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!

Sunday Waltz with WAVERLEY STATION, April 21,

It’s the post-Passover/Easter Sunday waltz with WAVERLEY STATION: David Knight on fiddle, Liz Donaldson at the piano and Ralph Gordon on bass. If you’re new to the dance, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included in admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable at the door in cash or by check (sorry, no credit cards). Music from 3:30-6:00. Waltz Time is ecumenical–ALL are welcome!

Sunday Waltz with Gyrations, 4/7/19, Glen Echo

Another waltz only one week after the previous one? Yep. Not a belated April Fool’s Day joke. Dance this Sunday to GYRATIONS: David Knight on fiddle, Carrie Rose on flute and Liz Donaldson on piano. (Welcome back, Liz!) As usual, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 ($5 with valid student ID), payable in cash or by check (no plastic–sorry). Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner necessary. Whoever you are, you are WELCOME!

Sunday Waltz with FIREFLY – 3/31/19

Enjoy the arrival of spring in the best way possible–by dancing, of course. FIREFLY, with Jane Ziki (fiddle, melodica), Linda Rowan (fiddle), Beverly Russell (hammered dulcimer) and Diane Sorenson (keyboard), will provide the music. You provide the moves! Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 is included in the admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable at the door in cash or by check (sorry, no credit cards). Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required. ALL are WELCOME!

Sunday Waltz with Contratopia, March 17, 3:30pm

Is there better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than attending a waltz? Of course not! (For teetotalers, that is. Alcohol’s a no-no in Glen Echo.) The weather will be perfect for dancing to CONTRATOPIA: Patrice Pakiz (piano, oboe), Erik Sessions (fiddle), Theodore Hodapp (melodeon, concertina), John Goodin (mandolin, guitar) and Pat O’Loughlin (English concertina, banjo, cajón and Irish harp–okay, the last one’s a joke). As always, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID). Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner necessary and EVERYONE is welcome.