November/December 2014 Waltz Time Newsletter


November/December 2014
PHRYNE: So, what kind of partners are we from here
on in, Jack? What's our safe distance? Two steps behind?

Two steps in front? Perhaps a do-si-do?

JACK: I think it would be more of a waltz, Miss Fisher.

PHRYNE: Not a tango? A good waltz is slow and close.

JACK: I'll try to stay in step all the same.
--From the PBS TV show "Ms. Fisher's Murder Mysteries"
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Musician of the Month --Marty Taylor
I was pleased, in a nostalgic way, to learn that Marty grew up in Camillus, New York, just west of Syracuse, because I spent six formative years just north of Syracuse. Marty's father was a big fan of Benny Goodman and played clarinet. After WWII (Navy), he joined the local Army Reserve band. Not surprisingly, all four of his children started playing music early.
In high school, Marty played flute in her state champion marching band and in all-state bands. Off to New York's best music education college in Potsdam with an applied major in flute, she then married a fellow student and they moved to Baltimore, where he joined the city symphony and she taught music for nine years in a Catholic girls school while playing guitar in a string band, flute and piccolo for contras and English (before there was a BFMS!), and flute and concertina in an Irish bar band. Then came the kids and she took up tax preparation (music is much about counting, you know), which she still does every tax season. But playing and giving private lessons continue all year.
In 2001, Marty was stricken with dystonia, which, for wind and brass musicians, impairs the embouchure -- the muscles controlling the position of the mouth and lips. She had to give up the flute and now plays Irish whistles, recorders and concertina for our pleasure. What a trooper! We've enjoyed her with Rhapsody (last week) and her own Taylor Among the Devils (a few weeks ago). We'll hear her with Devine Comedy on November 2. She also plays with some of these same musicians and others for contras and English and Scottish Country dancing. Marty and Steve Hickman played regularly at Gadsby's (Historic) Tavern in Alexandria -- period music in period costume! She teaches privately in Baltimore.
Marty and the family still get to the Adirondack Mountains -- where they have a cabin on Long Lake -- even in the winter! (It's cold in a wonderful way up there.)
Thank you, Marty, for being part of the Waltz Time family.
by Paul Crumrine

New Waltz Lessons in Takoma D.C.
Starting December 1 and following on Mondays (except December 29) through March 23, Paul Crumrine will present lessons and dancing in our traditional waltz style. Paul is a member of Waltz Time and regularly teaches the introductory lesson for our Sunday dances.
The classes will be held at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll Street, N.W. in the District, just over the line from Takoma Park and one block from the Metro. The sanctuary has a fine wood floor and parking for 15 cars. One-hour sessions will begin at 8:00 p.m. and include 15 minutes for practice.
The sessions will be presented in one-month groupings and will start with basics and proceed from there to useful and more advanced movements, with special emphasis on leading/following and, especially for leaders, listening to and following the music.
New students are anticipated each month, but continuing dancers will continue to progress.
Fees: $60 per month. Walk-ins $18. Contact Paul at or 202-758-8871 evenings.
Winter's Eve at Glen Echo Park
Winter's Eve at Glen Echo Park will be held on Saturday, December 6, starting at 6 pm. This is a free event that fits dancers' schedules quite nicely. Come by before the swing dance that night and enjoy free refreshments, browse the holiday art sale in the Popcorn Gallery, visit art studios, and try your hand at glass blowing!
The evening includes free craft activities for the family, choral performances and sing-along, hot cocoa bar and fresh popcorn, and a special opportunity for teens and adults, age 16 and older, to make a blown glass ornament.
Visit the Popcorn Gallery - first floor of the Arcade - where you may browse the Holiday Art Show and purchase unique and beautiful gifts for family and friends, including handmade jewelry, pottery, glasswork, paintings, wooden artifacts and more! The entire event, except for the glass ornament making, is free and open to everyone.
Make your own blown glass ornament: Individuals or couples may learn, firsthand, the fundamentals of glassblowing by creating your own glass ornament. You need to sign up on December 6 as soon as you arrive (the earlier the better so you can get on the list). The sessions run from 8 - 10 pm or so, and you will make an ornament under the supervision of Paul Swartwood of the Glassworks Studio. You can also just observe the glass blowing demonstrations from 6:30 - 8 pm - all held in the Caretaker's Cottage down the path from the Ballroom. For more details, visit Glen Echo Park's Website.

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2014
Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 2:45 - 3:30 pm, followed by dancing to live music until 6 pm. Cost is $10, including the lesson. Dances are held in the Spanish Ballroom unless otherwise noted. Visit WALTZ TIME'S WEBSITE for the complete 2014 schedule of waltzes.

November 2: DEVINE COMEDY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), John Devine (guitar and vocals), Ralph Gordon (bass)

November 30: CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer & wooden flute), Dave Wiesler (piano & guitar), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo & guitar)
December 7: TRIO CON BRIO with Paul Oorts (mandolin), Elke Baker (violin), Jonathan Jensen (piano)

December 21: AVANT GARDENERS with Laura Light (fiddle and vocals), George Paul (piano), David DiGiusseppe (accordion), Dave Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

December 28: GIGMEISTERS with Dave Wiesler (piano), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo & guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)

All events are held at the Spanish Ballroom (or Bumper Car Pavilion where noted), Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD and sponsored in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc., the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.