Letter from Executive Director‌ Katey Boerner:

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about our lives, and we certainly hope that you and your loved ones are staying well.

At the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, we have transitioned and adapted our operations and programs in accordance with county, state, and national guidance. First and foremost, we want to ensure the safety of our supporters, visitors, and partners.

Internally, like many nonprofit organizations, we have revised our budget and revenue forecasts to account for months of closure and a limited reopening plan. It has become evident that our charitable base of supporters – donors, members, and Park Partners – whose philanthropic generosity helped us weather the initial impact of the health crisis, is needed now more than ever as we re-envision the future of the Park. To that end, we are working to improve our fundraising program and identify opportunities for growth.

As part of this improvement process, we would like to collect the candid feedback of our Glen Echo Park community. To participate in this effort, please complete the following confidential online survey, which should take no more than 2 – 4 minutes.

Online Survey Open Through FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2:

(Note: Works well with Safari and Chrome. Firefox not so much.)

In appreciation of your participation, all those that complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card to Target! Thank you so much in advance for your feedback, guidance, and comments.


Katey Boerner

Executive Director‌
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture |

When can we safely dance again?

On Aug 12, the experts weigh in! A panel discussion courtesy of Dance Flurry.

Wednesday, August 12 / 8-9:30 PM ET
With the world topsy-turvey and so much in limbo, the question feels almost irreverent: When will we get to dance? While we don’t have a crystal ball, the DFO and Flurry Festival have teamed up to bring you the next best thing: an online panel featuring experts in medicine, public health, ethics, and of course, traditional dance! 

Moderated by caller and organizer Claire Takemori, this conversation will explore our current dance dilemma from every angle, and answer the questions you haven’t even thought of yet. We’ll consider which conditions might permit social dancing, how to approach it as safely as possible, and what dance might look like along the road to the new normal. The event will stream on our Facebook page, but you can also register for free to join the Zoom discussion and submit your own questions for our panelists.

Register to Join view event

Meet the panelists:
Will Mentor, contra and square dance caller
Katy German, Executive Director of CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society)
Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Albany County Public Health Commissioner
Dr. Mary Applegate, Clinical Professor in Social Behavior and Community Health at the University at Albany School of Public Health
Professor Linda Breslin, Instructor and Ethics Consultant with Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization and Flurry Festival. This Presidents Weekend the Online Flurry, a three-day extravaganza of music and dance, will come from around the country straight to you!

News: Glen Echo dance cancellation

The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has elected to extend the cancellation of all social dances through at least July 31, 2020 due to the COVID crisis. The Partnership will re-evaluate plans as the situation evolves.

The news is disappointing but hardly unexpected. Stay safe.

Elixir’s Fathers Day Zoom Concert/Dance

A program of waltzes and other selections– swing, fiddle tunes, and a singing square– for your dancing and listening pleasure. We miss playing together! We miss playing for you! So please join us for this event that is a dance party, a father’s day concert, a quixotic musical undertaking, and a reunion of friends from far and wide.

With Anna Patton at the musical engineering helm, we are preparing recorded tracks for each other so that we can take turns playing live for you from our homes. We’re taking the opportunity to debut new tunes and songs, as well as playing and singing some old favorites. Join us on Zoom to watch, listen, dance along, and find out what we’ve been up to.

About the Band
Elixir combines driving fiddle and guitar playing and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section. They perform tightly crafted music drawing on a wide range of styles– cinematic waltzes, elegant melodies that evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and traditional and original fiddle tunes.

Elixir is:
• Nils Fredland, vocals / dance calling / trombone
• Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
• Jesse Readlynn, trumpet
• Anna Patton, clarinet / vocals
• Owen Morrison, guitar / feet

(Unfortunately it turns out the Nils won’t be available to be in the live zoom with us, but his singing and trombone playing will be there. Also thanks to Riley Goodemote for filling in a few brass parts for us!)

The Zoom will be hosted by Claire Takemori and her excellent team. It will open 15 min early to get everyone on Zoom, learn how to use the features, and say hello.

All donations benefit the musicians
Suggested donation $20+ (like a house concert) but all are welcome refardless of ability to donate.

Venmo -Anna-Patton-6

Checks to:
Anna Patton
21 West St
Brattleboro VT


Have you tried dancing on Zoom?
One of the BEST things is that it allows everyone to interact in their own way. You can arrange (via Chat) to PIN videos with a friend while dancing. You can also dance improv, or enjoy watching the dancing, or just listen and be transformed by the music.

We have 500 person capacity, so invite your friends, musicians, and anyone who would enjoy waltz music or dancing.

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.

We also plan to FB Live stream from Zoom, so if the Zoom is over 500 people, go to:
Look for the RED “LIVE” and click that video image.

Due to Zoom security issues,
We have updated Zoom access.
Please be sure to display your full name when you open Zoom or you may not be let in.

Click here:
It will go to a link protection website and show you a code to enter.
Type in the 6 digit code, CASE sensitive
It will send you to zoom.

One tap mobile


* 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.
* Highly recommend using the Zoom app and NOT a web browser for best sound.
*There are more connection issues using a phone than computer.
* 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 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 look forward to seeing you! Reply Reply All Forward

Glen Echo update

Cancellations of all on-site classes and camps are extended through June 30, 2020.

Cancellations of other on-site events and programs, including private rentals, are cancelled until further notice. 

See the full message through the link below.