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The Ethnic Committee of Dr. Edwards Memorial Church, Church and Main streets, Edwardsville, is hosting its 29th annual Gymanfa Ganu at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the sanctuary. A Gymanfa Ganu is a festival for sacred song that expresses the soul of the Cymry. The conductor will be attorney Jay G. Williams III, Clinton, N.Y. Williams is a fifth-generation Welsh-American and has been conducting cymanfaoedd for many years in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a past president of the St. David’s Society of Utica and has served as a member of its National Gymanfa Ganu steering committee. He is a practicing attorney and has also served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Augusta and Vernon Center for the last 12 years. Williams will be accompanied on the organ by Barbara Futchel, Plymouth. The Orpheus Choral Society, under the direction of Brenda Nighbert and accompanied by Susan Lauer, will present musical selections. A Te Bach (Welsh Tea) will be held after the program in the Sunday School Room, featuring homemade breads, cheese, jelly and Welsh cookies. This is done under the direction of Eleanor Vojtko and Betty Jones. All are welcome to come and sing. A free will offering will be taken. Members of the Ethnic Committee, from left, first row: Thomas Jones; Eleanor Vojtko; Betty Jones; the Rev. Louis Falcone, pastor; Carol Wolosz; Mary Ann Stelma; and Bernie Stelma. Second row: John DiRico, co-chairman; D. Jean Bonn; Bette Lee Devers; Peg Sinclair; Sally DiRico, co-chairman; J. David Jones; and Peter Keller.

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