Some of the earliest settlers to St. Paul, Minn. were Irish soldiers. This cultural connection is kept alive by family tradition, the Irish Fair of Minnesota and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.
The St. Paul Almanac has established their own event in 2005, which is called the Literary Festival. The festival takes over the city, annually, in the beginning of fall. This year, the dates range from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2.
If you haven’t been to any poetry readings lately, I highly advise a visit to the Almanac website to see what’s happening, and where.
In keeping with the Irish theme, I would suggest heading over to Claddagh Coffee on Saturday, Nov. 1. This little shop is located on 7th Street, sandwiched between the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and the River Garden Yoga Center.
You can find the place by seeking out the symbol of the Claddagh Ring, which serves as the coffee shop’s logo, seen right above the entrance.
Plagued by the love of literature? Perhaps, you would like to read the story behind the symbolic meaning of the ring. Folklore says:
- It is worn on the right hand, with crown and heart facing out, to indicate that the wearer’s heart is yet to be won.
- While under love’s spell, it is worn with heart and crown facing inwards.
- Wearing the ring on the left hand, with the crown and heart facing inwards, signifies that the wearer’s love has been requited.
So, if you’re in the mood, be sure to stop by Claddagh Coffee, Nov. 1. Expunge those hazy memories of Halloween night and soak in tales written by local laureats.
For information on guest authors and to find the address of the venue, click here.