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St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

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Our Annual Events
St. David's Day Banquet

Every spring the Society celebrates St. David's Day on the Saturday closest to March 1. In 2017, we celebrated the work of Mereddyd Evans on March 4th at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis.

Annual Picnic

Every summer the Society members meet to elect board members and officers and enjoy food and games -- and the outdoors.

Gymanfa Ganu

Every fall the Society carries on the Welsh tradition of singing together in four-part harmony in a "Gymanfa Ganu."  We sing tradition hymns  as well as familiar folk tunes.

Holiday Tea

Every winter in December, society members gather to sing together in four-part harmony, tell stories, listen to other members make music, and enjoy the sweet and savory treats that everyone has brought. 

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Language Discussion Group

Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 pm at 8844 Stevens Ave. S. in Bloomington, MN

(The December meeting has been cancelled.) All levels are welcome. We do some conversation, some drills (suitable for beginning levels), and some reading / translation. We meet the second Sunday of every month alternating between Bloomington and St. Paul.

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, February 3, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.

Come to discuss The Long Dry by Cynan Jones.

"[A] piercing novella . . . Like Cormac McCarthy, Jones can make the everyday sound fraught and biblical.”—Kirkus, starred review

On a long, hot day, Gareth searches for a missing pregnant cow. A dog must be put down, there are ducks to go in the pond, there are children, and there is Kate, his wife, who may be an uncrossable distance from him. Jones's rural Wales is alive with the necessities of our own animal instincts and most human longing. 

Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five short novels,The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, Bird, Blood, Snow, The Dig and The Cove.  

From Amazon.com

Here's the book list for future discussions:
April 7 - Bred of Heaven by Jasper Rees 
June 2 - The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise by Crystal Jeans
Aug. 4 - Choice of Poetry by a Welsh author

Gathering Place and Details

Visitors are always welcome, whether or not they've ben able to read the book. The group meets at at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N., 55126. Davanni’s is south of 694, (check for construction beforehand) just south of Cub Foods.  We gather at 11:30 for lunch and conversation, then dig into the book talk at noon. Please plan to purchase lunch at Davanni’s. Those purchases allow us to use the party room free of charge.Book Shelf Dan Proud.png

Questions? Contact David Conradi-Jones, dae29cj@gmail.com or 612-247-1107. 
 

LINK TO List of Past BOOK CLUB Readings

St. David's Day Banquet

Saturday, March 3, 11:30am - 3:00pm at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 North Cleveland Ave., Roseville, MN

Be sure to register for the banquet, the highlight of the year!  Entrees are $28/per person, and you will receive a registration form with the January newsletter. The 2018 St. David’s Day Banquet will celebrate the work of Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, a Welsh composer who was born one hundred years ago. Elwyn-Edwards was known for her melodious art songs in Welsh and English. Born in Dolgellau in 1918, Elwyn-Edwards was a tutor at Bangor University. Her work was performed frequently in Wales by such singers as Rebecca Evans, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rhys Meirion and Jeremy Huw Williams. Bryn Terfel and Charlotte Church included her music in their recordings. Nature is a frequent subject of Elwyn-Edwards’s songs, and we will have a opportunity to focus on the Welsh language through Elwyn-Edwards’s lyrics. Elwyn-Edwards was also influential in Wales as an adjudicator at the Eisteddfod. Singers from Sonomento, the Twin Cities-based choir, will perform and we will hear about the adjudication process at the 2018 Eisteddfod.

Local Events of Interest

Community Sing with Paul Mealor, Welsh composer

Tuesday, January 30, 7pm, Buetow Music Center, Concordia University, 300 Hamline Avenue, St. Paul

PopUp Choir invites you to an evening of singing, storytelling, and choral fellowship with one of the world’s most beloved choral composers – Paul Mealor. Paul is currently Professor of Composition at University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His music is “marked by something outside of himself that is beautifully spatial and evocative of landscape… it illuminates both our past and our future” (The Guardian, 2011). His 2017 album with the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, Immortal Memory,  topped the UK Classical Charts.  

The Community Sing will feature Paul as host and conductor for the evening, He’ll be leading singers through several of his works, including his beloved Ubi Caritas that premiered at the Royal Wedding in 2011. Join singers from across the Twin Cities in this exciting community-building event. All voice parts and ages are welcome!  After the Community Sing, you are also invited to hear Paul Mealor conduct PopUp Choir in their twelfth collaborative project.

Tickets available online at https://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/3191028
$13 in advance, $15 at the door (ticket includes music packet for each singer to keep)
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/PopUpChoir/ev ents

PopUp Choir Concert -- Paul Mealor Conducts: Where Shadows Are: Finding Light in Darkness (Accompanied by Tim Strand)

Saturday, Februrary 3, 2018 – 7:30pm, Our Lady of Victory Chapel, St. Catherine University, St. Paul

Tickets available online at https://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/2975855
$35 Preferred Seating/$25 General Admission/$5 Student with valid ID
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/PopUpChoir/ev ents

Welsh Events in Other Places

North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW)

Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Make your calendars for North America's largest gathering of the Welsh and friends, featuring the 87th Welsh Gymanfa Ganu and much more. Visit IHQ@thewnaa.org