Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

News about the RKIDs

May 29, 2018

End of 2017 - 2018 Class Term

We completed another year in fine fettle. The Performance Group danced at a record number of venues in the spring. There were several socials at local pubs and ceilis to attend. Here are some highlights from April and May.  Watch for our next edition, when we'll cover the year-end ceili.

 RKIDs Events

Final Class and Mini-Ceili

Facing the Wall
Mazurka Teacups

At our last class and mini-ceili for the 2017-2018 school year, we danced the Sixteen-Hand reel, Clare Mazurka, High Cauled Cap, Bonfire and others. Larry called them all expertly.

Nourishing the Dancers

The Performance Group members had a gift for their leaders, Chuck and Maureen, who exerted an extraordinary amount of effort arranging the many dances done this year for charity and otherwise. The gift was presented by Kate.

Appreciating Chuck and Maureen

Jean Wds - All-Around
Support Award
RKID of the Year - Joe

Sonja presented two special awards to Jean and Joe Wds.

Sonja and Jean

Then, to her surprise, the RKIDs Board of Directors presented an appreciation award to Sonja, who steps away from her coordinator's post in August. Sonja has ably led the RKIDs for four years. She received a gift card for a German restaurant in Hagerstown.

For Sonja's Leadership
The Stube Awaits Sonja


Getting back to the ceili, here's a video of the Clare Lancers Set being danced:

Performance Group Steps Out

Move More Montgomery
At the Celtic Festival

In the space of less than 30 days, the Performance Group graced the stages at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival in St. Leonard, Move More Montgomery Festival in Gaithersburg, and a special event at St. Hugh of Grenoble in Greenbelt. View this video of their work at the Celtic Festival.

Overcoming the heat and humidity of the Move More Montgomery Festival, they demonstrated pieces of the Foxhunter and North Kerry sets and the Four Hand Reel. An enthusiastic audience joined in on the Every Man's Chance fun, a perennial favorite.  After all of that, some libational respite was in order, so some of the group repaired to the Dogfish Alehouse.

Greening the Dogfish

The Performance Group made a fine showing at the St. Hugh of Grenoble Catholic Church's "Sodality Tea Party" on May 20. In celebration of their Irish roots, the Sodality, a spiritual group, wanted to have Irish entertainment at their annual fundraiser. The performers (Chuck, Maureen, Emmett, Tom, Sonja, Pat G, Linda, Marie V, and Bobbie) delighted the tea drinkers. Kate emceed, as usual, and danced, as well. Following the performance, the Sodality hosted a hat fashion show, which seemed appropriate after watching the wedding festivities in London the day before.

 Social Group

The First Saturday Brunch at the Woodside Deli has become one of the RKIDs’ traditions. In May, Tom, Sonja, Connie, Kate, Dan O’C, Michelle, Maura, Larisa, and Judy enjoyed this warm and welcoming event. Next one is Saturday, June 2 (the morning of the End of the Year party). See you there.

Maura facilitated the recent Irish Identity class about Synge’s work, “Playboy of the Western World,” and the beginning of Ireland’s involvement in WWI. Kate, Dan O’C, Mary Ann, Tom, Sonja, Jack, Marie V, Dan M, Maddy, Nancy, and Jean contributed to the discussion. Thanks go out to Tom and Sonja for hosting the class and to Tom, who once again handled the technology. The next class will be on Wednesday, June 20th at 7:15 and will cover the Easter Rising and James Joyce. Place TBA.

Not Giving an Inch
at Lahinch

Celtic Rose, a foursome dedicated to Irish pub songs, entertained Evan, Judy, Mary Ann, Mary B, Dan O’C, Kate, Obie, and Marilyn O and Ann Marie (Mary’s niece) at Lahinch recently. There was lots of clapping along and toe-tapping, plus lively conversation and rousing toasts.

 Irish Activities
At the Ceili
At the final Emerald Isle Club ceili of the season, held on May 5, Maddy, Bill, Jean and Joe Wds, Tom and Sonja represented the RKIDs. Megan Downes called the dances.
Gerry Timlin (center)
Gerry Timlin, a native of Co. Tyrone and now living in Bethany Beach, sang at Ireland's Four Provinces in Falls Church recently. He's been featured on several of the Joanie Madden's Folk'N Irish cruises. Maddy and Bill commented that he has a fine voice and puts on a highly enjoyable show. Visit his website to hear samples and see his touring schedule.

Marilyn O spent her childhood dreaming of the southwest. Her father, who grew up reading Zane Grey westerns, loved traveling. The family spent many summer vacations in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. In May, Marilyn continued the tradition by visiting her cousin in Phoenix for a few days.

Photogs Marilyn and Carole
Working the Scenery in
Lower Antelope Canyon
Winslow - Takin' It Easy
Then her friend, Carole, arrived and the two photographers set off to capture northern Arizona. A highlight was a boat trip on Lake Powell, which led to a half mile hike to Rainbow Bridge. Marilyn’s father died before he had a chance to see this natural wonder so Marilyn dedicated the day to him. Another highlight was a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon where water has created a magical place – photographers’ heaven. On their last day, they made a quick stop in Winslow, Arizona to, as you Eagles/Jackson Browne fans know, stand on the corner.
Rainbow Bridge
All-Star Jack
Marilyn put Carole on her flight home, picked up Obie, and off they drove to Las Vegas, where they saw grandson, Jack, star in the All Star baseball game. A side trip took them to Seven Magic Mountains, an art installation by Ugo Rondinone, made up of seven 30-foot towers of neon-bright boulders. Look closely at the photo to see all seven.
Desert Art
With Niece Eabha
Going Wilde

Maura and husband Larry spent a few days in Ireland visiting relatives. They celebrated grandniece  Eabha’s First Communion in Co. Meath. They also visited Galway where Maura is pictured on the bench with the Oscar and Eduardo Wilde statue.