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 celebrated the music of Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, a Welsh composer who was born 100 years ago.
Every summer the Society members meet to elect board members and officers and enjoy food and games -- and the outdoors.
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.
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.
For information on the 2019 North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW), go to IHQ@thewnaa.org.
Well-Read Dragons Book Group
Saturday, February 9, (note date change) 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss the screenplay, Rebecca's Daughter's, by Dylan Thomas.
Rebecca’s Daughters is the nearest Dylan Thomas ever came to realizing his ambition to write a film scenario in such a way that it would not only stand ready for shooting but would, at the same time, give the ordinary reader a visual impression of the film in words. A romantic adventure story set in mid-nineteenth-century Wales, Rebecca’s Daughters has a dashing hero who is not what he seems; commonfolk oppressed by the landowners; and finally, justice triumphant over greed and misused privilege. - from GoodReads
Books for future discussions:
April 6: Aberfan, by Gaynor Madgwick
June 1: Rice Paper Diaries, by Francesca Rhydderch
August 3: Remember No More...Bad Blood Runs in Families: A DS Kite Mystery, by Jan Newton
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.
Questions? Contact Mary Mergenthal, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date - St. David's Day Banquet
Saturday, March 2, 11:30am - 3:00pm at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 North Cleveland Ave. More details to follow. Download the registration form and send it in with your payment to reserve your spot! 2019 Banquet Registration Form
Welsh Events in Other Places
Welsh Opera: Blodwen
May 10-12 and 17-19, 2019 in the Roebling Theater at the NOVA Center for Performing Arts in Billings, Montana. Composed by Dr. Joseph Parry and Richard Davies. "Following the pattern of romantic Italian opera, this story takes place in 14th century Wales and includes a wedding, lovers, dying heroes and a dramatic final twist. The opera’s stirring music shows Parry at his dramatic best: heroic and romantic solos, exciting ensembles, powerful choruses and of course, the famous ‘Hywel a Blodwen’ love duet which remains popular as a concert item and is considered one of the highlights of amateur performances of the opera." Visit http://www.novabillings.org/event/blodwen/ for more information and to buy tickets.
North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW)
Aug. 29–Sept. 1, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI. Make your calendars for North America's largest gathering of the Welsh and friends, featuring the 88th Welsh Gymanfa Ganu and much more. Visit IHQ@thewnaa.org