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Tartan Day 2003

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Scots on Film Kickoff Dewars/ASF March 27
Scots on Film Dewars/ASF March 28 Seminars on Scottish Genealogy Ancestral Scotland March 30
"Dressed to Kilt" Fashion Show and Ceilidh   April 1
Inaugural New York Scottish-American Business Forum ASF April 3  
Lecture: Arbroath, Then and Now NY Caledonian Club April 3
Tartan Day Weekend on Ellis Island: A Celebration of Scottish Craft Clan Currie April 4-6
Tartan Two Step Ball Guilda's Room/
Marie Currie
April 4
Tartan Day Ceilidh for Pipers & Drummers, Families & Friends NTDNY/EPIC April 4
National Tartan Day Parade NTDNY/Epic Concepts April 5
National Tartan Day Reception NTDNY/Epic Concepts April 5
National Tartan Day 5th Anniversary Recognition Day ASF April 6  
Film Documentary: The Tartan Apple - Scots in New York City   April 6
Debate: "This House Believes America Could Not Have Made It Without The Scots" ASF April 10  
Tartan Ball St. Andrew Society Arpil 25  

The Foundation continues to be active in building a unified American-Scottish community in New York City and in the U.S. Under the Foundation’s sponsorship two National Tartan Day Committees for New York City have been formed; a Core Committee and a Steering Committee. At present, the Core Committee consists of the Foundation, The St. Andrew Society of the State of New York and the Caledonian Club of New York City. The Core Committee, representing those entities that have a vested interest in the perpetuation of National Tartan Day, is assuming responsibility for its safeguarding and celebration of NTD in New York City in perpetuity.

A fund is to be established to ensure the Core Committee's, ability to carry out this mission. For the first four years of NTD's existence the Foundation assumed financial and organization responsibility for NTD's New York City and Washington, DC celebrations.

The Steering Committee includes, in addition to the Core Committee members, representatives of such other entities as are interested in the event, either as friends, participants, sponsors or promoters. The latter include The British Consulate, The British Tourist Authority, VisitScotland, NYC/Parks & Recreation and Walkers Shortbread.

The Mission of the newly formed reads as follows:

"The mission of the New York National Tartan Day Committee is to mount a program of high quality events, in cooperation with local and Scottish participants, annually focused around April 6 in recognition of National Tartan Day, the purposes of which are to celebrate (and educate about) the historic and current contributions of Scots and those of Scottish descent to the world with particular emphasis on the U.S. and New York and to recognize the longstanding ties that exist between Scotland and the United States."

The Core Committee's expectation is that all parties wishing to take advantage of National Tartan Day in New York City in future will allocate a portion of their funding and/or event proceeds to the Core Committee to ensure NTD’s continued existence.

Until the Core Committee is formally established with its own contact information, those wishing information may contact the Committee via the Foundation.

Tartan Day 2003 information has been developed for Chicago, New York City and Washington, DC. The New York events are listed below, please visit for information regarding Chicago and Washington DC events.

You will note that individual groups continue to sponsor their own programming but do so under The New York City National Tartan Day Committee banner. Foundation sponsored events are identified in the above materials.

Contact information:

The National Tartan Day New York Committee,
150 East 55th street 3rd floor
New York,
NY 10022
Tel: 212 980 0844

For information on Washington, DC events, please contact Al Ankrum, President, NCTDC, Inc. at the following address.

Al Ankrum
5595 Hunting Horn Drive
Ellicott City
MD 21043
Telephone 410-796-3008
E-mail: or website

Note: Those wishing to be involved in NCTDC 2003 whether as sponsors, participants, program organizers should contact The Foundation as soon as possible indicating their specific interest.

Alan L. Bain
American-Scottish Foundation, Inc.
575 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10022
Tel: 212-605-0338
Fax: 212-605-0222

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