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.”
To learn more of the 2016 Parade and keep up to date on plans for 2017 visit NYC Tartan Week the central website for the Parade which is organized by Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, New York Caledonian Club, The American-Scottish Foundation® and Clan Campbell
We are looking forward to the first introductions to the Barbour Collection. Read more via the Barbour Blog:http://www.barbour.com/blog/sam-heughan-barbour-brand-ambassador
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.
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.
AND HOW DOES ONE MAKE CLASSIC FISH AND CHIPS- The American-Scottish Foundation® has a recipe all to give the classic dish a try.
Have a look at our recipe here:https://americanscottishfoundation.com/magazine/?p=1612
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. ”
The receipe can be found at Baking with Grannys website … and now all of us can enjoy IRN-BRU Cupcakes http://bakingwithgranny.co.uk/recipe/irn-bru-cupcakes/
Enjoy – from The American-Scottish Foundation® Team.
Delta has just launched ALL YEAR ROUND SERVICE from New York JFK to Edinburgh.
First announced last Fall, anticipation has been growing for the new direct Delta flight – and the great connections it offers from around the States.
All flights from New York to Edinburgh will have Wi-Fi, we will be able to stay connected at 30,000 feet, with free on-demand in-flight entertainment in all cabins. Movies and TV shows can also be downloaded to tablet and laptop devices.
When you are next ordering a Vodka or Gin in Britain ask if they have the Award winning Arbikie Gin or Vodka. Arbikie is not yet available in the US but it soon will be available – and we can’t wait.
And who – what – is the Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery?
The Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery was launched in October 2014 from the family farm of the Stirling Brothers in Arbroath, Scotland
Since its launch only 18 months ago Arbike has introduced Gin and Vodka products that have roared onto the spirits scene winning such accolades as:
– Best UK Varietal Vodka and Best UK Traditional Gin by the prestigious World Drink Awards and
– Gold for Kirsty Gin at San Francisco World Spirits Competition
All the elements used in the production of Arbikie Highland Estates range use home grown ingredients, sown, grown & harvested – and then distilled and bottled at Arkikie.
Arbike Gins and Vodkas is not yet available in the USA BUT if you are in the UK it can be ordered directly from Arbikie http://www.arbikie.com/product-list/ and is now widely available throughout the UK.