Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Kelpies at Gleneagles

gleneaglesThe Kelpies Maquettes at Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup

In celebration of the 2014 Ryder Cup, from September 26-28, hundreds of thousands of golf fans from across the world will be greeted by the three-metre high touring models of Scotland’s celebrated public art sculptures, The Kelpies.

VisitScotland has placed The Kelpies Maquettes at the heart of the Gleneagles tented village, which is the main public zone for the 250,000 spectators expected to attend The 2014 Ryder Cup over the course of the week.

As one of the most inspiring and awesome sculptures to be built in Europe, The Kelpies Maquettes have been touring the world acting as cultural ambassadors for Scotland and promoting the Falkirk area as one of Scotland’s major tourist destinations. In 2012, they appeared at Medinah during the tournament, and earlier this year, the Maquettes were sited in Bryant Park, New York, as a focal point for Scotland Week.

Falkirk Council’s tourism spokesperson, Councillor Adrian Mahoney said: “The Kelpies have become an iconic landmark and major tourist attraction for Scotland with the Maquettes acting as cultural ambassadors to promote the Falkirk area and the nation as a whole.”

The Kelpies Maquettes in Bryant Park last spring

For more information about The Kelpies, both the permanent and traveling exhibits, visit

Historic Vote at St. Andrews Allows Female Members

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Two years ago, the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Golf Tournament, decided to invite women to join as members, and on September 18, 2014, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews followed suit when 85% of its members voted to include women for the first time in the club’s 260 year history.

“This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” commented R&A Secretary Peter Dawson on the change, adding, “I think it is a very positive message for the game of golf.”

The vote was effective immediately, and the club now waits to see who will become its first female member. Possible candidates include Catriona Matthew, an Edinburgh native and winner of the 2009 Women’s British open, Carol Semple Thompson, an American member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Annika Sorenstam, a 10-time major championship winner from Sweden, and Louise Richardson, the president of St. Andrews University.

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To learn more about the vote, visit

Scotland’s Tartan House

Northern lights … Leyden Farm in West Lothian has been bathed in tartan by Projector Club.

Prior to the vote on the referendum on September 18, a group of artists and photographers used digital technology to cover a number of buildings near Edinburgh in tartan-patterned light.

The artists, Ross Blair, Brian Mcfeely and Craig Robertson worked with filmmaker Mike Guest and musician Jenifer Austin to form the art collective Projector Club. They were commissioned by event company mclcreate and spent months bringing the project together.

The project, dubbed “a celebration of Scotland’s past and its future,” was not intended to promote a “yes” or “no” verdict, but simply to celebrate Scotland at the historic moment through its signature pattern.

Blair, the project art director and assistant general manager at mclcreate, commented on the inspiration for the project, saying, “The eyes of the world have really been on Scotland this year, and so we thought, ‘why not give them something special to look at?’”

The tartan farm is not a plea for a yes vote, say its creators, but celebrates Scotland 'at this dramatic moment'.

For more images and information regarding the project, please visit

October Whisky Events in New York

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America is hosting a single malt scotch tasting at Cafe Tallulah on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

To purchase tickets, please visit or call 800-990-1991

WhiskyFest New York 2014

The 17th annual WhiskyFest will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the New York Marriot Marquis from 6:30-9:30 pm. Guests will be invited to taste from a selection of more than 300 whiskies from around the world, attend free seminars conducted by whisky experts, and enjoy a gourmet buffet.

To purchase tickets, please visit or call 800-514-3849


Preview of Exhibits Heading to Dundee’s New V&A Museum

Scotland’s Victoria & Albert museum, scheduled to open its doors in 2017, has released a photo gallery previewing one of its much anticipated collections, which will celebrate Scottish design heritage and help develop contemporary talent.

The museum will be part of a large waterfront development on the Tay River in Dundee, recently voted as the ‘best place in Scotland.’ It will be home to some of the world’s finest designs from fashion to cars, showcasing everything from David Bowie’s stage costumes to the everyday sight of people’s living rooms. Other exhibits include a silver jewellery box created by Irish designer Anna Traquair in 1905 and a silk tartan dress made in France in the 1850s.

V&A Dundee director Phil Long commented on the museum’s opening, saying, “Scotland has an amazing history and I don’t think people know enough about it. We will tap into the V&A’s huge worldwide archive to bring some of the most iconic objects and, when possible, artworks and masterpieces to Scotland for years to come.”

A virtual image from a walk-through at the V&A on the Tay

To view the photo gallery of new exhibits, please visit

To learn more about the V&A on the Tay, visit their official website at

Northern Lights in the UK

The pictures were taken in Caithness in the north of Scotland - where people were treated to a rare glimpse on the phenomenon
Mr Winiarczyk said 'Every aurora display is unique and you never know how it will develop over time - It's always intriguing and awe-inspiring'
Parts of the UK were witness to astounding views of the Northern Lights on Friday night, September 12. Due to large solar flares bouncing off the Earth’s atmosphere, views of the Aurora Borealis were impressively clear, and photographers captured images of the Lights off the coast of County Antrim, Ballyholme in County Down, and Caithness, north of Scotland.



New Hampshire Highland Games: Schedule of Events


Are you as excited for the New Hampshire Highland Games as we are?

Want to find out when your favorite band is playing, or when the caber is being tossed? 

Download the complete games schedule here!

Among the largest and one of the most diversified games in the country, the NH Highland Games & Festival (NHHG&F) includes the Gathering of the Scottish Clans, with over 60 clans and societies; Massed Bands; Sheepdog Trials; Celtic World Music Concerts; the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship; International Scottish Athletics; New England Highland Dance Championships; New England Solo Piping Drumming Championships; Scottish Harp (Clarsach) other instrumental competitions. For three days of music, food, competitions and more, visit the 39th New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival!

Highland Games Calendar for September

The coming weeks will see Highland Games celebrations throughout the United States. ASF looking forward to attending many. We look forward to hearing and seeing news of all going on.

Scottish Games


September 13 -14 Columbus Scottish Festival –

September 19-21 New Hampshire Highland Games –

September 20 43rd Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering –

September 20 Ligonier Highland Games –

September 26-27 St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival –

September September 27 Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival –

September 26-28 Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival –

Visit the Association Scottish Games & Festivals website for full details and updates of Highland Games throughout the year at

Tartan Day

Fiona Kennedy on ‘The Skyline of Skye’

Fiona Kennedy, one of the Scottish American community’s leading ladies, is reporting regularly for Scotland Now. This week is of particular relevance since we just returned from the Isle of Skye a few weeks ago and that is where Fiona transports us to.

‘The Skyline of Skye’ tells the story of an emigrant missing his true love and also longing to see his home and that skyline again.

Listen to Fiona Kennedy, daughter of the late King of the Highlands, Calum Kennedy, perform ‘The Skyline of Skye’ as she reveals how visiting different places across the globe fires her up in her latest column for Scotland Now

Speaking of her own personal connection to the song, Kennedy called ‘The Skyline of Skye’ “a beautiful song which I first heard my father sing when I was knee high to a grasshopper. It’s not a particularly Scottish sounding song…..probably because it wasn’t written by a Scot. It was written by a Londoner, a great character, called Bob Halfin who worked in Tin Pan Alley as an in house writer and plugger for music publishers, Campbell Connelly. Bob’s wife came from Inverness so he naturally had a close connection with Scotland and also had a way with with writing romantic songs. My father, Calum recorded this song in the 1960’s and I always loved to hear him sing it.”

The Glasgow School of Art Graduate Degree Show 2014

Preview (by invitation only) Friday 5 September 2014 6-9pm, last entry at 8:30pm

Exhibition open to the public 6 – 12 September 2014

Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm, last entry 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, last entry 4:30pm

Location: Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art and McLellan Galleries, Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3

Image: Graduate Degree Show poster 2014, image Irina Gusakova, Fashion + Textiles

The GSA has one of the UK’s largest postgraduate communities in the visual creative arts and architecture. It has grown considerably in recent years reflecting the GSA’s international standing and research excellence, and now comprises nearly 300 Doctoral and Master’s students.

The GSA’s Graduate Degree Show offers a public showcase for the full range of graduate work undertaken at the institution. The 2014 Graduate Degree Show will feature work by graduating students across a wide variety of disciplines across architecture, design, fine art and digital.

To learn more about the event and the Glasgow School of Art, visit their website at