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    Carousel Story Time

    June 12, 2021

    Join us as we read Carousel by Donald Crews.


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    Carousel Family Days

    June 19, 2021

    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!

    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.


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    Carousel Lecture #3

    Glen Echo's Wurlitzer Band Organ by Durward Center

    July 14, 2021 | 7:30pm

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

    Lecture #3 will be presented by Durward Center on July 14, 2021. 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.




    More Carousel 100th Anniversary Events!

    Carousel Story Time | June 12  • July 17  •  August 7  •  September 18

    Carousel Family Day | June 19  • July (TBD)  •  August 14  •  September 25 (end of season celebration!) 

    Carousel Lecture | September 15 



    LIVE Carousel 100th Anniversary Launch Event! 

    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.




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    Carousel Lecture #1

    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."




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    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. 




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    Carousel Lecture #2

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

    April 14, 2021 |  7:30pm

    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. 




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    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.




    Carousel Storytime #1

    Carousel Story Time #1: A Carousel Tale

    Carousel Story Time #1 - A Carousel Tale

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

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




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    Carousel Story Time #2: A Ride to Remember

    Saturday, May 15 | 9:30am

    As part of our Carousel 100th Anniversary celebration, we hope you and your little ones will join us once each month from April through September for Carousel Story Time on Saturday mornings. We will present six stories that feature wonderful tales of carousels. Carousel Story Time is presented in collaboration with the Puppet Co. Watch here on our website or on YouTube.




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    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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