh Museum of Art
Free with regular admission charges. Contact the Museum on 212.759.0606
February 15th

6pm - 8pm

The Lord Lyon The British Consulate-General, 845 Third Avenue, at 51st-52nd Streets, 9th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10022
Makes a return visit to New York. Please join the ASF, the Saint Andrews Society of the State of New York, The New York Caledonian Club and Clan Campbell who cordially invite you to attend a program entitled Scotlands Heraldic and Clan Heritage in the 21st Century by Robin Blair, LVO, WS, Lord Lyon King of Arms and to meet the Lord Lyon following the presentation at a Reception held in his honor.

Dress : Business Attire

Cost: $10 per person (members in advance) and $15 (non-members and at-the-door).

I.D. and registration on the guest list will be required.

February 22nd The Pinewoods Folk Music Society Presents a house concert featuring Scottish singer ED MILLER 165 West End Ave #12D, New York City Enjoy an evening of Scottish songs, old and new - from timeless ballads and songs of Robert Burns to songs from the 20th century folk revival. Seating is limited so reservations are required. The concert begins at 7.30pm. The Pinewoods Folk Music Society
For information or to make a reservation call 212-712-9382
February 24th Whisky and Conversation with the internationally acclaimed, award-winning, Scottish mystery writer, Ian Rankin. The American Scottish Foundation, Inc., Scotland House, 575 Madison Ave, Rooms 222 & 223 , 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 Due to limited space, reservations must be made in advance and will be accepted in the order in which they are made, "walk-ins" may not be permitted. Whisky (Johnnie Walker Green Label) courtesy of Diageo N.A. The Foundation would like to thank Little, Brown & Company and Joseph Guglielmelli of The Black Orchid Bookshop for their support of this event. Time: 5.30 - 7.00pm (sharp). Dress: Business Attire. The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc. Cost $25.00 members prior to 02/21/05, $35.00 non-members (and members after 02/21/05). For more information or to make a reservation, call 212/605-0338.
February 25th & 26th Wesbeth Entertainment presents BILLY CONNOLLY: TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG The Town Hall- 123 West 43rd Street, New York City 8:00pm, The wild man of Scotland brings his unique comedy to the Hall.
Ticket Price: $55.00, $50.00. Tickets may be purchased through ticket master or The Town Hall Box Office. For more information, please visit
February 26th New York City Ballet presents Shambards with music by Scottish composer James MacMillan New York State Theatre This plotless ballet for 24 dancers has an overall dark tone and in James MacMillan's commissioned score there is a tension between turbulent, dissonant tones and spirited tradional Scottish melodies. The choreography borrows movements and gestures from traditional Scottish dance. MacMillan's score was partly inspired by Scottish poet Edwin Muir's "Scotland 1941" which refers to Robert Burns and Walter Scott as "sham bards of a sham nation" New York City Ballet For more information please visit
March 2nd - 12th North America's premier Celtic Film and Music Festival, The CRAIC Film Fleadh (Mar 2-6) followed by the Music Series (Mar 10-12) See for more details The CRAIC music series will feature three days of live shows by established and emerging Celtic performers. The current line-up includes an eclectic mix of Irish and Scottish musicians such as The Chalets, Mainline, Bronagh Gallagher, Biffy Clyro and New York based The Skels and Mr. North
The CRAIC Film Fleadh, now in it's seventh year, is one of New York's premier film events and will feature several premiers such as the NY Premiers of The BOYS and GIRLS of COUNTY CLARE (Starring Andrea Corr and Colm Meaney) and OMAGH (Starring Ger McSorley).
Film Fleadh Foundation To book your tickets now or for more information on the programme, visit
March 4th Release of Miramax Films' DEAR FRANKIE, DEAR FRANKIE, a touching film shot in and around Glasgow and Greenock. Select movie theatres in NY, LA and San Francisco (expanding to select theatres across the US on March 11th. DEAR FRANKIE is a heartwarming an often humorous tale of nine year-old Frankie and his mom, Lizzie, who have been on the move ever since he can remember. To protect her son from the truth, Lizzie has invented a story to satisfy Frankie's curiosity. She regularly writes Frankie a letter from is make-believe father who works aboard a ship travelling to exotic lands. However, Lizzie soon finds out his 'father's' ship will be arriving in a few days. Now, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth and hatching a desperate plan to find the perfect stranger to play the perfect father.
Directed by Shona Auerbach, DEAR FRANKIE stars Emily Mortimer (Lovely and Amazing, Young Adam, Bright Young Things), Gerard Butler (Tomb Raider 2, Timeline, Phantom of the Opera) and Jack McElhone (Young Adam) as Frankie.
The film is rated PG-13 and runs 105 minutes long.

see local listings
March 9th Lecture by Susan Nagel, author of Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nesbit, Countess of Elgin. Tavern Room, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, New York, NY Lecture at 6:00pm promptly- Refreshments to follow Susan's background as a writer of off-Broadway plays, Town and Country articles, and professor in the Humanities Department of Marymount Manhattan College gave her an excellent base from which to entwine the controversial and romantic story of Mary Nesbit with groundbreaking revelations about the marbles from the Parthenon. Lecture promptly at 6.00pm. Refreshments to follow. The Colonial Dames of America Book Award Committee Cost $35.00 Please make your check payable to: The Colonial Dames of America and mail to- The Colonial Dames of America, 417 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10021. For additional information, please call (212) 838-5489
April 2nd 7th Annual Tartan Day Parade 6th Avenue from 44th Street to 58th Street Starts at 2:00 pm - 44 th Street to 58 th Street .
For information or to register, please visit
April 2nd Tartan TV airing WLIW21 on Public Television Can be seen in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, Northern NJ and Southern Conneticut. 13 episodes airing on Saturday night at 7.30pm, startting April 2nd with a repeat the following tuesday at 11.30pm Tartan TV

April 7th Concert by the Battlefield Band 37 West 26th Street (between 6th Ave & Broadway) Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today's Scottish cultural scene, which indeed they have done much to create and fuel, they have led, and been at the forefront, of a great revival in Scottish music. Refusing to be limited musically by suffocating antiquarianism, or the music business' fashions, they have mixed the old songs and music with a new self-penned repertoire, all played on a fusion of ancient and modern instruments - bagpipes, fiddle, synthesiser, guitar, flutes, bodhran and accordion Satalla Admission $20 in Advance, $23 at the Door

April 23rd, April 29th & May 1st

"Does God Play Football?" film screening

April 23rd - 2.15pm in Reg 10

April 29th - 2.15pm in Reg 10

May 1st - 11.45am in Reg 11

Scottish Films at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival presents a screening of "Does God Play Football?", Directed by Michael Walker Scottish Films at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival For more information, updates and ticket purchases, please go to the website :

April 26th & April 27th

Louise Cairns Performing live

April 26th - 9pm at C-Note, 157th Ave, 10th St.

April 27th - 9pm at Sine-e, 150 Attorney St.

Louise Cairns, Glasgow singer and songwriter performing this month in NYC at various venues   To hear the music, visit:
April 28th

Concert by John Renbourn & Jacqui Mcshee

37 West 26th Street (between 6th Ave & Broadway)

One of the world's foremost fingerstyle guitarists, John Renbourn's unique sound is a fusion of British and Celtic folk music with jazz, country blues, ragtime, classical, Middle Eastern and pre-Renaissance music -- a style often called "folk-baroque."

A John Renbourn concert takes the listener into a rich musical landscape of warm vocals and witty asides about the history of the songs. At the core is a revolutionary guitar style that explores the instrument's potential in unusual and beautiful ways, created and performed by a consummate master.

Satalla Admission $20 in Advance, $23 at the Door
April 28th Intense & Poignant: Brady Hansen 5.30 - 8.30pm
Spike Lee Screening Room
Long Island University, Media Arts Department
1 University Place (Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues)
Brooklyn, New York

A short documentary by Harlan D. Whatley.

A Skye Films Production -
The BAC 39th International Film and Video Festival -

  Admission: Free
May 7th Celebration of Celts Chatham Fair Grounds, Chatham, NY A fun and lively Celtic Festival   For more information call 518/8511-9670 or visit
June 24th 9th Annual John Muir Golf Tournament Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx   American Scottish Foundation more details >>
July 13th Final Garden Reception in Chelsea Sq. Chelsea Square,
125 Ninth Avenue,
Come join us for a lovely garden reception this summer. American Scottish Foundation, New York Caledonian Club, and the Societies of St. David and St. George

The reception benefits each of the participating societies, depending on headcount for each organization, so be sure to mention your affiliation with ASF when you register!

For more information or to sign-up, download our registration form.

August 23rd Wide Angle presentes 'Gutted' PBS at 9pm (ET check local listings) A documentary about Scottish fishermen who have fallen under the pressure of the European Union's new fisheries policy; forcing many to decommission their boats. 
For generations, the West family and thousands of other fishermen in the Scottish Fleet have trawled for cod in the North Sea.  But as commercial overfishing has decimated the whitefish population off the coast of Scotland, their livelihood is on the verge of collapse.  Joining Sandy West on his emotional final voyage to the breakers yard,WIDE ANGLE connects trade policies and environmental realities with a year in the life of one hard-hit fishing community.
August 27th 45th Long Island Scottish Games

Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, New York.

8 AM to 5 PM

Parking is available on site and at the nearby Westbury High School.  A free shuttle bus links the high school with the games.   Admission: Adults $12, Seniors $8, Children $7

For more information please visit

September 28th 125th Anniversary Celebration of the installation of the Robert Burns Statue on Literary Walk in Central Park The outdoor celebration will take place at 5:00pm at the site of the Burns Statue on Literary Walk, Central Park      
September 29th - October 3rd American Scottish Leadership Conference Chicago, IL     Details to follow.
October 22nd MCC Global Issues Conference: "Understanding Scotland" 9:00am-4:30pm, SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, Arts, Sciences and Technology Center, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT (10 minutes east of Hartford, CT). Manchester Community College's The Nineteenth Annual Global Issues Conference: "Understanding Scotland"  

Cost is $20.00- general public ($5.00 for students, ID req'd) and includes "Scottish" luncheon.

For more information, please contact Marcia Jehnings at

November 19th Scottish Fall Ball Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine- Synod Hall, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY Rehearsals for the Ball will take place at All Soul's Church- 1157 Lexington Avenue (between 79th & 80th Streets), New York, on Wednesday, November 9th 6:30pm-9:00pm; Tuesday, November 15th 6:30pm-9:00pm and Saturday Day of the Ball    
10th November 2005

Warm Up with Whisky & Cool Down with Cocktails

Brooks Brothers, 666 Fifth Avenue (at 53rd Street) The American-Scottish Foundation has once again teamed up with British American Business, Inc. to create a fun and lively networking evening where you can sample a variety of whiskies and other libations, enjoy meeting new people while running into old friends and even dispatch some of your holiday shopping! Babi in association with The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc. and the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. Inc

Members of the ASF are entitled to the $35.00 member rate, additionally a complimentary guest may be added when you make your reservation. Please sign up directly with BABi as directed in the email below. Be sure to indicate in the comment field that you are affiliated with The American-Scottish Foundation. We look forward to seeing you there.

19th November 2005 Scottish Fall Ball Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine- Synod Hall, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY Rehearsals for the Ball will take place at All Soul's Church- 1157 Lexington Avenue (between 79th & 80th Streets), New York, on Wednesday, November 9th 6:30pm-9:00pm; Tuesday, November 15th 6:30pm-9:00pm and Saturday Day of the Ball    

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