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 John N

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 20 to May 15, 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 February 3, 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:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 16 classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
Flyer
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

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 Social Group: Monthly Brunch
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' brunch social. We're reverting to a virtual environment, rather than in-person, because of the surge in Covid cases and our desire to protect everyone's health.
Date: Saturday February 5, 2022
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Zoom, link to be sent by Tom to all members.
Details:
Brunch and chat in the comfort of your home via Zoom.
Contact: Sonja
MORE EVENTS + 
Additional Event Ceili - CANCELLED
Sponsor/Host:EIC
What: Emerald Isle Club ceili cancelled due to ... you know...
Date: Saturday February 5, 2022
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
Details:
Contact: EIC website

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Concert at Old Brogue
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: A concert starring the reigning bouzouki queen from New Orleans, Beth Patterson, and champion Scottish fiddler and singer, Seán Heely. The opens the 33rd Annual Winter Celtic Concert Series.
Date: Sunday February 6, 2022
Time: 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm seatings
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Admission: $21. Because of the intimate nature of the venue and health concerns for some of our patrons, the artists are all insisting that everyone present be required to have either a Vaccination Certificate or a Clear Covid Test within the prior 48 hours. Also, the maximum number of seats will be 48. Doors open 10 minutes before the show. Full dinner menu and full bar available.
Contact: Purchase Tickets
Sean Heely
Beth Patterson

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: It's our first Winter-Spring semester class! Note the new ONE-TIME meeting location.. Please bring your $50 registration fee.
Date: Tuesday February 8, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Location:Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871. Park in the bus lot, come in through the main entrance, make a quick left into the cafeteria.
Details:
Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend. Face masks are required. Up to 15 classes will be held this semester, depending on the weather and school availability. Must be a member ($20 fee) to enroll. Class Details. Next week we'll meet at Gaithersburg High, our normal location for this term.
Contact: Kate

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 20 to May 15, 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 February 10, 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:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 16 classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
Flyer
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

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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. 10.
Date: Monday February 14, 2022
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:
To sit at the RKIDs table, members must be fully vaccinated against Covid per RKIDs policy, masks may be required per County.
Contact: Marie V. for reservations.
Outta the Way Cafe, 301-963-6895  

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RKIDs: Dance Class
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Winter-Spring semester class. Note the new meeting location.. Please bring your $50 registration fee.
Date: Tuesday February 15, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Location:Gaithersburg High School cafeteria, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Details:
Meets every Tuesday. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend. Face masks are required. Up to 15 classes will be held this semester, depending on the weather and school-system. Must be a member ($20 fee) to enroll. Class Details.
Contact: Kate

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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: Wednesday February 16, 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Topics include St. Patrick's Day events planning and getting a sufficient number of people to commit to attend the April 23 anniversary event.
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 20 to May 15, 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 February 17, 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:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 16 classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
Flyer
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Alison J
 Social Group: Brunch at the Green
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: Lunch at the Village Green. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Date: Saturday February 19, 2022
Time: 1:00 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 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 or Marilyn O (see your membership directory)

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Concert at Old Brogue
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Since 1999, Abbie Palmer has been performing, composing, and recording on the harp. She maintained a career performing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for 15 years.
Date: Sunday February 20, 2022
Time: 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm seatings
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Admission: $21. All patrons must present a vaccination certificate that includes boosters for a minimum of 2 weeks, or a negative covid test within 48 hours. Doors open 10 minutes before the show. Full dinner menu and full bar available.
Contact: Purchase Tickets
Abbie Palmer

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to David M

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Barbara C
 Social Group: Book Discussion Club
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: title: A Star Called Henry by: Roddy Doyle
Date: Wednesday February 23, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom - Online
Details:
This book describes the early years of Henry Smart's adventure-filled life in early 20th century Ireland. Readers will get caught up in the fight for a free Ireland as did Henry at the age of 14. (Must-Read Books of 2021)
Discussion Questions (PDF)
Contact: Sonja or Marilyn O.

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GWCC: Dance Classes
Sponsor/Host:GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from January 20 to May 15, 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 February 24, 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:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $50/season for 16 classes. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Masks must be worn.
Flyer
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email or website

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Concert at Old Brogue
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Lilt with Eileen Estes — a trio consisting of Tina Eck on flute and whistle and Keith Carr on bouzouki and banjo and rising star Eileen Estes, on guitar and vocals . They play the traditional dance music from Ireland.
Date: Sunday February 27, 2022
Time: 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm seatings
Location:In the snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Details:
Admission: $21. All patrons must present a vaccination certificate that includes boosters for a minimum of 2 weeks, or a negative covid test within 48 hours. Doors open 10 minutes before the show. Full dinner menu and full bar available.
Contact: Purchase Tickets
Lilt

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