Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday August 10, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom - Online
Details:
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts. This session covers "Brittany and Galicia: Fringe of the Fringe" and "Celtic Churches."
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

 RKIDs Social Group 
Brunch at the Green
What: Brunch at the Village Green. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday August 20, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:Village Green Restaurant, 120 N. Frederick Ave (Rt. 355), Gaithersburg MD 20877, just north of the Fr. Cuddy Bridge (which goes over the railroad tracks in Gaithersburg).
Details:
Meet other RKIDs at this casual, local restaurant. There is parking in front (2 spaces), along the side, and in the rear. For easier in and out, park at the nearby IHOP and walk a few steps to the restaurant. No RSVP is necessary.
Contact:
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Jack C (see your membership directory)

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday August 24, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom - Online
Details:
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts. Topics: "Celtic Art and Insular Art" and "Medieval Irish Literature."
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

 RKIDs Social Group 
Dinner Out Group
What: RKIDs' dinner social at Villa Maya Mexican Restaurant. To sit at the reserved RKIDs table, members must be fully vaccinated against Covid per RKIDs policy.
Date: Friday August 26, 2022
Time: 6 pm -
Location:Villa Maya Restaurant, Rock Creek Village Center, 5532 Norbeck Rd, Rockville 20853
Details:
Reservations are necessary. Contact Marie V at her email address or call her, as listed in your copy of the members directory, by Wednesday, August 24 to reserve your spot.
Contact: Marie V. for reservations
Villa Maya

IONA-Barnaby Productions
Matt and Shannon Heaton
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting Matt and Shannon Heaton. Their combination of flute, bouzouki and vocals brings a lively take on Irish music and continues to charm the audience wherever they perform.
Date: Saturday August 27, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location:Fairfax Station, VA (call for directions)
Details:
Bring a lawn chair and picnic with your beverage of choice. They provide desserts and soft drinks. The suggested donation is $20.
Matt and Shannon Heaton's website.
Contact:
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Reservations & directions call (703) 426-1450 or send an email to ionavoice@pobox.com. More info at Swift Run Concerts

IONA-Barnaby Productions
Isla!
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting Isla!
Date: Saturday September 3, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location:Fairfax Station, VA (call for directions)
Details:
Bring a lawn chair and picnic with your beverage of choice. They provide desserts and soft drinks. The suggested donation is $20.
Isla! - Deborah Packard returns to weave Appalachian and Scottish spells with her heartbreakingly sweet vocals and fine whistle playing while native Glaswegian Peter Cairney provides world class guitar, lap dulcimer and harmonica accompaniment.
Contact:
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Reservations & directions call (703) 426-1450 or send an email to ionavoice@pobox.com. More info at Swift Run Concerts

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
Labor Day Party
What: It's the annual RKIDs Labor Day party! Please RSVP by September 3.
Date: Monday September 5, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm -
Location:The O'Brien's
Details:
$10 admission. All attendees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Sorry, no potluck, but hot dogs, sausages, potato salad, chips, water, soft drinks and more are provided. Please bring your own drinks and a lawn chair(s).
$20 dues for RKIDs annual membership will be collected. If you also wish to sign up for Fall dance class (starts on September 13), that's an additional $50 per person.
Contact: Marilyn O
Party Flyer

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
Directors Meeting
What: Board of Directors meeting. To be held via Zoom remote conferencing.
Date: Wednesday September 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Topics include preparing for the annual meeting, election of the Board of Directors, and new PA system equipment acquisition.
Contact: Kate (meeting agenda) or Bill (meeting URL)

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday September 14, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom - Online
Details:
This is the last video from the Great Courses series and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts. Session titles are "Celtic Women, Families, and Social Structure" and "The Irish Sea World: Celts and Vikings."
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

 RKIDs Social Group 
Brunch at the Green
What: Brunch at the Village Green. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:Village Green Restaurant, 120 N. Frederick Ave (Rt. 355), Gaithersburg MD 20877, just north of the Fr. Cuddy Bridge (which goes over the railroad tracks in Gaithersburg).
Details:
Meet other RKIDs at this casual, local restaurant. There is parking in front (2 spaces), along the side, and in the rear. For easier in and out, park at the nearby IHOP and walk a few steps to the restaurant. No RSVP is necessary.
Contact:
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Jack C (see your membership directory)

Ballyshaners
St. Patrick's Day Parade
What: Ballyshaners and Alexandria's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Because it was postponed to Saturday, Sept. 17 from the usual date in March, it's called the Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 -
Location:The parade starts at King St. and Alfred St. then goes east on King St., finishing at the corner of King and Lee Streets. Closest Metro is the blue line, King St/Old Town stop.
Details:Flyer
Contact: Ballyshaners

Ligonier Highland Games
Highland Games Festival
What: 63rd annual highland games. Athleticism, bands, piping, drumming, ladies' haggis hurling (2 pound bags), keg tossing, dancing competition, more.
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022
Time: 8 am - 5:30 pm
Location:At IDLEWILD PARK, off of US 30, Ligonier, PA 18018
Details:
$20, $18 seniors. Rain or shine.
Contact: Games website

Celtic Cultural Alliance
Celtic Classic
What: Expect lots of music, dance, highland games (caber, stone and hammer tossing), food, drink and more in Bethlehem, PA at the festival. It historically attracts over 250,000 visitors to downtown Historic Bethlehem.
Dates From and To: Friday September 23, 2022 to Sunday September 25, 2022
Time: various
Location:532 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Shuttle Address - 1525 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA
Details:
Free admission. Festival grounds map
Contact: CCA website

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Pull of the Stars by: Emma Donoghue
Date: Wednesday September 28, 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)
Date and selection are tentative
Contact: Sonja

GWCC
Fall Fling Weekend
What: Irish set dancing at the shore - the Fall Fling for 2022. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and boosters is required to participate. Register by September 11 for the best rates. Three dance workshops, two ceilis.
Dates From and To: Friday October 14, 2022 to Sunday October 16, 2022
Time: various
Location:Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center; right on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Details:
$224/GWCC members, $240/non-members if registering before Sept. 12. Pádraig & Róisín McEneany will teach. Music by local musicians Rambling House.
Flyer
Contact: Website

Weinberg Arts Center
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: Friday October 21, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Location:Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Details:
"WB3 seamlessly converge the shared and varied traditions of Americana, Bluegrass, and Celtic music with pop. Sensible songcraft to create a truly unique and gratifying signature sound."
Contact: We Banjo 3 website
Weinberg Center Tickets

Blackthorn
Blackthorn Ceili
What: The Annual Autumn Blackthorn Ceili Returns! Music by Joe DeZarn and friends. Caller: Larry Frank.
Date: Saturday October 29, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location:McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave., Washington Grove, MD
Details:
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required, boosters encouraged. Admission and food/potluck policy is TBA. Dances: will include Merchant Set, Walls of Limerick, North Kerry, Clare Lancers Set and other standards; all are called. Halloween costumes are optional.
Come dance on the one the best wooden floors in the area!
Contact:
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Blackthorn
Blackthorn Ceili
What: The St. Patrick's day month Blackthorn Ceili. Music by Joe DeZarn and friends. Caller: Larry Frank.
Date: Saturday March 4, 2023
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location:McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave., Washington Grove, MD
Details:
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required, boosters encouraged. Admission and food/potluck policy is TBA. Dances: will include Merchant Set, Walls of Limerick, North Kerry, Clare Lancers Set and other standards; all are called.
Come dance on the one the best wooden floors in the area!
Contact:
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Obie


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