Visitng the Collective Ink: Artists'reception at Popcorn Gallery yesterday prompted thinking about the many reasons to visit this historic National treasure.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo hosted a reception for participating artists in the Collective Ink exhibit. The show continues until March 16, 2014.
The park was filled with people visiting various art galleries and other amusements. Visiting the historic place within sight of the Clara Barton mansion is a wonderful experience. One can see some of the finest art and photography in the region, as well as watch people with dogs.
In the picture post, see the historic photo of eight printmakers that call themselves the “Collective Ink.”
In the slideshow, get the feel of a visit to Glen Echo Park on a Saturday afternoon.
Reasons to visit:
- See art and photography at the many gallery and studio venues in the park
- See the historically preserved architecture from the former amusement park
- See the merry-go-round
- Walk through the scenic park along the Minihawhaw creek
- Let children play
- Walk and watch dogs on leashes
- Explore history
- See the Clara Barton home
1. See art and photography at the many gallery and studio venues in the park
In addition to art, there is a photography gallery too. There are huts where artists work, including for pottery and painting. Some have open studio times.
2. See the historically preserved architecture from the former amusement park
National Park Service
Since 1971, the Park has been part of the National Park Service. Various renovations, backed by government funds and individual donations, have taken place throughout the park, most notably the Spanish Ballroom, the Arcade building that now hosts art classes, and the art deco style neon sign. The park's carousel and large children's theaters remain an attraction for all ages in Bethesda and Glen Echo. Every weekend (Thursday through Sunday) the park hosts social dances in the Spanish Ballroom, the open-air Bumper Car Pavilion, and the Ballroom Annex. The venues host many styles of dances, including swing, contra, salsa, waltz, tango, and blues.
3. See the merry-go-round
Animals on the carousel
The last operating park ride, and one of the highlights of the park today, is a 1921 Dentzel menagerie carousel with 38 horses, 2 chariots, 4 rabbits, 4 ostriches, a lion, a tiger, a giraffe, and a prancing deer. The carousel operates from May through September, running from 12 to 6 on weekends and 10-2 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays all season and Fridays in July and August. In its heyday the carousel sported an operating brass ring game, in which daring riders could reach out and pull a ring out of a holder next to the carousel. Grabbing a brass ring would win the lucky rider a free ride. The brass ring arm is still visible today, although it no longer operates.
4. Walk through the scenic park along the Mini Haw Haw creek
Parking nearest the park is for staff, disabled, and people with permits. The general parking area is further down MacArthur Blvd and is next to a creek and below Clara Barton's home. There is a beautiful bridge over the Mini Haw Haw creek a short distance to the park.
5. Let children play
Kids were playing in melting snow drifts yesterday. Soon, that will be gone, but there is plenty of space and lots to do here, including children's workshops and puppet.
6. Walk and watch dogs on leashes
There are lots of courteous dog walkers. When puppies are too tired to walk, there owners just carry them. If you are a painter looking for dogs as subjects, this is the place.
7. Explore history
Presered items are everywhere with lots of documentation. Kids can play on the bumper car exhibited for that purpose. Photos bring back memories to adults who are old enough to remember the fun rides in an amusement park.
8. See the Clara Barton home
The Clara Barton National Historic Site, which includes the Clara Barton House, was established in 1974 to interpret the life of Clara Barton, an American pioneer teacher, nurse, and humanitarian who was the founder of the American Red Cross. Wikipedia
Address: 5801 Oxford Rd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
Area: 9 acres (4 ha)
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: (301) 320-1410
Management: U.S. National Park Service