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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 2017, we celebrated the work of Mereddyd Evans on March 4th at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis.

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. 

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Welsh Language Group

The next meeting will be at the farm on Sunday, July 23, at 1:30 pm. The address is 10775 166th St., Cologne, MN 55322. Bring a snack, salad, or dessert to share. We are planning a group outing to the Renaissance Festival in August. Regular meetings of the group will resume on September 10. Email llawryf@yahoo.com for more details.

Welsh Hymn (in English) 

On July 30, in the 10:30 am service at the Plymouth Congregational Church, Shannon King's English lyrics for "Blodwen" will be featured. The church is at 1900 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. She shares this: "The Plymouth Church choir conducted by Philip Brunelle will be singing a poem/hymn I wrote the words to at their 10:30 am service on July 30th. I am very excited!  I wrote this for a contest held during the Eisteddfod a few years ago. The Plymouth service explores "Celtic spirituality and its emphasis on discovering the divine in all creation."  

Pub Gatherings

Sunday, July 30 from 3 - 6 pm at Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Meet up with new and long-time friends with Welsh interests and connections for conversation and merriment (and a drink and a meal or snack). The staff will reserve tables just for us, so when you arrive, let them know you are with the St. David's Society.

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, 5 August, 11:30 - 1:30 at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N., 55126

Come to discuss: Everything I Found on the Beach, by Cynan Jones                                        

"Disenfranchised men desperate to improve their lot populate this lyrical novel by Jones. Adopting the diptychlike structure he used in his previous novel, The Dig, Jones presents two central characters with divergent backgrounds but a shared sense of desperation. Grzegorz is a Polish migrant worker trying to make a better life for his wife and two sons in their adopted Wales; Hold is a Welsh fisherman looking after the family of his deceased best friend. “He wanted very much to have... the sense that he had done something complete, and turned someone’s life around,” Hold thinks at one point, echoing Grzegorz’s aspirations...In places, Jones’s recriminations against modern life—slaughterhouses, chain stores, consumer culture—become repetitive. But with this thriller-like plot in place, Jones is free to exercise his considerable gifts as a stylist, and breathtaking descriptions of landscape and animal life abound. Describing a beach, Jones writes, “Here, the bluish rock was igneous and looked liquefied, twisted under geology’s great pain.”   From Publishers Weekly

Also at the August meeting, we will be making book choices for October 2017 - August 2018. The group meets bi-monthly. 

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.Book Shelf Dan Proud.png

Questions? Contact David Conradi-Jones, dae29cj@gmail.com or 612-247-1107. 
 

LINK TO List of Past BOOK CLUB Readings

St. David's Society Table at the Irish Fair

Saturday and Sunday, August 12 & 13  at Harriet Island in St. Paul

We are happy to announce that we have again secured a table at the Irish Fair of Minnesota. We will be located in the Community Organization area.  We, of course, need volunteers to be at our table to talk with people, to give information, and promote interest in Wales and the St. David’s Society.  We will be displaying the Welsh Flag and lots of information about Wales and the society itself.  We will be selling Welsh Tea Cakes to accompany free tea.

To make this happen, we need volunteers ASAP!  A few of you voiced interest at the Annual Picnic (thanks!), and we still need at least 6 more members to volunteer for meeting and greeting on Saturday and Sunday, as well as 2 people to help out on Friday afternoon/evening with setting up.

You can indicate your interest by contacting David Conradi-Jones: Phone: 651-639-1688; email: dae29cj@gmail.com

Recital by Jeremy Huw Williams, Welsh baritone and Paula Fan, piano

Monday, October 30 at 6 PM at the University of Minnesota School of Music, West Bank Campus.

The Society is excited to welcome this Welsh opera singer of international repute to the Twin Cities. Be sure to put this on your calendar! Free admission.  Songs will include works by Welsh, French and American composers, including our own David Evan Thomas’s song cycle Heard in a Violent Ward, based on writings by John Clare.  There will also be a reception -- stay tuned for more details.

Welsh Events in Other Places

North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW)

Aug. 31–Sept. 3, in Rochester, N.Y. Featuring the 86th Welsh Gymanfa Ganu and much more. Contact Mary Morris Mergenthal for a hard-copy ier or visit IHQ@thewnaa.org 

Welsh Summer Language Courses

Summer language courses are available this summer in New York and Colorado.

Cwrs Cymraeg: Cwrs Cymraeg 2017—Cwrs Y Seintiau [Welsh Course 2017— e Saints’ Course] will be held July 16–23 at Siena College in Albany, N.Y. is will be the 41st year for the annual Cwrs Cymraeg sponsored by Cyfeillion Madog [Friends of (Prince) Madog].

You can find more about the cwrs, its broad levels of instruction, the language tutors coming from Wales and North America. e week is packed with language instruction at all levels, many laughs, lots of conversation and relaxation, as well as other Welsh activities, an Eisteddfod being one of them.

More info at http://www.madog.org/gwefan/index.php/ cwrs-cymraeg/cwrs-cymraeg-eleni 

Welsh Heritage Week: Welsh Heritage Week 2017 will be held at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., July 23–30. Welsh language lessons, folk dancing, clogging, hymn singing, harp lesson, Welsh literature, and more. It is sponsored by the Welsh Harp & Heritage Society of North America, Inc. For info: contact Beth Landmesser, hwyl@ptd.net or 570-814-768

Please note:

Members of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, or children or grandchildren of members, are eligible for a scholarship for either course from the St. David’s Society Foundation. (See p. 4.) Contact Bob Minish, rminish@hinshawlaw.com or (763) 571-6162.

Cymdeithas Madog (sponsors of Cwrs Cymraeg) also offers scholarships, including the Naomi Mergenthal Scholarship, plus a Matching Scholarship in which Cymdeithas Madog will match whatever contribution the local Society can provide.