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Wales: Land of Song

The 2010-2011 Travel and Adventure Film Series will conclude with “Wales: Land of Song” at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 18, in the North Iowa Community Auditorium. NIACC and the Mason City Noon Kiwanis are proud to sponsor the Travel and Adventure Series. There will be a 15-minute intermission at which time door prizes will be given away.

Think Wales and behold images of Celts, choirs, castles, Cardiff, coal mines, coastal and pastoral mountain valleys dotted with sheep. Wales is a small country with its own language and a large influence. You’ll explore the connections between the United States and Wales, as well as the historic homeland on the eastern shore of the Irish Sea.

The journey through Wales will begin at the Severn Crossing, the new suspension bridge near Bristol, which accommodates the M4 Motorway. First stop will be at Caerphilly, which has a wonderful castle that leans more obtusely than the one at Pisa. In addition to a visit to this wonderful castle, you will explore Ty Castell (The Castle B&B) while at Caerphilly.

The exploration will continue with a stop at the Gower area, known as Swansea’s backyard, and a trip to each of it’s unique four coasts. You will travel through the east side city of Gower and the seaside resorts of Mumbles and Oystermouth. From there, you will follow the south coast borders along Bristol Channel on the way to the western side of the Gower, which faces the open Irish Sea. Here you will experience the beaches that are treasured by surfers and enjoy the tidal cycles that are a daily factor for the area livestock.

Your journey will conclude with a visit to King Arthur’s Stone which has sat relatively undisturbed for almost 6,000 years at the moor above Oldwalls Leisure. This site also offers great views of Gower ñ the beaches on the Irish Sea, the estuary and salt marshes, and the scattered stone-cottaged villages. Join Monty and Marsha Brown for a visit to Wales as they take you on a tour from the second Severn Crossing to Cardiff.

Admission to “Wales: Land of Song” is $5 for adults and $3 for students, at the door. Tickets can be purchased at NIACC or from any Mason City Noon Kiwanis member. A portion of the proceeds go toward area youth programs. For additional information, call NIACC Continuing Education at 641-422-4358.

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