Daily Archives: December 30, 2014

4,000 Likes on Facebook! ASF Thanks You!

In celebration of 4,000 likes on Facebook, all of us at ASF would like to thank you for your continued support this year. What a delightful way to end 2014 and ring in the New Year!

As we approach 2015, we look forward to another incredible year of community and events, from our Burns Night Celebration Dinner on January 16 to the New York Tartan Day Parade on April 11, along with many more events and partner events throughout the year. Stay up-to-date on ASF’s goings-on via our website and Facebook events page.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Helix Visitor’s Centre to Begin Construction in 2015

Starting January 12, 2015, a £1.45m visitor’s centre at Falkirk’s Helix Park will begin construction near the park’s famous Kelpies, reports BBC News.

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The visitor’s centre was designed by Dundee architects Nicol Russel Studios following an international design competition, and will include many new additions, such as a restaurant, shopping area, visitor information and facilities, and an audio-visual experience.

The iconic sculptures are a high priority in the design of the new centre, and visitors’ views of the Kelpies will be preserved and uninterrupted. The new centre is designed to blend into the landscape around it using grass mounds and landscaped roof panes.

Park officials have estimated that 800,000 people have visited the site since the Kelpies opened in April – not including the traveling, 1:10 scale Kelpies Maquettes, which visited New York City’s Bryant Park last spring.

It is expected that the new centre should open in late summer 2015, according to culture, leisure and tourism spokesman Adrian Mahoney.

Burns Night is Approaching… Join Us in a Record-Breaking Song!

On Friday, January 16, 2015, the American-Scottish Foundation invites members and friends to join for the 20th annual Burns Night celebration, held in association with the University Club, New York.

Join us as we honor and celebrate Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, in words and music. Save the date! Reserve your tickets for a wonderful evening in true Scottish style and tradition! 

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In celebration of Burns Night, AboutScotland is trying to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest version of people singing Robert Burns’s most famous poem, ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ – and they’d love your help!

To join us in contributing to their video compilation, visit Scotland.org’s website to hear Whisky Kiss’s recording of the song, get a feel for the tempo, download an audio track of background music, and learn the lyrics. Then, record a video of yourself or friends singing the lyrics with the provided background music and send it in before January 10! Submission instructions can be found on their website above.

We hope you’ll join us in attempting to break this world record and honor Robert Burns in true Scottish style!