The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will host an old-fashioned barn dance on Sunday afternoon, September 29, from 2 to 4 PM. Open to all, the dance will be held at the park’s Alpine Pavilion on the Hudson, an open-air covered structure built in 1934 by New Deal workers, who made use of massive stones and heavy timbers found on site.
Accompanied by the Stopgap String Band, Dave Harvey, the founder of New York City Barn Dance, will call the dances, offering simple but effective instruction to newcomers and experienced dancers alike. No reservations, experience, or partner are needed to attend, and visitors are welcome to stay for as long — or as short — a time as they like. $1 hot dogs will be on sale throughout the dance, with proceeds benefitting the restoration of the park’s historic Kearney House, badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
“The pavilion is a beautiful place, and it’s a beautiful time of year,” Eric Nelsen, an historical interpreter at the park noted. “People are more than welcome to just come down and have a hot dog and watch. But Dave is really good at getting people to give it a try,” he added, “so I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up trying a dance or two anyway.”
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.