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 Social Group: Monthly Brunch
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' brunch social
Date: Saturday February 1, 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
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Additional Event Ceili
Sponsor/Host: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 February 1, 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
Additional Event Mid-Winter Festival
Sponsor/Host:Folklore Society of Gtr. Washington
What: FSGW Mini Fest – chanteys and shape note singing, doo wop and duets, English dance and Irish laments, banjos and bodhrans and ballads, Morris and more. Bog Band performs this year.
Date: Saturday February 1, 2020
Time: noon - 10:30 pm
Location:Takoma Park Middle School 7611 Piney Branch Road Takoma Park, MD
Details:See the website
Contact: Festival website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to John N
IONA-Barnaby Productions: Concert - Sean Heely
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue Winter 2020, presents the Seán Heely Celtic Trio, giving trad music a youthful interpretation.
Date: Sunday February 2, 2020
Time: Seatings: 5-6:30 pm or 7:15-8:45 pm
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Individual tickets for $20 (Adult), $15 (Children under 12). $10 per person food/beverage minimum. Features U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion Seán Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam, and Scottish border piper Tracy Jenkins. The three gents bring together multiple different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland and Ireland.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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RKIDs: RKIDs Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. Sign-up info.
Date: Tuesday February 4, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Different meeting location: Gaithersburg High School cafeteria, 101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD
Details:
Meets every Tuesday. Class sections and times are: Core (skills polishing and good for beginners): 7:00 - 7:50 pm; Experienced/Advanced: 8:05 - 9:00 pm. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host: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 February 6, 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

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Ancient Order of Hibernians: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:Ancient Order of Hibernians
What: Ceili, with calling as needed by Hugh Conway. Music by Shepherd's Pie. Dinner follows. Featuring the Claddagh Set, Haymakers Jig, the Plain Set, Waltz Cotillion and Ballyvourney Jig.
Date: Sunday February 9, 2020
Time: 4-6 pm
Location:Ireland’s Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA
Details:
Contact: Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com
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Additional Event Concert - Lilt
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue Winter 2020, presents Lilt.
Date: Sunday February 9, 2020
Time: Seatings: 5-6:30 pm or 7:15-8:45 pm
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Individual tickets for $20 (Adult), $15 (Children under 12). $10 per person food/beverage minimum. Lilt features Tina Eck on wooden flute, whistles and occasional vocals and Keith Carr on 10 string bouzouki, guitar and tenor banjo, accompanied by Footworks principal dancer, Agi Kovacs, for a magical evening of dance and dance tunes.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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RKIDs: RKIDs Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. Sign-up info.
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Ridgeview Middle School
Details:
Meets every Tuesday. Class sections and times are: Core (skills polishing and good for beginners): 7:00 - 7:50 pm; Experienced/Advanced: 8:05 - 9:00 pm. We take major credit cards for payment. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website

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 Social Group: Say Nothing Discussions
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: At these sessions we'll discuss the book Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. Session Three: Discussion of Part 2, pages 115 - 218. This discussion session will be open to RKIDs who have read this section.
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2020
Time: 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Marilyn and Obie's
Details:
This non-fiction book explains what the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland were all about. Using a unique structure, Keefe describes many people who have played a huge role in the unfolding of events starting in 1969. The Washington Post has declared it one of the top ten books of 2019. For anyone interested in Irish affairs, this is a must read.
Contact: Marilyn O.

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host: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 February 13, 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

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BlackRock Center for the Arts: Concert - OCEAN
Sponsor/Host:BlackRock Center for the Arts
What: A Celtic Valentine – with OCEAN Celtic Quartet. The group, in a program of traditional and original music celebrating romantic love, and casts their net even wider to include love of country, friends, and family.
Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Location:BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD
Details:
Admission: $30-$45
OCEAN’s members are multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Cutting (a WAMA “Musician of the Year”), vocalist Chris Noyes, Scottish fiddler Robert Spates; and traditional singer/folklorist Stephen Winick. They'll perform love songs from Scotland, Ireland and other Celtic nations, and dramatic readings of Celtic love poetry from the Middle Ages up through the 1800s.
Contact: BlackRock Arts Center website or call 301-528-2260 during business hours.
OCEAN

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EIC: Parade Fundraiser
Sponsor/Host:EIC
What: EIC St. Patrick Parade Fundraiser, an afternoon of wonderful Irish music and good conversation
Date: Sunday February 16, 2020
Time: 1 - 4 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
Poulet Coop, 2235 York Road, Timonium, MD
Details:
You can also take a chance on a basket of cheer or the 50-50 raffle and check out the silent auction items while you show your support for the Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Parade. Come get some dinner, buy a beer or a drink and enjoy this wonderful Irish gathering!
Contact: EIC website
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Additional Event Concert - KAPO
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue Winter 2020, presents Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts (KAPO).
Date: Sunday February 16, 2020
Time: Seatings: 5-6:30 pm or 7:15-8:45 pm
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Individual tickets for $20 (Adult), $15 (Children under 12). $10 per person food/beverage minimum. Karen has been one of the most admired exponents of the hammered dulcimer in the world, and is also a fine flute/whistle player. Belgian born Paul is a string wizard, adding bouzouki, harp guitar, mandolin, plus some concertina and the stray song to the mix.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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RKIDs: RKIDs Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. Sign-up info.
Date: Tuesday February 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Ridgeview Middle School
Details:
Meets every Tuesday. Class sections and times are: Core (skills polishing and good for beginners): 7:00 - 7:50 pm; Experienced/Advanced: 8:05 - 9:00 pm. We take major credit cards for payment. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Alison J

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host: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 February 20, 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

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to David M

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GWCC: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: Monthly Ceili and potluck, please bring a dish to share. Live music by NEW CENTURY CÉILÍ BAND.
Date: Sunday February 23, 2020
Time: Workshop: 3pm; Dance: 4 - 8 pm
Location:Cherry Hill Ballroom, 9800 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740
Details:
Admission: $20 for non-members, $15 members. Workshop Dance: Morris Reel. Dances: Tory Island Lancers *, Clare Plain Set, Rakes of Mallow, Caledonian Set, Ballyvourney Jig, Morris Reel *, Connemara Reel Set, Cashel Set, Waltz Cotillion, Clare Lancers Set (* means called dances).
Flyer
Contact: GWCC web site
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Additional Event Concert - Beth Patterson
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue Winter 2020, presents Beth Patterson Paxton.
Date: Sunday February 23, 2020
Time: Seatings: 5-6:30 pm or 7:15-8:45 pm
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Individual tickets for $20 (Adult), $15 (Children under 12). $10 per person food/beverage minimum. Beth fuses the music of Ireland, West Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Caribbean, and her musical old flames. She has the mind of a prog rocker and the heart of a world music-lover.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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RKIDs: Directors Meeting
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: RKIDs' Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Monday February 24, 2020
Time: 7:15 - 9:15 pm
Location:Asbury Methodist Village at 201 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, in the Wallace Building Community Room.
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Contact: Kate

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RKIDs: RKIDs Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. Sign-up info.
Date: Tuesday February 25, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Ridgeview Middle School
Details:
Meets every Tuesday. Class sections and times are: Core (skills polishing and good for beginners): 7:00 - 7:50 pm; Experienced/Advanced: 8:05 - 9:00 pm. We take major credit cards for payment. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website
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Additional Event Cherish the Ladies
Sponsor/Host:Wolf Trap
What: Cherish the Ladies performs at the Barns at Wolf Trap.
Date: Tuesday February 25, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Location:The Barns at Wolftrap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Details:
Tickets are $29 - $34
Contact: Wolf Trap

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 Social Group: Say Nothing Discussions
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: At these sessions we'll discuss the book Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. Session Four (final): Discussion of Part 3, pages 224 - 348.
Date: Wednesday February 26, 2020
Time: 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Marilyn and Obie's
Details:
The author of This non-fiction book describes many people who have played a huge role in the unfolding of events starting in 1969. The Washington Post has declared it one of the top ten books of 2019. For anyone interested in Irish affairs, this is a must read.
Contact: Marilyn O.
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Additional Event Cherish the Ladies
Sponsor/Host:Wolf Trap
What: Cherish the Ladies performs at the Barns at Wolf Trap.
Date: Wednesday February 26, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Location:The Barns at Wolftrap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Details:
Tickets are $29 - $34
Contact: Wolf Trap

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host: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 February 27, 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
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Additional Event DC Irish Film Festival
Sponsor/Host:AFI Silver Theatre
What: Capital Irish Film festival, sponsored by Solas Nua and the AFI Theater. Several feature films plus a set of short films. Directors straight from Ireland talk and answer questions.
Dates From and To: Thursday February 27, 2020 to Sunday March 1, 2020
Time: various
Location:AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Details:
See the website for ticket prices. Several RKIDs are going.
Contact: Solas Nua
Tickets

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 Social Group: Concert - We Banjo 3
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: We Banjo 3 hail from Galway and play a lively blend of traditional Irish and bluegrass music - what they call "Celtic Grass." The RKIDs social group will purchase a discounted block of tickets for its members.
Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Time: Dinner 3:30 pm, Show at 8 pm
Location:Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701
Details:
A potluck dinner hosted by Mo and John precedes the concert; gather at their place at 3:30 pm if you opted for it. Show admission for RKIDs is $18.70 each, with a $3 surcharge for sponsored non-members. Money to be collected in advance at class. Details on parking, car pooling, the pre-show dinner, show ticket refund policy and payment deadlines are forthcoming via emails to those who signed up.
Contact: Sign up in class or contact Marilyn O. We Banjo 3 website


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