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Forgotten shoes

Found in the ballroom after yesterday’s waltz: a pair of men’s black shoes, with a pair of black socks. They’re not in the Glen Echo lost-and-found; a WT committee member has them. You can retrieve these at the next waltz.

Washingtonian – misinformation

We’re grateful to Washingtonian magazine for including our Sunday waltzes in their 50 Best Date Ideas in DC. However, some of their info is erroneous. Dances are held twice a month (not every Sunday), with a beginner lesson in folk waltz (not box-step) preceding each dance. Admission is $15 (not $8) per person for the lesson and dancing. While we agree the event is truly a great date idea, it’s also a great way for singles to meet and mingle. If you know any first-timers planning to attend this Sunday’s dance with Larry Unger & Friends, please advise them of the misinformation in the Washingtonian. Thanks. See you Sunday!

Waltzing News

But wait–there’s more! There’s the elegant Tyson’s Strauss Ball (not a WT event) on March 11: Furthermore, Todd and Migle are offering a Viennese waltz camp, February 28-March 9, prior to this event. If you’re interested in the camp, be sure to register by February 14 to get the discount:

Practice, waltz, repeat. Practice, waltz, repeat. Joy!

Strauss Ball and Viennese Waltz Lessons

April cannot be the cruelest month (tax filing notwithstanding) when the Strauss Ball is on the schedule! The date of this festive event is SATURDAY APRIL 29, with dancing to OLDE VIENNA from 9-12pm. Admission of $30 per person includes a beginner Viennese waltz lesson, taught by Irina and David Schuman, from 8-9pm. Refreshments provided. Glam attire adds to the fun, but it’s not mandatory. ALL are welcome.

And now for some good news for April 15. On that usually inauspicious day, Waltz Time will offer a Viennese waltz workshop in the basics of social Viennese waltz. Yes, there is, as mentioned, a 1-hour lesson on the evening of the ball, but Viennese waltz is challenging — Waltz Time wants to give everyone an extra chance to learn these skills.

The workshop runs from 3-5pm. Instructors are Todd and Migle, who have performed solo at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, the Kennedy Center, the Austrian Embassy and the White House. This accomplished couple has taught hundreds of dance camps and workshops. They love sharing social dance skills, and look forward to teaching Waltz Time dancers this fast, fun and joyful dance. Registration is not required; early arrival at the Spanish Ballroom is strongly encouraged. Cost for the two-hour class is $20 per person. Give it a whirl!

The Waltz: Music, Sex, Society, and Politics

Coming in May, a Smithsonian Associates program: The Waltz: Music, Sex, Society, and Politics in Three-Quarter Time

Cost is a tad steep for a webcast–$80 for members, $90 for non-members–but if you’re interested, the date is Friday, May 14, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Photo in the Washington Post, 8/7/19

A photo by Washington Post photographer Matt McClain, taken at our dance on Sunday, was published in the Post Metro section today. The caption reads:

A whirl on the dance floor
Jennie Harlow, 26, practices for a moment during a Waltz Time event in the Spanish Ballroom of Maryland’s Glen Echo Park this week. The twice-monthly dances, held since 1995, include lessons and are are open to people of all skill levels, no partners required. The restored 1933 art deco building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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In honor of Candy Clifford

Those of you who knew Candy, a dedicated dancers and Waltz Time committee member, may know that she was a lighthouse historian. A research catalog has been named in her honor. Press release follows.

A major lighthouse history resource now is available online with the release by the United States Lighthouse Society of a searchable database that includes information and images from 19 sources including lighthouse and private collections and the National Archives.

The J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog, released this month, is a still-growing resource within the Society’s extensive 35-year-old archive, the nation’s leading resource for lighthouse heritage and history. The online portion of the archive now has about 2.4 terabytes of information, including more than 381,000 photographs.

The newly-released catalog, named for an expert lighthouse researcher who helped launched the project but did not live to see its release, has been under construction for 30 months. Eleven major contributors worked on the project, some of them contributing the results of their own life’s work in lighthouse research.

“Although it is being released, it is not fully complete and work will continue to add more of every kind of data over the next several years,” said Great Lakes-based lighthouse research expert Thomas Tag, a leader of the project.

Information was compiled not only from the National Archives but from the U.S. Coast Guard, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, Lighthouse Friends, and individual collections – including the work of Ms. Clifford, a nationally loved and respected researcher who died of a brain cancer last August at the age of 57.

The catalog at contains data on 1,157 American lighthouses, 174 lightships, 237 lighthouse tenders (ships) and more than 17,000 persons – lighthouse keepers, vessel crews and other personnel. There are 21 different kinds of lighthouse-related objects cataloged, including oil houses, keeper’s quarters and Fresnel lenses. There are 25 entries under the categories of “privys,” for example, and 40 lighthouse station barns.

More than 1,800 lighthouse postcards are cataloged, and the database includes more photographs of lighthouse keepers than any other source.

The complete archives of the Society, one of the nation’s leading lighthouse heritage organizations, also includes the national inventory of surviving classical Fresnel lenses, and also has searchable history and heritage resources on its extensive website. The organization’s goal is to maintain a complete national resource on lighthouse history.

The Society’s non-digital archive, the USLHS Wayne Wheeler Library, recently was moved to the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, under a long-term transfer agreement reached after a national search through the Council of American Maritime Museums. The paper library now is an identified section within the extensive international collection of the Mariners’ Museum Library, easily accessible to researchers. The two organizations will cooperate on lighthouse research requests.

The U.S. Lighthouse Society is a not-for-profit membership organization headquartered at the light station on Point No Point, Washington, near the entrance to Puget Sound. For information on the archives, membership, teacher resources, lighthouse tours and other Society programs, visit

United States Lighthouse Society

9005 Point No Point Road NE

Hansville, WA 98340

Phone: (415) 362-7255   Fax: (415) 362-7464

Celebration of Candy Clifford’s Life – October 21

Our dear friend and colleague, J. Candace Clifford, passed away from glioblastoma on August 15, 2018. A wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, friend, dancer, artist, and lighthouse historian, Candy was an enthusiastic traveler and talented photographer whose photos were shown at several galleries and were recognized with several awards. We will miss her greatly and cherish her memory. All are welcome to join a celebration of her life through tributes and dancing at the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, on Sunday, October 21, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please bring a dish and/or a non-alcoholic drink to share at the potluck reception to follow the memorial. Utensils and napkins will be provided.

Candy was a valued member of the Waltz Time committee, volunteering her time and talents in presenting the twice-monthly dances. After our dance dedicated to her memory, you may wish to stay and dance with Candy’s friends at the waltz in the Spanish Ballroom beginning at 3:30 p.m.