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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


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1
GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 11 to March 14, 2024.
Date: Thursday February 1, 2024
Time: 7-8pm for beginners/basics, 8-9:30 continuing
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. $50/10 classes (for one- or both-time blocks), first class is free, register & pay in class. No experience necessary.
Flyer  
Contact: email or website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to John N

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 Social Group: First Saturday Brunch
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: RKIDs' First Saturday brunch social
Date: Saturday February 3, 2024
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: Emerald Isle Club Valentine's Ceili Dance. Music by: Peter Fitzgerald and the J. Patrick’s All Stars. All dances are called by Kate Spanos.
Date: Saturday February 3, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 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 Ln, Towson, MD 21286
Details:
Admission: $20/adult. Bring a snack or dessert to share. Dances: Waltz, Walls of Limerick, North Kerry, Siege of Carrick, Waves of Tory, Connemara Reel, Haymakers Jig and Ballyvourney Jig Set, Cashel Set, Bonfire Dance, Caledonian Set.
Contact: EIC website

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Heely and Hartis
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: National Scottish fiddle champion, harper and singer Seán Heely in concert with Tess Hartis, with a sound rooted in tradition.
Date: Sunday February 4, 2024
Time: 4:30 - 6 pm and 6:30 - 8 pm seatings
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Individual tickets for $21+tax (Adult). $10 per person food/beverage minimum. Thanks to their years of fiddling together, Sean and Tess play beautifully.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. Payments.
Date: Tuesday February 6, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Location:Ridgeview Middle School 16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Details:
Meets most Tuesdays. We take checks, cash or major credit cards for payment. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website
Flyer

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 11 to March 14, 2024.
Date: Thursday February 8, 2024
Time: 7-8pm for beginners/basics, 8-9:30 continuing
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. $50/10 classes (for one- or both-time blocks), first class is free, register & pay in class. No experience necessary.
Flyer  
Contact: email or website

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Asbury Village: Poetry Reading
Sponsor/Host:Asbury Village
What: Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate, will be speaking at the Rosborough Arts and Wellness Center in Asbury Methodist Village.
Date: Friday February 9, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm -
Location:Rosborough Arts and Wellness Center in Asbury Methodist Village, 409 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Details:
No charge but must get a ticket via Eventbrite. Tickets will be released Friday, February 9, at 10 a.m. ET. Dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in The New York Times, Collins is “famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender, or profound observations on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself.”
Contact: Event Details and Eventbrite Tickets

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NIH Philharmonia: Concert
Sponsor/Host:NIH Philharmonia
What: David M's in concert with the NIH Philharmonia. He'll play the celeste.
Date: Saturday February 10, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm -
Location:St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church at 917 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD
Details:
Program includes Delius - A Song before Sunrise; Hovhaness Symphony #2 and Beethoven Symphony #6.
Contact: Flyer

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Patterson and O'Flaherty
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Beth Patterson and Patrick O'Flaherty bring their spirited trad and original tunes and songs to the Old Brogue Winter 2024 Celtic Concerts series.
Date: Sunday February 11, 2024
Time: 4:30 - 6 pm and 6:30 - 8 pm seatings
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Individual tickets for $21+tax (Adult). $10 per person food/beverage minimum. You can look forward to hearing an original sound rooted in the tradition, but inspired by the contemporary. Expect amazing instrumentals on bouzouki, electric bass, mandolin and harmonic with impressive vocals.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. More Info.
Date: Tuesday February 13, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Location:Ridgeview Middle School 16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Details:
Meets most Tuesdays. We take checks, cash or major credit cards for payment. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website
Flyer

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 Social Group: Lunch
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: RKIDs' Valentine's Day "Love Fest" lunch social. Must RSVP to Marie V. (see your directory) by Feb. 11.
Date: Wednesday February 14, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm -
Location:Outta the Way Cafe, 17503 Redland Road, Derwood MD
At the intersection of Derwood Rd and Muncaster Mill in a strip mall behind the CVS.
Details:
They will provide separate checks.
Contact: Marie V. for reservations.
Outta the Way Cafe, 301-963-6895
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Additional Event Directors Meeting
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Board of Directors meeting. To be held via Zoom remote conferencing. Topics will include the new flyer, Year-End ceili.
Date: Wednesday February 14, 2024
Time: 7:30 - 9:15 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
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 11 to March 14, 2024.
Date: Thursday February 15, 2024
Time: 7-8pm for beginners/basics, 8-9:30 continuing
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. $50/10 classes (for one- or both-time blocks), first class is free, register & pay in class. No experience necessary.
Flyer  
Contact: email or website

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 Social Group: Brunch at the Green
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: Brunch at the Village Green.
Date: Saturday February 17, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 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: Jack C (see your membership directory)

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Concert - Zahm and Marks
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue, Winter 2024, presents Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks.
Date: Sunday February 18, 2024
Time: Seatings: 4:30 pm or 6:30 pm
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Individual tickets for $21 (Adult). $10 per person food/beverage minimum.
With a baritone voice some have described as "coming along once in a generation," Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener. Tad Marks is an accomplished American folk and bluegrass fiddler.
Contact: Purchase Tickets
Charlie Zahm's website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Alison J

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. More Info.
Date: Tuesday February 20, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Location:Ridgeview Middle School 16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Details:
Meets most Tuesdays. We take checks, cash or major credit cards for payment. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website
Flyer

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to David M
 Social Group: RKIDs Sing Along
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: RKIDs members: Sing Sing Sing! Join your RKIDs friends for an hour of singing and camaraderie. Must RSVP by Feb. 6.
Date: Thursday February 22, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location:Kathy and David's (see your directory for the address)
Details:
All members interested in group singing are encouraged to come. Kathy will lead the singing, accompanied by David on piano.
Contact: Kathy O or David M if you plan to attend
Flyer
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Additional Event Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 11 to March 14, 2024.
Date: Thursday February 22, 2024
Time: 7-8pm for beginners/basics, 8-9:30 continuing
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. $50/10 classes (for one- or both-time blocks), first class is free, register & pay in class. No experience necessary.
Flyer  
Contact: email or website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Barb C

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 Social Group: RKIDs Games Day
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: Postponed from Feb. 17. This will be our third games event. Several table games will be available.
RSVP to Kathy or David by Friday, Feb. 23 to reserve your spot.
Date: Saturday February 24, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:Kathy and David's house - see your membership directory. It's near the Shady Grove metro station.
Details:
Mexican Train, Bananagrams, Left-Right-Center, Farkle, cards, Ping-Pong and more!
We'll continue the games throughout the afternoon with a break about mid-way for refreshments. David and Kathy will have some treats for us plus hot tea and cold tap water. If you want something else to drink, please bring it with you.
Contact: Kathy O to RSVP

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GWCC: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC ceili. Proof of vaccination is required, wearing face masks is recommended. Workshop dance is the Ormond Set.
Date: Sunday February 25, 2024
Time: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
The Lyceum, 17801 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Details:
Admission: $20 members, $25 non-members. Potluck supper at first break, please bring a dish to share. Dances: Antrim Square Set, Harvest Time Jig, Ormond Set, New Market Mezerts, High Cauled Cap, Claddagh Set, Clare Mazurka Set, Ballyvourney Jig, Waltz
Contact: GWCC
Flyer
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Additional Event Robin Bullock
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue, Winter 2024, presents Robin Bullock. Probably the foremost Celtic bouzouki/guitar and mandolin exponent in the nation!
Date: Sunday February 25, 2024
Time: Seatings: 4:30-6:00 & 6:30-8:00 pm
Location:Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, VA
Details:
Individual tickets for $21 (Adult). $10 per person food/beverage minimum.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Chuck C
RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter/Spring semester class. More Info.
Date: Tuesday February 27, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Location:Ridgeview Middle School 16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Details:
Meets most Tuesdays. We take checks, cash or major credit cards for payment. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website
Flyer

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 Social Group: Book Discussion Club
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: title: The Irish Boarding House by: Sandy Taylor
Date: Wednesday February 28, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom
Details:
Heart-warming Irish historical fiction. Discussion Questions  
Contact: Sonja

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 11 to March 14, 2024.
Date: Thursday February 29, 2024
Time: 7-8pm for beginners/basics, 8-9:30 continuing
Location:
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. $50/10 classes (for one- or both-time blocks), first class is free, register & pay in class. No experience necessary.
Flyer  
Contact: email or website
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Additional Event DC Irish Film Festival
Sponsor/Host:AFI Silver Theatre
What: 18th annual Capital Irish Film festival, sponsored by Solas Nua and the AFI Silver Theater. Several feature films plus a set of short films.
Dates From and To: Thursday February 29, 2024 to Sunday March 3, 2024
Time: various
Location:AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Details:
More Details
Individual film ticket prices vary. All-access Festival Pass is $150.
Contact: Solas Nua


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