Daily Archives: September 23, 2014

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 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/sports/golf/royal-and-ancient-golf-club-votes-to-admit-women.html

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 http://www.scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/pictures-introducing-scotlands-tartan-house-4275166

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 www.smwsa.com 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 http://whiskyadvocate.com/events/whiskyfest-tickets/#NY 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 http://www.scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/pictures-take-sneak-peak-amazing-4280095

To learn more about the V&A on the Tay, visit their official website at http://www.vandadundee.org/

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.