New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshals

The History of the New York Tartan Day Parade:

The annual New York Tartan Day Parade began 19 years ago, in 1998, after the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155, which officially recognized April 6th as Tartan Day. This was followed by companion bill House Resolution 41, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005. On April 4, 2008, President George W. Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation making April 6 National Tartan Day.

Tommy Flanagan – Image via nyctartanweek.org

In 1998, the first Tartan Day Parade, consisting of two pipe bands and a small but spirited group of Scottish Americans, was led by the very first Grand Marshal, Cliff Robertson.

Today the parade is a grand affair, featuring thousands of participants, including bands, dancers and clans.

On April 8, 2017, The Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade will be Glasgow-born actor Tommy Flanagan.

The acclaimed actor has starred in Braveheart, Gladiator, and Alien vs Predator, as well as FX Network’s drama, Sons of Anarchy. He will be a starring role in the upcoming movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Chapter 2.

Past Parade Grand Marshals:

From actors and screenwriters, to athletes and designers, the past New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshals have been talented Scots from all different walks of life.

Read about them here:

Sam Heughan, 2016

2016: Sam Heughan, Scottish actor best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz hit series Outlander.

2015: Co-Grand Marshals: Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2011-2016) and Graham McTavish, Scottish television and film actor with an extensive career including roles in Outlander and The Hobbit Trilogy. 

2014: Howie Nicholsby, Kilt designer and owner of “21st Century Kilts” in Edinburgh.

2013: Kevin McKidd, Scottish-American actor best known for his roles in ABC series Grey’s Anatomy and film Trainspotting.

Kevin McKidd, 2013

2012: Brian Cox, acclaimed Scottish theatre and film actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

2011: Bob Winter, Lord Provost of Glasgow from 2007 until 2012.

2010: Rt. Hon. Alex Fergusson, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 until 2011.

2009: Alan Cumming, OBE, Tony, Emmy and Golden-Globe award-winning actor.

2008:  Lawrence Tynes, Scottish-born former kicker for the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XVII.

2007: Rt. Hon. George Reid, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2003 until 2007.

2006: Brigadier Melville Jameson, Producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo from 1994 until 2006.

2005: Randall Wallace, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Braveheart.

Sir Sean Connery, 2002

2002: Sir Sean Connery, Academy Award-winning actor and producer who was the first actor to portray James Bond in film.

1998: The late Cliff Robertson, Academy Award-winning actor with a film and television career that spanned half a century.

The Music of New York Tartan Week

New York Tartan Week is just around the corner and what a fantastic celebration it will be with people coming from all over the globe to experience a uniquely brilliant event which has something to offer everyone.

New York Tartan Week is a celebration of Scottish-American heritage culture and community and a brilliant experience which will see you wanting to come back each year for more!

Music plays a central role in celebrating that shared community and culture; the music traditions brought over by Scots have survived and thrived in North America to this very day.

It’s fair to say that the shared passion for music and culture has brought about real fusion and development of new style and approach whilst respecting the traditions of the past. Discovering new ways, paths and approaches has always been central to the Scottish-American identity and nowhere is this more evident in the culture and creations borne from our partnership and shared legacy.

Music, as with the Scots-American heritage itself has experienced real innovation and fusion over the past few hundred years and you can hear Scottish influences in everything from Appalachian, folk and even country music.

It’s fantastic that the old traditions are preserved an continued by many talented and passionate musicians across North America, some of which are performing at NYC Tartan Week this year alongside some musical guests from Scotland also! With live music performances all over the city there’s something for everyone and of course with a huge amount of pipe bands marching in the Tartan Week Parade on April 8th you can experience something truly unforgettable.

Musical performances at Tartan Week this year include:


April  3:
Kyle Carey
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)


April  4:
Emerald Rae
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)


April 5:
Little Fire 

Beer Authority – 6pm (free)

Wight Hot Pipes & Scottish Octopus
Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant – 8pm ($20)

Mike Ogletree
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)


April 6:
Little Fire 
Deacon Brodies – 3pm (free)

Tartan Day Observance 
The Highland Divas, St Columba School Pipe Band
Bryant Park 12:30pm

Kodak Ghosts
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)


April  7:
Mike Ogletree
Pre-Parade Ceilidh- 6pm

Little Fire 
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)

The Highland Divas & Guests
The Cutting Room – 10:30pm
(Tickets $25/30 adv)
  – Purchase tickets here.


April 8:
The Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace Bryant Park  (Free)
11:35am – Lathallan School Pipe Band
11:55am – Oban School Pipe Band
12:15pm – Bonnie Brae Knights Drummers
12:30pm – St Columba School Pipe Band
12:45pm – Shamrock & Thistle

Post Parade Party
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 4:00pm
Glengarry Bhoys, Gleadhraich, Scottish Octopus, Wight Hot Pipes, The Highland Divas
(Tickets $85 reserved/$65 general admission) Purchase tickets here.

James MacMillan – St. Luke Passion: New York Premiere
St. Bartholomew’s Church – 8pm
(Tickets $40 Balcony/$50 Prime Seating) Purchase tickets here.


— Jamie McGeechan
Music Reporter for the American Scottish Foundation

Celebrate Tartan Day with Walkers Shortbread

Friends and members of The American-Scottish Foundation®, join us in celebrating Tartan Day 2017 with “The World’s Finest Shortbread” – Walkers Shortbread!

Image via express.co.uk

Image via express.co.uk

Tartan Day is on April 6th – just days away! So why not celebrate with a biscuit or two?

Over a hundred years ago, the Walker family started baking shortbread at their bakery in the Speyside village of Aberlour, surrounded by the beautiful Scottish highlands. Today, Walkers products are now sold all over the world, using the same wonderfully simple recipe to produce that iconic Walkers taste!

To celebrate Tartan Day, Walkers Shortbread has a delicious deal for you!

IMG_1138 (5)  Arlene Brice BEEWith their exclusive Tartan Day code, you can receive free shipping, and four free twin packs of delicious shortbread Scottie Dogs, with orders of $25 or more!

Use the code TARTAN to receive your special Tartan Day treats!

This special offer expires on April 2nd, 2017, so place your orders now on the Walkers website, here.

To learn more about Tartan Day, and all the exciting events in store during NYC Tartan Week, visit The American-Scottish Foundation website!

Show off your Clan Pride at the 2017 Tattoo!

This year is Scotland’s ‘Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology, and the 2017 Tattoo is embracing this theme by featuring the Clans and Families of Scotland!

unnamedThe Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place August 4 – 27, has just announced the clans which will be appearing as part of this year’s show, which is themed “Splash of Tartan.” The Tattoo and the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs have joined together to involve Scottish Clans and Families. Clan Chiefs have been invited to lead their clansmen to Edinburgh Castle, on their own special designated evenings, and to take part in the opening ceremony! Do you want to represent your clan at this year’s Tattoo? For a limited time only, visitors looking to book tickets to sit in their designated clans seated section can contact their Clan Chief directly! You can find out more details about your clan and chief at www.clanchiefs.org.uk or by emailing info@clanchiefs.org.uk. This promotion will end on 31st March, so act fast!unnamed-2

Whether you have Clan roots or not, if you plan to attend the Tattoo, you are encouraged to dress for the part! Put on your best tartan and tweed! Come August, Edinburgh is sure to be a wonderland of plaid!

Find your Clan’s date and time below, and purchase tickets for the Tattoo here.

Day

Date

Time

Clan/Family

Thursday

3 August

9.30

Macnab and Hay

Friday

4 August

9.00

Arthur and Murray

Saturday

5 August

7.30

Fraser and Gunn

Saturday

5 August

10.30

Hunter, Macdonald and MacKay

Monday

7 August

9.00

Macauley and MacMillan

Tuesday

8 August

9.00

Ewing and Macpherson

Wednesday

9 August

9.00

Broun, Maclean and Wood

Thursday

10 August

9.00

Henderson and Napier

Friday

11 August

9.00

Leslie, Moffat and Urquhart

Saturday

12 August

7.30

Donnachaidh and Oliphant

Saturday

12 August

10.30

Macneil, Macrae and Marjoribanks

Monday

14 August

9.00

Forbes and Wallace

Tuesday

15 August

9.00

Macleod and Mackenzie

Wednesday

16 August

9.00

Campbell and Sinclair

Thursday

17 August

9.00

Borthwick and Skene

Friday

18 August

9.00

Graham and Stewart

Saturday

19 August

7.30

Colquhoun and Matheson

Saturday

19 August

10.30

Currie and Maclea

Monday

21 August

9.00

Buchanan, Hannay and MacGregor

Tuesday

22 August

9.00

Kincaid and Maclaine

Wednesday

23 August

9.00

Agnew and Elliot

Thursday

24 August

9.00

Carmichael and MacThomas

Friday

25 August

9.00

Bruce and Durie

Saturday

26 August

7.30

Jardine, Macintyre and Maclennan

Saturday

26 August

10.30

Cameron, Clan Ranald and Maclaren

 

 

Vallay & North Uist Archaeology Climate Change Project.

In this the Year of Archaeology for Scotland, the American-Scottish Foundation shares with our Members an opportunity to help support the work of June Julian and her husband Rodrick B. MacLennan – and their Vallay & North Uist Archaeology Climate Change Project. 

Through the sale of these beautiful watercolor limited edition prints, you will help the funding of the next phase of the project – a second season of archaeology field work in Vallay & North Uist in Summer 2017, as well as helping support the  work of the ASF.

These limited edition prints, 10×8″ on a 14×11″ mat in vinyl sleeve, are $145 each, plus $10 shipping & handling; a portion of proceeds goes to ASF.    $45 per print is tax deductible. The American-Scottish Foundation® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

“Sea Pinks, Vallay” “Atlantic Coast, Vallay”
 
 
“Vallay Strand, Ebb Tide” “North Uist from Vallay”
 
 

©June Julian, Limited Edition Archival Giclée Prints. Signed and Numbered, 2017

MacLennan-Julian-FlagActual_250The Isle of Vallay Archaeology/Climate Change Expedition: An Explorers Club Flag Expedition 2017.                                                                           Rodrick B. MacLennan, FN 98, carried Explorers Club Flag #109 on an expedition to the wild and uninhabited island of Vallay in the North Atlantic to record the effects of rising seas and violent storms on endangered coastal archaeology sites. Since 1918, the flag has been carried on hundreds of expeditions: to outer space, to both Poles, to the deepest ocean, and to the highest peaks in the world.

The continuing objective of their Isle of Vallay Archaeology Climate Change Expedition is to record the current status of those early Mesolithic sites first discovered on the Isles of Vallay and North Uist by 19th century archaeologist Erskine Beveridge as impacted by climate change.

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A hidden gem in Glasgow’s West End – Ashton Lane.

Anyone traveling to Glasgow, United Kingdom in the coming months?

Ashton LaneIf so you should check out Ashton Lane. A hidden gem located in Glasgow’s West End, A Cobblestone street lined with bars, restaurants and entertainment great for a chilled out lunch with friends and a lively evening scene.

VisitScotland launch a new updated Outlander Location Map

Did you love the Outlander Location Map VisitScotland did last year?  The American-Scottish Foundation® loved it – GREAT NEWS – there is a new updated Location Map.

OUTLANDER FILM LOCATIONSSo are you a fan of the books and TV series and wish that you too could be transported in time – to Claire and Jamie’s Scotland?

Now experience the land that inspired the dramatic saga!

Here are our two recommendations!
– Head to the VisitScotland.com website to learn more about Outander’s Scotland! The website features a guide to the history, culture, and backdrop behind the fictional series!gLENCOE

– VisitScotland offer up a guide to exploring Scotland the Outlander way!

– In addition to the new location map- ready for you to download – which features the Outlander film locations from both Seasons 1 and 2! Use this map to embark on your very own Outlander tour!

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This Outlander tour features locations such as Glencoe, HighlandGeorge Squarer, Blackness CastleGlasgow Cathedral Drummond Castlel, Falkland, FifeCulross Fife,, and more.

You can learn more about your ancestry (perhaps you’re a Fraser), attempt to time-travel at historic standing stones, tour dramatic castles,

and wander through the breathtaking Scottish landscapes!

Download the map today, and start planning your tour of Outlander’s Scotland:

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Spotlight On Our Volunteers

Meet part of the team behind The American-Scottish Foundation!

Jenni Wales

JenniJenni is 27 years old and originally from Glasgow, Scotland. She moved to New York three years ago, after being accepted to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has been here since to pursue an acting career.

She loves to swim, sing, dance, act and socialize (which of course means going to the pub!). For Jenni, The American-Scottish Foundation is “a connection to home.

She spends a few days each week helping out at the ASF office. She is currently working on a few different projects, including Tartan Week and The Scots who Built New York.

Chelsea Chateauvert

100_1173Chelsea is a native New Yorker working in the non-profit sector. Chelsea is an amateur photographer and self-published author, who enjoys good food, music, museums, and baking. Currently residing in Westchester, she has one adorably annoying cat named Gizmo and one handsome husband.

For Chelsea, The American-Scottish Foundation is a bridge to her “other hometown,” Edinburgh, and a much needed dose of the Scottish heritage and culture she misses, after having studied, lived, and worked in Scotland for over four months.

“Working to connect all ASF members to their love of Scotland and to each other is a great privilege which I hope to continue for many years.” 

Chelsea is membership Coordinator and Event supporter. She is major support to the NYTD Parade, minor support on website, and manager of the ASF Instagram account.

 Lee Glendening Koss

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 17.16.11Lee, along with being a retired music educator and nurse, is a flutist, and founding member of “The Silvertones,” one of the premier flute ensembles in the NYC area.  Lee is married to an economist, with whom she has two adult children, and is passionate about fostering rescued cats.

Lee visited Scotland in 2007 with her family, where she confirmed her suspected Scottish roots; Clans Douglas and Glendinning. She hopes to return to Scotland soon!

“I appreciate the ASF for encouraging connection between people in the US with Scottish roots and who love Scotland; for supporting important work in Scotland; and for the NYC Tartan Parade!”

Lee enjoyed representing the ASF in the Alexandria Scottish Walk in December, and is currently assisting in database entry and event set-up. “It’s fabulous assisting ASF President Camilla Hellman as needed.” 

 Theresa Schilling

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 17.24.10Theresa is from the New York area, but her love of travelling and exploring new places led her to attend university in Scotland. She went to the University of St Andrews, where she studied English, and graduated this past June. Theresa is a tea-enthusiast who loves literature and music.

“The people, the culture, the music, the landscape- Scotland is a magical place! I feel so fortunate to be a part of the ASF family, which is truly an extension of that Scottish spirit here in the states.”

Theresa started interning for the ASF in 2015, and has since become a part of the marketing team. She writes articles on arts and culture for the ASF magazine, and is a leading contributor for ASF’s Facebook and Twitter.

“We couldn’t do all we do without you – I couldn’t do all that I get done – without you. We are a TEAM at the ASF, and our volunteers are the way we make it work. A huge THANK YOU to all.”  – Camilla Hellman, President, American-Scottish Foundation.

 

Acclaimed Scottish Actor Tommy Flanagan to lead the 2017 New York Tartan Day Parade

NYC Tartan Week have announced that acclaimed Scottish actor Tommy Flanagan, will be Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade on Saturday April 8th capping off a great week of events and celebration.

FLANAGAN“It is an honor to celebrate my culture,” said Mr. Flanagan about his appointment to Grand Marshal.                                                                                                                                          “I have great pride in my heritage.  Although I now live in Malibu, I visit Scotland regularly with my family. I’ll have my daughter flying her flag forever.”                                                                                         Flanagan stars in the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, scheduled for release in May 2017.

Read the full report http://nyctartanweek.org/