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Celebrate Welsh Heritage!

  Lori Meyer, from the Iowa Genealogical Society, will be the speaker at the St. David’s Day Celebration on March 9, 2019 in Pella, Iowa. Richard Phillips will be hosting us at a new location, the Pella Golf and Country Club at 600 Elm Street, Pella, Iowa 50219; the Club telephone number is (641) 628-4564.

  Please make reservations before March 3, 2019. Earlier is better so we can give Richard an idea how many will be coming and how many tables to have available.

  As of this writing, we anticipate our program will be a speaker from the Iowa

Genealogical Society.

  There will be an IWS Board meeting from 10:30-Noon, and lunch at 12:30. We can spend some time meeting new people and greeting old friends between the Board meeting and the luncheon. All members are welcome to attend the Board meeting.

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St. David's Day And Feast Of Lobsgows

Area Welsh To Celebrate

By Danny Davis/Beacon News

  For the past seven years, area Welsh, and those who love a great Celtic celebration, gather for St. David’s Day in Columbus Junction. 

Known as the patron saint of Wales, St. David founded 12 monasteries in the sixth century, and was known as a teacher whose way of life (asceticism), influenced many Celtic Christians. His death, on March 1, 589 A.D., is used worldwide as a day to celebrate Welsh culture, and heritage, and usually consists of food and parades. 

  Ironically, it was another Celtic parade that inspired the annual Welsh festival in Columbus Junction. 

  Organizer Troy Pugh had returned home from a trip to Wales and came up with the idea. “The previous owner of the Columbus Gazette had organized a St. Patrick’s Day event in Columbus Junction, so after coming back from Wales, I started thinking about all the Welsh in the area and how we should celebrate them as well.”

  After writing an editorial in the Gazette, Pugh started receiving replies from enthusiastic volunteers, offering to help get a festival going.

“The first year we were able to get some people together to make it happen. My cousin speaks some Welsh, so he was able to lead us in the Welsh National Anthem. After that, the parade started underneath the viaduct, and ended at the American Legion, where I had made three roasters of Lobsgow Stew for everyone,” said Pugh, who recognized nine people in attendance, who were 100 percent Welsh. 

A person doesn’t have to be 100 percent, 50 percent, or Welsh at all to enjoy this Celtic celebration in Columbus Junction, on Saturday. Everyone is invited to come celebrate, starting with the parade, which will begin underneath the viaduct at 1 p.m. The parade will end at the American Legion on Second Street, where a feast, including Lobsgow Stew, will take place. 

  For more information, contact Troy Pugh at 563-299-2472

Join family and friends, of the area Welsh, as they celebrate St. David's Day in Columbus Junction, IA on March 2, 2019. The parade will begin underneath the bridge starting at 1 p.m. with the feast to follow at the American Legion.