Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

preserving the cultural tradition of Irish ceili and set dancing since 1991

News about the RKIDs

June 29, 2017

 Social Group

The Social Group started out the summer with a bang. Lots of activities brought together the members of the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers. Our usual First Saturday of the Month Brunch started things off. On June 3, Maura, MaryAnn, Michelle, Sonja, Tom, Roger, Kate, Judy, Marilyn O, and Larisa shared their summer plans over breakfast at the Woodside Deli in Germantown.

Saturday, July 1 is the date of the next brunch there, also from 10 -12. No reservation is necessary.

Keys Game

With John O'Hurley
Sea of Green in the Bleachers

There it was in GREAT BIG LETTERS – Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers – on the big screen during the Frederick Keys game on Saturday, June 17. Proud as peacocks, Toni and David D (and 3 friends), Marie V, Bob, Bill, Maddy, Tom, Sonja, Colleen, Sandy, Jenny (Sandy’s daughter), Christine, Marilyn O, Mary B, Obie and a friend, Ron, screamed and yelled and clapped and cheered as we were acknowledged for our presence at the game against the Lynchburg Hillcats. It’s true, our team did not win, but we still had a great time. It happened to be Seinfeld Night which meant that a character from the show, John O’Hurley who played J. Peterman, Elaine’s boss, was there to sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch and to sign autographs. Many in our group gathered around him for a photograph, but someone was heard mumbling, “I don’t even know who he is!” Thanks go out to Shawn in the Keys ticket office who coordinated our game tickets.

Welcomed on the Scoreboard

Bill and Maddy organized a “tailgate” party at the Mariachi Restaurant just minutes from the baseball park. A couple hours before game time, Mary B, Marilyn O, Colleen, Kevin, Liz joined them to enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner.

Pre-Game Dinner
Swing and a Miss

Dancing at the Crossroads Video
Bill and Maddy hosted the showing of a PBS documentary, The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads, on Saturday, June 3. Watching were Michelle, Kathy, David M, Christine, Kathryn, Obie, Dan, Kate, Maura, Larry, Tom, Sonja, Marilyn O. The highly acclaimed film not only explored the rich history of Irish Americans in the Catskills, but also discussed the integral connection between New York City and the area. During the discussion afterwards, Obie and Maura shared some of their adventures in this Irish-American enclave. Thanks to our hosts for a great evening.

The Irish Identity course series continued on June 14 at the O’Brien’s. Dan O’C and Kate, the facilitators, provided the attentive audience (Maura, Judy, MaryAnn, Sandy, Emma, Jerry, Michelle, Ann Marie, Sonja, Tom, Marie V, Joe, Jean, Maddy, Dan M, and Nancy) with a thorough outline of the videos: (3) The Penal Laws and the Protestant Ascendancy and (4) Ireland at the Turn of the 19th Century. Many thanks go out to Dan and Kate for volunteering to lead the discussion and for handling the DVDs. 

 Irish Activities

Tina and Billy

Ten RKIDs were at the first mini-ceili of the GWCC summer session. Sonja, Tom, David D, David M, Kathy, Chuck, Maureen, Marieke, Maddy and Bill danced the South Galway, Merchant, North Kerry, Ballyvourney and several other sets to the fine music of Tina Eck and Billy McComiskey.

 About Town

Forever Friends

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon in June, six early members of the RKIDs gathered for lunch at the Old Angler’s Inn along the Potomac River. Sharon P, Kate, Liz, and Marilyn O met with Pat Boler, who has recently been in mourning over the loss of her husband, Jim. Pat and Jim were essential members of the RKIDs from the very early days. They hosted many parties, attended every class, performed many times, and participated in all the RKID activities for several years. It was a grand reunion! One other RKID was there – Kevin – who served as Liz’s chauffeur for the day and kept the ladies in line.


RIO Concert Dinner

Kate, Dan O'C, Maddy and Bill checked out the latest installment in the RIO's summer concert series. Dinner at Tara Thai added spice to the show. Did you know Kate's an Elvis fan? She was also at the Friday night show, featuring an Elvis impersonator.


Picture Perfect at the Middle of the Game After the Rain