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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, May 13 at 2:00 pm at 2393 Bourne Ave., St. Paul, 55108.  All levels are welcome. We do some conversation, some drills (suitable for beginning levels), and some reading / translation. Contact Laurel Bradshaw, llawryf@yahoo.com, with questions.

Pub Gathering

Sunday, May 20, from 4:00 - 6:30pm at Merlin's Rest Pub at 3601 E. Lake Street in Minneaplis.  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, June 2, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Davanni’s in Arden Hills, 3673 Lexington Ave. N.
Come to discuss The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise by Crystal Jeans.

"Sometimes Crissy's mum is her best friend, sometimes a woman to be frightened of. A diet of Hammer horror and cake mix has hardened her heart and her arteries and even Jehovah can't bring her into line. She's never going to be like other mums. One misstep and Crissy is ordered to pack her bags: she's off to live with Freddy Krueger on the other side of the woods...  The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise is a heart-warming, occasionally scabrous insight into growing up wild in the 1990s when your family didn't quite fit in – a wise and witty debut from a talented and unusual voice."  

"Crystal Jeans was raised in Cardiff. She has various poems published online and in print, including a pamphlet, 'Just Like That' by Mulfran Press, which features poems drawing from her experience as a carer for the elderly. Her short stories, 'Split Me in Two, Gareth Moon' and 'My Bukowski' have appeared in the New Welsh Review (the first of these shortlisted for the Bridport Prize)."

From Goodreads

Next discussion:
Aug. 4 - Choice of Poetry by a Welsh author

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

Thursday, June 7, 6:15 - 8:30pm, at the Brooklyn Park Libary, Mississippi River Room, 8500 W Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park

We will see the movie Patagonia. Please bring your own food and beverage, if you wish. There is a sink in the room.  A large parking lot is in the front of the building and this new building is handicap accessible.  The room is on the first floor - just inside the building.  

From IMDb: The journey taken by two different women as they attempt to escape from their mundane lives in order to find peace within themselves in a new setting. Argentinean Cerys (Marta Lubos) is an elderly woman who, accompanied by her anxious teenage nephew Alejandro (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), ventures to the Welsh farmlands where her mother was raised. American pop singer Duffy serves as Alejandro's love interest in the role of Sissy, a caravan park employee. Wales native Gwen (Nia Roberts) is an aspiring actress stuck in a rocky relationship with her photographer boyfriend Rhys (Matthew Gravelle) after being unable to conceive a child. The couple travels to Patagonia when Rhys is sent on a business project, only to have tensions rise when Gwen becomes romantically involved with their tour guide, Mateo (Matthew Rhys).

 

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

Cwrs Cymraeg 2018 (Welsh Course)  

July 15-22 at Hamline University in St. Paul. A  week-long Welsh Course for beginners and accomplished users of the language alike. Also cultural activities in the evenings such as folk dancing, a quiz and pub sing-a-long, a Welsh film, and a talent night or the famous Welsh "noson lawen" and Eisteddfod. For more information, visit Cwrs Cymraeg 2018

2018 International Welsh Poetry Competition

For more information, go to welshpoetry.co.uk