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    CAROUSEL 100th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


    *** UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ***


    The Carousel by Liz Rosenberg

    Carousel Story Time

    September 18, 2021  |  9:30am

    Join us online as we read The Carousel by Liz Rosenberg.

     

    Learn More & RSVP

     


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    Carousel 100th Anniversary Final Celebration

    September 26, 2021  |  11am to 4pm

    Join us as we close out the carousel's 100th anniversary season with a special celebration, including performances, family crafts, carousel rides, and more. The event will also include a sponsor tent for Carousel 100th Anniversary sponsors. Event activities run through 4pm, but the carousel remains open until 6pm for the final day of the season.

    Check back for more details in September.

    This is a FREE activity and open to all. (RSVPs are preferred but not required; there is no check-in for this event.)

     

    Learn More & RSVP

     


    *** PAST EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ***


    LIVE Carousel 100th Anniversary Launch Event! 

    February 17, 2021 |  12:30pm

    Watch to see all the exciting activities and events we’ve planned for the months-long Carousel 100th Anniversary celebration.

    From the carousel building, Emcee Liz Dapo from the Puppet Co. and her sidekick Penny, as well as Glen Echo Park Partnership Executive Director Katey Boerner and Partnership Board President Bonnie Casper will tell us what events are coming up. We will also have special messages from Senator Chris VanHollen, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Maryland Delegate Marc Korman, Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson, and other special guests!

    You will hear about what we have planned from February through September to celebrate our beloved carousel’s 100th birthday! Including virtual lectures on the history and restoration of the carousel, summer family weekend activities, social media contests, carousel anniversary merchandise, a fundraising campaign, and the premieres of three short films that will feature personal stories reflecting the unique and enduring role the carousel has played in the community for a century.

     

    WATCH HERE

     


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    Carousel Lecture #1

    February 24, 2021 |  7:30pm

    Carousel Civil Rights Story  by Ilana Trachtman

    In honor of Black History Month, our first lecture on February 24 will feature Ilana Trachtman, producer of an upcoming documentary about the Civil Rights story of the Glen Echo Park carousel called Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round.

    "In 1960, three years before the March on Washington, a group of radicalized Howard University students climbed aboard the backs of gilded horses on Glen Echo Amusement Park’s Dentzel carousel. Since the turn of the century, Glen Echo Amusement Park had been the DC metro area’s premiere recreation destination, it’s advertising jingle the soundtrack to summer. But the park was whites only, and the Black students were arrested. This sit-in on the carousel set off nine weeks pickets and arrests, most remarkable because the Howard students were immediately joined by a neighboring white community of union organizers and progressive civil servants. Never before had a white community collaborated with a Black student group, and never before had the American Nazi Party counter-protested publicly. This unknown story and its ramifications is the subject of Emmy Award winning filmmaker Ilana Trachtman’s documentary-in-progress, Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round. Join us as Ilana introduces us to a few of the remarkable, “ordinary” individuals who stood up to injustice the summer of 1960, encountering the “other” for the very first time and also discovering the impulse to activism inside themselves. Ilana will share scenes from the film in progress, discuss the relevance of this unprecedented collaboration, and invite questions."

     

    WATCH HERE

     


    Inside of Carousel

    Carousel Virtual Tour with NPS Ranger 

    We know you miss the carousel as much as we do! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the carousel with NPS Ranger Kevin Patti. Learn about carousel history and fun facts about the carousel and Wurlitzer band organ. 

     

    WATCH HERE

     


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    Carousel Lecture #2

    April 14, 2021 |  7:30pm

    Glen Echo's Two Great Carousels: Coney Island versus Philadelphia Style by Barbara Fahs Charles

    Throughout the Carousel 100th Anniversary Celebration, we will present four virtual lectures. Each lecture will feature a different topic related to the carousel.

    Lecture #2 in the series will be presented by Barbara Fahs Charles on April 14, 2021. In her lecture, titled "Glen Echo's Two Great Carousels: Coney Island versus Philadelphia Style," she will discuss the history and style of the two carousels that have been part of Glen Echo Park. 

     

    WATCH HERE

     


    Carousel Storytime #1

    Carousel Story Time #1: A Carousel Tale

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

    Watch the recorded reading of A Carousel Tale by Elisa Kleven.

     

    WATCH HERE

     


    Carousel with Ribbon Cutting

    Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    Saturday, May 1, 2021  |  10:30 a.m.

    Join us to mark the opening of Glen Echo Park’s Dentzel carousel for its 100th Anniversary season! Watch the recorded stream live from the carousel with government officials and other dignitaries to celebrate a local icon that has been a treasured part of the Park and the community for a century. The event includes a ceremonial first ride with officials and sponsors.

     

    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS HERE

     


    100 Years in the Present

    100 Years In the Present Exhibition

    May 7 - 30, 2021  |  Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery

    View the Virtual Tour from the exhibition

     


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    Carousel Story Time #2: A Ride to Remember

    Saturday, May 15 | 9:30am

     


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    Carousel Family Day #1: Carousel Crafts

    May 22, 2021 | 11am - 3pm

    Pre-registered participants will be able to celebrate the Carousel's 100th birthday by creating their own carousel to take home, as well as decorating a birthday hat to wear and a birthday card for the carousel.

    Participants will also be able to watch as an outdoor mural is painted to celebrate the Carousel's 100th Anniversary. The Partnership has collaborated with Future History Now to create a mural as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Park's iconic Dentzel carousel. The mural depicts and celebrates the carousel as a place of fun and childhood memories, as well as its role in history as part of the Washington, D.C. civil rights movement, and it enhances the arts and cultural experience for all who visit the Park during the carousel centennial.

    Future History Now is a nonprofit organization that fosters artistic expression, personal growth, and skill sharing for youth facing adversity through collaborative mural projects guided by professional teaching artists. It has collaborated with over 450 youth artists, 20 professional teaching artists, and 32 partner organizations to create 41 murals in 18 communities spanning 5 countries across 3 continents. 

    To learn more about the mural, click here >>


    Carousel Mural Project

    Carousel Mural Project

    Saturday, May 22 | 10am - 4pm

    On May 20 to 22, the Partnership, in collaboration with Future History Now, brought to life a mural on the grounds of Glen Echo Park that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Park’s Dentzel carousel. The mural depicts and celebrates the carousel as a place of fun and childhood memories, as well its role in history as part of the Washington, D.C. civil rights movement.

     

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    Carousel Exhibition: 100 Years in the Present

    May 7 - 30, 2021 | Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery

    Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries presents a special exhibition in the Park’s Popcorn Gallery and Stone Tower Gallery: 100 Years In The Present. The show celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Park's iconic Dentzel carousel and honors the historic origins of Glen Echo Park as a theme park – exploring feelings of nostalgia, outdoor recreation, nature, and play.

     

    WATCH THE EXHIBITION TOUR HERE

     


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    Carousel Story Time #3 - Carousel

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 9:30am

    Watch the recorded reading of Carousel by Donald Crews

     

    WATCH HERE

     


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    Carousel Family Day #2: Chalk the Park!

    June 19, 2021 | 11am - 3pm

    Our second Carousel Family Day will be held on the grounds of Glen Echo Park as we CHALK THE PARK! Participants will be given a designated 5' x 5' square, spread out on the grounds, to create their own chalk art. Chalk will be provided! Draw your family or friends, aspects of the Park you enjoy, or the carousel - it is up to you! Participants and the public will also be able to watch three professional chalk artists from CHALK R!OT create their masterpieces in celebration of the Carousel's 100th Anniversary.

    All chalk artwork created will be photographed and shared on Glen Echo Park's website and social media, as well as enjoyed by the public for as long as it lasts. Help make the pavement at Glen Echo Park beautiful!

    This is a FREE activity and open to all, but due to limited available asphalt areas we will not be able to accommodate everyone.

    Pre-registration is required!

    SOLD OUT!


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    Carousel Lecture #3

    July 14, 2021 | 7:30pm

    Glen Echo's Wurlitzer Band Organ - A 50-Year Perspective by Durward Center

    The restorer and caretaker of the organ for the last 50 years will talk about the history of the organ at the Park, its modifications, restoration and maintenance.  A rear view of the organ’s mechanism will be described and shown in operation.

     

    WATCH HERE

     


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    Carousel Story Time #4 - Harry the Carousel Horse

    Saturday, July 17, 2021 | 9:30am

    Watch the recorded reading of Harry the Carousel Horse by Karin Tetlow.

     

    WATCH HERE

     


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    Carousel Family Day #3: Music in the Park with Washington Conservatory of Music

    July 24, 2021

    Our third Carousel Family Day will be hosted by the Washington Conservatory of Music. You’ll see painted pianos throughout the Park on this day of FREE live music. Hear 20 french horns, live brass music for carousel rides, a musical magic show, a jazz-rock-funk concert, and a ukulele play and sing along! 

     


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    Carousel Lecture #4

    August 11, 2021 |  7:30pm

    Painting Style of the Dentzel Carousel Company and Restoration Techniques by Rosa Patton

    Rosa Patton has been restoring carousels for 43 years, including the 20-year restoration of Glen Echo's carousel. She will discuss the painting style differences between carousel manufacturers, the types of paints used, and the tools and brushes used for achieving the signature look of each company. She will also give a painting technique demonstration to show how the company's artists worked and how these techniques were used during the carousel's restoration.

     

    WATCH HERE

     


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    Carousel Story Time #5: Up & Down on the Merry-Go-Round

    Saturday, August 7, 2021 | 9:30am

    Watch the recorded reading of Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round by Bill Martin.

     

    WATCH HERE

     


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    Carousel Family Day #4: Band Organ Rally

    August 14 - 15, 2021

    In partnership with the Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA), join us for a band organ rally on the grounds of Glen Echo Park. You may be familiar with the carousel's Wurlitzer 165 band organ, but this is a great opportunity to learn about and hear different types of organs - large and small!

    This is a FREE activity and open to all. (RSVPs are preferred but not required; there is no check-in for this event.)


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    Special Storytelling Event with Story Tapestries 

    Caring Stories Around the Carousel: The Fastest Plane

    August 29, 2021 | 11am & 1pm 

    Join us in the Bumper Car Pavilion for a free collaborative event with Story Tapestries. Carousel Stories Around the Carousel: The Fastest Plane is part of Story Tapestries' Elevating Voices/Celebrating Community series sponsored by the Blair Family Foundation. 


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