New St. David’s Society of Minnesota Website

12 Jul

If you’re here to gather information about the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, this post exists to share the announcement that we’ve finished the re-vamping of our main website, and will returning this blogsite to its original purpose in September 2017, when the new academic year begins.

You can access the site our new URL, www.welshmn.org.  The old URL (http://www.stdavidsofmn.com) will also redirect you to the new pages.

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St. David’s Annual Events

31 Jan

24 June 2017 – Annual Meeting Picnic

Mark your calendars for 24 June to attend our summer picnic.  Arrive from 11:30 for lunch at noon in the Rosebrook shelter in Roseville (2590 Fry Street).  Friends and family members invited! After a brief business meeting, which will include the debut of our new web site, there will be time for game – some outdoors, some indoors – and still more conversation.

These are the basics:

  • 11:30 to Noon – gathering
  • 12:15 – lunch 
  • Please bring a main, side dish, or dessert to share.
  • We will provide lemonade and iced tea, plates, cups, and silverware.
  • Games, contests, prizes to follow.  We must leave the shelter by 2:30 pm.

Queries to stdavidsofmn@gmail.com.


ARCHIVE OF RECENT EVENTS


Author! Author!

Come one, come all to the Second Annual “Author! Author!” Afternoon, and join us in conversation with and about the poetry and writings of this year’s Welsh-American author and Lake Crystal native, Susan Thurston!

Saturday, May 20, from 1–3 p.m.
at Emma Krumbee’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Parlor in Belle Plaine

For this reading and conversation, Susan will read from her poetry, and will welcome conversation about her novel Sister of Grendel, and her Wild Bone Season poetry chapbook. (Both will also be available for purchase.)

We chosen this location as a mid-way travel point for members of the Minnesota Welsh Association and of St. David’s Society. With its base in southern Minnesota, MWA is also in Susan’s hometown territory.

The event will be held in the Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor section of Emma Krumbee’s General Store, 311 Enterprise Dr. E., Belle Plaine, MN 56011 (U.S. Hwy 169 & Co. Rd. 3). For more information about the event, please see the article in our May newsletter (link will be added here soon).  In the meanwhile, if you live in the Metro area and would like to attend but need a ride, please contact Sally Evans (stpaulsally@gmail.com, or 678.485.7306) who will be her best to see what ride-share arrangements can be made.


St. David’s Day Celebration 2017 

Featured Focus: Mereddyd Evans – Language and Music

2017 St. David’s Day Program

Ron Adams – 2017 Recipient of Outstanding Service Award

We celebrate Mereddyd Evans as a collector, editor, historian, writer, collector and performer of traditional Welsh folk music in partnership with his wife Phyllis Kinney. 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 Welsh language and communities, and as a participant in the worldwide struggle for minority rights and freedoms.

Along with hearing St. David’s Society members perform some of the songs Meredydd Evans popularized, the afternoon featured special guest Cai ap Alun, a locally-based musician whose social, linguistic and musical life in Wales was influenced by Evans

For a glimpse of Meredydd Evans:

Who Is St. David?

Last year Wales Online provided the background details – along with great photos and a tidy video – in this article as Wales prepared for its celebrations.


PAST EVENTS:

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
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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.

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The Crosstown Community Band, with conductor Preston Weber provided the musical program following lunch.  The full program is available.


St. David – the patron saint of WalesThis St

“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.


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