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.
Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Language Discussion Group
Sunday, October 14, 2 pm, at 8844 Stevens Ave. S., Bloomington, MN.
All levels are welcome. We do some conversation, some drills (suitable for beginning levels), and some reading / translation. Call 952-607-8670 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or directions.
Gruff Rhys at the Cedar Cultural Center
Tuesday, October 16, 7:30pm. (Not a SDS event, but members might be interested).
Gruff Rhys is a Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author. He performs solo and with several bands, including Super Furry Animals, who obtained mainstream success in the 1990s. He formed the electro-pop outfitNeon Neon with Boom Bip. Their album Stainless Style was nominated for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize. He won the 2011 Welsh Music Prize for his album Hotel Shampoo. His latest solo album, Babelsberg, came out this summer.
Sunday, October 21, 4 - 6 pm at Merlin's Rest Pub, 3601 East 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.
Well-Read Dragons Book Group
Saturday, December 1, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss the book Dark Territory by Jerry Hunter. Available from Abe Books and Amazon Books, in Kindle and in paperback.
From English Civil War battlefields to a mystery lost in the forests of North America, this is both a roaring adventure and a timely commentary on the dangers of religious extremism. Rhisiart Dafydd is a zealous Parliamentarian who embraces Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army and the violence it entails. But can his convictions survive the atrocities of the English Civil Wars and Parliament's campaign in Ireland? Called upon by his former commander to voyage to America to seek out a missing group of Welsh Puritans, he must first survive the journey, and then - if he can find the community - see whether they really have created the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. An epic historical adventure set during one of the most turbulent periods in history, this gripping thriller also poses questions about violence, power, and rejection of difference which are chillingly relevant to our world today. - Amazon Books
Books for future discussions:
February 2: Rebecca's Daughters, screenplay by Dylan Thomas
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:email@example.com
Welsh Events in Other Places
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