Monthly Archives: November 2014

Year of Food and Drink Scotland Releases Breathtaking New Video

2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, and from the look of this recently released VisitScotland video, it’s sure to be a mouthwatering twelve months.

A Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland’s Food and Drink, the Year of Food and Drink will spotlight some of Scotland’s finest cuisine and beverages, as well as the gorgeous locations where they are found.

“The Year of Food and Drink is a fantastic opportunity to show off at home and abroad the delicious local produce we have right on our doorstep and to build on the already phenomenal success of our food and drink sector,” commented Food Secretary Richard Lochhead. VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay said: “The Year of Food and Drink will see visitors far and wide come and sample our enticing natural larder and Scots enjoying the delicious cuisine that is right on their doorstep.

Take a look at the video and preview some of the incredible places and tastes the Year of Food and Drink Scotland will be featuring:

To learn more about the events and featured dishes of the initiative, visit the Year of Food and Drink 2015 homepage.


Come Curling in Prospect Park This Winter

Invented in medieval Scotland, Curling — or “chess on ice” — has been a Scottish sport and pasttime for centuries. This winter, celebrate an age-old Scottish tradition in New York City with curling classes at Prospect Park’s Lefrack Center.

Photograph: Byron, courtesy Library of Congress

Since its creation in the 1500s, the popularity of curling has been steadily growing, and today even serves as an official Olympic sport. Starting this November, for the first time ever, curling lessons will take place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Only two sessions are still available this winter! Each four-week program is conducted by a certified curling instructor and include rules, strategy, and competitive games. A post-game beer is also included in the price.

To register, visit Lefrack’s page here. Spots are filling up quickly, so hurry to get the chance to participate this winter!

West Point Pipes and Drums Perform in NYC Veterans Day Parade

On November 11, 2014, the NYC Veterans Day Parade featured a moving tribute by West Point Pipes and Drums.

The parade, which marched up the iconic Fifth Avenue from Madison Square Park to 52nd street, honored the bicentennial of the national anthem this year. Organizers reported that there were an estimated 20,000 participants, including many veterans going back to World War II. About 600,000 people were estimated to watch the parade.

During the parade’s opening ceremony, Grand Marshal and former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, “As a young Marine, I deployed to Vietnam. I can tell you, for me, it was a life-changing experience, a life-shaping experience, that has stayed with me my entire life.”

The World Peace Tartan Poppy carries a message of peace and nonviolence for Remembrance Day.

For more information on the parade at the performance by West Point Pipes and Drums, visit the parade homepage here.

Bona Lighthouse Transformed into Breathtaking Holiday Getaway

After years of disuse, the future of Bona Lighthouse has been secured by Scottish Canals and Historic Scotland, who have brought it back into use as a breathtaking holiday destination.

The lighthouse is one of Loch Ness’s most historic structures. Designed in 1815, it was once used to guide ships into the canal and was the smallest manned inland lighthouse in Britain.

As part of a £500,000 project to secure the building’s future, Bona Lighthouse has now been transformed into a visitor attraction and holiday homes. With its picturesque views of Loch Ness, the two bedroom property created in the octagonal lighthouse and one bedroom property created at the other end of the building is an ideal place to spend a holiday and take in one of Scotland’s most iconic sites.

Mark Smith, Estates Manager at Scottish Canals, said of the restoration project: “We hope that creating holiday homes in this iconic location will provide a boost to the tourism of the Highlands, offering visitors some breathtaking views of Loch Ness and providing a sustainable future for a building steeped in history.”

A spokeswoman for Historic Scotland said: “A beautiful building in a spectacular setting, we were delighted to award a grant of £146,789 towards the restoration of this important landmark, helping to safeguard it for future generations.”

To view more photos of the gorgeous property and interior, visit the Bona Lighthouse page here.


U2, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys Perform at 20th Annual MTV EMA Awards in Glasgow

On Sunday night, thousands of audience members and millions of viewers were dazzled by the star-studded lineup of the 20th annual MTV EMA Awards.

Ariana Grande flying above the crowdAriana Grande performed at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow on November 9

Hosted at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow by artist Nicki Minaj on November 9, 2014, the awards featured performances by Ariana Grande, U2, Ed Sheeran, Enrique IglesiasAlicia Keys, Brighton duo Royal Blood, Canadian artist Kiesza, and Minaj herself.

The band One Direction won the largest number of awards, recieving five titles, including Best Pop, Best Live, and Biggest Fans.

Nicki Manaj with her MTV EMA awardHost Nicki Minaj won the award for “Best Hip Hop”

Other individuals winning multiple awards included Ariana Grande, Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer and Katy Perry.

Throughout the evening, performers paid homage to Glasgow and Scotland in various ways. Bagpipe band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were featured in a video with Ed Sheeran for a duet, and later appeared onstage with David Hasselhoff, who sported a kilt and Braveheart war-paint for the evening. Host Nicki Minaj even wrote the audience a special “Scottish rap.”

The awards show is estimated to have brought a £10m boost to the city’s economy, with thousands of hotel bookings from visitors around the world.

North American Premiere of National Theatre of Scotland’s “Let The Right One In”

The National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to announce that St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn will present the American premiere of its critically acclaimed, South Bank Sky Arts Award winning production, Let the Right One In, from January 20th until February 15th, 2015.

Let the Right One In, starring Rebecca Benson and Martin Quinn, at the Apollo Theatre in London

Let the Right One In is a brutal and tender vampire myth told through the turbulence of a coming-of-age romance. 

The production, which had its world premiere at Dundee Rep Theatre in 2013, will reunite Tony and Olivier award-winning Director, John Tiffany, with the National Theatre of Scotland for whom he was Associate Director until 2012.

The Guardian called the production “Exquisitely beautiful….so painfully tender that, as you watch the show, it feels as if layers of your skin are gradually being flayed from your body.”

Tickets are available immediately for members of St. Ann’s Warehouse and will go on sale November 12, 2014 to the general public. To purchase, visit their website here.

Scotland’s Battlefield Band: concerts in Beacon, E. Meredith, NYC & Schenectady NY Associate Events: we thought you might be keen to know about Battlefield Band’s dates in NY state, as part of their eighteen date North East US Fall tour.

Shows are already selling out on the tour, so it’s worth moving quickly if you’re keen to catch the band this time around.

Please do share the dates around and spread the word if you can – very much appreciated!

NY state dates listed below, and you can find full tour dates at: or
‘A Prairie Home Companion’: you can also hear the group on Garrison Keilor’s legendary radio show on 1st Nov 2014.
The band were named as the ‘Vox Pop’ winners in the ‘World/Traditional Song’ category at the Independent Music Awards in August. In addition, their most recent album’Room Enough For all’ was awarded ‘Album of the Year’ at the prestigious 2013 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

31st Oct 2014 BEACON NY Towne Crier 379 Main Street Beacon, NY 8pm
845 855 1300 Buy Tickets Online
02nd Nov 2014 E MEREDITH NY please note early concert time* West Kortright Center, 4pm* 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY
(607) 278-5454 Buy Tickets Online
04th Nov 2014 NEW YORK NY Drom 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th) New York City, 10009 Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
212 777 1157 Buy Tickets Online
09th Nov 2014 SCHENECTADY NY 8th Step @ Proctors 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305 7pm
tickets on sale soon call 518 346 6204 Buy Tickets Online
‘These stalwarts of the Scottish traditional music scene pull off their umpteenth album with panache’
The Scotsman
‘…still at the cutting edge of modern Scottish folk music…technically flawless and fabulously entertaining’ Piping Today
‘In contrast to the Scottish independence debate rumbling on next door at the Shetland Museum, there’s a clear audience consensus when it comes to the Battlefield Band’ Shetland News