Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cars Make Way for Dancing at Glen Echo

Glen Echo has always been a cool place to hang out. Back in 1881 the Chautauqua movement came to stay. Clara Barton built a house as a Red Cross head quarters in 1891 and lived there until her death. In 1899 much of the land was rented and became an amusement park which lasted well into the sixties. After this enterprise was abandoned, the National Park Service started managing the land, and artists soon drifted back again building yurts for their studios and hosting music festivals. Now Glen Echo Park has had a full face lift. The Denzel carousel and the Spanish ballroom are restored, and the Bumper Car Pavilion may not have cars anymore, but there's lots of action when dances are held there.

This Friday night band members of The Grandsons and Little Red and the Renegades will combine forces with Dancing by the Bayou. Zydeco dance lessons start at 8, and the music goes from 9-12. $15 will get you in for a lot of fun-plus you can be a part of local history.

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