Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - Poultney, Vermont, worship at Welsh Presbyterian Church. Address: Grove Street (Vermont Route 30), Poultney. [The services are spoken in the English language.] Sunday worship is officiated by The Reverend Lee Smith.
“Gathering of the Clans” 2016 events - in this 28th anniversary year of Poultney Area St. David’s Society.
**March 1, St. David's Day, around the world.
Saturday, summer day to be announced - 2016 - "Gathering of the Clans Pancake Breakfast Fellowship in the Valley" - 8:30 p.m. – at Peniel Presbyterian Church, Quaker Street, Granville, New York.
Friday / Saturday / Sunday, June 10 / 11 / 12, 2016 - "Welsh Weekend" in the Vermont / New York Slate Valley, organized by Poultney Area St. David's Society; Co-hosts include, but are not limited to: the Welsh-American Genealogical Society, Inc., St. John's Episcopal Church, United Baptist Church, Welsh Presbyterian Church, Peniel Presbyterian Church and Slate Valley Museum. Additional details, co-hosts and sponsors will be publicly named as they become available.
Friday, June 10, 2016 - "Independently Tour the Slate Valley" - 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., independently tour the Slate Valley's several communities, their shops, markets, restaurants, chamber of commerce offices and beautiful country clubs. For anyone having heritage to the slate valley, it is a good time to visit town clerk offices or make connections with the historical societies in Fair Haven, Castleton, Hubbardton, Poultney, West Pawlet/Pawlet, West Rupert/Rupert, Whitehall, and Salem; to visit the Hubbardton Battlefield Museum, Green Mountain College Welsh Room Collection, Slate Valley Museum and Skeenesborough Museum, or the local history collections of the libraries of Castleton University, Green Mountain College, Pember Museum & Library and in the public libraries in Castleton, Fair Haven, Poultney, Pawlet, Whitehall and Salem; or visit the cemeteries of the valley where one's ancestors are at rest.
For caravan and tent camping, it is a great season to visit the Vermont State Parks of Lake St. Catherine in Poultney and Lake Bomoseen in Castleton. We can also recommend several bed and breakfast locations - email us for more details.
The Vermont/New York "Slate Valley" comprises the townships of - Benson, West Haven, West Castleton, Castleton, Blissville, Hydeville, Hubbardton, Fair Haven, North Poultney, Farnamsville, Poultney, East Poultney, South Poultney, Wells, North Pawlet, Pawlet, West Pawlet, West Rupert and Rupert in Vermont and Hampton, Jamesville, Raceville, Truthville, Middle Granville, Granville, South Granville, Porter, West Hebron, Whitehall, and Salem in New York.
Friday, June 10, 2016 - "Welsh Weekend Quarry Tour" - 1:00 p.m. Price: $10.00 per person, includes tour of Slate Valley Museum located at 17 Water Street, Granville, Washington County, New York. Information: contact the Slate Valley Museum at (518) - 642-1417.
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. - "Independently Tour the Slate Valley Museum" - tour the Slate Valley Museum and learn more about the Vermont / New York Slate Valley's slate industry, its history and the people who emigrated to it from Wales and other nations. Location: 17 Water Street, Granville, Washington County, New York.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:30 a.m. to NOON - "Researching your Welsh Family Tree" - in the Town Room, United Baptist Church On the Green, East Poultney, Rutland County, Vermont.
Family history presentation shall be by Susan Davies Sit, Genealogist, born in north Wales, who is a southern New England resident. Susan has been researching her own family tree in Wales, England, Scotland and the USA for more than 40 years. She also enjoys helping others in their genealogy research, mostly in Wales and the USA. She is President of the Welsh Society of Western New England and a member of the Welsh-American Genealogical Society. Some of the topics that the presentation will cover include are: life in Wales before emigration to the USA, values of US and UK census records, birth, marriage and death (BMD) records, US state records, newspapers, obituaries, use of paid websites for research and compiling a family tree.
The Saturday morning session will be followed by a light luncheon and one-on-one 15 minute sessions with Susan.
After the luncheon, Pastor Todd Eaton of United Baptist Church, will give a guided tour of the chapel, the chapel that shaped the early years of the late George Jones, Co-founder of The New York Times newspaper.
$25.00 per person pre-registration fee will be required through the Welsh-American Genealogical Society, Inc. (WAGS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Seating is limited; first come, first serve.
RESERVATIONS DEADLINE FOR THIS SEMINAR EVENT IS MAY 29th.
Tax-deductible donations and/or sponsorships to WAGS will be gratefully appreciated and will be publicly acknowledged. Contact: WAGS - c/o 60 Norton Ave., Poultney, VT 05764-1029; message phone - (802) - 287-5744.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. - "3rd Annual Welsh Heritage Evening Service" - at historic St. John's Episcopal Church, East Main Street, East Poultney, Vermont, across the street from historic East Poultney Baptist Church in Rutland County, Vermont.
The service will include Welsh hymns and special music performed on the church's historic 1860's pump organ by James Cassarino, Director of Welsh Heritage and Music at Green Mountain College. The service is spoken in the English language. Scripture will be spoken in the Welsh language by Nia Davies Demiray, born in mid-Wales, who is a Vermont resident. Free will offering at the service shall benefit St. John's Episcopal Church's historic preservation fund.
Tea Social in the garden follows the service, weather permitting.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. - "Gathering of the Clans Dinner" - at the Iron Lantern Restaurant, 272 Route 4a, West Castleton, Vermont. Entree options will include your choice of sliced prime rib, seafood casserole, chicken marsala, or penne ala vodka; soup, salad, bread, potato, hot tea or coffee and dessert. Cash Bar all other drinks. Price: $28.00 per person/all inclusive. Prepaid preregistration is required through Poultney Area St. David's Society.
RESERVATIONS DEADLINE FOR THIS DINNER EVENT IS MAY 29th.
Contact the St. David's Society at (802) - 287 - 5744 (message phone) or email the society.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - "Flashmob Worship Together" - at Welsh Presbyterian Church, Grove Street (Route 30), Poultney, Vermont. The service is spoken in the English language. It is officiated by The Reverend Lee Smith. Welsh Presbyterian Church, a Methodist-Presbyterian historic chapel, is not currently handicap accessible. All are welcome.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. - "Gymanfa Ganu and Te Bach" - at historic Peniel Presbyterian Church, Quaker Street, Granville, Washington County,
New York. The cymanfa (hymn sing) will be officiated by The Reverend R. Raymond Lloyd and The Reverend Jerry McKinney, spoken in the English language.
Scripture will be spoken in the Welsh language by Meredith R. Rehbach, born in an eastern New England Welsh community, who is a Vermont resident. Hymns,
sung in both English and Welsh, will be conducted by Crystal Everdyke; organ accompanist will be Lois Warner.
Special music will feature solos performed by the late Cyril Lloyd, Welsh Tenor, from recently remastered privately owned recordings of Lloyd which were professionally recorded by the late John Lloyd in 1990 within Peniel's sanctuary. Free will offering at the service shall benefit Peniel Presbyterian Church's historic preservation fund.
Te Bach (tea social) will follow the sing in the fellowship hall at Peniel Presbyterian Church. The site is handicap accessible. Email the St. David's Society for more information.
Mark the dates, places and times and we hope to see you there.