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Welsh Genealogy Workshop

GLASTONBURY, CT
May 12 (Saturday) – The Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Group meets monthly to learn how to research Welsh roots. Meets 10:15am-5:00pm. Come for the day or part thereof. Bring your family tree and a lunch dish to share. Workshop will include a 12 noon-1PM presentation on a genealogy topic. Members $5 donation. Guests $10. RSVP to WelshWNE@gmail.com, location provided at that time.

WSWNE’s Genealogy Group

GLASTONBURY, CT
March 17 (Saturday) – The Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Group meets monthly to learn how to research Welsh roots. Meets 10:15am-5:00pm. Come for the day or part thereof. Bring your family tree and a lunch dish to share. Workshop will include a 12 noon-1PM presentation on a genealogy topic. Members $5 donation. Guests $10. RSVP to WelshWNE@gmail.com, location provided at that time.

Rugby Game & WSWNE’s Genealogy Group

GLASTONBURY, CT
March 17 (Saturday) – RUGBY and GENEALOGY! The Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Group meets monthly to learn how to research Welsh roots. We will begin with the genealogy at 10:15am and then break for Wales v France, Saturday at 12.00pm EST (Watch live on TV. Genealogy Workshop resumes at 1:30PM!!Bring $5 towards streaming cost. Come for the whole day or part of it – RSVP required.
Read more at http://rbs6nations.com (times EST, to be confirmed)
Location in Glastonbury, CT will be provided after RSVP.
Come for the day or part thereof. Bring your family tree and a lunch dish to share. Members $5 donation. Guests $10. RSVP to WelshWNE@gmail.com, location provided at that time.

Annual St. David’s Day Luncheon & Celebration

EAST WINDSOR, CT
The Welsh Society of Western New England’s St. David’s Day Luncheon at 11:00AM at the Nutmeg Restaurant, East Windsor, CT. Two members will be in traditional Welsh National costume. A video message from the First Minister of Wales, The Right Honorable Carwyn Jones, followed by lunch, and a presentation by Helen Coates of The Copper Kettle Bakery on “Welsh Cakes” and Margaret Lloyd, Welsh poet, who was born in Liverpool to Welsh parents and grew up in a Welsh Community in Utica, NY reading from her newest book “ Travelling on My Own Errands:  Voices of Women from The Mabinogi.” Also, Welsh items for sale, a Welsh “Tea Cup” auction plus the singing of the Welsh National Anthem. Check WelshWNE.org for details. Tickets can be reserved by emailing: infoWelshWNE@gmail.com.

Margaret Lloyd

Margaret Lloyd photoMargaret Lloyd was born in Liverpool, England, of Welsh parents and grew up in a Welsh community in Utica, New York. She received a PhD from the University of Leeds, England, and has published a book on William Carlos Williams’ poem Paterson. Travelling on My Own
Errands: Voices of Women from The Mabinogi is her fourth collection of original poetry. Her poetry honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, several Pushcart nominations, a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and residencies at Yaddo and
Hawthornden Castle in Scotland where she finished Travelling on My Own Errands. Lloyd is Professor Emeritus at Springfield College, Massachusetts.

Helen Coates

Helen Coates photoHelen says, “I grew up in South Wales, where early morning weekends were spent in the kitchen.  My mum Eileen and grandmother Irene were kneading dough for bread and
warming the griddle for our morning Welsh Cakes.  I loved to help them cut the circles of dough. Even today, the smell of allspice and cinnamon takes me back to the warmth of that
kitchen filled with love.
My mother used to take me to a café in our village that served tea, Welsh Cakes, and sweetbreads. They filled every teapot with boiling water straight out of their giant kettle.  I told my mum as a child: “One day, I am going to open a bakery and call it the Copper Kettle.” We always dreamed we would do it together but living 3,000 miles away from each other made it impossible.
My mum passed away in June 2013 and I was laid off shortly thereafter.  I found myself craving the taste of Welsh Cakes.  I began griddling them every morning for my sons and then neighbors and friends.  As the requests grew, I realized I had found my calling and launched Copper Kettle Bakery.
I cannot wait to tell you the rest of the story.”

Rugby Game and WSWNE’s Genealogy Group

GLASTONBURY, CT
February 3 (Saturday) – RUGBY and GENEALOGY:
The Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Group meets monthly to learn how to research Welsh roots. Wales v Scotland, Saturday 9.15am EST (Watch live on TV with us before the Genealogy Workshop begins at 10:45AM! RSVP req’d). Bagels and coffee served, bring $5 towards streaming costs. RSVP req’d.

Come for the day or part thereof. Bring your family tree and a lunch dish to share.  Members $5 donation. Guests $10. RSVP to WelshWNE@gmail.com, location provided at that time.

WSWNE’s Genealogy Group

GLASTONBURY, CT
January 13 (Saturday) – The Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Group meets monthly to learn how to research Welsh roots. Meets 10:15am-5:00pm. Come for the day or part thereof. Bring your family tree and a lunch dish to share. Workshop will include a 12 noon-1PM presentation on a genealogy topic. Members $5 donation. Guests $10. RSVP to WelshWNE@gmail.com, location provided at that time
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WSWNE’s Christmas Luncheon

West Springfield, MA
December 2 (Saturday) – The Welsh Society of Western New England’s annual Christmas Holiday luncheon at the Storrowton Tavern, West Springfield, MA. Social hour at 11 am followed by a festive luncheon, complete with Christmas decorations and the popping of British Christmas crackers. Entertainment provided by Jodee James, “a singer-songwriter, accompanying herself on guitar, with acoustic roots in legends, folklore, and especially the traditional music of Wales – often tied together in poetic meanderings.” “With a passion for history and folklore since early childhood, Jodee eagerly shares this experience with others. It was her father proud of his heritage that suggested she sing Welsh folk songs. “That held for me a key”, she says, “for something unlocked inside me – suddenly I was able to combine my love for times passed with family stories and all the cherished mysteries of emotion, legend and tradition.” Shop our selection of Welsh Christmas gifts. Following the luncheon at about 2pm, you will have free admission to “ Yuletide” Storrowton’s annual winter holiday festival. All of Storrowton’s 18th and 19th century buildings are seasonally decorated – inside and out – and open for viewing. The Village is bursting with holiday delights such as musical performances, storytelling, old-fashioned craft demonstrations (blacksmithing, hearthside cooking, spinning, quilting, etc), ice sculpting, Sweet Shoppe, kids’ crafts, old-fashioned Santa, and much more. Holiday gifts and decorations, unique items and many collectible lines are available in our gift shops. Check it out here: Storrowtonvillage.com. WSWNE luncheon tickets in advance only (available Nov 1): $31 for guests, $29 for members available by RSVP for info to WelshWNE@gmail.com before November 25, 2017.

St. David’s Day Luncheon 2017

unspecifiedMembers and guests of the Welsh Society of Western New England gathered at the Nutmeg restaurant in East Windsor, CT to celebrate the life of their Welsh patron saint, St. David on March 4, 2017.

The society welcomed many new members and guests to the event and whilst sampling appetizers from the food table they reminisced about good times and fond memories of their love for Wales and the Welsh culture while perusing the various displays and the information table. Many guests purchased souvenirs, books and Welsh items from the merchandise table. There was a silent auction for a framed cross-stitch of Welsh daffodils in a pot with the inscription “Dydd Gwyl Dewi”, hand-made by member Janet Taylor.  Looking absolutely fantastic were Ed and Beth Brown dressed in traditional Welsh costumes, greeting and posing with guests for photographs.
St. David's Day Luncheon 2017The event was opened with a video message from the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones. A prayer, by Mark Spencer, followed this.
Following the luncheon was a presentation by the guest speakers Illtyd and Dominic Barrett, owners of “Sunken Hundred (Cantre’r Gwaelod)” restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.  Illtyd & Dominic presented a fascinating look at their life growing up in Wales and their life ventures leading up to the creation of a unique Welsh food based restaurant in New York City. Their presentation was both incredibly interesting and often very funny and kept their audience glued to their every word.  Their journey and their creation of Sunken Hundred demonstrated their love of Wales, Welsh culture and Welsh foods and the Society wishes both Illtyd and Dominic the very best luck in the future.
IMG_4125The Annual General Meeting, including the vote to elect the Board of Directors for the forthcoming year, followed the presentation.
Next on the agenda was a Welsh quiz hosted by Magdalen Dowden. Participants had to answer questions based on Wales, Welsh history and Welsh people.  Polo shirt prizes donated by “Fly2Wales” were handed out to the three winners. This was a huge success, all participants having a great time.
Congratulations to all the raffle winners, and to Mary Pallos for being the highest bidder in the auction for the cross-stitch.
The day was brought to a close with the singing of the Welsh National Anthem “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”
WSWNE Board 2017-2018Huge thank you to Susan Davies Sit and the organizing team, Illtyd and Dominic Barrett and all the staff at the Nutmeg Restaurant and to all the attending members and guests for creating a truly memorable day – Diolch !

WSWNE’s Annual St. David’s Day Luncheon and Celebration

EAST WINDSOR, CT

March 4 (Saturday) – Annual St. David’s Day Luncheon & Celebration

Celebrate Wales at the Welsh Society of Western New England’s St. David’s Day Luncheon at 11:00AM at the Nutmeg Restaurant, East Windsor, CT. Two members will be in traditional Welsh National costume. A video message from the First Minister of Wales, The Right Honorable Carwyn Jones, will be followed by lunch and a presentation by Illtyd and Dominic Barrett, owners of SUNKEN HUNDRED (Cantre’r Gwaelod) restaurant in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY titled “Bite of the Apple – starting up a Welsh Restaurant in New York City.” Welsh logo clothing and other items will be available as well as a Welsh “Tea Cup” Auction. We will close with the singing of the Welsh National Anthem. Check WelshWNE.org for more details.

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Annual Christmas Luncheon

CONNECTICUT

December 3 (Saturday) – The Welsh Society of Western New England’s annual Christmas Holiday luncheon at the Nutmeg Restaurant, 297 S Main St, East Windsor, CT.  Social hour with hors d’oeuvres at 12 noon followed by a festive luncheon, complete with Christmas decorations and the popping of British Christmas crackers. Scottish Gaelic teacher Thomas Leigh of the Callendish School of Celtic Arts will present on the topic of Celtic Languages and take part in a Welsh Quiz to win prizes. Shop our selection of Welsh Christmas gifts. Tickets in advance only: $31 for guests, $29 for members available by RSVP to WelshWNE@gmail.com before December 1. Details at WelshWNE.org