It's the second day of the 2010 North American Festival of Wales and Ceri and I are sitting at the AmeriCymru table in the Welsh Marketplace. They've set up a tea room with never-ending hot tea and bakestones or Welsh cakes and I've drafted my oldest son to help out there, working being good for the development of teen character.
Last night harpist Bronn Journey and soprano Katherine Journey gave a concert in the evening, following the opening ceremonies. Today there are Welsh language seminars, film showings and other events - see the NAFOW calendar for their schedule.
Our table is across from the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project, in Wymore, Nebraska, which operates the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre, an interpretive center of the history of Welsh communities in the midwest with film room, exhibits, a Welsh garden and a complete collection of Y Drych, the American Welsh language newspaper published since the 1800s and is the oldest ethnic newspaper in the United States.
In addition to memberships and translations of Y Drych, today they're selling copies of the second edition of Hanes Cymru America. The author, Rev. R. D. Thomas, visited and chronicled US Welsh communities in 1872, recording their locations, the names of their inhabitants, descriptions of their communities. This edition was translated to English by Martha and Phillips Davies and is an amazing resource for anyone doing research on Welsh history in the USA.
Author Peter Griffiths brought copies of his novel, Tongue Tied, and spent the day at his table meeting and talking to people in the market with his wife, Yvonne.
Peter's interview with AmeriCymru can be found here.
Painter Gwenllian Baldock is exhibiting and selling absolutely gorgeous gutta paintings on silk and some smaller pieces on silk scarves and prints.
Tonight is the Côr Godre'r Aran concert and more tomorrow.