Monthly Archives: July 2020

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE GOES VIRTUAL FOR 2020!

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts and cultural festival in the world and is very dear to our hearts at The American-Scottish Foundation®.

It’s a unique and life changing experience for those who attend given the incredible range of cultural and arts events, performances and activities available each year at the Festival.

Taking place within the unique beauty that is the City of Edinburgh itself, a captivating city full of incredible history and architecture The Edinburgh Fringe Festival draws people from all over the world who return year upon year for this incredible experience.

With the festival unable to go ahead as usual this year due to Covid-19, ASF shares the exciting news that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be going virtual for 2020!

A program of events has been announced by the Festival including performances, workshops, activities and discussions all in a virtual format this year.

Starting on Friday August 7th, AJ Bell Fringe on Friday will be a weekly live streamed show featuring a line up of artists representing the wide variety of talent at the Fringe. Streaming on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August each show will feature 9 acts each night all for £9 (less than $12 a night!).

All monies raised will go towards the artists and venues therefore it’s vital that we get behind the Fringe on Friday event! Acts confirmed so far include Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, Fern Brady and Sadia Azmat

Craig Hill

You can purchase your ticket directly from the Fringemakers page on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website here www.crowdfund.edfringe.com/search/projects

Find out how YOU can GET INVOLVED with the Fringe this year as patrons are invited to PARTICIPATE in the Fringe! The Fringe Pick N Mix is a streaming platform where artists AND audiences can share short video clips to celebrate the spirit of The Fringe! Viewers can pick a clip to watch or tune into a mixed stream of submissions from people all over the world. To share your video go to www.edfringe.com/take-part/2020/picknmix

It is vitally important that we continue to patronize the events of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their online events as the festival is an instrumental driver of the Scottish economy and provides us with unique and unforgettable experiences year on year. To experience the Festival is to have a life changing experience.

Artists who were due to perform at the Festival this year can also submit their event listings online to be displayed on the Festival listings guide online. Only those who were already registered to perform this year or who have performed last year are able to apply however all listings are at the discretion of the Festival. For more information see www.edfringe.com/take-part/2020/submit-your-listing

In addition to being able to enjoy events and activities from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe there are many wonderful pieces of merchandise available for sale online from the Fringe Shop online , the sales of which will go towards protecting the legacy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

If you would like to make a donation directly to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, knowing that your donation will help to preserve the legacy of this incredible and unique festival you can do so here www.tickets.edfringe.com/donations 

With so many opportunities to engage with and support the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we encourage our members and friends to get behind the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year!

www.edfringe.com

HIGHLAND GAMES UPDATE ; JULY 27 2020 – Virtual Highland Games are now being planned – we share news and updates

HIGHLAND GAMES UPDATE

Recent messages from ASF Members and friends show how important Highland Games are to our community, and so we are delighted this week to share news around Virtual Highland Games that are now planned in August.

August 1st Chicago Scots are among those in the Scottish-American community who are leading the way in providing a safe, meaningful alternative to live games in this era of COVID-19 with some form of streaming event.  As the Chicago Scots so aptly put it, “ On Saturday, August 1st we are bringing the fun and traditions to you-wherever you are! ”  

August 1 Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games has announced a virtual online program through Facebook is being planned.

August 2 – Montreal Highland Games – virtual Piping Competition just announced

August 7 -9 Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Virtual Ceilidh just announced!

September 19 -20 We have also heard that NHScot are bringing theNH Highland Games to us virtually

Michael Reid, ASF Board Director shares with us the late Summer/Fall Highland Games that are scheduled – Keep up to date with ASF News via our Facebook and website.

Last week, the organizers of Grandfather Mountain also had a streaming concert in lieu of games.  
Later in October this year, the Celtic Colors event in Nova Scotia will be a streaming festival.  While a virtual event is not the same experience as a games with caber toss, sheaf toss, IrnBru, ginger beer, Scotch eggs, fish & chips and ice cream, it nonetheless provides an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and maintain an active event for annual continuity.  

In addition, we are providing the following update on Highland Games and related events through the end of August (we’ll report on September, October and November in later editions as so much in flux)

AUGUST HIGHLAND GAMES TAKING PLACE :

August 8 -9 Cold Spring Village Celtic Festival, NJ- still on

August 15-16 Amherst Scottish Festival & Highland Games – – smaller event will take place but online reservations only

August 22 – Douglas County, OR Highland Games & Gathering –still on

One of a Highland Games most popular events –
the heavy athletics and the throwing of the Hammer is one of the most popular – weighing 22lbs.

August Games Cancellations:
–  Monterrey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival – Cancelled –
– Central NY Scottish Games & Cancelled
-Loch Norman Highland Games -Cancelled   

–  Maine Highland Games – Cancelled
– Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival (MT) – Cancelled
– Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games – Cancelled

With so much in flux we ask that you stay in touch with the organizing committee of the games you normally attend and check status as with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 all is subject to change.
ASF will share updates as we learn more. Keep up to date with ASF News on our website and Facebook pages. ___________________________________________________________________________ As of July 9th the following report covered Fall Games

September Games

ScotFest, Okl – September 18-20 IS CANCELLED

Springfield Area Highland Games & Celtic Festival (IL) – September 26

October Games – Arkansas Scottish Festival – October 9-11- Northeast FL Scottish Games & Highland Festival – October 11- Red Stone Highland Games Utah, October 14 -15- Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Decatur, October 18-20- Iron Thistle Scottish Festival OKL, October 16-18

November Games- Coastal Highlands Games, SC – November 14 – Dunedin Scottish Games, FL – postponed to November 21-22, new location: Dunedin Community CenterV

Awaiting Dates we are hoping for this Fall- Latta Celtic Festival (North Carolina) – postpone – new date tbd – Sherman Celtic Festival & Highland Games (Texas) – new date tbd – Ormond Beach Celtic Fest (FL) – Postponed – new date tbd – Cheyenne Celtic Music & Arts Festival – Postponed – new date tbd – Celtic Fling & Highland Games (PA) – Postponed – new date tbd – Pikes Peak Celtic Festival (CO) – Postponed – new date tbd – Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Postponed – new dates tbd – Savannah Highland Games (SC) – Postponed – new dates tbd (website says both postponed and cancelled…..) AD

ASF Fortnightly ScotsInUS Podcasts : Music and Conversation

The American Scottish Foundation is proud to present our fortnightly ScotsInUS Podcast…..

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Presented on the second and fourth Monday of the month ASF’s podcasts spotlight the ASF, partners, events and initiatives taking place in the community.

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, featuring weekly guests and contributors we feature a wide range of news, events and music all with a focus on Scotland and throughout the American Scottish community in North America.

Listen to our podcast using our ANCHOR platform or on SPOTIFY

CURRENT PODCAST EPISODE MONDAY AUGUST 10TH:

The Highland Games go Virtual!

Joining us In Conversation:

Peter Wilson, President of Great Scot InternationalThe Scottish Grocer & President Scottish Heritage USA as he shares with us his experiences The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots

Deb Dalziel from Fergus Scottish Festival

Amy Lehman, Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Highland Games

We have wonderful music from James Harper, Meredith McCrindle Harpist and Seán Gray & Andrew Finn Magill.

APRIL 27 A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2020

“In Conversation” – With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events. Camilla Hellman, President, American Scottish Foundation, discusses the virtual recognition of National Tartan Day, The Declaration of Arbroath Anniversary and other important April events that the community looked to not overlook.

With music from Alan Frew, Hannah Read and Colin Hunter

MAY 11 CLANS, THE LORD LYON AND HIGHLAND GAMES 2020 “In Conversation” with John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  Bellassai discusses the state of the US Scottish Clans and the role played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. The historic role of Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms is also explained explained as well as the challenges facing the Highland Games in 2020.

With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller

MAY 25 WORDS, MUSIC, WHISKY, GIN

“In Conversation” with David Stirling, Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador for Arbikie Highland Estate as David discusses their f fresh and exciting approach to distilling as well as informing us about Arbikie’s environmentally conscious ethos and their exciting and innovative range of gins, vodkas and rye.

Greg King, Brand Ambassador for Glendronach and BenRiach joins us to explain all about the fascinating history of Glendronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Based in the Valley of Forgue in the East Highland Hills, Glendronach has been in operation for nearly 200 years.

With music from Have Mercy Las Vegas, John Rush and Laura McGhee.

JUNE 8TH COME DANCE – THE WORLD OF THE CEILIDH

In this episode ‘Come Dance – The World of the Ceilidh” we explore the great Scottish tradition that is the ceilidh and talk with top Scottish music talents to explore their contemporary and progressive approaches to the ceilidh. 

“In Conversation” with Whisky Kiss – the chart topping Ceilidh Band
and award winning musical theater composers, Noisemaker

Camilla Hellman, ASF President and Jamie close with a round up of news from within the Scottish American diaspora.

JUNE 26TH – SPRING ROUNDUP EPISODE

A look back and reflection on our first four episodes of the ScotsinUS Podcast as we discuss our wonderful guests and music on the podcast. Featuring a news round up and message from ASF President Camilla Hellman as we look forward to the months ahead.

 JULY 6TH – EXPLORING SCOTTISH ROOTS

Exploring Scottish Roots” – In this episode of the podcast we talk with renowned genealogist, heraldist and author Dr Bruce Durie as we discuss how to trace your Scottish ancestry and explore your Scottish roots. We are also In Conversation with Bart Forbes, President of the Clan Forbes Society as we talk about the wonderful energy and drive that Bart has brought to the Clan Forbes Society.

With music from Lisa Kowalski, Anna MacDonald, Mike Nisbet, Gleadhraich.

JULY 20TH – MIDSUMMER BURNS

On this episode of the ScotsInUS Podcast from the American Scottish Foundation we explore the legacy of Robert Burns in music, poetry and conversation. 

Joining us In Conversation: Kenneth Donnelly, President of the Burns Society of the City of New York.
Hugh Farrell, Chair of the Friends of The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
Alistair McCulloch, Scottish fiddle virtuoso and sole custodian of the famous ‘Gregg Violin’ thought to have been played by Robert Burns himself.

With music from Anna MacDonald, Jamie McGeechan, Fraya Thomsen and Mr McFalls Chamber.

If you would like to get in touch with any news or events please email us:

americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com


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