preserving the cultural tradition of Irish ceili and set dancing since 1991
News about the RKIDs
July 31, 2017
Happy Hour at Lahinch
Sometimes things just click and that’s what happened on Friday, July 7th at the Lahinch Tavern and Grill in Potomac. Lots of RKIDs showed up for a mid-summer happy hour and before long, the music kicked in and dancers were on the floor. Michelle, Linda, Bill, Maddy, Nancy, Dan M, Kate, Dan O’C, Obie, Mary B, Evan, Sandy (with family members Cindi, Hilary, Jesse, Jenny, Juris), Roger, Maura, Larisa and friend, Colleen, Chuck, Maureen, and Marilyn O had a great time and are looking forward to another gathering at what might become our local watering hole. Later in the evening, Tina Eck and Jesse Winch walked in to join the fun. Tina played with the band and Jesse Winch enjoyed talking to various people.
The following evening a few hardy souls returned to Lahinch for another evening of Irish music from the group, Celtic Rose. Marilyn and Obie are old friends of the fiddle player and drummer. Colleen, Bill, Maddy, pre-arm break Judy, Michelle, and Marilyn O enjoyed the Irish tunes.
The Irish Identity Course Continues: – Daniel O’Connell (not the RKIDs’ Dan O’C) is the Martin Luther King, Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi of Ireland! This interesting comparison was presented in the most recent DVDs seen by the group participating in the Irish Identity course. Everyone seems to be enjoying the series which will continue in September. At the July gathering: Maura, Judy, Mary Ann, Evan, Sandy, Dan O’C, Kate, Michelle, Sonja, Tom, Joe, Jean, and Maddy. Many thanks go out to Jean and Joe for facilitating the group discussion. The healthy snacks were terrific!
CCE's and GWCC's MAD (Music, Art and Dance) week was a huge success this year. A variety of classes, from Gaelic language to Sean Nos dancing, was available to participants. A major event was the Thursday night ceili, led by Padraig McEneaney, a highly regarded dance instructor and featuring many musicians. Several RKIDs attended: Tom, Sonja, Kathy O, David M, Chuck and Maureen, Michelle, Maddy and Bill, and Emmett. Our future instructor, Larry Frank, was also on the dance floor.
The 17th annual Adams County (PA) Irish Festival near Gettysburg, presented by the local Ancient Order of Hibernians, drew a nice crowd including Tom and Sonja, who said they “enjoyed (especially) the music performed by Across the Pond….we got one of their CDs and Tom is really enjoying listening to it. There was lots of food and vendors and I even got to do a little Christmas shopping. We were happy we went.”
Barnesville BBQ – St. Mary’s Church in Barnesville (where we hold our End of Year Party) held their annual Chicken Dinner and Fair on Saturday, July 29th. Tom and Sonja (again) appeared on the scene and ate dinner with Dan and Kate. Karen M also made it to the fair. Later, Kate ran into several other friends and loved being a part of the small community. They all had a great time.
To celebrate his retirement, Roger is off to the west coast and then to Alaska with a Peace Corps friend. What a great way to celebrate! Congratulations and bon voyage, Roger.
Colleen has been on the go this summer. She went to a family wedding/reunion in Montana (and proudly wore her Redskins backpack at the Dallas airport on her way out). She also took the train to see her Good Friends in Connecticut. No moss growing under her! And by the way, she will be teaching 4th grade this coming school year. Lucky kids!
No one loves the beach more than Christine. This summer, she has been to the Outer Banks to visit with a good friend. Then she went to Bethany Beach to join Mary B, Marilyn O (plus Mary’s sister and her niece), and Kate on the Bethany Beach House Tour. A runner-up for her love of the beach is Kate, who spent a week in Lewes, DE recently – with Dan. They rented a cute apartment on the Intercoastal Waterway.
Toni, David D, Marilyn M, and Bridget joined forces in Ireland. They did some dancing; they did some touring, including of the Glencar Waterfalls in Co. Leitrim.
Following advice from Marilyn and Obie, Evan and Sandy took in the sights and sounds of Las Vegas as part of their 40th wedding anniversary celebration. They saw some shows, roamed through many casinos, and got out of town to see the Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam. A real highlight was a visit to the M&M store where they bought the perfect souvenir for the O’Brien’s.
Judy broke two bones in her left arm and is adjusting to life with a cast and sling. No, she wasn't a casualty from the aforementioned happy hours.
Alison reports that she is reading an interesting book, Vanishing Ireland, by Edna O’Brien with photographs by Richard Fitzgerald. “It seems like something that would go well with the theme of learning Irish history.” The book is available at the Gaithersburg and Germantown libraries.