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

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IONA-Barnaby Productions: Isla!
Sponsor/Host:IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Celtic House Concerts at the Swift Run Lodge, presenting Isla!
Date: Saturday September 3, 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.
Isla! - Deborah Packard returns to weave Appalachian and Scottish spells with her heartbreakingly sweet vocals and fine whistle playing while native Glaswegian Peter Cairney provides world class guitar, lap dulcimer and harmonica accompaniment.
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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RKIDs: Labor Day Party
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: It's the annual RKIDs Labor Day party! Please RSVP by September 3.
Date: Monday September 5, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm -
Location:The O'Brien's
Details:
$10 admission. All attendees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Sorry, no potluck, but hot dogs, sausages, potato salad, chips, water, soft drinks and more are provided. Please bring your own drinks and a lawn chair(s).
$20 dues for RKIDs annual membership will be collected. If you also wish to sign up for Fall dance class (starts on September 13), that's an additional $50 per person.
Contact: Marilyn O
Party Flyer

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to John M

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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 September 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Topics include preparing for the annual meeting, election of the Board of Directors, and new PA system equipment acquisition.
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 September 14, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom - Online
Details:
This is the last 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. Session titles are "Celtic Women, Families, and Social Structure" and "The Irish Sea World: Celts and Vikings."
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)

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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 September 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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Additional Event St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sponsor/Host:Ballyshaners
What: Ballyshaners and Alexandria's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Because it was postponed to Saturday, Sept. 17 from the usual date in March, it's called the Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 -
Location:The parade starts at King St. and Alfred St. then goes east on King St., finishing at the corner of King and Lee Streets. Closest Metro is the blue line, King St/Old Town stop.
Details:Flyer
Contact: Ballyshaners
Additional Event Highland Games Festival
Sponsor/Host:Ligonier Highland Games
What: 63rd annual highland games. Athleticism, bands, piping, drumming, ladies' haggis hurling (2 pound bags), keg tossing, dancing competition, more.
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022
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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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Diane M
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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 250,000 visitors to downtown Historic Bethlehem.
Dates From and To: Friday September 23, 2022 to Sunday September 25, 2022
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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 Social Group: Book Discussion Club
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: title: The Pull of the Stars by: Emma Donoghue
Date: Wednesday September 28, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Zoom - Online
Details:
In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented 1918 world step two outsiders, Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumored Rebel on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. (Goodreads)
Contact: Sonja

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Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Jean Wd


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