Recent messages from ASF Members and friends show how important Highland Games are to our community, and we continue here to share news around Virtual Highland Games that are now planned in the weeks ahead – with a few ticketed Highland Games being planned.
Highland Games – September Updates as of September 20th, 2020
SEPTEMBER CANCELLED HIGHLAND GAMES:
September 5 – 6 San Francisco Highland Games, Pleasanton, cancelled; with hopes to hold the games later in the year, September 12 – 13 Kelso (WA) Highlander Festival – cancelled September 18 – 20 Oklahoma Scotfeld – cancelled, September 25 -27 Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival (PA) cancelled
In person Highland Games – in hybrid form took place: – September 12 Lancaster, PA, combined a celebration of Robert Burns, a Kirkin’ of the Tartan and a Highland Games. The Covenanter Scottish Festival was a small, ticketed event with no gate purchases at the event itself:
VIRTUAL HIGHLAND GAMES
September 19 – 20 A Virtual New Hampshire Highland Games – www.nhscot.org streaming live on Facebook and YouTube.
September In Person September Highland Games – September 19-20, Niagra Falls Highland Games will be a smaller event, reserved tickets only.
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.
We will report on September, October and November in later editions as so much in flux)
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. ___________________________________________________________________________
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
The American Scottish Foundation is proud to present our bi-weekly ScotsInUS Podcast…..
Presented on the second and fourth Monday of the month, our 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.
“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.
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.
MONDAY AUGUST 10TH: The Highland Games go Virtual!
MONDAY AUGUST 24: SPOTLIGHT ON SOUNDS FROM SCOTLAND
In this episode we shine the spotlight on some of the wonderful Scottish musicians who have been performing on our monthly Sounds From Scotland Online Music Concerts and played on our ScotsInUS Podcast. We are delighted to showcase music from Scotland to our audience and in this episode we will shine the spotlight on these wonderful talents.
Join Jamie and Camilla for conversation, news and of course great music!
As the Jefferson family’s “genealogist,” she was not only considered to be among the first families of the Virginia Colony, she thought the telling of family history important enough for her son Thomas Jefferson to once state that his maternal side could “trace their pedigree far back to England and Scotland…”.
University of Edinburgh
Not surprisingly, Jane’s first cousin twice removed, Thomas Mann Randolph Jr., studied at the The University of Edinburgh in 1785 before marrying Thomas Jefferson’s daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph in 1790.
Authors Alexander Leslie Klieforth and Robert John Munro state in their book, Scottish Invention of America, Democracy and Human Rights 1st Edition, on page 243, that Thomas Jefferson was first introduced to the Declaration of Arbroath by his College of William and Mary professor of rhetoric William Small. See https://www.amazon.com/Scottish-Invention-Amer…/…/0761827919
JUNE SPOTLIGHT ON JAMES GORDON BENNETT
James Gordon Bennett
On June 1, 1872, James Gordon Bennett, the founder, publisher and editor of the New York Herald, dies. Bennett built one of the biggest publishing empires in United States history, his paper becoming the highest circulated in America in 1866.
Bennett was born in Banffshire, Scotland, and at an early age traveled throughout Scotland.
In 1819, he joined a friend who was sailing to North America, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where Bennett briefly worked as a schoolmaster. to then sail south to Portland, Maine to teach there and in Boston, Massachusetts by 1820.
New York Herald Building, NYC 1895
He worked in New England as a proofreader and bookseller before moving to the Charleston Courier in Charleston,South Carolina. He moved to New York City in 1823, where he worked first as a freelance paper writer and, then, assistant editor of the New York Courier and Enquirer, one of the oldest newspapers in the City.
New York Herald June 20, 1861
By May 1835, Bennett began the New York Herald, and with it he transformed American journalism. Historian Robert C. Bannister considered Bennett a talented yet controversial editor who expanded traditional coverage by adding sports reports, a society page, advice columns, and election news while pioneering and coupling tabloid journalism with use of the new technologies of telegraph, pony express, and offshore ships to bring fast news coverage to reach the exploding market–and voters–of working men and women.
ASF Spotlight on Scotland’s Remote learning opportunities
How often we hear from ASF Members and friends how they wish they had studied in Scotland – or could do so – but life has now made that impossible.
No longer true. Remote learning has changed all that. Members of the ASF team have in recent years been undertaking several courses — and ASF as a bridge between the US and Scotland will in the coming weeks spotlight courses from partners and associates we feel you may enjoy
Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of a subject or earn earn a professional or academic credential–a certificate for professional development receive college credit for a degree—these classes, taught by leading universities, are knowledge packed and fun!
June Spotlight: Highlands and Islands from Gaelic to Music and Archaeology from your Home.
The University of the Highlands and Islands has 13 colleges spread across the Highland and Islands of Scotland – from Shetland, to Orkney to Lewis and Skye. UHI offers a wide range of remote learning courses without you having to leave your home.
From Gaelic language to traditional music, to courses in Scottish History and Heritage
Degree and Certificate courses range from a year to four and the next online terms begin August/September 2020
Gaelic Traditional Music History Genealogical Journey Archaeology and much more
The topics covered will include the cultural reputation of Robert Burns as patriot, lover, and man of the people, as well as as poet and songwriter, Major works such as ‘Scots Wha Hae’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘A Man’s a Man’, ‘The Vision’, and ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the commemoration of Burns in material culture, and the international celebrity and legacy of Burns.
There are no requirements to take the course – except for your love of Burns … and perfect for those with an interest in Robert Burns, Scottish history, poetry, song and culture. Click here to start today, https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/robert-burns
Robert The Bruce is pivoting from theatrical release to digital platforms. .Screen Media has set the release for APRIL 24TH – full details will follow shortly.
This heroic tale not only coincides with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, when The Bruce declared Scotland a free land, but also with the 25th anniversary of Braveheart from which Robert The Bruce picks up the historical timeline. Angus Macfadyen portrays Robert the Bruce in both films.
ROBERT THE BRUCE is an inspiring story of the courage of ordinary Scots. When their King is injured and hiding from the English army that controls their lands, a widow and her family nurse him back to health, risking their lives for the life of their King and their hope for a free Scotland. Defying their clan, which has pledged itself to England, and inspiring him to fight again, they join The Bruce as he sets out to win the long-sought independence of their beloved country.
Written by Eric Belgau and Angus Macfadyen, ROBERT THE BRUCE is directed by Richard Gray and also stars Jared Harris, Anna Hutchison, Patrick Fugit, Zach McGowan, Emma Kenney, Melora Walters, Mhairi Calvey, Kevin McNally, Shane Coffey, and Talitha and Gabriel Bateman. The film was produced by Gray, Hutchinson, Macfadyen and Nick Farnell with Executive Producers Carter Boehm, Sharon Cox and Mike Gillespie.
As Riddoch notes: .. so as soon as we realised the corona virus lockdown would also cancel every celebratory event, my filmmaker colleague Charlie Stuart and I dropped other work and decided to make a film ourselves with help from Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle, historian Fiona Watson and the actor Brian Cox
Only completed this past Saturday April 4th we share with all on this its 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath
50% of the net revenue from your ticket purchase will support the theater of your choice.
CITY STATE THEATER TICKET Good Year AZ Cinema Society of PebbleCreek Sedona AZ Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tucson AZ Galaxy Theatres Davis CA Davis Varsity Theatre Hollywood CA Arena Cinelounge Long Beach CA Art Theatre of Long Beach Los Angeles CA Laemmle Virtual Cinema San Diego CA Cinema Society San Francisco CA Cinema SF Sherman Oaks CA Galaxy Theatres Sonoma CA Sebastiani Theatre St. Helena CA Cameo Cinema Salida CO Salida Steam Plant Theater Washington DC JxJ Lewes DE Cinema Art Theater Middletown DE Westown Movies Newark DE Main Street Movies 5 Bonita Springs FL Prado Stadium 12 Fort Lauderdale FL Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival Lakeland FL Polk Theatre St. Augustine FL Corazon Cinema and Cafe Tampa FL Tampa Theatre Chicago IL Gene Siskel Film Center Frankfort IL Emagine Entertainment Detroit MI Cinema Detroit Grand Rapids MI Celebration Cinema Gross Pointe Farms MI Patriot Theater Traverse City MI State Theatre Troy MI Emagine Entertainment Plymouth MN Emagine Entertainment Lincoln NE Ross Media Arts Center Princeton NJ Princeton Garden Theatre Albuquerque NM Guild Cinema Santa Fe NM Jean Cocteau Cinema Las Vegas NV Galaxy Theatres Beacon NY Story Screen Buffalo NY Dipson Theatres Buffalo NY North Park Theatre Cleveland OH Cleveland Cinema Ambler PA Ambler Theater Doylestown PA County Theater Jenkintown PA Hiway Theater Sewickley PA The Tull Family Theater Towanda PA Bradford Regional Arts Council Tunkhannock PA Dietrich Theater Warren PA Dipson Theatres Charleston SC Terrace Theater Austin TX Galaxy Theatres Belton TX Grand Avenue Theater Roanoke VA The Grandin Theatre Staunton VA Visulite Cinema Camas WA Liberty Theatre Monroe WA Galaxy Theatres Vancouver WA Kiggins Theatre
For more information on how Virtual Cinema works, including how you can see the film on your home television using Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and more, visit: filmmovement.com/virtual-cinema Film Movement
The American Scottish Foundation is proud to announce upcoming exhibits at Federal Hall March 20th – June 8th
In the Footsteps of John Muir an exhibit of photographic works by Award winning Scottish photographer Ken Paterson, tracing Muir’s travels, from his early days in Dunbar, Scotland to Yosemite, California, allows one to see the environments which Muir loved and did so much to help preserve. A series of images featuring landmark sites along the John Muir Trail, Scotland, which opened in 2014, is now spotlighted in the exhibit.
The Declaration of Arbroath – 700th Anniversary 2020 marks the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, one of Scotland’s most important historical artefacts.
A Copy of the Declaration will be on display at Federal Hall, which is said to have inspired the American Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration is a letter dated 6 April 1320 written by the barons and freeholders of the Kingdom of Scotland to Pope John XXII, asking him to recognise Scotland’s independence and acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king.
Visitors will view an English translation of the original Latin text, and learn about the context in which it was written 700 years ago.
An opportunity to hear early Scottish music on October 10th and 18th in New York dating from the 12th to 18th Century.
Performed by Collectio Musicorum the program will be predominately the music of Robert Johnson, the “heretic priest,” , much of which has never been performed in the US before, having recently been edited by Dr. Elaine Moohan as part of the Musica Scotica series.
Also in the program will be music composed by Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son, James VI, as well as music by Roderick Morison, also called “The Blind Harper,” who lived at the turn of the eighteenth century
Presented as part of the Gotham Early Music Scene’s Midtown Concert Series
OCTOBER 18TH – 8PM – Admission FREE Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St
In addition to the works of Robert Johnson will be works from the twelfth century, when the northern portions of Scotland were under the control of Scandinavian kings, including one of the earliest examples of medieval polyphony, a hymn to St. Magnus the Martyr, who was martyred in 1115.
Tickets $150 – ASF Members and Friends receive a Special $30 Ticket discount via link below
The evening is to raise awareness for this great new initiative underway in Edinburgh:
As Development Director Jules Halston explains… ” The Quaich Project reimagines and redevelops Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh….set against the stunning backdrop of Castle Rock and Edinburgh Castle, a space for all in the heart of Edinburgh.
The Quaich Project will see the building of a new theatre and world-class performance venue; landscaped and accessible gardens with space for reflection, play and socialising; improved public amenities; and a new visitor and heritage centre accessible from Princes Street. …”