Monthly Archives: April 2015

CHURCHILL, The Play, Comes to New York!

Looking for theatrical fun in New York? CHURCHILL, The Play is now showing at New World Stages! Purchase tickets and receive a special ASF member discount (information below) for an evening to remember.


“Experience the man who famously proclaimed, “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter…” In CHURCHILL, the influential Nobel Prize laureate discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor, and women; and the bravery of Britain’s finest hour.”

The production has received numerous outstanding reviews:

“Engaging! Entertaining! Excellent!” – The Huffington Post

“A compelling portrayal!” – NY Daily News

“Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!” – Wall Street Journal

“Ronald Keaton is witty, grumpy, insightful, and enjoyable as Churchill!” — WBGO Radio

ASF members attending the production will receive a special ticket rate of $39.50 for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday performances (regular $67) and $46 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances (through June 28, 2015). To book online, visit and enter code CUGEN115 to receive the discounted rate. To book by phone, call 212.947.8844 and mention code CUGEN115.

We hope to see you there!


Looking Back: Scotland in the 1940s

New York Tartan Week 2015 may be behind us, but the reminiscing doesn’t have to stop. TIME recently published an article on a LIFE magazine profile of Scotland from the 1940s, featuring the country’s landscape, economy, traditions, and celebrated exports, including whiskey, golf, tweed, herring, ships, and bagpipes. The awe-inspiring photographs from the original LIFE feature include bagpipe players, traditional dancers, Highland Games competitors, gorgeous views of the Scottish landscape, and more, and can be viewed in full on TIME’s website. Take a look at a preview of the images below… you’ll be looking forward to next year’s Tartan Week before you know it!


Hans Wild—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images


Hans Wild—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images


Competitors for the world championchip, dancing the Reel of Tulloch, Scotland 1947. Hans Wild—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images


Sights from the 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade!

The 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade today was a smashing success. From the sounds of pipes and drums at the pre-parade concert at Bryant Park to the Westies and Scotties of the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack to the over 300 Outlander fans who came out to support Grand Marshal Graham McTavish, the day was a true celebration of Scottish culture and spirit!


Lanark and District Pipe Band at the Pre-Parade Concert at Bryant Park 


The Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch at the Pre-Parade Concert at Bryant Park 


Members of the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack meeting each other for the first time!


Grand Marshal Graham McTavish and Honorary Grand Marshal Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick, MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Government


The American-Scottish Foundation marchers!


Over 300 Outlander fans joined in the festivities!


Belhaven, the official beer sponsor for the parade!


A strikingly well-dressed parade goer takes in the sound of pipes and drums.


The Barbour Tartan Dog Pack


One of the members of the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack – a true model!


Many thanks to the Algonquin Hotel, our home base for the day of festivities!

Photos by Sara Heegaard

Man of La Mancha Playing in Washington D.C.

A wonderful reason to go to Washington, D.C. for the weekend, the Shakespeare Theatre Company‘s production of Man of La Mancha is receiving rave reviews for its fantastic acting, energy, and vocals.


The production, which began on March 17 and runs through April 26th, has been called “a spirited production with top tier talent” by, and “a production people will be talking about for years to come” by the Baltimore Post-Examiner. Following the story of knight errant Don Quixote, Director Alan Paul‘s combination of sharp wit, moving music, and poignant storytelling brings new life to the classic tale by Miguel de Cervantes.

Take a sneak peek and watch a montage of Man of La Mancha here:

To purchase tickets while they’re still available, visit the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s website, or call their box office at 202.547.1122. We hope to see you there!


Empire State Building Honorary Lighting for the NYC Landmarks Law

The American Scottish Foundation is a proud partner with the NYC Landmarks 50 Alliance and would like to share with you the lighting of the Empire State Building in honor of the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law. The lighting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at sunset, starting at 7:34 pm.

The law, which was established on April 19, 1965, was established, among many reasons, to help safeguard New York’s historic and cultural heritage, encourage civic pride, protect and enhance the city’s attractions for tourists, and strengthen the city’s economy. Learn more about the history of the Landmarks Law on their homepage.

empire state building

To commemorate the anniversary and express gratitude to the Empire State Building for sharing this message of historic preservation, send screenshots of your posts to and copy the Landmarks 50 Alliance at And of course, be sure to share your photos of the lighting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!


Quiz and a Curry Night at The Shakespeare

Starting Sunday, April 12th, one of ASF’s favorite haunts, The Shakespeare, will be offering a bi-monthly Quiz and a Curry Night. The tavern was recently featured in ScotlandNow‘s list of the 10 Best Bars to Visit During New York’s Tartan Week, and offers quiz sheets for only $5, with prizes to be won! The wonderful David McNicoll will moderate.

Quiz & Curry Shakespeare

Visit the Shakespeare’s Facebook page on April 10th for your first quiz question. The first person to answer correctly wins curry for four and complimentary entry into the first quiz night!

For more information, email or call 646-837-6779.


Meet the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack!

We’re thrilled to announce fifteen of the Scottie and Westie pups sponsored by Barbour in the 17th Annual Tartan Day Parade! Meet members of the pack below who will be marching up New York’s Sixth Avenue in their very own tartan Barbour dog coats.