2015 Events Schedule:
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - Poultney, Vermont, worship at Welsh Presbyterian Church. Address: Grove Street (Vermont Route 30), Poultney. [The services are in the English language.] Welsh Presbyterian Church currently seeks a Sunday and special services pastor, as well as an organist/accompanist.
Saturdays, 4:00 p.m. - East Poultney, June, July and August - summer chapel weekly worship services at historic St. John's Episcopal Church. Address: Route 140 east of Route 30.
The Welsh service, in honor of this region's rich Welsh heritage officiated by The Reverend Christopher David, will be July 25th. Information: contact: The Reverend William A. Davidson (518)-499-1850 or Ida Mae Johnson (802)-287-9744.
“Gathering of the Clans” events - in this 27th anniversary year of Poultney Area St. David’s Society.
**March 1, St. David's Day, around the world.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 and 2 September, 2015 - public events with Côr y Penrhyn (the Penrhyn Welsh Male Voice Choir) while in the Vermont / New York Slate Valley and in Queensbury, Warren County, New York.
Growing 2015 Choir events sponsors list
Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Vermont / New York Slate Valley -
whether you say it → “Welcome” or “Croeso”
Welcoming back 90 special guests for a 3rd time:
Côr y Penrhyn, the Penrhyn Welsh Male Voice Choir, from Bethesda, northwest Wales and Actor, Writer, Presenter John Ogwen
Welcoming for their 1st visits: Owain Arwel Davies, Musical Director; Fran Davies, Accompanist; and Glain Dafydd, Harpist
Tuesday, 1 September, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by Poultney Area St. David’s Society
Co-hosted by: the Town of Poultney, Welsh Presbyterian Church, Williams Hardware, Inc., Hermit Hill Books, Fair Haven * Poultney Auto Supply,
Stitchy Women, Taps Tavern, LiHigh School
*Sporadic brief flash mob performances by the choir may occur throughout Tuesday in the Slate Valley.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Vermont / New York Slate Valley Artisans (artists and crafts persons) / Authors Market
Artisans and published authors with heritage to, or resident in, a slate valley community are invited to participate with St. David's Society member artisans and authors.
Vendor spaces along historic Main Street are available for rent. Contact the St. David's Society to reserve a space.
Artisans and Authors to be announced.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Taste of Vermont: creations by Pelletier's Maple Products of Castleton, Vermont, slate valley makers of Vermont maple products and fried bread dough
stop by their booth located in front of, and hosted by, Stitchy Women on historic Main Street
11:00 a.m. - Welcome Ceremony
Location: Poultney Town Hall lawn
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
American Music Theater: Bluegrass Sit-in - music by the Poultney Bluegrass Society and friends at and co-hosted by Taps Tavern.
All bluegrass musicians are welcome to participate. Bring your own instruments.
Please be in touch with the St. David's Society or with Serena at Taps Tavern to us folks know who might participate.
**Sporadic Welsh heritage folk music may also be performed by members of the Penrhyn choir.
(Taps will be open for food and spirits from 11:30 until closing.)
NOON to 4:00 p.m.
Welsh Market in front of Williams Hardware, Inc.; hosted by Williams Hardware and staffed by the Penrhyn Choir.
Come check out the choir's products and visit with them.
3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
American Music Theater: The Wheat Missles; a mixture of folk, country and rock music
performance under the veranda roof at and co-hosted by the LiHigh School, Depot Street between Taps Tavern and The Frame Shop
5:00 p.m. - "Good-byes for now" and the choir hope that many will come hear them perform in concert on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Queensbury High School Auditorium.
ONE-ONLY public concert will be held Wednesday, 2 September - see those details below.
Wednesday, 2 September, 2015, 7:00 p.m. , Queensbury, Warren County, New York - (See below press release for details; click on the below link for the growing sponsor list.)
PENRHYN WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR TO RETURN TO THE VERMONT / NEW YORK REGION IN 2015 –
CONCERT TICKETS MAY NOW BE RESERVED,
by Janice B. Edwards, Freelance Writer
The officers and board of directors of Poultney Area St. David’s Society, Inc. have announced that for its third time the Society will host Côr y Penrhyn, the Penrhyn Welsh Male Voice Choir, from Bethesda, North West Wales in the Vermont and New York region. The choir's Musical Director is Owain Arwel Davies, B. Mus PGCE. The choir's Accompanist is Frances Davies, M.A., B. Mus., PGCE. Also performing will be Glain Dafydd, Harpist. This tour will be their first visit to this region. Returning for a third time with the choir, will be John Ogwen, Actor, Writer and Presenter.
Côr y Penrhyn, from Bethesda, Gwynedd, North West Wales, will tour several American cities during the end of summer 2015. They will perform in the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. before traveling to the Vermont / New York region. They will be grand concert choir at the annual Welsh North-American Association heritage festival [ www.nafow.org ]to be held in Columbus, Ohio over the U.S. Labor Day weekend. [ www.wnna.org ].
While Côr y Penrhyn is in the Vermont and New York northeastern USA region, one-only public concert will be held. This concert event will be held in the auditorium at the
Admission ticket prices currently [June 27th] include three seating section options which are: $30.00, $25.00 and $15.00 each. (All prices are in U.S. dollars.) A limited number of tickets are available in each section, first come, first serve. (Seating in the $35.00 section are virtually all sold!) (All currency for tickets and/or sponsors, must be in U.S. dollars.)
Tickets may now be reserved. To reserve your tickets, please remit negotiable check or money order, payable to PASDS and mail it to: Poultney Area St. David’s Society, Inc., 60 Norton Avenue, Poultney, VT 05764-1029 USA.
Press release (in both the English and Welsh languages) in pdf format file is available. The release provides more information about Côr y Penrhyn, its conductor, accompanist, soloist and master of ceremonies. One may receive copy of that release by sending request by email to Poultney Area St. David's Society. At a later time, additional releases will include details of other public events (not concerts) to be held in the “Slate Valley” region in which the public will be welcome to join with the society in welcoming Côr y Penrhyn back - for its third time!
Sponsors and co-hosts are invited to participate. For more information, one may contact any of the Poultney Area St. David’s Society’s Officers, Board of Directors/Choir Committee. Those include: Thomas A. Hughes, Janice B. Edwards, The Reverend Dr. R. Raymond & Mrs. Gretta Lloyd, Carol J. Denniston, Helen T. Jones, Shirley J. Scott, Lorraine Jones, Ken & Nancy Williams, Marilyn R. Duke, Una Jean R. Capman, Emmett & Phyllis Thomas and Hayden & Louise Morris by email, through the society’s mailing address above-noted and at its website: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vtpasds/ . Message telephone # is (802)-287-5744.
Poultney Area St. David’s Society is a 501( c)(7) fellowship organization founded in Vermont State in 1988. A Welsh heritage cultural society, it is comprised of many descendants of families and friends from North Wales having emigrated to the Vermont / New York “Slate Valley” region during the 19th and 20th centuries. The society’s members and friends live in many locations throughout the world. The society is a member of Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce, the National Welsh American Foundation and of the Welsh North American Association (formerly the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association).
Mark the dates, places and times and we hope to see you there.