Welsh Activities

The "Cynonfardd" Eisteddfod, Gymanfa Ganu and St. David's Day Tea are Welsh traditions celebrated annually. All are open for community participation and attendance.
Gymanfa Ganu ​

 

A Welsh festival of sacred hymns, sung with four part harmony by a congregation, usually under the direction of a choral director.

 

This is usually held the last Sunday of October at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary followed by a Welsh Tea in the Sunday School Room.

 

For information :   John and Sally Morgan DiRico     :  (570) 868-5928

 

"Cynonfardd" Eisteddfod

The "Cynonfardd" Eisteddfod is the longest running Eisteddfod outside the country of Wales. In 2019 the 130th anniversary of the "Cynonfardd" Eisteddfod will be celebrated.  This will be held April 27, 2019.  There are two sessions -- afternoon session will begin at 1:00 PM  for children under the age of 5 thru the age of 18.  The evening session will begin at 6:30 PM for adult competition.  Dinner will be served in the "Sunday School Room" for a nominal price between sessions. 

 

For information :  Bette Lee Devers           : (570) 256-3008 

 

To Register         :  Sally Morgan DiRico      : (570) 868-5928

 

St. David'd Day Tea

 

 The annual St David's Day Tea will be held the first Tuesday March at 7PM.  Entertainment will be scheduled. The tea of homemade breads, Welsh Cookies, cheese, tea and coffee will be served. Awards will be presented to the oldest man and woman present.

Welsh Heritage

Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church has a rich history in the Welsh heritage.
Thomas Edwards (Cynonfardd)

Born at Glandŵr (Landore), Swansea, 6 December 1848. As a boy he moved to Cwm-bach, Aberdare, attending the elementary schools at both these places and subsequently becoming a pupil and assistant master at Merthyr Tydfil...

The Bards

 

No National Eisteddfod may be held unless proclaimed a year and a day in advance by the Gorsedd of Bards. The proclamation takes place within the Gorsedd Circle 'in the face of the sun, the eye of light'. The Gorsedd of Bards can be traced to the late 1700's and no claims of Druidic ancestry is made for the Gorsedd.

About Us

 

In the early spring of 1867, some of the Welsh people who lived in the area known as Edwardsville began to hold prayer meetings and Sunday School from house to house. Occasionally, a sermon was preached by a visiting minister. The inhabitants of the district consisted chiefly of Welsh and Irish miners with a small colony of Scots on Pringle Hill, sometimes called Scotch Hill...