Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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GWCC
What: 15th Annual Spring Fling Weekend — 2020 is canceled due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
Dates From and To: Friday March 27, 2020 to Saturday March 28, 2020
Time: Cancelled
Location:
Details:
Details about refunds for those who registered for the entire 2020 weekend will be sent soon.
Contact: GWCC

 RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' brunch social is cancelled due to pandemic concerns.
Date: Saturday April 4, 2020
Time: CANCELLED
Location:
Details:
Contact: Sonja

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: RKIDs' Board of Directors Meeting will be held using remote conferencing technology.
Date: Tuesday April 7, 2020
Time: 7:15 - 9:15 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Contact: Kate

Celtic Society of Southern MD
What: This would have been the 42nd year for the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland, but it's cancelled due to the pandemic.
Date: Saturday April 25, 2020
Time: CANCELLED
Location:
Details:
Contact: Website

 RKIDs Social Group 
What: TENTATIVE -- RKIDs' brunch social
Date: Saturday May 2, 2020
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

EIC
What: Monthly Emerald Isle Club Ceili with live music. Musicians: Peter Fitzgerald and the J. Patrick’s All Stars. All dances will be called.
Date: Saturday May 2, 2020
Time: 7 - 11 pm
Location:
nearby restaurants
An Poitin Stil at 2323 York Rd. Timonium MD 21093
Mo's Seafood at 1528 East Joppa Road, Towson, MD 21234
Atlantic Ballroom 8819 Orchard Tree Lane, Towson, MD 21286. Free parking, near Wolf Furniture.
Details:
Admission: $20 for adult non-members, $15 for adult members; $9 ages 7 - 17. Admission includes soda, beer and snacks. Bring a baked good or dessert to share.
Contact: EIC website

GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 23 to May 21, 2020. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on 2/20, 3/19, 4/16 and 5/21 ($5 donation suggested for musicians).
Date: Thursday May 7, 2020
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 18 classes.
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 23 to May 21, 2020. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on 2/20, 3/19, 4/16 and 5/21 ($5 donation suggested for musicians).
Date: Thursday May 14, 2020
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 18 classes.
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 23 to May 21, 2020. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on 2/20, 3/19, 4/16 and 5/21 ($5 donation suggested for musicians).
Date: Thursday May 21, 2020
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 18 classes.
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What:

It's the RKIDs' End-of-Year Ceili!

Called by Larry Frank, with live music by The Cadillacs: Joe Dezarn (fiddle), Tina Eck (flute & whistle), and Jesse Winch (bodhran, harmonica, guitar & bouzouki).
Date: Saturday May 30, 2020
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location:St. Mary’s Pavilion at 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838; Text directions (PDF)
Details:
$15 for members, $20 non-members. Potluck. Bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. We supply water, coffee, tea.
Contact:
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Highland Festival of Garrett County
What: Garrett County, MD, Celtic Festival. 5 stages & 3 fields of all-day entertainment: Highland games, music, country dance, crafts, birds of prey.
Date: Saturday June 6, 2020
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location:Community Park in Friendsville, MD; just off I-68 at exit 4.
Details:
The 2020 Irish Festival will include the Teelin School and bands such as Shanty Irish, Aurora Celtic and the Sean Heely Trio. Adults over 18: $20 ($12 in advance online), Youth 11 - 18: $5. Free parking. From their website "The Festival is STILL ON as of this writing. We will be making decisions by April 5 about the June Festival as the situation with the risks involved are assessed..."
Contact:
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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 20, 2020
Time: 10:30 am - 9 pm
Location:Markets at Shrewsbury in southern York County on 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Details:
Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Pets are prohibited.
Contact: Penn-Mar Irish Festival

Catskills Irish Arts Week
What: It's the annual Irish Arts Week festival of music, song, dance, language and crafts. A week-long celebration set amidst a genuine Irish Village in East Durham, NY, the "Irish Catskills." Many workshops are available.
Dates From and To: Sunday July 12, 2020 to Saturday July 18, 2020
Time: various
Location:2267 Route 145 East Durham, NY 12423.
Details:
Irish concerts, dances, workshops, singing and crafts galore. Billy McComiskey, Mick Moloney, Nollaig Casey, Joanie Madden and many other notables will perform. Padraig McEneany will teach set dancing. Barn Dance on the evening of July 15. Workshop registration packages vary from $200 - $450.
Contact: Irish Arts Week website.

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
What: Goderich Celtic Roots festival. A three-day outdoor festival with multiple stages showcasing the best of Celtic music, dance, and art, all in the beautiful setting of Goderich, Ontario.
Dates From and To: Friday August 7, 2020 to Sunday August 9, 2020
Time: various
Location:Goderich, Ontario
Details:
Ticket prices range from $25 - $35/day to $65 - $75 for a weekend pass. Music runs from 12 noon to midnight; 10:30 pm Sunday. Musicians include Andrea Beaton and Cherish the Ladies.
Contact: Festival Website

Ballyshaners
What: The 2020 Irish Festival will be held on August 22, 2020 at Alexandria’s Waterfront Park.
Date: Saturday August 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location:Waterfront Park in Alexandria VA (near the Torpedo Factory)
Details:The 2020 Irish Festival will be held on August 22, 2020 at Alexandria’s Waterfront Park. The family friendly event is held to promote and preserve Irish heritage. Come join us and enjoy Irish entertainment with live music and dance performances, craft vendors, food and beverages. Attendance is free and all are welcome.
Contact: Ballyshaners Irish Festival

Baltimore Irish Arts Center
What: The annual Baltimore Irish Trad Fest will feature some of the world's finest traditional Irish traditional musicians and dancers to teach workshops, perform and lead sessions. Saturday night Irish Music Masters Concert. Rescheduled from April 17.
Dates From and To: Friday September 18, 2020 to Sunday September 20, 2020
Time: various
Location:various; Saturday 8pm Concert at The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD
Details:
Visit their website to register and for details including ticket prices. $28 for Irish Music Masters Concert.
Faculty/Performers include Billy McComiskey, Laura Byrne, Myron Bretholz, Peter Fitzgerald and many more.
Contact: website

Celtic Cultural Alliance
What: Expect lots of music, dance, highland games (caber, stone and hammer tossing), food, drink and more in Bethlehem, PA at the 2020 festival. It historically attracts over 280,000 visitors to downtown Historic Bethlehem
Dates From and To: Friday September 25, 2020 to Sunday September 27, 2020
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


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