Salem WelshFest set for this weekend
The Salem and Long Creek Welsh settlement will celebrate Wales and Welsh heritage on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, at Salem Welsh Church, located at 11999 X Ave. in rural Columbus Junction. (The church has primitive facilities.)
The Salem WelshFest will provide participants of what it means to be Wales-born and Welsh. Native-born Welshmen Geraint Wilkes and Trefor Williams will have the audience laughing at the seams as they present programs of song, mirth and a thorough understanding of their heritage, the history and language of Cymru — Wales. Learn some Welsh, sing songs and hymns or just listen to what Welsh character Billy Williams has been up to since these two Welsh troubadours last visited the Salem and Long Creek Welsh settlement in the heart of eastern Iowa.
There will be two session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. A light supper will be provided by reservation. Call Kay Davis at 319-212-0339 by Friday, Sept. 20. At 7 p.m., the program "Wales — A Land of Song and Stories" will begin. Wilkes and Williams will be joined by Welsh-Chicagoan of Salem/Long Creek heritage, Sarah Evans Mayo.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, there will be a worship service at the Salem-Welsh Church at 9 a.m. A potluck meal will begin at 11:30 a.m. Meat, potatoes, drinks and table service will be provided. Bring a salad or dessert to share.
The Cymanfa Ganu, a singing festival, begins at 2 p.m. This is a Welsh festival of sacred hymns, sing in four-part harmony by a congregation. Williams will be the song leader, Mayo will accompany and Wilkes will be the soloist. A Cymanta Ganu has been a regular event in the Salem and Long Creek areas since the settlement was established.