Calendar of Events
Our list of what's going on in the Maryland Irish set and ceili dance scene, plus a little more.
- Feeling rusty about those 7's and 3's, and thinking you might benefit from taking Irish dance classes? The McTeggart Irish Dancers offer online weekly ceili and solo step classes via Zoom, with May and June sessions forming. The fee is $44.06 per set of four Monday evening classes. Enroll here. Thanks to Evelyn R. for this tip.
- The Book Discussion Group talked about Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends at its last meeting, and on Tuesday May 25 the movie version will be shown. We'll discuss the differences between the novel and the movie. If you signed up for the first discussion, you are signed up for this event.
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The book discussion club continues to turn pages. On its agenda are:
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy, both the novel and the movie. It was discussed on May 4, and the movie will be shown using Zoom on May 25, so we can compare that against the book. The novel tells the tale of a group of friends in college in Dublin. All the ups and downs of university life are explored by this prolific writer. Passion, tragedy, and independence are themes woven through the story. Binchy, who died in 2012, is considered one of Ireland's greatest modern writers." Other novels by her that are highly recommended are: Scarlet Feathers, The Lilac Bus, The Copper Beech, and Tara Road.
The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger. "Kindertransport" was an effort by the British to provide a safe haven for Jewish children just prior to WWII. The book looks at one family's experience within this program in Northern Ireland. To be discussed on June 15.
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