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.
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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.
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“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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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.
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.
The 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.
As 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 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 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.
“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.”
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.
The Pearl Theatre, 555 W 42nd Street (10th/11th Avenue)
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.
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
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.
National Fish and Chips Day was Friday June 3rd – this was a GREAT Day that we really enjoyed, this is after all THE Classic British Dish.
Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural National Fish and Chip Day, Fish & Chip lovers across the UK this year -the US took up the idea… after all who doesn’t love great fish and chips – with vinegar – served in newspaper (of course)!.
On National Fish and Chip Day ASF popped over to Jones Wood Foundry – one of our top picks for great fish and chips in NYC – let us know you favorite spot.
IRN-BRU IN CUPCAKES? YES – it can work – but it has taken Baking With Granny a few trys to work out the “secret” to Scotland’s favorite fizzy drink being a successful cupcake…
AND the secret is: Boiling down the Irn-Bru into a SYRUP
… “boiling a 2 litre bottle of Irn Bru, texting Granny saying, “You know when you’re 50% sure you have a good idea & 50% sure you’re completely mad? Thankfully though, it worked!
• Place your Irn Bru into a pot large enough to hold it & bring it to the boil.
• Boil until the Irn Bru reduces to around a 10th of its original volume. It took around 2.5 hours for 2 litres to reduce down to 200ml but obviously the less Irn Bru you use, the less time it’ll take.
• Once it’s ready it’ll be a thin syrup consistency and a deep orange colour. Remember it will be very hot and as such will be a bit thicker once it cools down.
And there you have it! Your very own Irn Bru syrup, ready to bake into cupcakes. ”