News about the RKIDs
March 14, 2017
St. Patrick's Day 2017 Celebrations
Parades and Parties Edition
On a cold Saturday afternoon in early March, the Old Town Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade's RKIDs contingent marched down King St. towards the Potomac River. After waiting for nearly two and half hours in about 25 degree weather, the nineteen green-sweatshirted dancers did their sevens and threes for the enthusiastic onlookers. Chuck dryly noted "the organizers must have saved the best for last." Afterwards, everyone treated themselves to well-deserved meals and liquid nourishment at the Fish Market. Chuck led the string of toasts for the fine job done by our leader, Emmett, and members Roger, Dan C, Willie, Bill, Evan, Chris, Obie, David D, Evelyn, Marie V, Madelyn, Marilyn O, Colleen, Connie, Sharon C, and Pat.
The Blackthorn Dancers’ ceili, held in Washington Grove on Friday, March 10th, drew a lively crowd of fine dancers. The music, provided by Tina Eck, Marc Glickman, and Philippe Varlet (joined by a resident of Washington Grove, Meredith Horan, on bodhran), rocked the McCathran Hall throughout the evening. Larry Frank called all the dances with good humor and precision, even joining a few sets. Emmett won the 50/50 raffle and Colleen won the door prize. All this happened due to the efforts of Obie, who took on the job of continuing these ceilis when it looked like we would not be able to keep the 50+ years-long tradition going. Thanks, Obie! He had lots of helpers: Sonja and Kate managed the potluck, Jim C sat at the door greeting and collecting payment, Ann Marie provided baskets for the raffle, Evan and Bob helped with the set-up, and Dan M ran the 50/50. Many people helped at the end to clean up the hall. It is wonderful to have this event right here in the Gaithersburg area.
Several activities are being planned by the Social Committee: a discussion group, movies, a Keys game, Happy Hour at Ruth's Chris, and the usual First Saturday brunches. Put Saturday, April 1 on your calendar now and plan to meet and eat at the Germantown Woodside Deli at 10 am. Stay tuned for details about other upcoming events. Here’s a sneak peek to whet your appetite; a signup sheet is coming soon:
Sandy and her daughter, Hillary, recently attended Giselle, the romantic ballet being performed in the Eisenhower Theater at the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Many of the RKIDs remember our 10th Anniversary celebration at the Hilltop House Hotel in Harpers Ferry. At our “2001 — A Dance Odyssey” gala we took over the hotel with workshops, happy hours, movies, and ceilis. Marilyn O happened to be in Harpers Ferry recently and went by the hotel to reminisce. Much to her disappointment, she found the hotel dilapidated and in the midst of collapse. The grounds are fenced off and there is no access to the grand inn which is now in a ramshackled state. We had a great weekend back in 2001 and the photo on the front deck is our only memento now. See if you can find Jack and Joanna, Don and Anne, Sharon P, Carl and Jean, Dick and Dixie, Erin, Roger, Marilyn and Obie, Pat L, Emmett, Kate and Dan, Bobbie, Marilyn M, Kevin and Liz, Pat G, Don K, Linda, and MaryAnn. Here's an article with more info about the sad state of the hotel.
Mary Ann is in Florida for a month. She’s visiting grandchildren and then meeting up with friends in Key West.
Kevin and Liz will be heading home from Florida during the first week in April. We look forward to their return.
Dan O’C had a bit of a setback during his recovery from bone spur surgery, but he is now back on track and looking forward to beginning physical therapy soon. He's particularly glad that his streak of seven consecutive losses to Kate while playing Mexican Train was broken at a recent tournament. Roger has recovered from a cold; but now Pat has one; Madelyn’s jaw pain has eased up; and Sonja learned not to move furniture all day.