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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

Sam Heughan, Grand Marshal of the 2016 New York Tartan Day Parade has been named Barbour’s first Global Brand Ambassador

sam-heughan-scottish-day-kilt-ss06Sam 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.

sam heughan barbour“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 YorkNew 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

SUMMER THEATER SPOTLIGHT:

NYMFIn 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 BoyForest 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)
 

Experience the excitement of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe without leaving New York!  
A month of great theater.  
 
Below are highlights of the coming two weeks.

 59E59 Theaters’ annual East to Edinburgh festival featuring – new work from North American companies before they make the journey across the pond to Edinburgh.

THE END OF POLITICS   July 14 – 16 at 9.15pm
“Why even get up in the morning?” asks Bob Bell in his searing and humorous one-man show about the issues that have led to the current 2016 election.

HAMLET IN BED   July 15 – 17 at 7.15pm

WITH ANNETTE O’TOOLE AND MICHAEL LAURENCE
A noir downtown thriller about sex, death, theater, and the world’s most famous play, by Drama Desk nominee Michael Laurence.
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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.

Great Summer Theater at 59E59 Street & Festival of Arts, New Haven

National Theater of Scotland – June 10 – 25                            The Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT 

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’.

Ladies of Perpectual..”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.

59e59 logoBrits off Broadway Seaon thr July 3rd                 59E59th Street Theater59 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 Theater59 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

 

 

Renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, holds rare exhibit : June 10th – 26th, Glasgow Caledonian University, 64 Wooster Street, NYC.

Andy ScottA 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.Kelpies bathed in Gold                                                                                                              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.

kelpies bryant parksIn 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

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.

fish and chip 1Following 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!

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!irnbrucupcake-1

• 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.

Delta has just launched ALL YEAR ROUND SERVICE from New York JFK to Edinburgh.

images_deltaheroimageFirst 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.

Tickets for Delta’s New York Edinburgh service are available directly through Delta Air Lines. Flights are operated in conjunction with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic

AND to learn more of where to go and what to do visit VisitScotland for help on planning your next trip.

Time to discover Scotland’s great new Gins and Vodkas from Arbikie

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.

Arbikie-Distillery-900x600And 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, ScotlandStirling Brothers

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.

Arbikie VodkaArbikie Gin, called “Kirsty’s Gin,” is named for the Arbikie Master Distiller, Kirsty Black, who oversees all areas of development and production – and YES Arbikie Whisky is on the horizon.

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.

Now you can become an American Friend of Scottish Canals and Waterways.

The American Friends of Scottish Canals and Waterway now allows you a way to help support, and become involved in the preservation of Scotland’s waterways and canals.

The American-Scottish Foundation® is working with the Scottish Waterways Trust’s on innovative, outdoors projects – caring for the canals and creating brighter futures for people living along their banks.  

American diaspora, and those who just have a love of Scotland, will now be able to donate or take up membership packages through the Trust’s new American Friends of Scotland’s Canals & Waterways [AFSC&W] initiative.

By becoming a Member or donating to a particular project of AFSC&W, the American Friends will help ensure a brighter future for Scotland’s two hundred year old historic canals by making possible a range of important repair and improvement projects.

Two pioneering waterways projects, Canal College 2® and Ironwork Canal Archaeologists are leading initiatives that the American Friends will focus on..Scotland’s first ever Canal College, the Trust’s most successful project to date, helped 116 young people across Scotland into work, further education or training between 2013 and 2015. The charity is now fundraising for the $1.9 million needed to open canal college 2 in North Glasgow, Falkirk and the Highlands and run it for a further three years.

Ironwork Canal Archaeologists is an innovative project designed by Scottish Waterways Trust to uncover the fascinating history of a lost canal-side Ironworks on the Forth & Clyde Canal in Glasgow, with a series of archaeological and heritage events for the local community and general public.

Scottish Waterways Trust uses innovative waterways projects like these to engage those suffering from poor physical and mental health, social isolation and unemployment and help them gain the confidence and skills they need to turn their lives around.

Now donors in America can help make these projects possible and ensure Scottish Waterways Trust can reach and help even more people across the country.

Learn more by visiting our The American Friends of Scottish Canals and Waterways donation page – you can become a Friend or support a student for Canal College.

If you have questions email ASF Office at americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com