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Acclaimed Scottish Actor Tommy Flanagan to lead the 2017 New York Tartan Day Parade

NYC Tartan Week have announced that acclaimed Scottish actor Tommy Flanagan, will be Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade on Saturday April 8th capping off a great week of events and celebration.

FLANAGAN“It is an honor to celebrate my culture,” said Mr. Flanagan about his appointment to Grand Marshal.                                                                                                                                          “I have great pride in my heritage.  Although I now live in Malibu, I visit Scotland regularly with my family. I’ll have my daughter flying her flag forever.”                                                                                         Flanagan stars in the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, scheduled for release in May 2017.

Read the full report http://nyctartanweek.org/

HAPPY ST ANDREW’S DAY to one and all

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The American-Scottish Foundation wishes all our Members and friends a great St. Andrew’s Day. 

About Scotland shares a Greeting to the World for a
Happy St Andrews Day.  Delivered in an array of different languages from Mandarin to Arabic, Bengali, Hindu and Gaelic.

View here and then share YOUR Greeting using #ourstandrewsday. The Scottish Government will then be looking to share clips from your messages.

We share this powerful message from Scotland on this
St Andrew’s Day, that of friendship and unity among all people of the world.

A VERY HAPPY ST ANDREW’S DAY

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Scotland

pilgrimsAre you in Scotland and wondering where you can enjoy a great Thanksgiving – with Turkey, pecan or pumpkin pie?  Do not despair – you can still enjoy Thanksgiving food!

This time of year, many Scottish restaurants have festive menus that feature full turkey dinners. If it’s not turkey you’re after, but just a bit of classic American grub (hot dogs anyone?), there are plenty of American-style eateries in Scotland’s cities as well.

But with Scotland’s own unique cuisine and so many phenomenal restaurants to choose from, maybe Haggis could become your new Thanksgiving tradition!

For those of you still craving a classic American feast, we have provided a list of Thanksgiving Dinner options from two of Scotland’s big cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. So tuck in, enjoy, and be thankful!

Where to go in Edinburgh on Thanksgiving …

 Twenty Princes Street, Edinburgh

21-prince-street-png-masterTwenty Princes Street is an award-winning contemporary Scottish restaurant,  with a Modern Scottish menu, set in a Victorian building with skyline views.

With a festive menu on offer from November 22nd, you can start your Thanksgiving meal with one of the restaurant’s unique appetizers, such as Parsnip soup or Mulled Wine Pear & Lemon Ricotta Tart. Then move on to the main course, Ballotine of Turkey with apricot, cranberry, and sage stuffing, chipolatas in bacon, roast potatoes, glazed potatoes, and port jus.

If you are having Thanksgiving in Scotland it needs to be different .. and this modern twist on a classic holiday meal will surely leave you in the holiday spirit.

See the full menu, here.

The Three Sisters, 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh

The Three Sisters is a cozy pub with a casual atmosphere, and usually a lively crowd that spills out into the outdoor courtyard.

With sports games playing throughout the day, and drinks specials to draw in a crowd in the evening, you can celebrate Thanksgiving all day and night!

For Thanksgiving 2016, The Three Sisters is hosting a special event in which they’re serving up a roast turkey dinner, complete with mashed and roast potatoes, peas, and corn on the cob. Rather than pumpkin pie, they’ll be slicing up blueberry cheesecake.

With turkey to eat, beer to drink, and American football on the screen, you might just forget that you’re not in the States!

Find out more, here.

Frontier  8 Gillespie Pl, Edinburgh

Although a full turkey dinner is not on the menu, “Native New Yorker” hot dogs, “Frontier Classic Nachos”, and “The Great American Mac & Cheese” are. They also serve American beers like Sam Adams, so you can wet your whistle American-style.

So enjoy a taste of the USA this Thanksgiving, even while you are so far from home! And if you try out the “Great American Pie of the Day”, it might just feel like a traditional Thanksgiving after all!

Read the menu, here.

Where to go in Glasgow on Thanksgiving … 

Ad Lib, 33 Ingram Street, Glasgow

Ad Lib is a cozy and casual US-style diner with two locations in the city, one in the City Centre, and one at Merchant City. The restaurant has an “American Classics” menu that includes dishes like burgers and fried chicken.

If you’re looking to skip Thanksgiving dinner and delve right into dessert, this menu also features two Thanksgiving staples: apple pie, and pecan pie.

However, their seasonal Christmas Menu does include a turkey dinner, so you can enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. The dish is a turkey breast glazed with maple and chilli, and served with thyme gravy and all the trimmings. So if you want a casual Thanksgiving complete with turkey, pie, and a classic diner vibe, Ad Lib is the perfect destination. 

Have a look at the menus, here.

The Bothy Restaurant. 11 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow

The Bothy is a warm, welcoming restaurant in the West End of Glasgow that cooks up traditional Scottish dishes served by friendly, kilted staff. Although the restaurant serves Scottish cuisine, their festive menu features a unique – great – turkey dinner – with a Scottish twist!

The turkey is served with date and apple stuffing, pork chipolatas, and cranberry jus. Finish off your meal with a traditional Christmas pudding, or a decadent chocolate truffle cake. With an extensive wine and drinks menu, pick your poison and propose a toast to celebrating the USA in Scotland.

Read the menu, here.

TriBeCa, Glasgow – four locations to choose from ..

TriBeCa is a casual NYC inspired restaurant and bar that is decorated with hanging lights and posters of New York. The restaurant is instantly recognizable by the NYPD Cruiser and NYC Cab parked outside.

Rated highly for its brunch, TriBeCa is a great stop if you’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with a big, New York style breakfast. The brunch menu features American-style pancakes and bacon, french toast, breakfast burritos, and more. Order a side home fries or pulled pork, and drink plenty of their bottomless coffee to wash it all down. At this rate, you’ll probably be stuffed until Christmas.

If Thanksgiving brunch wont cut it for you, TriBeCa will also be serving up a set menu on Thanksgiving, so you can spend your evening digging into a real turkey feast.

Have a look at the menus, here.
AND to one and all we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Lest We Forget, Kelpies bathed in red light in support of PoppyScotland

The Kelpies, the magnificent 100ft tall horsehead sculptures by Andy Scott (sculptor) stand proudly, bathed in red light, in support of Poppyscotland;s Scottish Poppy Appeal at The Helix, Falkirk

The sculptures will be lit in red until through Remembrance Day weekend #LestWeForget

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.

King of the Mountains: The Legacy of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir

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.

Image via lunastage.org

Image via lunastage.org

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 ServiceKing 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.

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Image via patch.com

“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.

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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.

 

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