President's News - September 2013

Croeso i’r hydref - welcome to Autumn! It has been a steamy July and a cooler August and we are already seeing the Fall colors arriving on our trees, so I find myself thinking back to our wonderful month of June when we held Welsh Classes and an Afternoon tea.  The Welsh classes gave many of us a renewed energy to further pursue our mother-tongue by taking more lessons, and speaking more Welsh.  I am speaking some Welsh to my 4 year old grandson who says a pretty good “Diolch”!

Our Autumn program looks to be quite exciting with a trip to “Peint o Gwrw” (“Pint of Beer”) Welsh Pub in Chatham, NY. The St. David’s Welsh Society of the Capital District (Albany, NY) will be holding it’s annual informal pub night in honor of Owain Glyndŵr on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm, everyone is invited! The Peint o Gwrw Tafarn is located at 36 Main Street, Chatham, NY, phone 518-392-2337. For more information, e-mail the society at:

Pontarddulais Choir at NAFOW.
Pontarddulais Choir at NAFOW.

The WSWNE will also hold a luncheon in October, see inside this newsletter for more details as well as the presentation by Craig Davis of Smith College about King Arthur’s legends and myths. Four of us are recently returned from Toronto, Canada and our time at the North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW) which was another wonderful weekend of Welsh culture, language, history, dancing and of course music and song. A highlight for me was about 150 of us at the pub sing-along with the 3 Welsh Tenors and Male Choir members - so much “Hiraeth” it was palpable.

Hopefully some of you are planning a trip to Wales this fall. Several of us were born in Wales or have traveled there so please just email us to ask about any travel or tourist information. Pob Hwyl!

Susan Davies Sit, WSWNE President

P.S. Check out our newest gallery posting for more pictures of NAFOW!