Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

preserving the cultural tradition of Irish ceili and set dancing since 1991

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Tuesday Night Ceili Club
Set and Ceili Class
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday October 19, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
Directors Meeting
What: RKIDs' Board of Directors Meeting will be held via Zoom remote conferencing.
Date: Tuesday October 19, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Contact: Kate (meeting agenda) or Bill (meeting URL)

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
Set and Ceili Class
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday October 26, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: How the Irish Saved Civilization by: Thomas Cahill
Date: Wednesday October 27, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom-Online
Details:
In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization - copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost - they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task. (From the publisher, Random House)
Contact: Sonja

NYU
Book Discussion
What: The Slave Ship and The Coffin Ship: historians Cian McMahon and Marcus Rediker reconstruct in detail the lives deaths, and terrors of enslaved peoples and immigrants at sea.
Date: Thursday October 28, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm -
Location:Register Online
Details:Admission: free. Cian McMahon published the first full-length scholarly study of the Atlantic and Pacific crossings, The Coffin Ship: Life and Death at Sea during the Great Irish Famine. That book was inspired in part by Marcus Rediker’s tour de force, The Slave Ship: A Human History.
Contact: Glucksman Ireland House of New York University
Recommended by Kathryn G.

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
Set and Ceili Class
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday November 2, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday November 6, 2021
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

IONA-Barnaby Productions
Macfarlane & Surrick
What: Ronn Macfarlane & Carolyn Surrick are internationally acclaimed virtuosi performing tunes ancient and modern on the viola da Gamba and the lute. Neither of them is a stranger to the Brogue, but this will be their first time together here.
Date: Sunday November 7, 2021
Time: Seatings: 4:30-6:00 & 6:30-8:00 pm
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
$10 per person food/beverage minimum.
Because of the intimate nature of the venue and health concerns for some of our patrons, the artists are all insisting that everyone present be required to have either a Vaccination Certificate or a Clear Covid Test within the prior 48 hours. The maximum number of available seats is 48.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
Set and Ceili Class
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday November 9, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

IONA-Barnaby Productions
Robin Bullock
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue, Fall 2021, presents Robin Bullock. Probably the foremost Celtic bouzouki/guitar and mandolin exponent in the nation!
Date: Sunday November 14, 2021
Time: Seatings: 4:30-6:00 & 6:30-8:00 pm
Location:Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, VA
Details:
Because of the intimate nature of the venue and health concerns for some of our patrons, the artists are all insisting that everyone present be required to have either a Vaccination Certificate or a Clear Covid Test within the prior 48 hours. Also, the maximum number of seats will be 48.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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Ceili
What: Hugh Conway and the Shepherds Pie Celli Band host this dance.
Date: Sunday November 21, 2021
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:Blenheim Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax 22030
Details:$12, half-price if under 18 years old.
Contact:
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IONA-Barnaby Productions
Zahm and Marks
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue, Fall/Winter 2021, presents Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks. Brilliant baritone Zahm with his guitar and bodhrán will be joined by old-timey fiddler Marks.
Date: Sunday November 21, 2021
Time: Seatings: 4:30-6:00 & 6:30-8:00 pm
Location:Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, VA
Details:
Because of the intimate nature of the venue and health concerns for some of our patrons, the artists are all insisting that everyone present be required to have either a Vaccination Certificate or a Clear Covid Test within the prior 48 hours. Also, the maximum number of seats will be 48.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: From a Low and Quiet Sea by: Donal Ryan
Date: Wednesday November 24, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom-Online
Details:
A moving novel of three men, each searching for something they have lost, from the award-winning and Man Booker nominated author, Donal Ryan. (Amazon)
Contact: Sonja

IONA-Barnaby Productions
Concert - IONA
What: Expect the full spectrum of Celtic music and song from this seminal band, founded in 1986. The band is renowned for its complex and fascinating arrangements featuring Barbara Tresidder Ryan, Bernard Argent, Jim Queen and Leigh Oben.
Date: Sunday November 28, 2021
Time:
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Because of the intimate nature of the venue and health concerns for some of our patrons, the artists are all insisting that everyone present be required to have either a Vaccination Certificate or a Clear Covid Test within the prior 48 hours. Also, the maximum number of seats will be 48.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday December 4, 2021
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
Holiday Party
What: Hold this date for the RKIDs' holiday party. We hope to make it an in-person event, as in the pre-pandemic days. But to attend, you must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Date: Saturday December 11, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30ish pm
Location:O'Brien's house
Details:
More details about activities, potluck (or not) and health assurance are coming!
Contact: Marilyn

IONA-Barnaby Productions
Jody Marshall
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue, Fall 2021, presents Jody Marshall's Annual Holiday Concert. Note: everyone present must have either a Vaccination Certificate or a Clear Covid test within the prior 48 hours. Maximum seats available is 48.
Date: Sunday December 12, 2021
Time: Seatings: 4:30-6:00 & 6:30-8:00 pm
Location:Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, VA
Details:
Jody Marshall, Carey Creed (lead vocals), Paul Nahay (piano) and Jim Queen (fiddle) will fill the Snuggery with mirth, merriment, and plenty of good cheer with their popular holiday show. The show spans funny Christmas parodies to lovely holiday ballads to intricately arranged instrumentals.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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Ceili
What: Hugh Conway and the Shepherds Pie Celli Band host this dance.
Date: Sunday December 19, 2021
Time: 3 - 6 pm
Location:Blenheim Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax 22030
Details:$12, half-price if under 18 years old.
Contact: Hugh Conway

 RKIDs Social Group 
Movie
What: RKIDs shows the movie Fisherman’s Friends. Per IMDB: A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty-singing fishermen.
Date: Wednesday December 22, 2021
Time: 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Location:Virtual via Zoom. The link will be emailed to all members. Sign in at 7:15 pm so we can iron out connection wrinkles. The movie starts at 7:30.
Details:
This movie has no Irish connection, but it’s delightful — in the spirit of the holidays. For fans of Doc Martin, this movie was filmed in the same town.
Contact: Sonja O. Movie's website

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday January 8, 2022
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

Weinberg Arts Center
Concert - We Banjo 3
What: We Banjo 3 hail from Galway and play a lively blend of traditional Irish and bluegrass music - what they call "Celtic Grass."
Date: Saturday January 15, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Location:Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701
Details:
Admission: $25. The Galway, Ireland, and Nashville-based quartet – comprising two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley – seamlessly converge the shared and varied traditions of Americana, Bluegrass, and Celtic music with pop-sensible songcraft.
Contact: We Banjo 3 website
Weinberg Center Tickets

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: In the Woods by: Tana French
Date: Wednesday January 26, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom-Online
Details:
The plot of the novel circles around the murder of a twelve-year-old girl, Katy Devlin, whose case Rob and his partner Cassie Maddox are assigned to investigate. The body is found in the same woods where Rob's friends disappeared, at an archaeological dig site; and the coincidence is enough to make Rob nervous, though he insists to his partner that he is fine. (Wikipedia) The is a long book (464 pages), but comes highly recommended by several members of the Book Club. It is the first in a series known as the Dublin Murder Squad.
Contact: Sonja or Marilyn O.

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday February 5, 2022
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: A Star Called Henry by: Roddy Doyle
Date: Wednesday February 23, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom-Online
Details:
This book describes the early years of Henry Smart's adventure-filled life in early 20th century Ireland. Readers will get caught up in the fight for a free Ireland as did Henry at the age of 14. (Must-Read Books of 2021)
Contact: Sonja

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

Blackthorn
Blackthorn Ceili
What: Annual Spring Blackthorn ceili. Music: Joe DeZarn and his bandmates. Caller: Larry Frank. Because of Covid, there will be no potluck, but separate dessert items will be provided. Come dance on one of the best wooden floors in the area!
Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
Time: 7 - 10:30 pm
Location:McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave., Washington Grove, MD, on the Corner of Center St. and Chestnut Rd.
Details:
$15 admission. The ceili will be only for fully vaccinated people. All who enter will be asked to sign an individual note stating that they have been vaccinated. A flyer will be distributed at a later date. Hope to see all who are vaccinated on Saturday, March 5.
Contact: Obie

Weinberg Arts Center
Teelin Irish Dance
What: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Celtic Journey celebrates the graceful beauty and thundering beats of Irish dance and music. Come experience the brilliant energy of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography of the Teelin Irish Dance Company.
Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
Time: 7 pm
Location:Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701
Details:
Admission: $30 - $35
Contact: Teelin Irish Dance website
Weinberg Center Tickets

Weinberg Arts Center
Cherish the Ladies
What: An evening of timeless Irish music with a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. A favorite of the RKIDs.
Date: Sunday March 20, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm
Location:Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701
Details:
Admission: $25-$35
Contact: Cherish the Ladies
Weinberg Center Tickets

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday April 2, 2022
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Pull of the Stars by: Emma Donoghue
Date: Wednesday April 27, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom-Online
Details:
In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented 1918 world step two outsiders, Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumored Rebel on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. (Goodreads)
Contact: Sonja

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday May 7, 2022
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid. Please notify Sonja in advance if you are coming so she can make proper table arrangements.
Date: Saturday June 4, 2022
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Details:
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja

Penn-Mar Irish Festival
Penn-Mar Irish Festival
What: The Penn-Mar Irish Festival is held annually on the third Saturday in June, near the Mason-Dixon Line and featuring traditional and contemporary Irish music and dance from Pennsylvania and Maryland performers, plus some special guests.
Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
Location:Markets at Shrewsbury in southern York County on 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Details:
Ticket prices are TBD. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Pets are prohibited.
Contact:
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Penn-Mar Irish Festival


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