Wales Comes to Washington
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July 1st, 2009 – by: Andy99
I wanted first to see the Wales ironworking exhibit. (Among my ancstestors is a great-great-grandfather who worked in the Welsh iron industry.) When I arrived I found that an American blacksmith from Santa Fe was conducting the demonstration. Appearently, he was a visitor who had just happened upon the scene and jumped right into the action! He forged an iron flower and then the Welsh blacksmith took over the demo. Soon he and she were trading blacksmithing tips. Also in the tent was a display of molded ironware from Wales.
The representative Welsh structure built on the Mall was a small demonstration house built by Tŷ-Mawr Lime.
Next to the Wales area were the Las Americas: Un Mundo Musical activities. This part of the Folklife Festial featured the diverse music of Central and South America. A lot was going on here, with two performance stages and appearances by multiple groups! In fact, the Latin American music really upstaged Wales! A single singer/songwriter was perfoming (in Welsh) over in the Wales area, but here in Latin America there were multiple bands playing with an energetic rhythm.
Accompanying Las Americas and its musica latina were Central Amercian and South American food concessions. Time for lunch, so I had Pollo a la Braza and an Inca Kola, all typical of Peru. They fit in nicely with the music surroundings. (In truth, Pollo a la Braza and and Inca Kola are not unknown in the Washington region. Central and South American restaurants serve the chicken dish and many supermarkets sell Inca Kola.)
This year's Folklife Festival also featured Giving Voice, an exploraton of African-American oral traditions in storytelling, drama, poetry and radio broadcasting.
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