From Harford Community College:
Welsh Heritage Day, featuring a concert, exhibit and activities, will be held Tuesday, April 30, at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.
The day features various events from the opening of a Welsh heritage exhibit to Welsh dance, paper quilt square making, knitting, cookie making, slate-splitting demonstrations and more. The highlight of the day is a performance by the internationally known Rehoboth Welsh Choir.
The concert by the Rehoboth Welsh Choir takes place at 7 p.m. in the Chesapeake Center Theater. The performance will include classical, modern and folk songs in English and Welsh. Admission is free, but tickets should be reserved in advance by calling 443-412-2211 or visiting http://harford.universitytickets.com.
An exhibit titled, The Red Dragon: Celebrating Welsh Heritage in Harford County, opens April 30, and shows how the local Welsh community preserves and perpetuates their cultural heritage and ethnic identity. The exhibit will demonstrate what it means to be Welsh today, define ethnic identity, explain the survival of the Welsh language and how to perform an ethnographic interview. Students of Sharon Stowers, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Harford Community College, have conducted interviews with those of Welsh heritage to determine how they keep their heritage and living traditions, and their work will be part of the exhibit. The research project and the performance of the Rehoboth Welsh Choir are funded by a Maryland Traditions Project Grant, awarded to Harford Community College by the Maryland State Arts Council.
The exhibit will also include Welsh mythology (with large castle cut-outs where kids can have photos taken) and Welsh quilting, which is believed to have inspired Amish quilting techniques. There will also be a focus on Coulsontown and Cardiff Welsh cottages. Music by the Rehoboth Welsh Choir will be played throughout the exhibit, which will be on display through the summer.
Events will take place at the following times and locations on April 30:
Exhibit, The Red Dragon: Celebrating Welsh Heritage in Harford County: 1 to 5 p.m. in the Hays-Heighe House
Kids paper quilt square making activity: 1 to 5 p.m., Hays-Heighe House Room 211
Knitting demonstration and participation: 1 to 4 p.m., Hays-Heighe House Room 105
Welsh dance demonstration and participation: 1 to 3 p.m., Susquehanna Center Room 207
Welsh panel discussion with Delta residents: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Student Center Room 243
Slate-splitting demonstration: 2 to 4 p.m. on the Hays-Heighe House grounds (basement foyer if raining)
Welsh cookie making demonstration: 3 to 5 p.m., on the Hays-Heighe House grounds (basement foyer if raining)
Rehoboth Welsh Choir concert: 7 to 9 p.m., Chesapeake Center Theater
All events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information call 443-412-2539, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.harford.edu/library/haysheighehouse/about/.