Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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Here's the calendar of events sponsored by the RKIDs, other area Irish social dance organizations, and cool things our members are doing or suggesting. Deadline for submittals: give changes to the website coordinator by Saturday for posting by the next Tuesday. All content must meet RKIDs' editorial acceptability rules. Hairy Eyeball

RKIDs classes: If Montgomery County Public Schools are closed for the day or for the afternoon, we will NOT have class (even if the schools re-open in the evening).

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Emma K

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 20 to May 15, 2022. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on the third Thursdays per month ($5 donation suggested for musicians).
Date: Thursday May 5, 2022
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Pinecrest Local Park, 301 St Lawrence Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 16 classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
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Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

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Uptown Concerts: Ocean Celtic Quartet
Sponsor/Host:Uptown Concerts
What: Celtic Quartet, in a program of traditional & original music celebrating the return of the sun & the greening of the land.
Date: Friday May 6, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm -
Location:Cellar Stage™ Timonium, Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road • Timonium, MD 21093
Details:
Tickets are $25. The church requires that all audience members must be fully vaccinated. Proof is required. For everyone’s safety, we suggest that you wear a mask, except when eating.
Contact: Tickets call: 443-540-0226 or visit Uptown Concerts
Ocean Orchestra website

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EIC: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:EIC
What: Emerald Isle Club ceili with live music. Musicians: Peter Fitzgerald and the J. Patrick’s All Stars. Caller: Meghan Downes. Attendees must show proof of COVID vaccination to be admitted to the dance. All dancers must wear face masks while dancing.
Date: Saturday May 7, 2022
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.
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Admission: $20 for adult non-members, $15 for adult members; $6 ages 7 - 17. Admission includes soda, beer and snacks. Bring a snack or dessert to share. Dances: Waltz, Walls of Limerick, Stack of Barley, Ballyvourney Jig, Siege of Ennis, Waltz, North Kerry Set, High Cauled Cap (workshop dance), Labasheeda, Connemara Set.
Contact: EIC website
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Additional Event Concert
Sponsor/Host:misc
What: Our own David M. performs "Ancient Airs and Dances" by Respighi, with the NIH Philharmonia. He will be playing a harpsichord.
Date: Saturday May 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm -
Location:St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd. in Rockville, 20852
Details:
The concert is free, but donations to NIH charities are accepted. Masks are required. There is an intermission, but no food or beverages are available.
Contact: NIH Philharmonia Facebook page

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter-Spring semester class.
Date: Tuesday May 10, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Location:Gaithersburg High School cafeteria, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Details:
Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend.
Contact: Kate

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RKIDs: Directors Meeting
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Board of Directors meeting. To be held via Zoom remote conferencing.
Date: Wednesday May 11, 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Topics include the April 23 anniversary event.
Contact: Kate (meeting agenda) or Bill (meeting URL)

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 20 to May 15, 2022. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on the third Thursdays per month ($5 donation suggested for musicians).
Date: Thursday May 12, 2022
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Pinecrest Local Park, 301 St Lawrence Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 16 classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
Flyer
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

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 Social Group: Book Club - Field Trip
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: title: F. Scott Fitzgerald Day by: eponymous
Date: Saturday May 14, 2022
Time: 10am - 5:00ish
Location:The day begins at the O'Brien's; then two Rockville cemeteries; on to lunch at Fontina Grille; then viewing of The Great Gatsby at Marilyn & Obie's.
Details:
F. Scott Fitzgerald Day! Something new!! In lieu of our usual 4th Wednesday of the month discussion, we will be holding an all-day event focusing on the (in)famous American author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The morning will begin with a discussion about the man and his life, based on your individual research (Google, Wikipedia, an autobiography, etc.). This will be followed by a field trip to Rockville to visit his TWO burial sites. Of course, we will then have lunch at Fontina Grille around 1 pm. The final event of the day will be a chance to watch one of the versions of The Great Gatsby, which is the optional reading for this event.
Contact: Sonja or Marilyn O.

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Our last class for the Winter-Spring 2022 semester. Have a happy break, see you in September!
Date: Tuesday May 17, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Location:Gaithersburg High School cafeteria, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Details:
In this class Toni will be covering bits and pieces of dances learned this semester. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend.
Contact: Kate

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 Social Group: Dinner Out at Il Porto
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' dinner social. Dine in a lovely Italian restaurant close to home. To sit at the reserved RKIDs table, members must be fully vaccinated against Covid per RKIDs policy.
Date: Thursday May 19, 2022
Time: 6 pm -
Location:
Details:
Reservations are necessary. Contact Marie V at her email address or call her, as listed in your copy of the members directory, by Tuesday, May 17 to reserve your spot.
Contact: Marie V. for reservations
Il Porto

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 Social Group: Brunch at the Green
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: Brunch at the Village Green. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday May 21, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - noon
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: Jack C (see your membership directory)

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GWCC: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
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
Time: 4 - 8 pm, 3 pm workshop
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.
Contact: GWCC

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 Social Group: Book Discussion Club
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
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.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

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Tuesday Night Ceili Club: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads a mini-ceili at Ireland's Four Courts in Arlington.
Date: Sunday May 29, 2022
Time: 4 - 6 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: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Toni D

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