Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

News about the RKIDs

September 6, 2017

 RKIDs Events

Labor Day 2017 Party

The Dip's a Hit
Recounting Summer

With great gusto, the RKIDs launched another year of dance, camaraderie, and fun! Many members gathered at the O’Brien’s on Labor Day to celebrate the beginning of our 27th year. Among the crowd were Marilyn Moore (our former teacher) and Larry Frank (our new teacher). We also welcomed Mimi to the gathering and Jack Carney, a former member who is back in the area and ready to dance. Obie produced his amazing sausages and hotdogs with a wide variety of mustards; and everyone else brought a delicious dish to share. It was quite a feast!

Grillmaestro Obie

'Twas a perfect day for a backyard party. Indoors, several people joined in the lively dancing that finished off the day. We’re ready for the season. See you all on Tuesday, September 12th for our first class.

Backyard Hangout
Haymaker’s A-Jigging

 Social Group

 Despite pouring rain, the First Saturday Brunch at the Germantown Woodside Deli went on as planned on September 2. Maura, Michelle, Roger, Tom, Sonja, Emma, and Jerry gathered around the table for conversation and repast. This has become a wonderful tradition for the RKIDs. Join next month, on October 7th. No reservations necessary.

The Irish Identity course continues this month with a focus on George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats. Our next class will be at the O’Brien’s on Wednesday, September 20 at 7:15, and Marilyn O will be the moderator. The current “students” in this group are: Maura, Kathryn, Judy, MaryAnn, Evan, Sandy, Emma, Jerry, Dan O’C, Kate, Michelle, Ann Marie, Sonja, Tom, Evelyn, Marie V, Joe, Jean, Marilyn O, Obie, Maddy, Dan M, and Nancy. If you are interested in joining this scholarly group, contact Marilyn.

Stay tuned for details about our trip to northern Maryland and the Shamrock Restaurant on Saturday, September 30th.


Have you ordered your tickets for Cherish the Ladies on Sunday, December 3 at the Blackrock Center for the Arts? The RKIDs will be attending the 4:00 show with dinner afterwards at Ruby Tuesday. Please let Marilyn know if you have your tickets. There is a also a group interested in seeing Julie Fowlis at the same location (but it happens to be the weekend of the Cape May event) on Friday, October 21. The Blackrock website says that she is “a multi-award winning Gaelic singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean Islands ...” If interested, contact Marilyn.

 About Town

Fair Elven Faire Goer
Not an Elf

Maddy and Bill stepped into the 14th to 17th centuries at the Maryland Renaissance Festival's opening day. They also posted a brief video of the journey.


Roger reported that his trip to the west coast, including Alaska, was a huge success. He LOVED Alaska! And we are eagerly awaiting Larisa’s report from Paris. She will be home any day now. Maddy and Bill are busy packing for their Spanish adventure.


Pat at Deep Creek Lake
Pat and family enjoyed some time at their lake house near Deep Creek Lake.


Judy, somewhat hampered by her broken arm, spent a week at Ocean Pines, Maryland. Mary Ann was spotted at the library in Bethany Beach. Toni is doing good deeds for the National Parks in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kathryn is finally home after a summer of learning at Chautauqua and Goderich. Marieke and Willem are (sadly) in the Netherlands with an ailing parent. Kevin and Liz hopped over to Ireland for a quick visit. No moss grows under the RKIDS!

Dan and Grandkids
Kate and Dan were once again in South Carolina visiting John and Susan and the new baby, Theresa, along with the other 7 children.


Tying the Knot
Newlyweds Jenny and Juris

Evan and Sandy celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Jenny to Juris in late August. The two lovebirds chose Jefferson Paterson Park in southern Maryland as the site of the ceremony, a venue they first saw while attending a performance by the RKIDs during the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival.