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.
Final Class and Mini-Ceili
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.
Sonja presented two special awards to Jean and Joe Wds.
Getting back to the ceili, here's a video of the Clare Lancers Set being danced:
Performance Group Steps Out
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.