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|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for winter.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. (Kearney House closed for winter except for special events.)|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201 568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Port-A-Johns only.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. $5 parking fee, weekends & holidays.|
|Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).|
|Hazard’s Dock: Open daylight hours.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours.|
|Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs. Parkway repaving in progress. Click here for more information.|
|Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except New Jersey State holidays. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201 768-6001. Click here for Court information.
|Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Port-A-Johns only.|
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November 2, 2014.
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“Hudson River Barn Dance”
Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Alpine Pavilion
Rain or Shine!
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will host a barn dance on Sunday afternoon, September 28, 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 eighty years ago, during the “hard winter” of 1934, by New Deal workers.
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 Kearney House, a nineteenth-century homestead and riverfront tavern which was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and which reopened this summer for the first time since the storm. (Dancers are invited to stop by the house before or after their dance to enjoy a tour, or for youngsters to enjoy a game of graces.)
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 Thompson, 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.