Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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 RKIDs Social Group 
Brunch at the Green
What: Brunch at the Village Green. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday May 21, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:Village Green Restaurant, 120 N. Frederick Ave (Rt. 255), 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)

GWCC
Ceili
What: GWCC ceili with the Irish Inn Mates. All attendees must provide proof of full vaccination, and the proof MUST INCLUDE THE BOOSTER. In addition, all attendees must wear a mask (N95 or KN95 recommended) at all times except when eating or drinking.
Date: Sunday May 22, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
The Lyceum, 17801 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Details:
Flyer
Admission: $15 members, $20 non-members, less for kids. Potluck supper at the first break, please bring a dish to share. Dances include: Moycullen Set, Siege of Ennis, An Sean Chistin, Rinkinstown Set, Cashel Set, Haymaker's Jig, Clare Mazurka Set, Antrim Square Set, Waltz.
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GWCC

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday May 25, 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. It 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. The first pair of the first sixteen half-hour lectures in this series will be shown via Zoom tonight, then in pairs afterwards, about every two weeks apart.
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
Ceili
What: Hugh Conway leads a mini-ceili at Ireland's Four Courts in Arlington.
Date: Sunday May 29, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:Ireland's Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington Va 22021
Details:
Per Hugh: "This is an informal event with dancing and craic. Dancers are rotated so everyone gets to dance. At the moment music will by DJ. There will be plenty of instruction where needed. It’s recommended you stay afterward for dinner. The food at the Four Courts is excellent."
Contact:
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Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

 RKIDs Social Group 
Monthly Brunch
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
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

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday June 8, 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.
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

IONA-Barnaby Productions
IONA in concert
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting IONA. Experience the full spectrum of Celtic music, song and dance from this seminal band.
Date: Saturday June 11, 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. Barbara Tresidder Ryan (lead vocals, bouzouki, bodhrán), Bernard Argent (flute, whistles, vocals, percussion), Leigh Oben (bass guitars), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo, vocals) with Marsha Searle (dancing).
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
Hickory Grove concert
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting Hickory Grove.
Date: Saturday June 18, 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. Founding members Bev & Jack Osburn, accompanying their signature, evocative vocals on banjo and guitar, are joined by Ira Gitlin on bass and Larry Tapper on harmonica to bring us an evening of Bluegrass - one of the American threads in the Celtic tapestry.
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
Hickory Grove

 RKIDs Social Group 
Brunch at the Green
What: Lunch at the Village Green. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:Village Green Restaurant, 120 N. Frederick Ave (Rt. 255), 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)

Penn-Mar Irish Festival
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

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
Directors Meeting
What: Board of Directors meeting. To be held via Zoom remote conferencing.
Date: Tuesday June 21, 2022
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)

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday June 22, 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.
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

 RKIDs Social Group 
Frederick Keys Game
What: Take Me Out to the Ball Game! It'll be a night of action-packed baseball when the Frederick Keys play the State College Spikes. You'll might also glimpse the urban Keyote.
Date: Wednesday June 29, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick MD. Map
Details:
Reserved seats are $7. Gates open at 6 pm. Wear your RKIDs polo shirt. Contact Marilyn O. to sign up and make checks payable to her. Money is due when you sign up. More details are coming.
Contact:
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Keys Website

Catskills Irish Arts Week
Irish Arts Week
What: Catskills Irish Arts Week returns this year. Many workshops. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Nightly Sessions around East Durham Irish Village begin at 10 PM to 12 AM.
Dates From and To: Sunday July 10, 2022 to Saturday July 16, 2022
Time: various - Virtual
Location:East Durham, NY
Details:
Various tiers of admission. One of the dance instructors is Padraig McEneany, and one of the accordion teachers is Billy McComiskey.
Contact: Irish Arts Week website.

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday July 13, 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.
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 July 16, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:Village Green Restaurant, 120 N. Frederick Ave (Rt. 255), 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)

CCE
CCE MAD Week
What: Annual CCE Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) week.
Dates From and To: Monday July 18, 2022 to Saturday July 23, 2022
Time: various
Location:Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
Details:
Contact: See their website or FaceBook page.

 RKIDs Social Group 
Book Discussion Club
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday July 27, 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.
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

IONA-Barnaby Productions
Jack Beck in concert
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting Jack Beck
Date: Saturday July 30, 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. Jack Beck has dedicated his life to the study and performance of traditional Scottish music. With 9 recordings and many awards to his credit, his easy-going personality and musical skill have earned him popularity throughout the Scottish commmunity.
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


Dublin Ohio Irish Festival
Dublin Irish Festival
What: Return of the full Festival in Coffman Park this summer.
Dates From and To: Friday August 5, 2022 to Sunday August 7, 2022
Time: various
Location:Coffman Park 5200 Emerald Parkway Dublin, Ohio 43017
Details:
Contact: Website

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
Celtic Roots Festival
What: Goderich Celtic Roots festival. A two-day outdoor festival with 5 stages showcasing the best of Celtic music, dance, and art, all in the beautiful setting of Goderich, Ontario.
Dates From and To: Friday August 5, 2022 to Sunday August 7, 2022
Time: various
Location:Goderich, Ontario
Details:
Contact: Website

 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.
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. 255), 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.
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

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
Matt and Shannon Heaton
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

 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.
Info about this Video
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

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:
Contact: Ballyshaners

 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


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