Hear the Siren Call of the Arts at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park

Master of puppets: You never know what manner of strangeness you'll find at Glen Echo Park. (surrfred via Flickr)

Here at ApartmentShowcase.com, we just seem to stumble on more arts organizations in Montgomery County than you can shake a conductor’s baton at.

Today, we have another stellar example of arty fun for the apartment renter in Montgomery County, more specifically, inside the I-495 Capital Beltway … even more specifically than that, a few miles from Bethesda. If you want any more specificity, we suggest the magazine section at Royal Farms, because we’re not that kinda publication!

OK, let’s get down to specifics (forgive me). We give you the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. With a name that long, let alone that tsunami-like buildup, this place better be all that and a bag of rice cakes, and I get the feeling it is.

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Starting out life as an amusement park, Glen Echo Park was taken over by the U.S National Park Service in 1971. These days, the partnership works with the National Park Service and Montgomery County in managing the site.

The organization’s website claims more than 400,000 people each year walk through Glen Echo’s doors “to renew their creative spirit through arts classes, festivals, exhibitions, dances, children’s theater, music performances, nature programs, and more.”

There is a litany of classes to take, where you can learn anything from photography, ceramics, drawing and painting.


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Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

You can also take individual music lessons featuring, among other disciplines, guitar, drums, piano and harp. They’ll even teach you music theory.

Obviously, classes aren’t cheap and vary in price (and can run into the hundreds), but if you’re serious about learning an art form, it will be well worth it.

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There is also a bevy of arts residents within the park, including Adventure Theatre, Washington Conservatory of Music and the Yellow Barn Studio Gallery.

A look at Glen Echo Park’s events calendar shows quite a few things going on. Actually, a bunch, as I counted 62 separate events in September, everything from plays for kids, live music, dances and art exhibits. Four of its facilities can be rented out, but if you yourself are renting, this is likely a moot point. There really is too much to list here, so have a look around the site and find something you like.

One more thing: You may’ve heard about Glen Echo Park’s Dentzel Carousel. Though it closed for the season on September 25, this restored, 90-year-old gem will re-open next spring, giving visitors a chance to take a whimsical spin down memory lane.