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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 2018, we celebrated 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 2019 North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW), go to IHQ@thewnaa.org.

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Pub Gathering

Sunday, February 10, from 4:00 - 6:30pm at Merlin's Rest Pub 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).

Save the Date - St. David's Day Banquet 

Saturday, March 2, 11:30am - 3:00pm at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 North Cleveland Ave. Download the registration form and send it in with your payment to reserve your spot!  Click HERE to download the 2019 Banquet Registration Form.

We will be celebrating folk dancing and folk singing.  The Belles of the North, a Minneapolis Morris Dance group, will be performing.  Join us for good company, good food, and a good time! 

The Belles of the North
The Bells of the North is a women's Cotswold Morris Dance team based in Minneapolis. They were founded in 1979, making them the second oldest team in Minnesota. In addition to dancing Morris traditions from villages in the Cotswolds of England, they also dance their very own tradition, Minneapolis-on-Mississippi. The Belles of the North celebrate the onset of spring and dance up the sun on May 1st.  From mid-April through early September, catch them dancing outdoors around the Twin Cities.

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, April 6, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss Aberfan, by Gaynor Madgwick. 
On 21 October 1966, thousands of tonnes of coal tip waste slid down a mountainside and devastated the mining village of Aber-fan. The black mass crashed through the local school. 144 people were killed. 116 were schoolchildren. Gaynor Madgwick was there. She was eight and severely injured. In this book, Gaynor tells her own story and interviews people affected by the day's events. - From GoodReads

Books for future discussions:
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.

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Questions? Contact Mary Mergenthal, mailto:mary.mergenthal@gmail.com

LINK TO List of Past BOOK CLUB Readings

 

 

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