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 Mary Ann B
 Social Group: Monthly Brunch
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' brunch social. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday June 4, 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 Garrett Co. Celtic Fest.
Sponsor/Host:Garrett County
What: The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is showcasing IONA, the SEAN HEELY CELTIC TRIO, Shanty Irish and more musicians.
Date: Saturday June 4, 2022
Time: 9:30AM to 6:00PM
Location:From the east, take I-68 west to MD-42 S/Friendsville Rd in Friendsville, MD
Details:
Tickets at the gate $20 Adults 18+, $10 Children 13 - 18
Contact: Festival website
Additional Event Washington Folk Festival
Sponsor/Host:Folklore Society of Gtr. Washington
What: The 37th Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. The festival runs from Noon to 7:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. Rain or Shine.
Dates From and To: Saturday June 4, 2022 to Sunday June 5, 2022
Time: noon - 7:00 pm
Location:Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD
Details:
Admission is free. Features a wide array of American blues, bluegrass, old-time string bands, contemporary singer-songwriters, gospel, western swing including Lilt, Seth Keibel and Flo, the Backroads Band, Shenandoah Run, the Fuss, Archie’s Barbershop Blues, the Culkin School of Irish Dance, and Joe Uehlein and the U-liners plus internationally-representative performers.
Contact: Festival website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Kathy O
 Social Group: Book Discussion Club
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday June 8, 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. The series 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.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: The summer session of GWCC's Irish set dance classes begins on June 9 and runs through each Thursday until August 11. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and boosters is required. Masks must be worn.
Date: Thursday June 9, 2022
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
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Pinecrest Local Park, 301 St Lawrence Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Details:
Teacher is Ann Marie Breheny. Admission: $50 for 10 classes; the first class is free. New dancers/basics class is from 7 to 8 PM, advanced from 8 to 9:30 PM (at no additional cost). Mini-ceilis open to all on 6/16 and 8/11 (live music!)
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Contact: email or website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Patricia G

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: IONA in concert
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting IONA. Experience the full spectrum of Celtic music, song and dance from this seminal band.
Date: Saturday June 11, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:Fairfax Station, VA (call for directions)
Details:
Bring a lawn chair and picnic with your beverage of choice. They provide desserts and soft drinks. The suggested donation is $20. Barbara Tresidder Ryan (lead vocals, bouzouki, bodhrán), Bernard Argent (flute, whistles, vocals, percussion), Leigh Oben (bass guitars), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo, vocals) with Marsha Searle (dancing).
Contact: Reservations & directions call (703) 426-1450 or send an email to ionavoice@pobox.com. More info at Swift Run Concerts

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 Social Group: Dinner Out at Silk Road
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' dinner social at Silk Road Choyhona. Uzbekistani cuisine.
Date: Tuesday June 14, 2022
Time: 6 pm -
Location:Silk Road Choyhona Restaurant, 28 Bureau Dr in Gaithersburg (near Joann's Fabrics and the Giant), in the Diamond Square Shopping Center
Details:
Reservations are necessary. Contact Marie V at her email address or call her, as listed in your copy of the members directory, by Sunday, June 12 to reserve your spot. Fish, kabobs, and other traditional dinners are available. Recommended by Kathryn and Marilyn O. Just for fun google Uzbekistan before you leave for dinner -- why is it known as a "doubly landlocked" country?
Contact: Marie V. for reservations
Silk Road Choyhona

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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 June 18, 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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Additional Event Hickory Grove concert
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting Hickory Grove.
Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:Fairfax Station, VA (call for directions)
Details:
Bring a lawn chair and picnic with your beverage of choice. They provide desserts and soft drinks. The suggested donation is $20. Founding members Bev & Jack Osburn, accompanying their signature, evocative vocals on banjo and guitar, are joined by Ira Gitlin on bass and Larry Tapper on harmonica to bring us an evening of Bluegrass - one of the American threads in the Celtic tapestry.
Contact: Reservations & directions call (703) 426-1450 or send an email to ionavoice@pobox.com. More info at Swift Run Concerts
Hickory Grove
Additional Event Irish Festival
Sponsor/Host:Penn-Mar Irish Festival
What: The Penn-Mar Irish Festival is held annually on the third Saturday in June, near the Mason-Dixon Line and featuring traditional and contemporary Irish music and dance from Pennsylvania and Maryland performers, plus some special guests.
Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 9 pm
Location:Markets at Shrewsbury in southern York County on 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock, PA 17327
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Admission $17.24. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Pets are prohibited.
Contact: Penn-Mar Irish Festival

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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: Tuesday June 21, 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 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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 Social Group: Book Discussion Club
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: title: The Celtic World (video) by: Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday June 22, 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. The series 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.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

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misc: Concert
Sponsor/Host:misc
What: The 19th Street Band in concert. Come hear this lively group and have a drink and dinner, too. If you're interested in going with some other RKIDs, contact Bill or Maddy by Monday June 20. This is not an RKIDs social group event.
Date: Friday June 24, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm
Location:Silo Falls Restaurant, 19501 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville, MD 20833
Details:
Characterized by high energy and strong vocal harmonies, The 19th Street Band brings together a constellation of Americana, country and rock with a taste of punk. Recommended by Marilyn O.
Contact: 19th St. Band

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 Social Group: Frederick Keys Game
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: Take Me Out to the Ball Game! It'll be a night of action-packed baseball when the Frederick Keys play the State College Spikes. You'll might also glimpse the urban Keyote.
Date: Wednesday June 29, 2022
Time: 7 pm
Location:Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick MD. Map
Details:
Reserved seats are $7. Gates open at 6 pm. Wear your RKIDs polo shirt. Contact Marilyn O. to sign up and make checks payable to her - send checks made out to her for receipt by June 23 or call her if you want to pay using another method. More details are coming. What's a Keyote?
Contact: Keys Website

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NYU: Yeats and Sculpture
Sponsor/Host:NYU
What: Lecture and conversation with Jack Quin about his forthcoming book, W.B. Yeats and the Language of Sculpture. Held via Zoom, originating from Glucksman Ireland House, NYU.
Date: Thursday June 30, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:Register Online
Details:
Yeats's contentious writing on public statuary will be read alongside the broader debates surrounding statues in the aftermath of Irish independence. Yeats's poems and articles about statues conceive of sculpture as a curiously fluid medium that is subject to ageing.
Contact: Glucksman Ireland House of New York University
Recommended by Kathryn G.


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