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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

Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Conversation

Sunday, May 19 at 8844 Stevens Ave., Bloomington & June 9, 2 pm, at 2393 Bourne Ave., St. Paul.
All levels are welcome. We do some conversation, some drills (suitable for beginning levels), and some reading / translation. Call Laurel at 952-607-8670 or send an email to llawryf@yahoo.com for questions or directions.

Picnic and Annual Meeting

Saturday, July 27, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Rosebrook Park, 2590 Fry St., Roseville
Please bring a dish to share. More details to follow. We will also hold a short annual meeting to elect officers and board members for the next year. If you are interested in volunteering to be on the board, please contact Janice Barbee, president, at janicegwb@yahoo.com. 

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, June 1, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss Rice Paper Diaries, by Francesca Rhydderch. This is Rhydderch's début novel, which won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2014.

"This is a story of war told from the edges. Four interweaving accounts relate the intimate havoc wrought by military conflict on individual lives." - Good Reads

Next book discussion:
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 www.thewnaa.org to see the schedule of events and to register. To book the hotel where the events will be held, call the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel at 414-271-7250 to get the NAFOW rate of $125/night. You do not have to pay anything to make a reservation -- just provide your credit card number. If you want a comfortable and inexpensive way to travel to the festival, the Amtrak train leaves Union Station in St. Paul (connected to the Green Light Rail Line) at 8:00am and arrives in Milwaukee 6 hours later, and it's just a 3-block walk from the terminal to the Hilton Hotel. Currently, round-trip fare is $109 -- it is likely to go up the closer you get to the date. Round trip air fare on Delta to Milwaukee is currently around $400.