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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

We will hold our annual banquet the beginning of March -- stay tuned for more details. 

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