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Participants kick up their social dancing heels in Glen Echo

Glen Echo DancingSocial dancers enjoy themselves in Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO  With swing dance – including such variations as West, East, Lindy, Balboa, and DC hand dancing – not to mention tango, Cathy Furlong has a full dance card.

She has danced in many places, but considers Glen Echo Park her “favorite place.”

Furlong has had plenty of time to form that opinion; she has been attending dances at the park’s Spanish Ballroom for more than 31 years.

The social dance program at the Park has a much longer history.

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Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Glen Echo BallroomLocal artists gathered to display their work in the annual Glen Echo Art Show at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO 

GLEN ECHO – During the holiday weekend, local artists displayed their work at the Glen Echo Labor Day Art Show at the historic Spanish Ballroom.

Now in its 46th year, the show is a lightly-juried festival that displays artwork in a variety of different media.

A percentage of revenue from artwork sold at the show supports the park’s educational programs.

“There’s a long history in the show of artists who are affiliated with the park, and also sometimes they are instructors or resident artists or they take lessons here, and some are just community members,” said Meredith Forster, Education program manager for Glen Echo Park.

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Glen Echo Aquarium opens

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GLEN ECHO – For decades, Glen Echo Park has provided entertainment for individuals and families, as well as an opportunity for history buffs to learn about the life and times of Red Cross founder Clara Barton, whose house is on the premises.

Now, the park offers visitors a chance to see and learn about various species of marine life in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Glen Echo Park Aquarium, which opened in September, is a labor of love for its director, Andrew Wilson.

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