Sunday, February 28

Happy St. David's Day!

Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant) is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on March 1st each year. The date of March 1st was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David on that day in 589, and has been celebrated by followers since then. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.
In 2003, in the United States, St. David's Day was recognised officially as the national day of the Welsh, and on March 1st the Empire State Building was floodlit in the Welsh national colors, red, green and white. It is invariably celebrated by Welsh societies throughout the world with dinners, parties, recitals and concerts.
To celebrate the day, people wear a symbol of either a leek, or daffodil. The leek is patriotic, arising from an occasion when a troop of Welsh were able to distinguish each other from a troop of English enemy dressed in similar fashion by wearing leeks. An alternative emblem developed in recent years is the daffodil, used and preferred over the leek by the British Government as it lacks the overtones of patriotic defiance associated with the leek.

The 2010 St David’s Day celebrations in Cardiff will include concerts, a parade and a food festival. Events started on February 26 with the third annual Really Welsh Food Festival in the city centre.
Soldiers from the Royal Welsh Regiment changed the guard at Cardiff Castle's south gate on February 27 and 28. Visitors to the castle on March 1st will receive a free tube of daffodil bulbs to commemorate the day. On St David’s Day, the seventh National St David’s Day Parade takes place in the city centre. Following the parade, a number of Welsh entertainers will perform from a bandstand and in the evening Cardiff Central Library will provide free entertainment and food. St. David's Hall will stage its traditional St David’s Day concert in the evening of March 1st with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC National Chorus of Wales and youth choruses.

Tuesday, February 16

Beoga at Albright College for full event details for more on the band

Tuesday, February 9

Irish Coffee...

Traditional Irish Coffee - Perfect for the coming blizzard...A common misconception is that the Irish Coffee recipe was invented in America the 1950's. In fact the original Irish coffee recipe was invented by a chef at Foynes' port, County Limerick in the 1930's. Foynes' port was where planes on route from Europe to America would stop to refuel before crossing the Atlantic Ocean it was succeded by Shannon International Airport in the west of Ireland. Joseph Sheridan, the chef in question, was seeking a way to keep passengers warm as their planes were being refueled. The Irish coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a bitterly cold winter's evening in the 1940s. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. The passengers enjoying the taste of the coffee, asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was Irish coffee.

Recipe by Noel McMeel- Found on the "Good Food Ireland" website:

Serves 1

Cooking time: 5 minutes


25ml/1fl oz Irish Whiskey
1 tsp brown raw cane sugar
1 heaped tbsp whipped pouring cream
1 hot double espresso with a small measure of hot water to fill the glass


1. Use warmed coffee glasses and add the whiskey.

2. Add the sugar and dissolve in the whiskey.

3. Add the coffee and stir well.

4. Whip the cream lightly but still able to pour.

5. The lightly whipped cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little as you pour, the cream should float on top.

6.Serve and enjoy

Nic Gareiss- Irish Sean Nos Dance and American Flat-Footing

From Nic Gareiss's Myspace page: A native of the state of Michigan, Nic Gareiss' dancing incorporates footwork vocabulary from many step dance styles to rhythmically accompany traditional music. Nic has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms, from Irish sean-nós dance, to American flat-footing, to Quebecois gigue. From this wide berth of traditional dance experience, Nic has gleaned figurations, motives and shoe sounds from percussive dance traditions worldwide. When performing with a live musician, Nic engages and reawakens a musical dialogue between feet and instrument. By utilizing imitation, ornaments and contrasting rhythmic patterns, Gareiss really is creating music on the floor.