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Sunday potluck postponed

If any of you planned to attend the potluck for Sharon Lampron this Sunday, be advised that it’s been canceled due to concerns about excessive heat. If you’re planning to go to Buffalo Gap, you’ll have a chance there to say adieu and wish Sharon good luck as she moves west.

Sunday Waltz with Waltz Weavers, July 21

Hottest band in town! And you’ll be the hottest dancers in town when you whirl around the floor to the WALTZ WEAVERS: Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano) and Ralph Gordon (bass). Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 included with admission of $13 ($5 with valid student ID), payable in cash or by check (Waltz Time can’t accept credit cards) at the door. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required and ALL are welcome. Plan to drink plenty of water!

Check the Glen Echo website,, for weather updates or cancellations.

Invitation: Before the waltz, weather permitting, come one and all to a potluck picnic at 1:00 to send off–in good cheer–Sharon Lampron, who’s moving west. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated.

Sunday Waltz, July 7

Now that the [obscured] fireworks are over and the grill is cold, it’s time to dance! There’s a new trio on deck: Painted Romaine. No, wait, it’s Sainted Romaine. Oops, that’s not right, either. It’s TAINTED ROMAINE–Chelle Fulk (violin), Owen Morrison (guitar) and Ralph Gordon (bass)–whose playing is pure, unadulterated and good for you! As usual, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID). We accept cash and checks, but not credit cards (sorry). Music from 3:30-6:00. ALL are welcome to the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom.

Sunday Waltz with Avant Gardeners – June 23

Time to cultivate your dance skills! Join AVANT-GARDENERS—Laura Light, Ralph Gordon and Dave Wiesler—for an afternoon of waltzing (and other dances) at the Spanish Ballroom on June 23. Beginner Waltz lesson from 2:45-3:30 included in admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable in cash or by check; music from 3:30-6:00. ALL are welcome.

Sunday Waltz with ELIXIR, June 9

If you haven’t heard Elixir, you’re in for a treat. If you have heard them, you know how much of a treat you’re in for. Waltz music with horns! For newcomers, we offer a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable by cash or check (sorry–no plastic). This exceptional band will play from 3:30-6:00. No partner necessary and ALL are welcome!

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Reminder: Glen Echo lost and found items will be discarded after the evening dance on Sunday.

Sunday Waltz with SWALLOWTAIL – May 26

Don’t miss your chance to dance to SWALLOWTAIL! These fabulous musicians–Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), David Cantieni (flute, whistle, bombard, saxophone), Timm Triplet (keyboard), Tim Van Egmond (hammered dulcimer) and George Marshall (concertina, bodhran)–will be in town this weekend only. For new dancers, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included in admission price of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable in cash or by check. SWALLOWTAIL will play from 3:30-6:00. All are welcome!

Note: The lost and found will be emptied after the Sunday evening dance 6/9/19. Be sure to collect items before then.

Sunday Waltz with Blue Bamboo, May 12

Weatherman says to plan indoor activities this Mother’s Day (it’s going to rain), so here’s an idea: celebrate mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, godmothers, step-mothers, and anyone else by dancing to BLUE BAMBOO — Elke Baker on fiddle, Barbara Heitz on flute, John Devine on guitar, Marc Glickman on piano and Ralph Gordon on bass. Never waltzed before? No problem. There’s a beginner lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable at the door, cash or check (sorry, no credit cards). Dancing from 3:30-6:00. Come on out, gentlemen; all those motherly types need partners. ALL are welcome!

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

Strauss Ball follow-up

Thanks to all who attended the ball last night. We’ll be able to make a generous donation to GEPPAC for continuation of the dance programs at Glen Echo.

Note: There was a mix-up of tuxedo jackets. If you took the wrong jacket, or have any information, please contact Thank you!

Countdown to Strauss Ball – May 4

The annual Strauss Ball, a fundraiser for Glen Echo Park programs, happens this Saturday, May 4. Music by Olde Vienna: Elke Baker (violin, viola), Andrea Vercoe (violin), David Wiesler (piano), Barbara Heitz (flute, piccolo) and Ralph Gordon (bass). Admission of $30 per person includes Viennese waltz lesson with Mike Marcotte from 8-9, dancing from 9-midnight, refreshments, dance cards and, of course, the Grand March, led by the incomparable Stan Fowler. Dressy attire suggested, but not mandatory. All ages welcome!