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 Maura S
 Social Group: First Saturday Brunch
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: RKIDs' brunch social.
Date: Saturday September 2, 2023
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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Folklore Society of Gtr. Washington: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:Folklore Society of Gtr. Washington
What: Ceili called by Megan Downes, music by Peter Brice (button accordion) and Sami Suplee (fiddle), at the FSGW's Social Dance Showcase weekend.
Date: Sunday September 3, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD, in the Bumper Car Pavilion
Details:
Admission is free. Also, at the Bumper Car Pavilion from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Irish Waltz and Two Hands presented by Megan Downes
Contact: FSGW Showcase

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RKIDs: Labor Day Party
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: It's the annual RKIDs Labor Day party! Please RSVP by September 1.
Date: Monday September 4, 2023
Time: 3:00 pm -
Location:The O'Brien's
Details:
Please bring $12 admission to defray event costs, your own drinks and a lawn chair(s). Menu: Hot dogs and sausages, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, cookies, water, soft drinks.
$25 dues for annual membership will be collected. If you also wish to sign up for Fall dance class (starts September 12), that's an extra $50 per person. Please bring a credit card, cash or checks for payment.
Contact: Marilyn O
Party Flyer

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to John M

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RKIDs: Dance Classes Begin
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: FIRST Fall semester class. Please bring payment for your $25 annual membership and $50 semester registration fees.
Date: Tuesday September 12, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Location:Ridgeview Middle School 16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Details:
Classes are held on most Tuesday evenings this Fall. 13 sessions are planned. 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 Anne E

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 Social Group: Brunch at the Green
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group
What: Brunch at the Village Green.
Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
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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Additional Event Highland Games Festival
Sponsor/Host:Ligonier Highland Games
What: 64th annual highland games. Athleticism, bands, piping, drumming, ladies' haggis hurling (2 pound bags), keg tossing, dancing competition, more.
Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
Time: 8 am - 5:30 pm
Location:At IDLEWILD PARK, off of US 30, Ligonier, PA 18018
Details:
$20, $18 seniors. Rain or shine.
Contact: Games website

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Second Fall semester class. Please bring your $25 annual membership and $50 Fall class registration payments.
Date: Tuesday September 19, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Location:Ridgeview Middle School 16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Details:
Classes are held on most Tuesday evenings this semester. 13 sessions are planned. 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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RKIDs: Directors Meeting
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Board of Directors meeting. To be held via Zoom remote conferencing. Topics will include preparation for the annual meeting.
Date: Wednesday September 20, 2023
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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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Diane M
and Elizabeth W
GWCC: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set dancing on Thursdays this fall until December 7, 2023.
Date: Thursday September 21, 2023
Time: 7-8pm: New Dancers/Review; 8-9:30: Continuers
Location:
Pinecrest Local Park Activities Building, 301 St. Lawrence Drive, Silver Spring, MD
Details:
$50 for 10 classes; dancers can attend both classes at no extra cost. Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. Masks are recommended but optional.
Beginner class teaches the basics of set and ceili; Continuers class is for less common or more advanced sets. Instruction includes Set of the Month. Flyer
Contact: email or website

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Celtic Cultural Alliance: Celtic Classic (3 days)
Sponsor/Host: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 festival. It historically attracts over 200,000 visitors to downtown Historic Bethlehem.
Dates From and To: Friday September 22, 2023 to Sunday September 24, 2023
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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GWCC: Ceili
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC ceili. Proof of vaccination is required, wearing face masks is recommended. Workshop dance is The High Cauled Cap.
Date: Sunday September 24, 2023
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. Music by Joe DeZarn and friends. Dances: High Cauled Cap, Merchant Set, Cashel Set, North Kerry Set, Walls of Limerick, Corofin Plain Set, Clare Lancers Set, Paris Set, Ballyvourney Jig, Waltz/ Cotillion, Caledonian Set.
Contact: GWCC
Flyer

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RKIDs: Annual Meeting
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Annual meeting. It will be followed by our third Fall class. If you are joining or haven't renewed, please bring your $25 membership and (if enrolling) $50 Fall class registration payments.
Date: Tuesday September 26, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Location:Ridgeview Middle School 16600 Raven Rock Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Details:
Members are those who are current through September of this year. Bylaw amendment proposals must have been received by the Secretary by Sept. 6.
Contact: Our organization
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Additional Event Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Annual meeting followed by Fall semester class. As members, learn about what the club is up to! If you haven't already, please bring your $25 annual membership and $50 Fall class registration payments.
Date: Tuesday September 26, 2023
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: First Crossing: Transatlantic Flight by: Robert O. Harder
Date: Wednesday September 27, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom - Online
Details:
The full title is First Crossing: The Transatlantic Flight of Alcock and BrownPlease be sure to read Author's Note pages V-IX. We will begin our meeting by talking about creative non-fiction – pros and cons, like or not like, is it history?
There are sections of the book that are very technical in nature. How did you react to those passages? Did you read them, skip over them, use a dictionary to try to figure out what the author was talking about? And carrying this further, when reading in general how do you approach technical language, poetry, long quotes?
Discussion Questions
Contact: Sonja

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GWCC: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set dancing on Thursdays this fall until December 7, 2023.
Date: Thursday September 28, 2023
Time: 7-8pm: New Dancers/Review; 8-9:30: Continuers
Location:
Pinecrest Local Park Activities Building, 301 St. Lawrence Drive, Silver Spring, MD
Details:
$50 for 10 classes; dancers can attend both classes at no extra cost. Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. Masks are recommended but optional.
Beginner class teaches the basics of set and ceili; Continuers class is for less common or more advanced sets. Instruction includes Set of the Month. Flyer
Contact: email or website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Jean Wd


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