Here at The American-Scottish Foundation we are excited to hear about a new play about the historic camping trip of President Teddy Roosevelt and Scottish naturalist John Muir.
On October 8th, Luna Stage opened its 2016-2017 season with the world premiere of King of the Mountains by playwright Ben Clawson. In this historical play, audiences are invited to take a journey back to 1903, and join President Teddy Roosevelt and Naturalist John Muir at the campfire.
For three days in May of 1903, President Roosevelt and John Muir camped alone together in the Yosemite Valley. Ben Clawson’s play is a complex look at two great men: one who expected praise and reverence for his accomplishments, and one who desired to share his own wisdom and philosophy.
Watch the two famous figures go head to head on the historic camping trip that was a milestone in the ongoing battle over what to do with our public land. This trip would contribute to the forming of The National Parks Service. King of the Mountains was created with the support of The Dramatists Guild Fund, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of The National Parks Service.
Performances will run until October 30th; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM, at Luna Stage Company (555 Valley Road, West Orange, New Jersey), which is a 30 minute ride via NJ Transit from NY Penn Station.
“Clawson is the playwright responsible for “The Dangers of Electric Lighting,” the terrific play about Edison and Tesla a couple of seasons ago,” reviews Ruth Ross of NJ Arts Maven.
“This time out, Clawson and Luna Stage give us another mesmerizing encounter, this time between two champions of the natural world,…they have tackled a historic event, imbued with dramatic conflict, that has not only entertained us but has taught us something as well. You won’t want to miss King of the Mountains.”
To find out more information and/or purchase tickets, call the box office at (973) 395-5551 or visit the Luna Stage website, here.
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.
In 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 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.
- Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm
- Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm
- Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm
- Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm
- Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm
59E59 Theaters’ annual East to Edinburgh festival featuring – new work from North American companies before they make the journey across the pond to Edinburgh.
Exclusive premiere of “Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour” – A musical play about losing your innocence and finding yourself. Music by Handel, Bach, and 70s classic rock band Electric Light Orchestra. From the writer of Broadway smash hit ‘Billy Elliott’.
..”Once again the NTS has produced an outstanding piece of theatre which rivals the best seen in the last decade”. Daily Record, Scotland . “#1 stage show in the UK 2015″ The Guardian
Nominated for three CAT Awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble. ASF Members & Friends : CODE TARTAN21 for a $5 per ticket discount.
Brits off Broadway Seaon thr July 3rd 59E59th Street Theater, 59 East 59th Street, NYC The best of British theater has been showing never before seen productions in the USA as part of the annual Brits off Broadway. The terrific season continues through July 3rd
For tickets and details visit 59E59.org
“A highlight of the theatrical year in New York.” Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
East to Edinburgh Season – July 12th – 31st 59E59th Street Theater, 59 East 59th Street, NYC
Experience the excitement of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe without leaving New York! 59E59 will present 13 plays as part of their annual East to Edinburgh festival.
The productions are new works from North American companies before they travel across the pond toEdinburgh. Tickets details visit 59E59.org
A rare exhibit of renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott (sculptor), is now on show at the New York campus of Glasgow Caledonian University, 64 Wooster Street, NYC. The show runs now through June 26th. The exhibit through a series of bronze sculptures and sketches, shows us Scott’s love of the horse, especially the large working Clydesdales.
In 2014 Andy Scott’s completed his largest public work to date when The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world standing over 100ft tall, were unveiled at the Helix Park, Falkirk.
Scott normally presents LARGE public works, and for this show he is presenting twelve bronze sculptures and two wonderful larger steel pieces. These are shown together with maquettes (scale models) of some of his famous public works. Also on display are sketches and drawings showing the process for making his landmark public figurative and equine works. Scott in recent years, produced some of Scotland’s leading art in the public space. In addition to the Kelpies he has created Arria in Cumbernauld, Ravenscraig’s Steelman and the Heavy Horse.
In addition to the smaller series of bronze sculptures for the show, Scott has also been collaborating with renowned silversmiths Hamilton & Inches and cabinetmakers Method Studios. Together they are developing a bespoke sterling silver chess set to mark Hamilton & Inches’ 150th Anniversary. All the chess pieces will be based upon the horse.
In Spring 2014, The American-Scottish Foundation® in conjunction with Andy Scott and Falkirk Council, worked to bring the Kelpies maquettes to New York, where they took up residence for several weeks on the Fountain Terrace of Bryant Park.
They looked very “at home” on the Fountain Terrace and many of us wished they could stay but they had to continue their world travels.
Adventure-loving George, a one-year-old golden retriever from Glasgow, has been officially crowned ‘Ambassadog’ for Scotland.
George, who resides in the West End of Glasgow, has been named VisitScotland‘s official Ambassadog, after standing out in the pool of over 200 applicants.
George is owned by 22-year-old twin sisters Emma and Victoria Rae, who entered their dog in the competition in March. The sisters knew that George could represent Scotland with his adventurous nature and spirit.
George was among seven other finalists who were judged at an interview event at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Now that George has the official title of Ambassadog, he and his owners will promote Scotland through social media, attend high-profile events, and enjoy the status of VID: Very Important Dog.
Owner Victoria explains how proud and excited she is for George, “My ambition for him in his new role as ambassadog is that he takes us on a lot more journeys – we plan to go to Harris and Lewis at the end of this month – and we can inspire others to plan their next exploration around the country”.
Later this year, the winning pup and his owners will be rewarded with a dog-friendly holiday in Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland. To find itineraries for your own pet-friendly vacation in Scotland, visit the VisitScotland website here.
Find out more about the VisitScotland ‘Ambassadog’ competition here.
VisitScotland recently launched a search for Scotland’s own ‘Ambassadog,’ an international canine ambassador to promote Scotland as a destination that is as pet-friendly as it is beautiful. The tourist board, which is a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, was looking for a well-behaved dog with an adventurous side and tons of #ScotSpirit.
VisitScotland received over 200 applications from all over Scotland, and the entries ranged from small city dogs to huge Highland hounds. Working with recruitment agency Denholm Associates, VisitScotland has narrowed the competition down to nine furry finalists. Meet them here:
Casper is a three year-old West Highland Terrier from Edinburgh. His owner, Samantha Grant, says that the Westie has travelled all across Scotland since his puppyhood, visiting destinations like the Isle of Mull, Onich, Portpatrick, and the West Highland Way.
Take a look at Casper’s own blog, ‘Scotland with the Wee White Dug.’
Kristyn calls the two of them “Scotland’s adventure couple,” as they love hopping in the car and speeding off to adventure.
Cassie loves adventures, and has been on walks everywhere from the Tyningham Beach to the Lammermuir Hills.
Manny and Vicky even attends occasional agility classes together.
Check out Manny’s outdoor adventures on her Facebook.
One of his favorite travel destinations is Loch Lomond, where he loves to splash around.
George already has 15.2k followers on his Instagram page, @golden_george_.
The fox terrier has travelled all over Scotland, visiting dog-friendly cafes in cities like Aberdeen and exploring the likes of Glen Tanar and Morven on Deeside.
In 2014, the pair raised over £1,000 for the Glencoe Mountain Rescue through the sales of a calendar featuring the adventurous pup.
Check out Blaze’s adventures on his twitter.
Fenton is a four year-old Shetland Sheepdog who lives in Shetland with owner Kaylee Robertson. This adventurous little dog loves to explore, and is often found splashing through the crashing waves on the island shores, or else running round the rolling hills.
You can see Fenton’s Shetland adventures on Kaylee’s Instagram @Hobbitpaws.
Cluanie’s owner, Micky Jones, has taken the tiny dog up 59 Munros in the last two years alone. Follow Cluanie’s adventures on his Facebook page.
VisitScotland and Denholm Associates will now work with TV personality Kaye Adams and the charity Dogs’ Trust to pick the winning finalist. The official Ambassadog will be announced later this month, after interviews with the finalists. Besides fame, the Ambassadog and their owner will win a unique dog-friendly holiday in Scotland.
Learn more about the Ambassadog finalists, and watch their nominee videos here.
Scotland is a wonderful travel destination for humans and animals alike. If you and your pet are interested in visiting Scotland, you will need proper documentation. Find out more about Scotland Pet Passports here.
Visit the VisitScotland website for more information on canine vacation fun. VisitScotland has a variety of pet-friendly holiday itineraries for those travelling to Scotland with a pet.
All images via the VisitScotland Ambassadog videos on Vimeo.com/butterflyfilms.
VisitScotland, Scotland’s official tourism board and a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, is already looking ahead to 2017. Next year will be the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland.
The year 2017 will showcase the rich history and archaeology of Scotland, celebrating its famous World Heritage Sites, ancient monuments, historic battlefields, castles, houses and more. Scotland’s heritage will be shared through its rich cultural traditions, ancient myths and classic tales.
The year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland will shine new light on the nation’s icons and hidden gems alike. Scotland’s gorgeous landscape, incredible architecture, and deep heritage make it a perfect holiday destination for the adventurous traveller.
VisitScotland has created inspiring itineraries to help visitors make the most of their trips to Scotland in 2017.
Click these links to view the following themed itineraries from VisitScotland:
- Edinburgh and South Scotland
- Glasgow and South West Scotland
- Scotland’s Northern Islands
- North of Scotland
To find out more about VisitScotland, visit the website here.
April 18th marks annual World Heritage Day across the globe. This special day serves to raise public awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage around the world, and the efforts that go into preserving this heritage.
Each year has a different theme, and the theme of World Heritage Day 2016 is “The Heritage of Sport,” to signify the upcoming Olympics in Brazil. You can find out more about World Heritage Day on the International Council of Monuments and Sites website.
‘The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation‘ recognizes World Heritage Sites as international locations of significant cultural or natural heritage which should be celebrated and preserved for generations to come. Scotland currently has six World Heritage Sites on the World Heritage List. Although World Heritage Day exists to celebrate all cultural sites and monuments, World Heritage Sites are especially honored.
Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites are as follows:
1. Forth Bridge
The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge that runs over the Firth of Forth. An iconic symbol of Scotland, the bridge was designed by English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker. The bridge was opened on March 4th, 1890 by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII.
The Heart of Neolithic Orkney is a group of surviving Neolithic monuments in Orkney, Scotland. The domestic and ritual monuments are not only amazing pieces of Neolithic design, but they also give us insights into the society and spiritual beliefs of the people who once inhabited Scotland.
3. New Lanark
New Lanark is a restored 18th century cotton mill village found in the narrow gorge of the River Clyde. The village became famous for its success under the leadership of Welsh social reformer Robert Owen, who turned New Lanark into a thriving business village run through utopian socialism.
The Antonine Wall once marked the northernmost frontier barrier of the Roman Empire. Running across central Scotland, it was built by Roman soldiers under the direction of Emperor Antoninus Pius around AD 142. The builders commemorated the construction and their struggles with the Caledonians in decorative slabs along the site. Twenty of these slabs still survive.
Together, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh form what is arguably the one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The medieval structure of the Old Town gives Edinburgh its fairytale essence, the 18th century New Town is a beautifully preserved example of Georgian town planning and architecture.
6. St Kilda
St Kilda is an is an isolated archipelago about 100 miles off of the west coast of Scotland. The group of remote islands is famous for hosting the largest colony of seabirds in all of Europe, as well as unique populations of sheep, field-mice and wrens. The human heritage of the islands includes various unique architectural features from the historic and prehistoric periods, as well as written records dating back to the Middle Ages.
Scotland’s six treasured historic sites were celebrated today with a day of free, fun activities at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The day brought the six World Heritage Sites to life with fun activities and informational presentations for the whole family.
Each of the six Scottish World Heritage Sites had its own stall to teach visitors more about the unique sites. Visitors were able to handle replica Neolithic and Roman artefacts, dress up as 19th century mill workers from New Lanark, and build their own Roman swords and St. Kilda Mailboats.
Find out more about celebrating World Heritage Day in Scotland here.