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.
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 2018 International Welsh Poetry Competition, go to welshpoetry.co.uk.
Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Language Discussion Group
Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 pm at 2393 Bourne Ave, St. Paul, MN.
All levels are welcome. We do some conversation, some drills (suitable for beginning levels), and some reading / translation.
Sunday, February 18, 4:00 - 6:30pm at Merlin's Rest at 3601 E. Lake Street in Minneapolis
Join us in meeting up with new and long-time friends with Welsh interests and Celtic connections (along with a pint, a glass of wine and/or some good food).
St. David's Day Banquet
Saturday, March 3, 11:30am - 3:00pm at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 North Cleveland Ave., Roseville, MN. Click HERE to download the Registration Form.
Be sure to register for the banquet, the highlight of the year! Entrees are $28/per person. You should have also received 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. Sonomento, MacPhail’s premier adult chamber choir, and its fine soloists will be appearing on the program, and will be featuring some of the songs they will be performing this summer at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.
Well-Read Dragons Book Group
Saturday, April 7, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss Bred of Heaven by Jasper Rees.
"Jasper Rees has always wanted to be Welsh. But despite Welsh grandparents (and a Welsh surname) he is an Englishman: by birth, upbringing and temperament. In this singular, hilarious love letter to a glorious country so often misunderstood, Rees sets out to achieve his goal of becoming a Welshman by learning to sing, play, work, worship, think - and above all, speak - like one. On the way he meets monks, tenors and politicians, and tries his hand at rugby and lambing - all the while weaving together his personal story with Wales's rich history. Culminating in a nail-biting test of Rees's Welsh-speaking skill at the National Eisteddfod, this exuberant journey of self-discovery celebrates the importance of national identity, and the joy of belonging."
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Here's the book list for future discussions:
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.
Questions? Contact David Conradi-Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-247-1107.
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
Cwrs Cymraeg 2018 (Welsh Course)
July 15-22 at Hamline University in St. Paul (tentative). 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.
2018 International Welsh Poetry Competition
For more information, go to welshpoetry.co.uk