St. David’s Day Banquet
– 4th March 2017
The St. David’s Society of Minnesota will celebrate the work of Mereddyd Evans at the Annual Banquet on March 4th, the first Saturday of the month. We gather this year again at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis (1330 Industrial Blvd. N.E. 55413 – www.RamadaPlazaMpls.com).
Registration information is on its way – newsletters being printed as I type. We will also send electronic copies of registration ASAP. Banquet registration is due 24 February. The $28 registration fee includes adult lunch options – and there is a $10 chicken fingers option for children 10 or younger.
The program opens with a welcome and our lunch table conversations at noon.
The program featuring Mereddyd Evans – in words, images, songs – will round out the afternoon, wrapping up at 3 pm.
Here’s a peak at the food line up:
- Season Ravioli (vegetarian)
- Walleye – Seared/paremesan-crusted walleye with lemon sauce, wild rice
- Grilled Flank Steak with charred tomato relish, baby red potatoes
The starter will be a Baby Arugula salad, and the dessert a Lemon Berry Shortcake.
The Program – Mereddyd Evans
Please join us in celebrating all things Welsh, with a focus on Mereddyd Evans, a noteable collector, editor, historian and performer of folk music. Evans, who died in 2015 at age 95, was both musically and politically active: as a leader in the revival of the Welsh language through the Cymdeithas movement, a campaign for the Welsh language and communities in Wales, and as a participant in the worldwide struggle for minority rights and freedoms.
We’ll hear some of the songs Meredydd Evans popularized, and special guest Kai Featherstone, a musician and native of Wales, will lead us in a chorus or two. More surprises embedded into the festivities as well.
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30 July – Annual Meeting Picnic
Mark your calendars for 30 July to attend our “Welsh County Fair” beginning at noon in the Rosebrook shelter in Roseville (2590 Fry Street). Friends and family members invited!
These are the basics:
- 11:30 to Noon – gathering
- Noon – lunch
- Please bring a main, or side dish to share. We will provide lemonade and iced tea, plates and silverware.
- Welsh Country Fair activities to follow – games, photo contest, raffle; some inside the building and some outdoors.
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23 April, from 2-4 pm, for a
Prynhawn Llawen – or Joyful Afternoon
at the University Lutheran Church of Hope.
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The afternoon featured hymn singing along with folk music and contemporary literature selections from two special guests: singer-songwriter Tim Gustafson and novelist Susan Thurston.
5th March celebration of St. David’s Day.
The day featured Adventure Stations focusing on Welsh music, the 2016 Welsh Year of Adventure, Roald Dahl’s centenary, and rugby as the sport of Wales. We’ve stored the slide shows and background information for each station – as well as the playlist we created for the Welsh music station – in a Google Folder titled St. David’s Day Minnesota 2016.
“For centuries, 1 March has been a national festival. Saint David was recognised as a national patron saint at the height of Welsh resistance to the Normans. Saint David’s Day was celebrated by Welsh diaspora from the late Middle Ages.” From Wikipedia
“Visit Wales on March 1 and you’ll see children in red shawls and black chimney hats, bright green leeks and yellow daffodils turned into colourful accessories. There will be a joyous air of celebration and national pride among local folk. It’s all in honour of Dewi Sant – St David – but not much is actually known about the patron saint himself.” From Visit Wales.