News about the RKIDs
May 1, 2019
Performance Group Lands on a Good Foot
Continuing its busy season, the Performance Group did a charitable show for The Village at Rockville, a senior living community, adding merriment to the residents in the audience. Giving their time that Saturday morning in March were Sonja, Tom, Russell, Marie V., Linda, Chuck, Maureen, Evan, Sandy, Kate, Maddy and Bill.
Then on April 27, it was on to the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival. A gorgeous day greeted the group there. Again this year, they danced to the lively music provided by Danny Flynn and his Pond Scum band. Led by Maureen and Chuck, the troupe of Connie, Bobbie, Linda, Michelle, Tom, Sonja, Bill, Maddy, Maura, Sandy, Kate, and Emmett gave the audience a tour of Ireland with dances representing the four provinces. Along with some old favorites, they did some new dances, such as the Moycullen Fig. 4 and Armagh Fig. 2, plus fearlessly twisting and turning through the Clare Mazurka High Gates figure. When the audience joined in for dances like the Siege of Carrick, we easily filled the big wooden stage! It was a great way to cap off a record season of six performances.
Video — Parts of Three Dances Performed at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival:
Wondering about our teaser photo for this edition? The group sometimes reviews dance videos on sites like YouTube. While rehearsing the Armagh, they came across a version where the men literally fling their partners to the next gent (if that's the right word) to pass them off. Not what they had in mind for when the group does it!
Taking the place of class on April 30, there was an impromptu gathering at the Dogfish Head Alehouse. Kate, Maura, Gina, Jack, Robin, Emmett, Chuck, Maureen, Jean, Joe, Kathryn, Michelle, Obie, and Marilyn O filled up the table in the outdoor seating area. Luckily, when a storm blew through, their waiter, Lu, rushed to close the glass window and roof and only a few sprinkles landed on the RKIDs. The libations were spared! A fun evening!
“It was the perfect time of year to be in the Netherlands and Belgium,” exclaimed Christine as she told the tales of her recent river cruise through the lowlands. There were many highlights, but the tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens topped her list. She also enjoyed seeing the canals in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House, the town of Delft, and the windmills at Kinderdijk.
Mary B. popped over to London for the Easter holidays with her daughter, her daughter–in-law, and two grandchildren. In just a few days they saw all the major sights. Near St. Paul’s, they met up with Mary Poppins who, after measuring Mary B, announced she is a very good person. We all agree!
Dan and Nancy recently had a unique opportunity to travel to Spain and Italy with their daughter-in-law, Rachel, who teaches at Whitman High School and organizes student tours. They were somewhat concerned about “keeping up with teenagers,” but they survived! Highlights included a cooking class in Madrid and a visit to Parc Guell, designed by Gaudi, in Barcelona. “The park was filled with unusual sculptures, fountains, and irrigation tunnels made of mosaics,” reported the travelers.
Kathy O joined her son, Ryan, and his fiancé, Sidney, for a cultural exchange with a professional dance troupe, the All Stars, who were traveling to Havana, Santiago, Guantanamo, and Gibara in Cuba. She remarked “… there were 15 hours of dance instruction each week. In addition to learning various Latin/African dance moves, we learned choreography to be performed at the end of each week."
Because this was a people-to-people experience, we stayed in people's homes. Each day had a least one cultural event, for example, a dance presentation by students as young as 6 from a poor neighborhood school, a senior citizen-son dance club meeting where we danced with many of the members, and a backyard party given by the woman holding the world's record for the longest time of continuous changui dancing - 32 hours.” Kathy enjoyed having this opportunity to spend time with Sidney and Ryan who are “well regarded and appreciated by many people, have a remarkable ability to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, and provide a unique experience of what Cuba is like today.” Sounds like quite a memorable experience! Maybe Kathy can show the Irish dance class some of her new moves.