Hudson River Barn Dance

2017-05-17_14-01-27On Sunday, June 4, Palisades Interstate Park welcomse New York City musicians Dave Harvey and the Backyard Boys to the park to call and provide music for an afternoon dance for visitors of all ages and abilities. The dance will be held at the Alpine Pavilion at Alpine Picnic Area and Boat Basin from 2 to 4 PM. All ages are welcome to give it a try, and no reservations, experience, or dance partners are needed to participate. The program is free, but a $5 parking fee is charged at the area.

At the foot of the cliffs alongside the shore on the Hudson River, the open-air, covered pavilion provides a beautiful afternoon setting for the program. Built in 1934, a new hardwood floor on which the dance will be held complements its native stone and timber construction. $1 hot dogs will be on sale throughout the dance, with proceeds benefitting the park’s historic Kearney House, just a short distance away.

Dave Harvey, founder of New York City Barn Dance, will call the afternoon dance, offering simple but effective instruction. Harvey will be accompanied by a live band, the Backyard Boys. “Dave is an amazing teacher. He has a way of getting everyone out there having fun,” noted Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter at the park and the Kearney House. “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.

The program will be held rain or shine at the Alpine Pavilion at the north end of Alpine Picnic Area and Boat Basin. The area is accessible to cars and cyclists from the park’s Alpine entrance at Alpine Approach Road, off U.S. Route 9W about half a mile north of Closter Dock Road, or to cars only from the Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 2. (Click here for detailed directions.) There will be a $5 parking fee in effect. For additional information about the program, or visitors can call 201-768-1360.

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