News about the RKIDs
November 13, 2021
Labor Day Party - 2021
The first in-person event since March 2020 drew a big crowd. We gathered at the O’Brien’s backyard and we picked up right where we left off. Chatter and laughter filled the air. Bill and Maddy showed a video which was their tribute to Larisa who was just about to step on an airplane destined for her new home in Portland, Oregon. Roger added some photos and others presented parting gifts. Then, several “Potato Games” were played. Like, guessing how many potatoes were in the bucket and doing the Hot Potato Reel: an Irish-inspired dance with a spud balanced on your head. That spud must not be dropped! Points were accumulated and the winner was our very own Irish Charmer, Liz. Included was an Irish-themed pop quiz, to test the Gaelic intellect. It was great to be back together.
The Games Played On:
After a year and a half of zoom brunches, the RKIDs finally began meeting in person in October for our First Saturday Brunch at the Woodside Deli in Germantown. Ten fully-vaccinated RKIDs showed up in November, leading us to believe that we are ready to be together again. Present were: Mary Ann, Marilyn O., Obie, Roger, Jean Wds., Marie V., Connie, Gina, Michelle, and Jack. The next time we meet is Saturday, December 4th at 10 am. See you there!
Ticket sales for the newly-released movie, Belfast, soared on Friday, November 12th due to the RKIDs coming out en masse. Eighteen dancers/non-dancers spread throughout the Rio AMC Theatre and, afterward, gathered around a long table in the Silver Diner. This was all thanks to the quick, clever work of Roger. He put together this outing at lightning speed. All the attendees were rewarded with a production receiving the praise of movie critics everywhere. Here's what the RogerEbert.com website had to say:
"Belfast is unquestionable Kenneth Branagh's most personal film to date, but it's also sure to have universal resonance. It depicts a violent, tumultuous time in Northern Ireland, but it does so through the innocent, exuberant eyes of a nine-year-old boy. And it's shot in gentle black-and-white, with sporadic bursts of glorious color...."Aftr the movie, at the Silver Diner, Kate took the opportunity to announce to everyone Jerry M's upcoming BIG ZERO birthday. Everyone agreed he looks terrific! Happy Birthday, Jerry! Joining together for this outing were: Roger, Kevin, Liz, Dan M., Nancy, Obie, Marilyn O., Evan, Christine, Emmett, Dan O'C., Kate, Jean Wds., Michelle, Marilyn M., Gina, Emma, and, as mentioned, Jerry. Thanks to Roger for putting it together, and to Bill for showing up to take the group (most of it) photograph although he couldn't stay for the movie.
The 2021-2022 Basketball Season began a week or so ago. Maryland Women Terrapin fans Michelle, Marie V., Obie, Marilyn O., and Mary cheered on their team to four victories so far. After most games they celebrate at a local eatery, such as Ledo's, the Greene Turtle or Hard Times Cafe.
To break up the monotony of the pandemic, Gerry rode over to Annapolis where she bought a pair of earrings at the Irish Traditions store. Because of her purchase, she received a free necklace! She topped off the day with lunch at O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern, adding “The food is amazing! I highly recommend it".
One of our newest members, Jim Ca., celebrated a BIG ZERO birthday in October. To mark this important event, Jim, Barb, Bill, Maddy, Obie, and Marilyn O. went to Bethany Beach and visited several sculptures in the area, ate celebratory Smith Island Cake, had breakfast in a railroad car, watched videos, cased out the new Delaware Botanical Gardens, climbed a fire tower, and drank some German beer, compliments of Bill and Maddy, fresh off their recent trip with Jim and Barb to Germany. Jim was quite pleased with the festivities.
While Bill, Maddy, Jim Ca., Barb, Obie, and Marilyn O. were having fun at the beach celebrating Jim's birthday, they ran into RKIDs Bobbie, Diane and family at The Big Chill, a fun beachside restaurant.
For Kevin and Liz, the pandemic meant time to sort through some old family papers. They found this treasure written by Kevin’s mother:
Memories of Ireland
The land where once I used to be
A little girl with hopes and fears
And dreams about the future years
And shall I ever listen to the sounds I was accustomed to
The country cart that jogged along
The bird that waked each day with song
The smell of grass so richly green with dew like diamonds yet unseen
A field of daisies with nodding heads that caught the breeze ere it had fled
A little pond that glistened when the sun came out to play again
These are the things I long to see
So simple yet so dear to me
By Stella Eugenie Mulholland Wall