Learn to Speak and Sing Welsh in Pennsylvania in Advance of 2012 NAFOW

mona everett
09/09/11 03:37:32PM
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Excerpted from an article by Kelly Leighton Abington Journal CorrespondentThose interested in learning to sing and read Welsh are in luck.In preparation for the North American Festival of Wales in Scranton on Labor Day weekend 2012, there will be free classes on singing and reading Welsh on the first and third Saturday of every month at the First Congregational Church in West Pittston.The classes begin Saturday, Sept. 17, and run from 2 to 4 p.m. The classes are free to the public.Watkins said that this is the first time such a class has been offered. The class will be taught by a local gentleman who is schooled in the Welsh language, said Watkins."The class members will learn the fundamentals of the language, word pronunciation, reading of Welsh reading material and many other aspects of the language that will make them able to speak and read Welsh.The North American Festival of Wales is a combined event sponsored by the Welsh National Gamanfa Ganu Association and the National Welsh-American Foundation, said Warren Watkins, treasurer of National Welsh-American Foundation and a member of the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association. We gather every Labor Day weekend for fellowship, singing, choir presentations, individual presentations, eating, banquets, et cetera.It takes a year of planning to put the event together which includes selection choirs and entertainers from Wales to come and participate. Theres nothing like 1,400 voices plus choirs singing at one time. If shivers down the spine are to occur, it will happen during the singing.The First Congregational Church is located at 500 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston. Contact Chris Hastie at 570.905.9074 or chhmww@hotmail.com for more information or if interested in attending.Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/AbingtonJournal/aande/Learn_to_speak_and_sing_Welsh_09-06-2011.html#ixzz1XTAj9Hvo
updated by @mona-everett: 12/11/15 07:18:56AM