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Allison Park: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for winter.
Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for winter.
Alpine Picnic Area: Grounds open daylight hours. Pavilion restrooms closed for winter (plaza restrooms open). Kearney House closed for winter.
Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201-568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Grounds open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for winter.
Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking (rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. 201-461-1776.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours, membership required. 201-784-0484.
Hazard’s Ramp: Floating dock removed for winter.
Henry Hudson Drive: Drive 1 closed for winter. Alpine Approach Road, Dyckman Hill Road, and Drive 2 open daylight hours, conditions permitting.
Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs.
Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except New Jersey State holidays. 201-768-1360. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
Ross Dock Picnic Area: Grounds open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for winter (Port-A-Johns available).
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 201-750-0465.
Trails: Open daylight hours.
Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.

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“Hudson River Barn Dance”

Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Alpine Pavilion

Rain or Shine!

Hudson River Barn Dance

The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will host its annual spring barn dance on Sunday afternoon,May 22, from 2 to 4 PM. Free and open to all — beginners and seasoned dancers alike — the dance will be held at the park’s Alpine Pavilion, an open-air covered structure built from native stone and timbers in 1934.

Dave Harvey, founder of New York City Barn Dance, will call the dances, offering simple but effective instruction. Harvey will be accompanied by a live band, the Backyard Boys. All ages are welcome to give it a try, and no reservations, experience, or dance partners are needed to participate. $1 hot dogs will be on sale throughout the dance, with proceeds benefitting the ongoing restoration of the park’s historic Kearney House.

Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter at the park who oversees the Kearney House, said that there is a long tradition of folk dancing along the river. He pointed out that many nineteenth-century residents of the Palisades, when interviewed in the early years of the twentieth, fondly recalled the dances they enjoyed in the little riverfront communities beneath the cliffs. “It was a big part of American life in the days before mass media,” Nelsen explained. “Years later, these folks, some of them in their eighties, still remembered the names of the musicians who used to play at the dances. Pompey Brown, from one of the prominent African-American families along the river, was a favorite fiddle player.”

The popularity of this kind of dancing continued into the 1900s. After the Park Commission acquired the riverfront properties, it built a number of pavilions to serve as dance halls for the crowds of picnickers and campers who came to the park from New York City and elsewhere. The Alpine Pavilion, where the barn dance will be held, built during the Depression years, continued that tradition. The ground floor was dedicated to changing rooms for a Hudson River bathing beach that was then in operation at the site. But the second story was set up for dancing, with a beautiful hardwood floor. “You really get a chance to touch a part of America’s past when you give this a try, especially in a setting like this,” Nelsen said. “And Dave is an amazing teacher. He gets everyone out there having fun.”

Alpine Pavilion is at the north end of the park’s Alpine Picnic Area, adjacent to Alpine Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance off U.S. Route 9W, about a mile north of Closter Dock Road, or from Exit 2 of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The program is cosponsored by the Palisades Parks Conservancy.

For more information, please call 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

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