News about the RKIDs
May 24, 2017
Year -End Blarney
At the last class on May 16th, the RKIDs honored Marilyn Moore for her years of teaching. This built on the time spent with our group, and several other groups in the area. Obie made some kind statements about Marilyn; Jean Wds presented her with a gift card and a photo of the RKIDs in a beautiful Belleek frame; Evelyn gave Marilyn a purple and green box with cards inside telling Marilyn how much she will be missed; and Sonja sliced up a beautiful cake for all to enjoy. We know we will see Marilyn at ceilis and Irish events, but we will definitely miss seeing her each week at class. Happy 7's and 3's, Marilyn!
The Pavilion at St. Mary’s in Barnesville rocked with delicious tunes from Tina Eck, Marc Glickman, and Philippe Varlet at the RKIDs’ End of the Year Party on Friday, May 19th. Throughout the night, six sets of dancers reeled and jigged sumptuously through the various dances called by Marilyn Moore. Ann Marie’s beautiful gift baskets were raffled off and Dan M collected a spicy sum for the 50/50. The copious potluck repast was the “best ever,” proclaimed one Irish dancer. At one point the crowd erupted in applause to thank Marilyn M, once again, for her stellar contributions to the Washington dance community. So many people were instrumental in making the ceili a success, but the highest praise goes to Sonja and Kate for making the whole thing happen. A terrific evening!
Sonja called the Board of Directors meeting to order about 7:35 on Tuesday, May 23 at Jean and Joe’s house in Damascus. The board members were: Sonja, Jean, Jerry, Roger, Maureen, Bill, and Kate. Other attending members were: Marilyn O, Maddy, Emma, Joe, Obie, and Chuck. Every agenda item was discussed at length and finally the group broke up about 10:00. This is how the RKIDs plans its future, and all members are invited to attend. Check the web site for details about the next meeting.
The Labor Day Parade has nine members committed to march. Anyone else? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you are interested. Right now we will have to cancel our participation in the event due to lack of marchers.
Many of you are from New York and many of you are Irish Americans. If that includes you, a PBS video called The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads will surely bring back some memories. For decades the mountains outside of New York City have been attracting the Irish from the Big Apple and beyond. The video will be shown at Bill and Maddy’s on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30. A few spaces are still available. There’s a rumor going around that Obie will be telling about his adventures in the Catskills, although probably not the entire story unless all there sign nondisclosure agreements! Contact Marilyn O. for reservations.
After Marilyn Moore retires from all her teaching she will be off to visit relatives throughout the US; then to Ireland where David and Toni and former member Bridget will be meeting up with her for some Irish dancing. Bon Voyage to all.
Is exploring Irish history your thing? Marilyn O has these books available for lending:
- How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill
- When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out by David J. Lynch