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 2018, we will celebrate the music of Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, a Welsh composer who was born 100 years ago.

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. 


Welsh Events

For information on the 2018 International Welsh Poetry Competition, go to

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Picnic, Genealogy, and Annual Meeting

Saturday, July 14, 11:30am - 2:30pm in Rosebrook Park, 2590 Fry in Roseville, MN. (Just west of Snelling Avenue, south of County Road C and east of Fairview Avenue.) 

The Board has a one-of-a kind program planned. Genealogist Richard Meredith, native of Newbridge -on-Wye, Wales, will talk about searching for one’s Welsh forebears. Richard is a member of our Society and has lots of information to share with us.

The program will be followed by a short Annual meeting. We need to fill some board and officer positions, so if you would like to volunteer a little of your time to help plan Society events, help the treasurer keep track of the Society's finances, and/or help to keep records for the Society, please contact Janice Barbee, president, at

Please bring a dish to pass for the potluck lunch and a family photo of your Welsh ancestors for story-telling.  Plates, tableware, and beverages will be supplied by the Society.

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, August 4, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to share a favorite poem by a Welsh author.  The group will also pick the books for the next 12 months.

Gathering Place and Details
Visitors are always welcome, whether or not they've been 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 Mary Mergenthal,

LINK TO List of Past BOOK CLUB Readings

Welsh Movie Night

Wednesday, August 8, at 7pm in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Room at 3433 Broadway St. N.E., Minneapolis.  The room is on the first floor, near the southwest corner of the building.  Check back for more detailed directions and look for signs posted on the doors. There is plenty of parking all around the building.

We will see Pride, a 2014 film nominated for the  Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and for the BAFTA for Best British Film. "PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all."  Rotten Tomatoes review


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

Cwrs Cymraeg 2018 (Welsh Course)  

July 15-22 at Hamline University in St. Paul. A  week-long Welsh Course for beginners and accomplished users of the language alike. Also cultural activities in the evenings such as folk dancing, a quiz and pub sing-a-long, a Welsh film, and a talent night or the famous Welsh "noson lawen" and Eisteddfod. For more information, visit Cwrs Cymraeg 2018

2018 International Welsh Poetry Competition

For more information, go to