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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GWCC: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing. 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 December 1, 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:
$55/season for 11 Fall classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
Contact: email or website

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 Social Group: First Saturday Brunch
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday December 3, 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
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Additional Event Ceili
Sponsor/Host:EIC
What: Emerald Isle Club ceili. Waltz, Siege of Carrick, Christmas Tune Dance, Connemara Reel Set, Haymaker’s Jig, Ballyvourney Jig, Labasheeda Clare Reel, Waves of Tory, Siege of Ennis, Surprise Dance, Clare Lancers Set. All dances called by Megan Downes.
Date: Saturday December 3, 2022
Time:
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:
$20/adult admission. Please bring a snack to share. Visit by Santa!
Per EIC: "Wearing face masks is no longer required. We hope that everyone who is eligible has been vaxed and boosted but tracking the various combinations of booster shots is just not practicable. We strongly request that anyone who is not feeling well the day of or within a few days prior to the Ceili, please stay home."
Contact: EIC website
Dance Flyer

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misc: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:misc
What: Educarte hosts a ceili at Glen Echo. We will learn some basic Irish dance steps and beginner group dances.
Date: Sunday December 4, 2022
Time: 3 - 5 pm
Location:Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD; in the ballroom back room
Details:
$20. The caller will be dancer Kate Spanos and the band will include Marty Frye (flute), David McKindley-Ward (tenor banjo/guitar), Matt Mulqueen (piano), and Peter Brice (button accordion). Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required; face masks are encouraged but not required.
Contact: Tickets
Flyer

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Brian M

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: LAST Fall semester class
Date: Tuesday December 6, 2022
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. Must be vaccinated against Covid-19. New students: the first class is free!
Contact: Our Website
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Additional Event Irish Social Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Second season for Fall 2022, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 13. Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday December 6, 2022
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50. Must be eighteen years old or older.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

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GWCC: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays until Dec. 8, 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 December 8, 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:
$55/season for 11 Fall classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
Contact: email or website

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New Spire Arts: Irish Christmas
Sponsor/Host:New Spire Arts
What: Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy.
Date: Friday December 9, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Location:New Spire Stages, 15 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Details:
"This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey. A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season."
Contact: Irish Christmas in America

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RKIDs: Members' Holiday Party
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: The O'Briens' again host the RKIDs holiday party. To attend, you must be vaccinated against Covid-19. It's an evening of singing, eating, gifting, and entertainment by our talented members. And others.
Date: Saturday December 10, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 11ish pm
Location:O'Brien's house
Details:
$5 Admission. BYOB; no dinner, no potluck. A dessert bar of individually-wrapped goodies, Irish coffee, water and sodas will be provided. Bring a wrapped gift worth $10 for the gift exchange.
RSVP BY Wednesday December 7 to Marilyn O.
Contact: Marilyn O.
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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Jody Marshall
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue, Fall 2022, presents Jody Marshall's Annual Holiday Concert.
Date: Sunday December 11, 2022
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. The show spans funny Christmas parodies to lovely holiday ballads to intricately arranged instrumentals.
Contact: Purchase Tickets

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Tuesday Night Ceili Club: Irish Social Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Second season for Fall 2022, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 13. Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday December 13, 2022
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50. Must be eighteen years old or older.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

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Washington Revels: Christmas Revels (3 days)
Sponsor/Host:Washington Revels
What: From the Revels website: "Celtic Crossroads ... a homespun celebration of the holidays with music, dance and stories that echo from Celtic homelands to the Blue Ridge Mountains."
Dates From and To: Friday December 16, 2022 to Sunday December 18, 2022
Time: varies, see schedule
Location:Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Details:
Admission: $18 - 65/adult. Friends and neighbors living in a 19th-century “hollow” gather to prepare for “Old Christmas,” and the coming of the New Year. As the holidays draw close, they share music, the rituals that reflect their ancestral roots, and stories of the journeys that led them to their Appalachian home. Scottish, Irish, German, Appalachian, and African American musical influences.
Contact: Description and Tickets. Recommended by Kathryn.

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Nancy M
 Social Group: Brunch at the Green
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: Brunch at the Village Green. Must be vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday December 17, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - noon
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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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Mary B

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Kevin W

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Marilyn O

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Tom O


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