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HIGHLAND GAMES UPDATE ; September 20th, 2020 – we share news and updates

HIGHLAND GAMES UPDATE

Dunedin Highland Games Pipe Band March, Tampa FL - Apr 6, 2018 - 6:30 PM

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)

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.

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

ASF Fortnightly ScotsInUS Podcasts : Music and Conversation

The American Scottish Foundation is proud to present our bi-weekly ScotsInUS Podcast…..

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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.

The podcast is available from SpotifyAnchor  and Apple Podcasts

CURRENT EPISODE: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH: ‘Re-emerging, Reflecting and Remembering’


As Autumn arrives and as we reflect on 2020, we also take a moment to look back 19 years this week to September 11, 2001.  

Camilla Hellman is joined by Laura McGhee, who reflects on her musical contributions to moments of 9/11 Commemorations she was involved in in both New York and London.

We also take a moment to celebrate the Edinburgh Virtual Festivals that took place this past monthand look to the weeks ahead.



With music from Laura McGheeSgoil Lionacleit Pipe BandBand of the Coldstream Guards and John Condron.
Presented by Jamie McGeechan, with ASF President, Camilla Hellman.

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.

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.

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!

With music from The Alan Frew Band, Anna MacDonald, Chris Andreucci Music, Colin Hunter, Hannah Read, John Rush, Laura Mcghee Music, Lisa Kowalski, Matt Scott, Mike Nisbet, Noisemaker, Reely Jiggered, Seán Heely and Whisky Kiss

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US Release of Robert The Bruce is now set for April 24th across digital platforms as due to Covid-19 theatrical release is impossible with cinemas closed… so now enjoy “at home”.

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.

On this the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath ASF share with our Members and Friends Lesley Riddoch’s documentary around this historic document and time.

Journalist and broadcaster The Lesley Riddoch Podcast wrote to the The American-Scottish Foundation® this morning – inviting us to share with all “Declaration” – a documentary on the history of the Declaration of Arbroath,

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

ETRUSCAN SMILE STARRING BRIAN COX IS NOW PLAYING IN VIRTUAL CINEMA .. AND HELPING LOCAL CINEMAS

Announced April 10th, by Lightyear Entertainment ETRUSCAN SMILE has come up with a way to support ones local cinema whilst viewing new movies.

50% of the net revenue from your ticket purchase will support the theater of your choice. List of Cinemas by State below, if no cinema in your area click another one to help!

As Lightyear Entertainment explains they had to pivot the release when U.S. theatrical roll out of THE ETRUSCAN SMILE could not take place as planned.

“We are proud to present virtual screenings in association with Film Movement Plus, and help local cinema partners at the same time”. Arnie Holland of Lightyear noted.

“Just click on one of the ticket links below to enjoy the film in the comfort of your own home.”

THE ETRUSCAN SMILE stars Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment.View

Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.

“Has energy and spirit, thanks to Brian Cox’s bright, charming performance.” Observer Rex Reed

“Delights with a good mix of humor and seriousness.” Cinema Magazine Lisa Schwart

Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro

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

DUE TO COVID-19 THE DATES OF THE AMERICAN-SCOTTISH FOUNDATION SPRING EXHIBITS AT FEDERAL HALL ARE BEING REVISED – FURTHER DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

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.

ASF Community Calendar of upcoming events – October 19 : A Celebration of Scottish Culture with Alan Cumming OBE and special guests

ASF Members and Friends – join
On October 19th as 
The Quaich Project Scotland holds a NYC launch with
A Celebration of Scottish Culture – 9pm
at 
The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse Lincoln Center
with 
Alan Cumming OBE
KT Tunstall​, Sculptor Andy Scott​, Alexandra Silber and special guests

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. …”

Learn more at : www.thequaichproject.org

http://buytickets.at/therossdevelopmenttrust/306140
Members will need to enter the following access code to book tickets: ASF

ASF Community Calendar of upcoming events – October 18 : Tartan Talk

As all lovers of Scotland know Tartan allows us wonderful ways to express our style and heritage … and the fashion industry’s love of the vibrant tartans grows each year.

Celebrated fashion Coty Award winning designer Jeffrey Banks Design, joins with award winning Canadian fashion designer Michael Kaye
to present
Tartan Talk – part of FashionSpeak Friday 
on Friday, October 18- 7.30pm
at National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York,

Jeffrey Banks has co authored several books including Tartan: Romancing the Plaid. and Michael Kaye, whose custom tartan couture has earned him the reputation of being the “Bonnie Prince of Tartan”

ASF members and friends are invited to an illuminating presentation on how the humble Scottish tartan became the ultimate emblem of great taste and high fashion.

This event is free and open to the public but you do need to Pre Register.

For more details on the evening, click here…
and RSVP is required at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com.

August 7 marks the 230th Anniversary of the 1789 Lighthouse Act and the role of Alexander Hamilton in the developing the lighthouses to guard American coastlines.


August 7 marks the 230th Anniversary of the 1789 Lighthouse Act and the role of Alexander Hamilton in the developing the lighthouses to guard American coastlines.

1792 John Trumbull portrait of Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton

Prior to becoming America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton also oversaw the establishment of the Lighthouse Service and Cutter Service, the basis for today’s U.S. Coast Guard Station New York.

The importance of lighthouses to ensure the safety of shipping and development of trade was clear to Hamilton.

In Scotland at this time the first lighthouse began to appear along the rugged coast. The very first lighthouse on mainland Scotland (1787), was Kinnaird Head Lighthouse which now houses the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses


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To learn more of this fascinating history of the Lighthouses, 
Join us on September 16th for 
ASF Sunset Tea & Pimms on the Arsenal Rooftop in Central Park 
with a talk by National Lighthouse Museum curator Wade R Goria
Alexander Hamilton: Guiding Light of America’s Commerce

Tickets https://americanscottishfoundation.com/events/Arsenal19.html

American-Scottish Foundation hosts Sunset Tea and Pimms on the Central Park Arsenal Rooftop

On your next trip to Scotland what about staying at a modern Broch?

ASF knows that our members love to hear about different places to stay in Scotland, so we are delighted to share a unique accommodation we you could stay at. Would you like to stay in a contemporary take on a traditional Scottish Brochs or Blackhouses?

VisitScotland have spotlighted this authentically Scottish experience so one can get in touch with ancestral roots – staying in an architecturally stunning modern broch or a charming (but modernized) traditional Blackhouse,

The Brochs Of Coigach

Traditional Brochs are often located in picturesque and secluded locations as we show in this image of
The Brochs of Coigach. Today’s Brochs and Blackhouses but still offer modern life essentials such as hot showers, electricity and WiFi!

Unique to Scotland, historic Brochs are large drystone towers, dating from 100 BC to 100 AD (during the Roman invasion of Britain), the new generation of Brochs are warm and inviting custom-built drystone Broch, inspired by the architecture of prehistoric Brochs.

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Once common throughout the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides, Blackhouses are traditional Scottish dwelling with a thatched roof, and today’s charming versions offer sympathetically renovated interior, including exposed stonework, solid fuel stove, underfloor heating and a fully fitted kitchen. The Isle of Lewis
Gearrannan  Village is pictured here.

Click to VisitScotland for more, https://www.visitscotland.com/accommodation/unusual-places-to-stay/brochs/