Annual Events – St. David’s Society of Minnesota

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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 –

The Logistics

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.

hqdefaultWe open the doors for informal gathering/signing in from 11 am.

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.


Contact Ilene at


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!

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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.

Queries to

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.


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.






Announcements and Updates – St. David’s Society of Minnesota

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indexWinter Tea – 10 December

The Christmas Tea will include songs and stories, including harp music by Esmé Evans, keyboard carols from Society members, a cappella treats, and traditional carols.

You are an important part of this celebration: Please bring a story –  poignant, humorous, silly, mischievous, or somber-  to share with the group about Wales or your Welsh connection.  And contributions to the tea table – sweet or savory treats – are always heartily welcomed!

Dec. 10, 2–4 p.m.
University Lutheran Church of Hope
601 13th Ave. SE, Mpls., 55414
We’ll gather on the main floor, with entry via the parking lot doorway
Directions via Google Map

November & December Events

Download the November News Sheet for a handy reference to upcoming events, complete with day, date, location, and timing details.

  • 20 November: Check out information about our next Pub Gathering..  We meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 4-6 pm at Merlins Rest Pub.
  • 3 December.  The Well-Read Dragons meet to discuss The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail: Travelers to the Wilder Reaches of Wales by Byron Rogers. In this book of essays, Rogers (who is Welsh) orbits in an unpredictable, eccentric fashion as a laureate of the quietly uncanny, the genteelly bizarre, the politely weird. The title? For a while the Holy Grail was deposited in a vault in the Aberystwyth branch of Lloyd’s Bank. Rogers has more to tell, of course.
  • 10 December.  Mark your calendars for the Winter Celebration Tea, from 2-4 pm at University Lutheran Church of Hope on the edge of Dinkytown in Minneapolis.

The Fall Newsletter features information about these events, and includes winning images the July photo contest.


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A Welsh County Fair
Annual Picnic was held on 30 July

Our Annual Picnic, cast as a Welsh County Fair, will be at the Rosebrook Park building in Roseville, just off Fairview Avenue near Rosedale Center.  As always, friends and family members invited!

Please bring a main or side dish to share. We will provide lemonade and iced tea, plates and silverware.

The park’s information page includes a Google map to help with charting your own specific navigation details.

We’ll gather from 11:30 to noon, eat lunch beginning at noon (with a bit of taking care of business in the mix), and then venture into Welsh Country Fair activities – games, photo contest, raffle; some inside the building and some outdoors – to wrap the afternoon.  The full run time will be 11:30 until 2 pm, when we’ll need to move into clean up mode in order to leave the shelter by 2:30 for its next users.


Picnic Related Activity – Please Share Your Photographs

As part of building our online presence via Facebook and Society webpage, we’re putting out a call for photographs that showcase the places and people of Wales and Minnesota, as well as Welsh events wherever they take place.  To this end, we’re inviting St. David’s Society members and friends to share their photos with us. We’ll display the images at the Welsh County Fair.  With your votes, we’ll select 10 photos to the first ones featured on our website, and with the feedback of two judges, we’ll select two photos for a special award.

These are the basic details:

  • Send an image – or multiple images – that you’re happy to have us post on the Facebook and web pages to; these might be digital image files, links photos you’ve placed elsewhere, or a PDF including your scanned photo(s).


  • Let us know that you’ll bring your photo or photographs to the Annual meeting; again, send this email to

Questions and Queries can also be sent to  Ilene will be checking the account regularly.  We’ll be accepting photos until 25 July.

Market gremlinAugust – Saturday, 6 August.

The Well-Read Dragons meet to discuss Wales on the Western Front, and to select books for the coming year.  More details on the Dragon’s page.

Also in August

On 13 & 14 August we’ll have a table at the annual Irish Fair.  Contact us here at to find out more about helping us set up (the early evening on 12 August) or to be part of the meeting and greeting of folks who visit our table.

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