Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

preserving the cultural tradition of Irish ceili and set dancing since 1991

Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs' brunch social
Date: Saturday June 3, 2017
Time: 10 am - noon
Location:Woodside Deli at 13048 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
Brunch and chat at the Woodside Deli restaurant.
Contact: Sonja
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: This will be a showing of "The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads," a documentary.
Date: Saturday June 3, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location:Bill and Madelyn's house (see the RKIDs directory for the address)
WETA described this documentary as "Delve into the history and legacy of the Irish Catskills, an enclave of inns, hotels, and bungalows in New York’s famed vacation spot that was a summer getaway for many Irish Americans. Using archival photos, home movies, dozens of interviews and contemporary videography, the film tells the story of the Irish Catskills on a personal and anecdotal scale."
Contact: Marilyn for reservations - we have a limit of the number who can be accommodated.
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 3, 2017 to Sunday June 4, 2017
Time: noon - 7:00 pm
Location:Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD
Details:Admission is free.
Contact: Festival website
What: Summer Set & Ceili Dance Classes on Thursdays from June 8 to Aug 17, 2017.
Date: Thursday June 8, 2017
Time: 7-8pm for basics/new dancers, 8-9:30 for advanced
Argyle Park Activities Bldg, 1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring MD 20901
Details:Flyer. Teacher is Paul O'Donnell, $40/season. They will also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on 6/22 and 8/18 ($5 donation requested for musicians).
Contact: Paul O'Donnell 301-649-6410 or email
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: This is the second of 18 sessions where we show two half-hour documentary videos from The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature series of The Great Courses. It covers Irish political and cultural events of the 1800s - 1900s.
Date: Wednesday June 14, 2017
Time: 7:15 pm
Location:Marilyn and Obie's
There will be a discussion afterward, led by Kate and Dan. No admission cost, but BYOB and note-taking items. Session Topics: 1) Penal Laws and Protestant Ascendancy and the role of writers such as Jonathan Swift, 2) Ireland at the Turn of the 19th Century, including how figures such as Wolfe Tone founded the quest for Irish republicanism.
Contact: Contact Marilyn O. to make a reservation. More information at the Great Courses website
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: Let's go out to the ballgame - the Frederick Keys vs. Lynchburg! We need 25 baseball fans. Reserved seats (with arms and backs) are behind the screen. We will all be sitting together.
Date: Saturday June 17, 2017
Time: 6 pm
Location:Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick MD. Map
Tickets are $7 each. Wear your RKIDs polo shirt. Sign up at class or contact Marilyn. Money is due when you sign up.
Contact: Marilyn or Keys website
Sponsor/Host:Catskills Irish Arts Week
What: The 23rd annual Irish Arts Week festival in the "Irish Catskills."
Dates From and To: Sunday July 9, 2017 to Sunday July 16, 2017
Time: various
Location:2267 Route 145 East Durham, NY 12423.
Details:Irish concerts, dances, workshops, singing and crafts galore. Our local Billy McComiskey and family will perform, among many other notable people. Trad Fest finale on July 16.
Contact: Register. More information is at the Irish Arts Week website.
What: Annual CCE Music, Arts, and Dance (MAD) Week includes a Thursday night ceili.
Dates From and To: Sunday July 16, 2017 to Friday July 21, 2017
Time: 9 am - 4 pm each day
Location:Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda MD
Details:YouTube Teaser. Donations accepted.
Contact: website
Sponsor/Host:Dublin Ohio Irish Festival
What: Annual Dublin Ohio Irish festival. Said to be the largest three-day Irish festival on Earth.
Dates From and To: Friday August 4, 2017 to Sunday August 6, 2017
Time: various
Location:Coffman Park 5200 Emerald Parkway Dublin, Ohio 43017
Details:Tickets; advance prices range from $10 - $25
Contact: Website
Sponsor/Host:Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: Directors Meeting
Date: Wednesday August 23, 2017
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Details:This meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Contact: Sonja
Sponsor/Host: RKIDs Social Group 
What: RKIDs take a weekend off and go to the beach ... again! This is our 2nd annual trip. There'll be happy hours, food, videos, a walk on the boardwalk, and of course, dancing.
Dates From and To: Friday September 15, 2017 to Sunday September 17, 2017
Time: all weekend
Location:Bethany Beach, Delaware
Details:Members: sign up using the Flyer. Registration deadline is August 16, 2017. It's always time to REELax.
Contact: Marilyn O.
What: GWCC Cape May Dance Weekend
Dates From and To: Friday October 20, 2017 to Sunday October 22, 2017
Time: day and night
Location:Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Rehoboth Beach, MD. $135/night/double occupancy if reserved by August 31. Address: 101 North Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971
Details:Non-member cost: $195/person. Includes three set dance workshops, Saturday afternoon social hour and session with the Band, two ceilis (Friday & Saturday evenings), two breakfasts (Saturday & Sunday mornings) and a gift item selected for the weekend. Lodging is extra. Paid registration for the event package must be received by Oct. 5th
Contact: Cape May Dance Weekend