Virtual Waltz with Owen and Anna, Sunday, 5/10, 3:45

Message from Owen Morrison and Anna Patton:

This online concert will fill your heart with music and bring dance to your feet, with mostly waltz and a couple other dance tunes. Grab a house mate or broom, swirl about solo or just sit back and enjoy as the music carries you away.

Owen Morrison and Anna Patton have been playing together for more than 15 years as members of Elixir, The Figments and other combinations. Anna is beloved for her soulful clarinet playing and masterful improvisation. Owen’s guitar playing is best known for it’s powerful and danceable rhythm, but his fluid flat-picking has attracted a growing fan base as well. Anna and Owen have recorded several projects together including three albums with Elixir and, most recently, a collection of 14 waltzes composed by Owen. The duo will perform some waltzes from that album, “Daybreak,” and many other favorites from their years of collaborating.

The Zoom will open 15 min early to get everyone on Zoom, learn how to use the features, and say hello! 12:45pm PDT (3:45pm EDT)

Owen & Anna will play 2 sets, with a short break between for folks to say hello! We will stick around after, if anyone wants to chat some more.
***We might even get to meet Owen’s baby, Elliot.

All donations benefit the musicians. They will split all receipts, so you can donate once, not to both links.

Venmo: Owen-Morrison


Have you tried dancing on Zoom? One of the BEST things is that it allows everyone to interact in their own way. You can “PIN” anyone’s video and dance while looking at their video. Even better, you can arrange (via Chat) to PIN videos with a friend. The best part is that you don’t know when you’re PIN’d and there’s no limit, so it’s totally inclusive.

You can also dance at home, or enjoy watching all the dancing, or just listen and be transformed by the music.

We have the extra capacity Zoom meeting, so invite your friends across the world. We are looking forward to seeing folks from the Bay Area, all across the country to the DC area and Vermont.

For your safety, if you want to dance at home: Please clear a space, consider wearing shoes if you’re used to dancing in shoes, stay hydrated, go easy if you haven’t been dancing regularly.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 958 6163 7775Password: 010064One tap mobile+16699006833,,95861637775#,,1#,010064# US (San Jose)

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* Install & test Zoom before the event. Test your mic and speaker.

* Please MUTE yourself unless you are talking during the chat times.

* If you have issues with internet, you can turn OFF your video and that might help.

* If there is a HUGE turnout, we may ask folks to turn off all video & mute so the music can be more clear.

* Video options (top R of PC screen): Speaker view (puts the musicians center screen) or Gallery view (lets you scroll through pages of participants).

* You can also “PIN” any video and it will stay centered. You can PIN anyone and they won’t know, and any number can PIN the same person. You can also “CHAT” with a friend and PIN each other’s videos to “dance together” To PIN a video on a PC, hover over the video and click on the 3 dots in the corner. Select “PIN video”. You can also go to “Participants list” and find someone by name, then click on them and PIN should be an option.

* iOS and Android devices have different options. It may work on a phone to double tap the video you want to PIN.

We hope to make this an on-going event. We would love to see you there!

Note: Join the meeting at 3:45 to forestall any problems with Zoom. Music will start at 4:00.

May cancellations

A message from GEPPAC:

In accordance with the most recent orders from the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has extended cancellations of all classes and events at Glen Echo Park through May 15, 2020. The Partnership will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, staff, and the larger community.

We regret that the annual Strauss Ball and the afternoon dance scheduled for May 10 are canceled. Stay safe.

Dentzel Carousel vandalized

Message regarding the vandalism, below:

We are sorry to report that over the weekend, someone or ones vandalized the Glen Echo Park Dentzel carousel, a historic structure that is federal property. They did so by breaking into the building and damaging certain parts of the structure, although the horses were not damaged.

As a result of this we are opening a federal police investigation into this crime.  Additionally we are employing security and additional police surveillance.  We have cameras in place already that are providing evidence to the police.  

We are asking for the community’s help in solving this crime and helping to ensure Glen Echo Park does not suffer further damage during this emergency closure.

While the buildings have been closed we have allowed the public to utilize the pavilions and the picnic areas.  As of today unfortunately due to other vandalism and also due to the use after hours by teens congregating in groups, the Park pavilions and playground are no longer allowed to be used by the public.  Also, the Park regulations do not permit skateboarding in the Park, which damages our stages, floors, and exterior parts of structures.  We have closed the playground equipment by order of the Governor and ask that families adhere to this closure.  The public restrooms are now closed and locked.  The buildings will continue to be closed and locked.

At great expense to the Park we will make the necessary repairs to the carousel after assessing the total damage.  This has occurred after the Park completed a major restoration of the exterior and roof.  The carousel horses will ride again, rest assured, and we are looking forward to our 100 year anniversary of its installation in 2021.  We look forward to reopening the carousel this year when restrictions are lifted for community events.

We have a plea to the community to help us find the perpetrators.  We believe they were in the Park overnight and possibly in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 11.  We also ask that you do not allow your younger members of the family to go to Glen Echo Park after hours.  Many people are using the Park responsibly but unfortunately not everyone. We want to be a resource to the community, but at this point the historic buildings are endangered and misuse is occurring.  You may still safely use the exterior areas (non-pavilion) during daylight hours only.  Park Police will be on site enforcing these rules.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide in investigating this case.  If you wish to report anything you see occurring a the Park that is illegal or not permitted at this time under this emergency order or if you have information about this case, please contact National Park Police at 202-610-7500.

Glen Echo update

Glen Echo Park has been directed by Montgomery County to close all public programs, classes, events, performances and activities through Friday, April 24. Due to the nature of social dance, it’s possible that dance events will be affected beyond that date. We’ll keep you updated. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines to safeguard yourselves and others.

Sunday Waltz with CONTRATOPIA, March 1

March into a new month. Better yet, dance into it, courtesy of CONTRATOPIA: Erik Sessions (fiddle), Patrice Pakiz (piano, oboe), Theodore Hodapp (melodeon, concertina), John Goodin (mandolin, guitar) and Pat O’Loughlin (English concertina, banjo, cajón). If you’d like, come at 2:45 for a beginner waltz lesson, included in admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID) payable at the door in cash or by check. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required and ALL are welcome.

Sunday Waltz with Some Assembly, Feb. 16

Want SOME fun this Sunday? Assemble at Glen Echo’s Spanish Ballroom for a dance with SOME ASSEMBLY: Joe Klausner (fiddle and mandolin), Mary Corletta Flora (flute, penny whistles and sax), Donna Boylan (piano) and Adam Lee (guitar). If you wish, start the afternoon with a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable at the door in cash or by check (apologies, no plastic accepted). Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required and ALL are welcome.

Full 2020 schedule available at