Annual Events – St. David’s Society of Minnesota

31 Jan

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.


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

Queries to stdavidsofmn@gmail.com.


 St. David’s Day Celebration 2017 

The Program – Mereddyd Evans

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.


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

15 Oct

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 Form & Logistics

hearts_-_welsh2017 Banquet Registration form. Please send forms to Ilene by 24 February. The $28 registration fee includes adult lunch options – and there is a $10 chicken fingers option for children 10 or younger.

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

The program opens with  a welcome and our lunch table conversations at noon, and is followed by a program featuring Mereddyd Evans – in words, images, songs. We wrap up at 3 pm.

Here’s a peak at the food line up, with all meals including a Baby Arugula salad, and a Lemon Berry Shortcake: Season Ravioli (vegetarian); Walleye – Seared/paremesan-crusted walleye with lemon sauce, wild rice; or Grilled Flank Steak with charred tomato relish, baby red potatoes.


Winter Tea – 10 December

indexThe 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.

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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 stdavidsofmn@gmail.com; these might be digital image files, links photos you’ve placed elsewhere, or a PDF including your scanned photo(s).

OR

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

Questions and Queries can also be sent to stdavidsofmn@gmail.com.  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 stdavidsofmn@gmail.com 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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