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Show off your Clan Pride at the 2017 Tattoo!

This year is Scotland’s ‘Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology, and the 2017 Tattoo is embracing this theme by featuring the Clans and Families of Scotland!

unnamedThe Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place August 4 – 27, has just announced the clans which will be appearing as part of this year’s show, which is themed “Splash of Tartan.” The Tattoo and the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs have joined together to involve Scottish Clans and Families. Clan Chiefs have been invited to lead their clansmen to Edinburgh Castle, on their own special designated evenings, and to take part in the opening ceremony! Do you want to represent your clan at this year’s Tattoo? For a limited time only, visitors looking to book tickets to sit in their designated clans seated section can contact their Clan Chief directly! You can find out more details about your clan and chief at www.clanchiefs.org.uk or by emailing info@clanchiefs.org.uk. This promotion will end on 31st March, so act fast!unnamed-2

Whether you have Clan roots or not, if you plan to attend the Tattoo, you are encouraged to dress for the part! Put on your best tartan and tweed! Come August, Edinburgh is sure to be a wonderland of plaid!

Find your Clan’s date and time below, and purchase tickets for the Tattoo here.

Day

Date

Time

Clan/Family

Thursday

3 August

9.30

Macnab and Hay

Friday

4 August

9.00

Arthur and Murray

Saturday

5 August

7.30

Fraser and Gunn

Saturday

5 August

10.30

Hunter, Macdonald and MacKay

Monday

7 August

9.00

Macauley and MacMillan

Tuesday

8 August

9.00

Ewing and Macpherson

Wednesday

9 August

9.00

Broun, Maclean and Wood

Thursday

10 August

9.00

Henderson and Napier

Friday

11 August

9.00

Leslie, Moffat and Urquhart

Saturday

12 August

7.30

Donnachaidh and Oliphant

Saturday

12 August

10.30

Macneil, Macrae and Marjoribanks

Monday

14 August

9.00

Forbes and Wallace

Tuesday

15 August

9.00

Macleod and Mackenzie

Wednesday

16 August

9.00

Campbell and Sinclair

Thursday

17 August

9.00

Borthwick and Skene

Friday

18 August

9.00

Graham and Stewart

Saturday

19 August

7.30

Colquhoun and Matheson

Saturday

19 August

10.30

Currie and Maclea

Monday

21 August

9.00

Buchanan, Hannay and MacGregor

Tuesday

22 August

9.00

Kincaid and Maclaine

Wednesday

23 August

9.00

Agnew and Elliot

Thursday

24 August

9.00

Carmichael and MacThomas

Friday

25 August

9.00

Bruce and Durie

Saturday

26 August

7.30

Jardine, Macintyre and Maclennan

Saturday

26 August

10.30

Cameron, Clan Ranald and Maclaren

 

 

A hidden gem in Glasgow’s West End – Ashton Lane.

Anyone traveling to Glasgow, United Kingdom in the coming months?

Ashton LaneIf so you should check out Ashton Lane. A hidden gem located in Glasgow’s West End, A Cobblestone street lined with bars, restaurants and entertainment great for a chilled out lunch with friends and a lively evening scene.

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/

An Evening with Ian Rankin at Little City Books, Hoboken, NJ

Acclaimed Scottish crime writer, Ian Rankin, is bringing his famous detective, John Rebus to the Little City Books in Hoboken, New Jersey
on Monday February 6th at 7pm,

This is the first stop on Rankins US Grand Tour as he launches his 30th Rebus novel, Rather be the Devil.
Ian RankinASF Members and friends – you are invited to this special evening. There are limited tickets available (no charge) to this intimate evening which will include a reading, book signing, and Q & A session with a dram of whisky, shortbread, live music.
RSVP info@littlecitybooks.com

Rankin’s first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. Today, the Rebus series is translated into twenty-two languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents!

Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels are set mainly in Edinburgh, and are considered major contributions to the Tartan Noir genre, a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers.

To learn more of Rankin’s work visit his website at http://www.ianrankin.net

National Theater of Scotland production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart extended at the McKittrick Hotel through February 28th

prudencia_hart_2016_nyc_hpThe Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is now playing,through February 28th, featuring an all Scottish cast.

 Presented by National Theatre of Scotland                                     and The McKittrick Hotel                                                                                 at 530 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

The McKittrick has been transformed into a high-spirited Scottish pub for the production.

prudence-nycWith a welcoming whisky shot ready for you upon arrival, one is transported to the Borders of Scotland on a snowey, snowey night…. and for the next two hours one joins Prudencia on her journey, and one does participate ….

For tickets visit : strangeundoing.com

The Hollywood Reporter when seeing the production noted:  ,,,,”playing traditional melodies on the auld instruments .. all the world’s a stage for The National Theatre of Scotland as they present David Greig’s knowing appropriation of “Border Ballads,” 

“Robert Burns and all manner of Gaelic culture, Highland and low. 

 “Audience participation will be demanded throughout…

 “The National Theatre of Scotland could tour this extravaganza forever, and it’s welcome finally to arrive here.”

 

A special ticket offering to The Seeing Place Theater production of MACBETH

bloody_crown_smlThe American-Scottish Foundation® Members and Friends, a special ticket offering to The Seeing Place Theater production of MACBETH by William Shakespeare at       TSP Main Stage                             The Paradise Factory,                 64 East 4th St, NYC

Performances through December 22nd

Purchase through on line LINK HERE
with special discount code for ASF Member & friends,
Enter SCOTS01 when prompted

downloadThis fast-paced, modern dress performance features a diverse cast, exploring the lives of strong and witty Scotsmen undergoing turmoil and doing all that’s in their power to save their country.                                                                “I see thee compassed with thy kingdoms pearl,                                        That speak my salutation in their minds,  Whose voices I desire aloud with mine. Hail, King of Scotland!”.

 

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.

Image via patch.com

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.

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.