Apr 3, 2011

Shenandoah “The Daughter of the Sky, The Daughter of the Stars, …Cymdeithas Madog

Madog Participants with Dafydd Iwan
A German explorer, John Lederer, came to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1669. He viewed the Shenandoah Valley hemmed on the eastern and western borders by an array of mountain ridges extending northward and southward as far as the eye could see. Reposing lengthwise in the center of this valley lay the Peaked Mountain or Massanutten Mountain. Between Jon Lederer and this Peaked Mountain lay a prairie across which wound the Shenandoah River, the beautiful Daughter of the Stars. On the east bank of the river the forest primeval waved its proud and haughty branches.” *

It is in this breath-takingly beautiful setting that Cymdeithas Madog will hold its 35th annual summer course. Even when the surroundings are more prosaic, Cymdeithas Madog leaves a lasting impression on those who attend.

Much of that impact can be credited to our fine tutors, gathered from Wales and North America, who always have time to encourage and inspire course attendees with their enthusiasm for the Welsh language. This year’s roster will be familiar to many returning students:

Level 1 - Annette Evans
Level 2 - Kevin Rottet
Level 3 - Deian Evans
Level 4 - Marta Diaz
Level 5 - Hefina Phillips
Level 6 - Chris Reynolds
Level 7 - Geraint Wilson Price

Cymdeithas Madog has developed a varied week, rich in Welsh culture as well as language. Workshops dealing with many aspects of Welshness (Cymreictud) are given by tutors and increasingly also by students. The folk-dancing (twmpath) night, the ever-popular and extremely competitive pub quiz night, a Noson Lawen, (a chance for all and sundry, mostly sundry, to exercise the creative muse and generally to have fun); and of course, the Eisteddfod, the crown of the week, when students put their learning to the test, under the careful eye of a panel of judges. The ceremony surrounding the Eisteddfod is like nothing you could imagine, even in Wales itself, but seeing is believing!

Please consider joining the St. David's Society of D.C., the St. David's Society of Philadelphia, and the Welsh Society of Fredericksburg in Winchester, Virginia for the 35th annual Cwrs Cymraeg Welsh language week. Cwrs Cymraeg 2011: Dyffryn Shenandoah will be held July 17 - 24, 2011 at Shenandoah University.

Online registration is available now!


Adult Resident (double occupancy) $ 900.00

Adult Commuter $ 700.00

Discount for Students (of above rate) - $ 50.00

Tag-along (double occupancy) $ 425.00

Upgrade to Single occupancy + $ 75.00

(Fees are quoted and payable in U.S. dollars.)

To save a place, send $100.00 (USD) deposit to:
Rebecca Blaevoet, Course Registrar

c/o KarenAlice Jones

2670 Glen Eagles Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


Visit our website at www.madog.org
to register online and obtain more information

We also take deposits via PayPal through our website

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