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 2017, we celebrated the work of Mereddyd Evans on March 4th at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis.
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.
Well-Read Dragons Book Group
Saturday, December 2, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss Choice of Short Stories by Mary-Ann Constantine.
Mary-Ann Constantine works on Romantic-era Welsh literature in both Welsh and English. She took her first degree in English Literature at Clare College, Cambridge (1988–91), and stayed on to do a PhD in Breton folklore. She moved to Aberystwyth in 1995 and held a succession of Research Fellowships in the Welsh Department, University of Aberystwyth. During this period she taught various topics in Welsh and Celtic Studies, and continued her work on the ballad tradition in Brittany. Mary-Ann’s work is concerned with the relations between and mutual influence of the different cultures and languages of Britain (and to some extent beyond) in the late-C18th and early-C19th centuries. Mary-Ann has published two collections of short stories: The Breathing (Planet, 2008) and All the Souls (Seren, 2013). (Excerpted from the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies website.)
Here's the book list for future discussions:
Feb. 3 - The Long Dry by Cynan Jones
April 7 - Bred of Heaven by Jasper Rees
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, email@example.com or 612-247-1107.
Saturday, December 9, 2 - 4 pm at University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601-13th Ave. SE, Minneapolis.
Our annual celebration with music, poetry, stories, and of course, lots of treats. Many members have traveled to Wales this year -- please bring any stories of your travels that you know our members would enjoy. Stay tuned for more details.
VocalEssence Performances featuring music and text by two Society members, David Evan Thomas and Jean Greenwood
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, MN
Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm at Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN
Saturday, December 9 at 4:00pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, December 10 at 4:00pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN
Featuring "Carol of the Night", music by David Evan Thomas and text by Jean Greenwood.
David Evan Thomas won the 20th Annual VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Carol Contest with this piece. Born in Rochester, New York, David studied at Northwestern University, the Eastman School, and with Dominick Argento at the University of Minnesota. His work has been commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and published by ECS, Augsburg Fortress and MorningStar. David has been a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church Choir and Plymouth Music Series chorus. He writes about music for The Schubert Club.
Jean Greenwood is a writer, mediator/facilitator, educator, Presbyterian minister. She read this poem at the Society's Holiday Tea in 2016. Here's what she says about the poem:
"Sometimes it is in the darkness, paradoxically, that things are revealed, discoveries are made, 'light' is discerned. In this poem, I sought to celebrate this phenomenon, and to honor mystery and humility in a season often characterized, liturgically and musically, by clarity, light, certitude, and, at times, a certain triumphalism. It was my desire to go to the heart of the Christmas story, to capture its simplicity and essence. The very thought that what is most precious, most sacred, should dwell in ordinariness, in our world, our lives, ourselves, not at a distance, was compelling to me, and that we might participate in it as we nurture the spark of love within each of us and attend to holiness in our midst. In this sense, theologically, the poem is incarnational, grounded in the belief that spirit/Spirit is incarnated, made flesh, in us--hopefully a heartening message amid the travails of our world."
Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Language Discussion Group
Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 pm at 8844 Stevens Ave. S. in Bloomington, MN
(The December meeting has been cancelled.) All levels are welcome. We do some conversation, some drills (suitable for beginning levels), and some reading / translation. We meet the second Sunday of every month alternating between Bloomington and St. Paul.
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