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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 will celebrate 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 2018 International Welsh Poetry Competition, go to welshpoetry.co.uk.

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Language Discussion Group

Sunday, September 9, 2 pm, 2393 Bourne Ave. in St. Paul.
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 llawryf@yahoo.com for questions or directions.

Minnesota Welsh Hymn Festival

Hosted by our sister organization, the Minnesota Welsh Association

Sunday, September 23, at 1:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church at 220 East Hickory Street in Mankato, MN. 
Guest director: Mari Morgan. Guest choir: Southwest Minnesota Male Chorus. If you need a ride, please contact Sally Evans at stpaulsally@gmail.com.  Contact Sallly Evans at stpaulsally@gmail.com for rides from the Twin Cities to the festival. 

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, October 6, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss the book Shoes for Anthony, by Emma Kennedy. Thomas Dunn, publisher, 2015 cloth, 2017 paper. Set in a small Welsh coal-mining village, anticipating the arrival of American troops. Suddenly a German plan crashes into the village mountain. A Polish prisoner of war survives and is brought into the community, where he builds a close relationship with Anthony. Later, the villagers discover one of the Germans on the plane has survived and is still on the mountain. Tightly written, somber, and, at times extremely suspenseful. Find in the St. Paul and Hennepin Libraries and at Amazon and Abe Books. 

Books for future discussions:
December 1: Dark Territory: Reflections of Returning Exiles, by Jerry Hunter
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.Book Shelf Dan Proud.png

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

LINK TO List of Past BOOK CLUB Readings

Welsh Movie Night

Monday, October 8, 6:30 pm in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Room (First floor) at 3433 Broadway St. N.E., Minneapolis. 
Enter at the back of the building , the side which faces Industrial Boulevard and take the first hallway to the right (or enter at any door and follow the signs). Come to see the The Last Dragon-Slayer (2016). Based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels for young readers, this fantastical world blends magic and medieval with the modern day and follows indentured orphan Jennifer Strange (Ellise Chappell) who reluctantly discovers her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer.

Pub Gathering

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.

 

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